Mother’s Day Chocolate News and Notes

Jennie’s Wow-Worthy Top Gift Picks for Mother’s Day

by Jennie B, Zingerman’s Chocolate Specialist

Our shelves are filled with mom-thrilling confections and as always, we are ready to assist you in finding the perfect gift.  We miss you for our in person sampling and gift selection conversations, but we are still here to help you show your mom how much you love her on Mother’s Day. Give us a call at 734-663-3354, place an order online through our Zingerman’s Deli online store or email us at  [email protected].  To get your gift giving ideas flowing, here are Jennie’s top gift recommendations for making mom’s day a little sweeter.

1. Gift Boxes for Your Out of This World Mom

Each of these Mother’s Day gift boxes has been specially curated by Zingerman’s Chocolate Specialist and is sure to make your mom feel loved!  Ranging in price from $25 to $75, each chocolate selection comes packaged in a colorful Zingerman’s gift box and with a card for your mom.  Gift boxes are available for pickup at the Deli, or let us deliver it to your mom in the local Ann Arbor area!

> SHOP GIFT BOXES ONLINE AT THE DELI

2. Virtual Chocolate Tasting

Join our Meet the Maker chocolate tasting as we speak with Jody Hayden of Grocer’s Daughter about her love of chocolate and her partnerships with other local businesses to create unique and delicious truffles.  And best of all–we will taste truffles!  Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate is a small family-owned specialty chocolate shop in the village of Empire, Michigan near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  They have a retail shop and also wholesale their truffles, bars, and other products to retailers like us!  They source their chocolate from small scale farmers in Ecuador through a direct trade partnership with Conexion Chocolate.  A fun experience to share with your mom or mom friend for Mother’s Day!

> SIGN YOUR MOM OR YOUR FAVORITE MOM FRIEND UP FOR A SEAT IN OUR VIRTUAL TASTING ROOM

3. Spring Truffle Flavors

Hooray for spring flavor combinations of herbal, boozy, fruity & florals to dazzle your palate, made by chocolatiers Grocer’s Daughter and Chocolat Moderne.  Shop online or in store to curate your own custom box of truffles for Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Chocolate Truffles

photo courtesy of Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate

> SHOP TRUFFLES ONLINE AT THE DELI

4. Cuna de Piedra, Hibiscus Flower

Cuna de Piedra is an homage to Mexican cacao.  This single estate 73% dark chocolate and hibiscus bar uses chocolate from the Mexican state of Tabasco with flowers harvested by the indigenous community “Numa Gamaa Ski Yu Me’Phaa” high in the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico.  The members of the Me’Phaa community have been cultivating the creole Hibiscus tree for centuries and this variety is known for being particularly robust and aromatic.

photo courtesy of Cuna de Piedra

> SHOP CUNA DE PIEDRA’S HIBISCUS FLOWER BAR ONLINE AT THE DELI

5. Bell Stone, Chocolate & Pecan Butter Toffee

Butter up mom with an indulgent Michigan-made classic with simple ingredients (chocolate, pecans, butter and sugar!) mixed to create a sublime texture. With its addictive balance of salty and sweet, mom might need another bag. 

> SHOP BELL STONE TOFFEE ONLINE AT THE DELI

6. Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat, Tien Giang & Kumquat 68% Single-Origin Chocolate Bar

This single origin dark chocolate is grown and produced all in Vietnam. It’s sourced directly from family owned farms and grown on island orchards that lie just a boat ride away from Saigon. Bold and fruity with hints of honey and cinnamon, the Tien Gian 68% bar is paired with Kumquats that grow nearby and is named after the province the cocoa beans are grown in. As the first artisan chocolate maker based in Vietnam, Marou is committed to finding a sustainable path forward for their cacao production. All beautifully wrapped in handmade paper, perfect for gifting. Check out all of our Marou offerings!

> SHOP MAROU BARS ONLINE AT THE DELI

7. Goodio, Chai Dark Chocolate Bar

Traditional chai spices blended together with smooth and creamy chocolate creating a fragrant, exotic flavor experience from India.  This bar is organic, raw & vegan.  And decked out in a gorgeous pink wrapper–gift giving ready for Mother’s Day. 

photo courtesy of Goodio

> SHOP GOODIO’S CHAI BAR ONLINE AT THE DELI

8. Goodnow Farms, Special Reserve Dark Chocolate Bar with Lawley’s Rum

This multi-award winning bar uses Esmeraldas, Ecuadorian cacao nibs that are steeped in Boston Harbor Distillery Lawley’s Dark Rum for several days, allowing the nibs to fully absorb these complex flavors. The sweet molasses and caramel notes of the rum combine perfectly with the berry jam flavors of our single origin Esmeraldas cacao to create a delicious 77% dark chocolate bar.

photo courtesy of Goodnow Farms Chocolate

> SHOP GOODNOW FARM’S LAWLEY’S RUM BAR ONLINE AT THE DELI

9. Omnom, Coffee & Milk

Made in Reykjavík, Iceland this unique inclusion bar may look like a milk chocolate bar but it is actually made with cocoa butter (white chocolate) and finely ground espresso from Reykjavík Roasters.  Sweet and creamy this whole bar is equivalent to 2 shots of espresso, think latte in bar form!

> SHOP THE OMNOM COFFE & MILK BAR ONLINE AT THE DELI

10. Mānoa, Passionfruit Dark Milk Chocolate

Manoa is from the island of Oahu, Hawaii and is the only state in the United States that can grow cacao commercially.  For this bar Manoa has paired their Hawaiian grown cacao with locally grown passion fruit to produce a 50% dark milk chocolate bar that is smooth, creamy with a delightful sweet tart fruit kick. Delicious!

> SHOP THIS MANOA PASSIONFRUIT BAR ONLINE AT THE DELI