Gourmet Chocolate Gifts are Great for All Occasions

Getting the perfect gift for any occasion can be stressful. For most of us, we determine our budget first. Your budget is going to be determined by how much you can afford but also by the type of event and how well you know the recipient. For instance, you are going to spend more money on a gift for your spouse at Christmas time than on your coworker at their retirement party! Next, it’s important take the time to consider everything you know about the gift receiver. Are they the kind of person that prefers a gift that they can use? A gift that they can admire and show off to friends? Or maybe they prefer the gift of a special experience or an act of service? By taking the time, you are ensuring that you are going to give a gift that is appreciated and cherished. Gourmet chocolate gifts are ideal for anyone who loves a delicious gift that they can enjoy.

Once you have decided to search for tasty gourmet chocolate gifts, you still have plenty of options available to you. One of the best ways to determine the perfect gift is always going to be talking to an expert. Gourmet chocolatiers are the perfect people to give you all of the options, guiding you through the process of choosing chocolate that is sure to be a winner, as well as providing you with delicious chocolate in a beautiful package that is sure to make a big impact.

So what kind of gift can you get? One classic option is a truffle assortment. Assorted truffles are an exciting gift for anyone who loves to enjoy many different kinds of chocolate all at once. If a celebration is coming up in the winter time, carefully crafted hot chocolate from your local chocolate shop is a thoughtful and seasonal gift that anyone will love. If you have a caramel fan in your life, hand-made salted caramel is better than anything from the grocery store. For someone who loves pastries, chocolate cookies are the perfect combination of flour, sugar and chocolate that there is! No matter how picky the palate, chocolate is a great gift to anyone in your life, from your spouse to your coworkers to your best friends and beyond. Find a local chocolatier that can provide you with the selection you need and feel great about your gifts!

Handcrafted Chocolate Truffles Make Excellent Gifts

Have you been looking for the perfect gift to give to a loved one for a special occasion? There are so many times throughout a person’s life that they deserve to be celebrated. Each birthday that comes around is a great excuse to celebrate, especially when it comes to important milestones like turning twenty-one, fifty or eighty. Wedding anniversaries are also important to recognize each year, whether it is your own anniversary or the anniversary of someone special in your life. Holidays like Christmas and Valentines day are even more dates that presents are appreciated and expected. Whatever special event is coming up, taking the time to find the perfect gift can be emotionally exhausting and time-consuming. As you take the time to consider what will be appreciated by your loved one, never underestimate the power of chocolate! Rather than turning to the chocolate section of your local grocery store, consider getting them a gift that will really be appreciated: handcrafted chocolate truffles.

What are truffles? Only one of the most decadent and delicious chocolates around! If you haven’t tried a truffle before, it is well worth it to give them a try to decide whether it’s something your loved one will appreciate. A truffle is a chocolate with a chocolate ganache center. Ganache is created by mixing cream and chocolate, making a solid but gooey interior. The outside of the truffle is made of hard chocolate, chopped up nuts or cocoa powder. When you go shopping for truffles, you will most often see the ganache and the exterior in a round shape about the size of a quarter or a little larger. But truffles can be in nearly any shape or size, including ovals, hearts and beyond.

Why should you opt for handcrafted chocolate truffles? The care and dedication that goes into creating a handcrafted chocolate is something that you can taste in the end product. Many mass-produced, store-bought truffles are going to be tasty, but they are not made with the same dedication to incredible taste and personalized care that handmade confections are. Purchasing handcrafted chocolates for a special birthday, anniversary or holiday is a way of telling a loved one that you really want to pamper them and give them the very best experience for their taste buds. So the next time you aren’t sure what gift to give, give handmade sweets that can be savored!

Do you know your Chocolates?

Let’s face it; chocolates are one of the best things to have happened to us. Deliciously crafted chocolate creations come in so many different forms. They can be in the form of edibles, or something you could just drink. From dark chocolate to milk chocolate to white chocolate, chocolate creations offer a little something to everyone, depending on how you like it. If white and milk chocolates are too sweet for you, have some dark chocolate. Feel like having some wine with your chocolate creation? That’s quite the combination! Sure, most of us love chocolates, but how much do we really know about them other than that they’re simply delicious? Let’s start with the fact that the whole world celebrates ‘Chocolate Day’ on July 7th, which is arguably when chocolate was first brought to Europe. Whether that is true or not may be debatable but what’s for sure is that chocolate was first brought to Europe sometime in the 16th Century. Do you know it is also argued that white chocolate isn’t actually chocolate?! Now wait a minute, this is only because white chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, but it does contain cocoa butter which is part of the cocoa bean so…technically it still qualifies. You can’t convince us otherwise!

This one might come as a shock to most (maybe), but cocoa beans were considered so valuable by the Maya Civilization that they actually used chocolate as currency! Imagine that. Dating back to both Mexican and Aztec culture, the first chocolate creation known to humankind is hot chocolate. Though it was nothing like what we know as hot chocolate today, it was typically brewed for special occasions like weddings. The first ‘solid’ chocolate was invented much later, in 1847, by combining cocoa butter, chocolate liquor and sugar. Soon after, milk chocolate was created in 1875 by Daniel Peter who tried making his recipe work for 8 whole years before being able to finally create milk chocolate. The key ingredient in helping him succeed was condensed milk (yum!). Any guesses as to which company made the first chocolate bar ever? You might have gotten this one right – it was the Cadbury Company back in 1842.

Maybe you’ve wondered how chocolate melts so easily once it touches your tongue (making it even more delicious like that was possible. Another fact that sets chocolates apart from other edibles is that it is the only edible substance which melts just below human body temperature, at around 93° F. In case you were worried about your exercises and craved some chocolaty after your workouts, you’ll be relieved to know that chocolate milk is actually quite an effective post-workout recovery drink. However true that is, we know where we’re headed right after hitting our gym today!

The Science of Chocolate at Cacao Chemistry Colorado Springs

While the winds of winter whip outside, it reminds us of all of the delicious confections we can enjoy during the holiday season. Chocolate is one of the most famous substances in the world and also easily one of the most popular. It comes in so many different varieties and flavors that it is hard to name them all. Welcome to the blog and thank you for reading. In this edition of the blog we will talk about many of the different chocolate creations that are available from Cacao Chemistry Colorado Springs. We hope that you find something delicious and useful for your needs and that you will decide to come inside and shop. If you are so overwhelmed with chocolate cravings after reading, you can follow the above link to be taken to a page where you can find all of the delicious things you are daydreaming about.

Chocolate is a delicious treat that is enjoyed worldwide but American chocolatiers have really taken the science of cacao to new heights with their research. A company called Cacao chemistry in Colorado springs, CO. has been pushing the boundaries of fine chocolate making. Their long time development of their skills truly helps with their creations of things like chocolate truffles and assorted chocolates that let you enjoy many different techniques and flavors. Salted caramel is another lovely creation that they do very well. They are also masters of making cookies and chocolate bark. So many creations are out there and available for you to enjoy today. Why not try a little bit of everything or try something that you haven’t had before like a chocolate truffle or some of that delicious chocolate bark? There is no reason not to try a sampler, that way you can get a little of what you know you like and a little of something new?

Thank you for stopping by the chocolate blog and for sharing the love of cacao and fine chocolate. We strive to make you happy so your feedback is appreciated. If you decide on any of the chocolates that we point out, then send us a picture of you enjoying it and we could use it in a future blog. We love to hear from our friends and clients and stop back by soon.