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Top Ten Gift Guide For Chocolate Lovers
Whether you are 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 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 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.
Agrimontana: Fruit Jellies
Individually wrapped fruit gems from the foothills of the Maritime Alps. We love their brightness of flavor, the touch of resistance when you bite into them, and their restrained sweetness.
Askinosie Chocolate: Coconut Milk Chocolate Bar
A coconut lovers dream, this vegan coconut “milk” 52% chocolate bar is so smooth and creamy. Handcrafted by our friends at Askinosie Chocolate with cocoa beans they source directly from farmers in Del Tambo, Ecuador plus organic coconut. It’s no wonder it won the 2018 International Chocolate Award!
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 are an all-around crowd pleaser – delightful for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers – so you might want to pick up another bag, trust me, you will thank us later.
Charles Chocolate’s Chocolate Dipped Toffee Macadamia Nuts
Made by Michigan native and self-taught chocolate maker, Chuck Siegel in a small chocolate shop in San Francisco. Fresh and full flavored macadamias are roasted to perfection, then coated in a crunchy layer of butter toffee, dipped in rich milk chocolate and finished with a dusting of cocoa powder. A decadent nosh for your next festive party.
D. Barbero Northern Italian Nougat
The Barbero family has been making hazelnut torrone for five generations in the town of Asti since 1883. Industrial makers tend to crank out batches at lightning speed. Not Barbero. This nougat takes seven hours to make and incorporates real egg whites. All of this makes the confection crisp & gently crumbly in texture and loaded with the region’s famous flavorful hazelnuts. The special hazelnuts are roasted in-house every morning, then hand selected and folded into the nougat. Available as is or smothered in layers of dark chocolate. Packaged in their keepsake gift-worthy tin.
NEW! Zingerman’s Hot Cocoa Tin
Available on our menu, now available by the tin. Warm-up after a day of sledding and building snowmen with a frothy mug of the Next Door’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 is 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.
Custom 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, from 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.
- Chocolat Moderne’s Maple Magic: Maple caramel blended with warming spices cardamom, cinnamon, clove and a sprinkle of sea salt dipped in velvety chocolate.
- Chocolate in Chelsea’s Orange Cardamom: Dark chocolate ganache brightened with orange zest, cardamom and orange oil all dipped in dark chocolate.
- Sweet Gem Confections’ Cranberry Pâte de Fruit: Juicy French-style fruit candy made with tart & sweet cranberry purée balanced by a coat of rich white chocolate.
The above list is only a small selection of the items on my wish list this year. So if you need more suggestions, visit us in Zingerman’s Next Door 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.