Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Last Minute and Close-to-Home Chocolate Buys - Only one day left!!!

Oh no! You have just one morning of shopping left! So what great gift can you buy for someone who appreciates good chocolate?  And where can you get it TODAY?!? Check out my favourites that I found in stores this week...

At HomeSense I found a multi-pack of TAZA Stone Ground Chocolate discs. These are naturally crunchy and full of antioxidants.  My favourite flavours are the Coffee, the Vanilla (such a natural strong flavour of real vanilla) and the straight-up Dark 70%. I set aside specific flavours for people I care about, depending on their tastes, and threw them into their chocolate gift baskets this year.

Find out where else you can buy TAZA's stone ground chocolate here.

A Single Origin Collection by  PACARI was also at HomeSense.  This is a great gift for any budding chocolate connoisseur, since it is a multi-pack of region-specific Ecuadorian chocolate.  Slight differences can be tasted from bar to bar, depending on the region of Ecuador where the cacao was grown. Pacari's award-winning Raw 70% bar is included in the pack, but the Los Rios bar is by far my favourite.

Theo Chocolate can be found in a lot of shops these days.  This organic-focused bean-to-bar chocolate is delicious and comes in all sorts of flavours, including a lot of fun holiday bars like the Nutcracker Brittle - a 70% dark bar with a not-too-sweet caramel crunch.  I found this at the Island Jar on Manitoulin Island, but Theo can often be found at the Bulk Barn and a variety of other retailers.

Last Minute Chocolate Gifting Tips:
If you can't find any of the chocolate mentioned above, look around for something unique, new and interesting.  For a chocolate lover, you can never go wrong if you spend a little more, find a unique flavour or go for Organic and Fair Trade Chocolate, like Camino, Green & Blacks or Alter Eco brands.  Any chocolate with 'salted caramel' flavour is always welcome by a chocolate lover, and hazelnut or praline is usually popular with milk chocolate fanatics.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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