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Holiday Chocolate Top 10 List
Whether you’re looking for impressive presents, delightful stocking stuffers, the perfect hostess gift or sweets to accompany your holiday party, we have it all. Visit us in the Next Door Café to peruse our entire bounty of seasonal treasures.
Veruca Chocolate: Grown-Up Gelt for Hanukkah
Celebrate the tradition of Hanukkah gelt a bit more deliciously! Gold and silver dusted disks from Veruca Chocolates in Chicago, are formed to look like Judean coins circa 40 B.C.E. Available in two sophisticated flavors: dark chocolate with crunchy cocoa nibs and dark chocolate with crystals of sea salt. A great gift for every day of Hanukkah.
Askinosie Chocolate: Peppermint Bark
Our favorite artisanally-made “bean to bark” from Springfield, Missouri has returned to the Deli with much-anticipated delight. Layers of dark single-origin dark and white chocolates topped with all-natural crushed peppermint from Denver’s Hammond’s Candies. Made with complex 72% dark chocolate from Mababu, Tanzania and cocoa butter from the Philippines (which is pressed right in their shop!) Makes a cheerful gift or an indulgent confection to keep all for yourself.
Rabitos Royale, Chocolate Dipped Figs
The finest figs selected from the Mediterranean! These luscious figs from Spain are filled with brandy and fudge and then covered with a delicate layer of chocolate and then individually wrapped. Their rich full-bodied flavor pair beautifully with a bold red wine.
Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat: Dong Nai 72%
The cacao grown in this “pod to bar” chocolate is from the jungled hills of Dong Nai province, Vietnam. There, avocado farmers cultivate cacao that is both sweet and sour, similar to a tropical fruit parfait. Founders Vincent Mourou and Samuel Maruta roast their cacao slow and low so you can taste their hard work and the terroir of each of their provincial origin bars. Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat was among the first in the world to make chocolate at the origin. What began as a dream for two wayward Frenchmen has snowballed into a brand of pure dark chocolate entirely made from Vietnam’s finest ingredients.
Béquet Confections’ Caramels
From tinkering in her home kitchen to an award-winning confection maker, Robin Béquet’s caramels, from Bozeman, Montana, are some of the best in the country. A hefty half-pound bag of smooth, buttery rich caramels with notes of brown sugar. Available in an assortment of flavors. They’re an all-around crowd pleaser and make delightful hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. Grab an extra bag and spread some holiday cheer!
Chocolate Covered Clementines
Juicy, delicious clementines from Calabria in southwestern Italy. This fruit is soaked in simple syrup for three weeks, cut in wedges and then dipped in dark chocolate. A perfect gift for a guest, a host or yourself!
NAR Gourmet Turkish Delights
A beautiful tin of traditionally made Turkish Delights. This version of a classic confection was hand-made in Istanbul and packed with double roasted pistachios Ideally served after meals or with coffee or Turkish black tea, this delicacy perfectly represents Turkish hospitality.
Zingerman’s Hot Cocoa Tin
Available on our menu and by the tin! Warm-up after a day of sledding and building snowmen with a frothy mug of the Next Door Café’s most popular hot cocoa for over 15 years. Add your favorite kind of milk to make our 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.
Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory: Original Zzang! Bar 6pk
There’s no mystery as to why the Original Zzang is our candy company’s most popular candy bar: it starts with honey nougat made with natural peanut butter rolled in silky muscovado brown sugar caramel, combined with big Virginia peanuts and finished with a dip into a rich bath of 64 percent dark Colombian chocolate. Makes a great stocking stuffer, addition to a gift basket or refueling snack while wrapping gifts.
Box of Chocolates
Who doesn’t love a special box of handmade confections? The Next Door’s truffle case is a treasure trove of handmade confections from near & far, traditional to wild. We have pre-assembled collections available and staff ready to help you craft your perfect custom box of truffles and caramels. Here is a seasonal list to get you started:
- Grocer’s Daughter Peppermint Honey Caramel: Soft caramel infused with peppermint, lightly sweetened with star thistle honey, all dipped in dark chocolate. Also, cardamom, Mayan caramel, marzipan and more.
- Chocolat Moderne’s Maple Magic: Maple caramel blended with warming spices cardamom, cinnamon, clove and a sprinkle of sea salt dipped in velvety chocolate. Also, strawberry balsamic, cherry cordial, single malt scotch and more.
- Chocolate in Chelsea’s Orange Cardamom: Dark chocolate ganache brightened with orange zest, cardamom and orange oil all dipped in dark chocolate. Also, black forest, peppermint stick, honey lavender and more.
- Sweet Gem Confections’ Cranberry Pâte de Fruit: Juicy French-style fruit candy made with tart & sweet cranberry purée balanced by a coat of rich dark chocolate. Also, black pepper & vanilla, smokey tea, raspberry Chambord, eggnog with whiskey and more.
If you need more suggestions, visit us at Zingerman’s Next Door Café to choose from our extraordinary assortment of goodies. As always, if you’re still hunting for that perfect something and need a little assistance, we are enthusiastic about showing you our favorites and helping you find a special gift for everyone on your list.