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Indulge the chocolate lover with this best-selling assortment of world famous chocolates and gourmet confections. Paired with sweet companions, this gift creates a celebration that is truly decadent.
Included in this Gift: Ghirardelli Squares in Dark, Caramel and Sea Salt Chocolate. Lindt Dark Orange Chocolate, Cookies, Truffles and more.
Chocolate Celebration Gift Basket
Milk Chocolate Caramel Squares Gift Bag, Assorted Chocolate Squares Gift Bag, Gold Gift Tin with Assorted Squares, Brown Gift Box with Assorted Squares, Blue Round Gift Box with Assorted Squares, Milk Chocolate Caramel Bar, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Bar, Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bar, Intense Dark Chocolate 72% Cacao Bar, Intense Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Heaven Bar, Intense Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Roasted Almond Bar, Celebrate any occasion with this handsome gift basket, filled with a selection of Ghirardelli Chocolate's finest. Includes an assortment of Squares chocolate favorites like Milk Chocolate Caramel and a variety of Ghirardelli Chocolate bars.
Soft and chewy cookies, luscious truffles, crisp toffee and decadent, creamy medallions... it's a chocolate-lover's dream.
Included in this Gift: 24 Gourmet Guittard Chocolate Cookies, 16-Piece White and Milk Chocolate Medallions, 18-Piece MacKenzie's Chocolate-Covered Toffee, 3-Piece Filled Chocolate Truffles in an Edible Chocolate Box, 4-Piece Filled Chocolate Truffle Box.
French Chocolate Gift Assortment
The Classique is an assortment of time-honored flavor combinations prepared with a distinctive zChocolat touch. From a raspberry ganache covered in dark chocolate to a passion fruit caramel blanketed in milk chocolate, it’s a delicious way to experience the essential zChocolat recipes. Includes pieces 0 to 11 from the Numbered Collection plus three of their legendary Z chocolates.
Dark Chocolate Gift Assortment
Indulge your dark side with this assembly of zChocolat's most sophisticated pieces. With fillings ranging from tangy passion fruit to sultry Kenyan coffee, each member of this assortment was included because of its silky 70% dark cocoa couverture.
The resulting collection is at once robust and sensual, sure to be appreciated by dark chocolate aficionados everywhere.
Milk Chocolate Gift Assortment
Assorted Chocolate Squares Gift Bag
Ghirardelli signature SQUARES chocolates deliver the perfect balance of intense, slow-melting chocolate and rich ingredients in a variety of flavors. Our Assorted SQUARES make a sweet gift for all the chocolate lovers in your life and show you have got great taste. The Assorted SQUARES Gift Bag includes: 6 Milk Chocolate Caramel, 5 Dark Chocolate Caramel, 7 Dark Chocolate 60% Cacao, 7 Milk Chocolate, 5 Dark Chocolate Mint, 5 Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, 5 Dark Chocolate Raspberry
Intense Dark Chocolate Gift Bag
The luxuriously deep and velvety 86% cacao dark chocolate in Ghirardelli Midnight Reverie delivers unrivaled chocolate intensity. Our Intense Dark Chocolate 86% Cacao Midnight Reverie SQUARES make a sweet gift for all the chocolate lovers in your life and show you've got great taste.
Intense Dark Chocolate Raspberry Gift Bag
Savor the perfect combination of delectably luscious raspberry filling made with real fruit surrounded by intense dark chocolate. Our Dark Chocolate Raspberry SQUARES make a sweet gift for all the chocolate lovers in your life and show you've got great taste.
Godiva I Love You Chocolate Box
8 pieces of Godiva's Chocolate Mini Box
A iconic Gold Gift Box is filled with 8 pieces of Godiva's bestselling, top-rated chocolate pieces, in an assortment of milk, dark and white chocolates with indulgent texture, flavor combinations with classic Belgian fillings. Velvety smooth caramels and nutty, smooth pralines are sure to delight the senses.
19 Piece Gold Chocolate Gift Box
Delight someone special with a box of our world-famous chocolates adorned with lush ribbon. Each assortment is filled with a variety of our milk, dark, and white chocolates with classic Belgian fillings such as silky ganaches, creamy pralines, rich caramels, fruits, and nuts. Finished with a classic gold ribbon.
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Welcome to the Gift Basket Connection Chocolate Gifts and Basket Shop.
When you want to make a big gesture, a chocolate gift or a chocolate gift basket is the perfect choice.
These gifts are guaranteed to impress and put a smile on your recipients face.
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These gift boxes, basket, gift bags and chocolate towers make the best gifts for anyone who appreciates delicious gourmet chocolates in various flavors.
You’ll be the hero and be the one your friends and family are talking about when you send any one of our chocolate gifts tempting everyone to try a piece from each box.
Welcome a new baby, say thank you to a new corporate client or send a special birthday gift to a friend or family member. Our Chocolate gifts, boxes, baskets, bags and towers
are a perfect choice for housewarmings, get well gifts, anniversaries, weddings, sympathy, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's day, birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or any other type of holiday, event or occasion.
We also deliver corporate chocolate gift baskets to all local businesses, hotels and convention centers nationwide.
Our Chocolate Gift Basket shop offers the world's largest selection of high quality Belgium and French chocolate with nationwide delivery
What is chocolate?
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Chocolate is produced from the seed of the cacao tree.
Unfortunately for many home gardeners eager to have their own stash of chocolate, trees grow only in tropical regions: Central America, the Caribbean, Indonesia, and Africa.
Cacao production is labor-intensive. Trees require hand harvesting and machetes, as the pods can reach a size comparable to butternut squash and hold between 30 and 50 beans.
Cacao trees grown in the wild with shade can maintain production for nearly 100 years. Take that, biennials.
The beans, about the size of almonds, are allowed to ferment for 3 to 7 days and then dried. This fermentation is essential — the raw seeds are very bitter.
After fermentation beans must be sorted, cleaned, and weighed before roasting.
After roasting, the beans enter a machine that cracks the seed coats and blows them away, leaving behind cacao nibs, which are 47% cocoa solids and 53% cocoa butter.
Cocoa butter (from cacao) is the main source of fat in chocolate. The cocoa solids are ground into cocoa powder, the same stuff that flavors your chocolate protein powder.
Cacao nibs left after bean cracking can be milled into a “nut butter”-like paste, called chocolate liquor (alcohol free), which can then be pressed.
The chocolate liquor on its own is dry and gritty. It can be combined with other ingredients like sugar, vanilla, and lecithin to make a more palatable product, and/or be broken down on machinery and kneaded for days to improve the texture.
Careful heating and cooling will create a stable structure.
Chocolate history: Willy Wonka and the Mayans
Back in 250-900 A.D. the Mayans noticed a wild tree (cacao tree) occupying rain forests in South America and figured out it could be cultivated.
They would ferment, roast, and grind the beans, similar to what we do today.
But the Mayans didn’t have a “Willy Wonka Factory” with helpful machinery to produce a variety of confections. Instead, they enjoyed chocolate as a beverage, with ground beans, water, chile, vanilla, black pepper and cornmeal, sweetened with honey.
To Mayans, cacao was valuable stuff. It wasn’t consumed on a regular basis, but often used as part of tradition and rituals. Cacao beans were also used as a form of currency.
The industrial revolution changed the chocolate “experience.” The cocoa press was invented in 1828 to separate chocolate into cocoa butter and solids (cocoa powder).
Between 1875 and 1894 the names “Nestle” and “Hershey” became more popular with the development of milk chocolate and mass production of chocolate bars spanning the globe.
Specialized chocolate companies have only been popular since the 1980s.
Types of Chocolate
Made from 100% cocoa liquor and bitter unless mixed with other ingredients. ( I learned this when I took a bite of my mom’s unsweetened baking chocolate at the age of 7.)
Bittersweet, semisweet, or dark chocolate
Dark chocolate can contain no milk powder and must have a minimum of 35% cocoa solids. Bittersweet and semisweet are similar and differ based on the percentage of sugar.
At least 10% chocolate liquor and 12% milk solids. Also has more sugar than dark or semisweet.
Well, it’s not really chocolate, as it’s made from cocoa butter, sugar, and flavorings.
A crushed and ground solid left after cocoa butter is removed from chocolate liquor. Cocoa powder is typically unsweetened.
There are two main varieties, regular and Dutch process. Dutch is alkalized to neutralize the acid. If you cook with baking powder, use Dutch. If you cook with baking soda, use regular.
Why is chocolate so important?
We eat a lot of it
For years, people ate chocolate for ts stimulatory properties: it was thought to increase energy, stimulate sexual desire, and generally add zest to life.
Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine.
–Geronimo Piperni (1796) Nowdays, people usually eat it because it tastes good.
North Americans eat about 12 pounds of chocolate per year, not quite placing in the top 10 for worldwide consumption. In 2001, Americans consumed 3 billion pounds of the stuff, which totaled about $13 billion in sales.
(By comparison, the sale of all other non-chocolate candy items in 2001 was $7.6 billion.)
Chocolate is a frequent snack item. Nearly 70% of chocolate is consumed between meals.
This is your brain on chocolate
Chocolate may have effects on people’s moods. Most chocolate is eaten in the winter, which suggests that people often use it as a way to beat the seasonal blues.
Chocolate may also improve cognitive performance, according to some studies. Other studies show no benefit.
Traditional chocolate is one of the most concentrated sources of natural antioxidant plant compounds, called flavonoids. Cocoa products account for a major proportion of flavonoid intake in Western countries.
Flavonoids are bitter and astringent (again, you’d know this if you’ve ever eaten 99% dark chocolate or cacao nibs). This is why many companies add sugar and milk fat (think Kit-Kat).
Unfortunately these “additions,” along with other processing methods, can inhibit the absorption of the flavonoids.
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