Chocolate News & Notes: Holiday Chocolate Top 10 List
by Jennie B, Zingerman’s Chocolate Specialist
Whether you’re looking for impressive presents, delightful stocking stuffers, or sweets to accompany your holiday meal, we have it all. Visit our online store or stop in the Next Door Café to peruse our entire bounty of seasonal treasures.
1. Chocolate Gift Boxes
A variety of options for you to give the gift of chocolate this year! Choose from any of our pre-selected, ready to give holiday chocolate gift boxes or email me at [email protected] for suggestions and I will help you create your own custom box! Choose from a variety of milk chocolate, dark chocolate or inclusion bars from around the world!
2. Guido Gobino Holiday Chocolate Box
A selection of Guido Gobino’s finest hand made chocolates. This holiday box contains their classic Giandujotti & Tourinot, a hazelnut treat in both milk and dark chocolate; three varieties of dark chocolate rounds; and five flavors of their Cremini chocolates in sea salt, classic, dark, cappuccino & caramel.
3. Chocolat Moderne Hanukkah Bon Bons
Beautiful bon bons for hanukkah! Made by Chocolat Moderne, this 8 piece sleeve of chocolates has a delicious treat for each night. This assortment includes flavors like Walnut babka, apricot rugelach, raspberry sufganiyot, halva and more.
4. Chocolate Covered Dates
Mirzam, a chocolate maker drawn by the stars, tells the story of the spice trade through the lens of craft chocolate. Locally grown, delicious Khalas dates are enrobed in bean to bar 62% and 100% dark chocolate and topped with a variety of local flavors like crushed pistachios, coconut, almonds and more!
5. Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory Peppermint Bark
Rich, crisp layers of delicious dark and creamy white chocolates, studded throughout and topped with crushed all-natural peppermint candy from Hammond’s Candies! Our friends at Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory tested nearly a dozen versions of peppermint bark before choosing this recipe.
6. Bellstone Chocolate & Pecan Butter Toffee
Give the gift of this 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, you might need another bag. Available in bags of milk or dark chocolate, tied with a festive bow.
7. Rabitos Royale, Chocolate Dipped Figs
Treat yourself or your sweetie to this blissful box of chocolates containing tender, luscious figs from Spain filled with soft chocolate truffle cream and a hint of brandy liqueur, dipped in dark chocolate. Their rich, full-bodied flavor pairs beautifully with a bold red wine.
8. Zingerman’s Hot Cocoa Tin
Available on our Next Door Café menu and by the tin! Warm-up after a day of sledding and building snowmen with a frothy mug of our most popular hot cocoa for over 15 years. Add your favorite kind of milk to make this chocolatey classic at home. Sip while decking the halls or pair a tin with a package of Zingerman’s Marshmallows for a comforting and indulgent gift for the cocoa lover in your life.
9. Venchi Italian Chocolate
Often incorporating original recipes dating back over 130 years, this innovative Italian chocolate shop has been producing handmade confections in small batches for over a century. Traditionally crafted, these bags are filled with an assortment of chocolates and are ready to bring to your holiday get together.
10. Francois Pralus, Dark Chocolate Pyramid
This set of chocolates comes in two sizes and offers an around the world exotic, chocolate vacation for one or more people. Each bar is a consistent 75% cacao, illustrating how bean variety and origin, not just percentage, play a big role in developing flavor. Taste your way from toasty espresso Ecuador to red raspberry Madagascar.