It wouldn't be the holiday season without chocolate! From festive parties, to small family gatherings, or maybe just enjoying a quiet moment with someone you love, chocolate is a great addition to your holiday season. Each year, we love to share some of the fun and creative holiday products that we come across from the fabulous chocolatiers and chocolate makers we know in the fine chocolate industry. Here are just a few of the great examples we found this year! This is definitely NOT an exhaustive list, or we'd be writing this blog post well past New Year's Day!
Holiday Chocolate Collections
This collection created by Choc Allure is just so cute, and with flavors such as milk and cookies and hot chocolate, this collection is sure to delight kids and grown ups alike!
Made by Jessica Minghi, in Brooklyn, New York, this beautiful collection features classic holiday flavors such as eggnog, dark chocolate peppermint, and cinnamon milk chocolate.
Pump Street Chocolate
If you are looking for a classic chocolate Santa, look no further than this jolly fellow made by Pump Street Chocolate. He is made with a 60% Dark Milk Chocolate makes the perfect gift!
This limited edition Hanukkah collection from EH Chocolatier includes flavors such as olive oil, hazelnut praline, and pomegranate oolong.
Holiday Chocolate Bars
Toronto's Soma Chocolatemaker created this special edition truffle bar for the holiday season called the Mint and Chocolate Twig. This beautiful creation is striped with buttery, peppermint chocolate and gianduja (a magical combination of chocolate and hazelnuts). You will definitely need to buy one to gift and one for yourself!
Another classic holiday flavor pairing is orange and chocolate. Utah's Ritual Chocolate put their own unique twist on this combination with candied orange and dried cranberries with this bar made with 70% dark chocolate.
French Broad Chocolate
When you are serious about fine chocolate, one bar just won't do! We love this holiday bar collection from French Broad Chocolate . This three bar set includes Peppermint White Chocolate with Cacao Nibs; Gingerbread Milk Chocolate with Cookie Crumbles; and Orange Rosemary Dark Chocolate with Pine Nuts. These bars are beautifully packaged and perfect for gifting!
If you are looking for something festive, and delicious that is also a fun activity for the whole family, look no further than the Gingerbread Hut Kit from Manoa Chocolate . Using Manoa's delicious Gingerbread Bar and their White Chocolate & Nibs Bar, you can create your very own dream gingerbread hut!
Mint and chocolate are one of those pairings that are just classic for the holidays. The Minty Dark bar from Creo Chocolate takes this classic pairing to the next level, with a fresh flavor of NW peppermint, paired with a perfect 73% dark chocolate from Ecuador made with heirloom cacao. It is one of our favorite bars, and as you can see from all those award stickers, we are clearly not alone!
This Mexican Spice Drinking Chocolate from Moka Origins is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, sure to warm you up on those cold, wintery days ahead.
Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate
In case you haven't noticed the theme, we love mint and chocolate for the holidays! This drinking chocolate from Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate is the perfect balance of minty goodness with rich chocolate flavor and is sure to become a new favorite all season long.
And of course, we couln't wrap up our blog post on holiday chocolate without mentioning hot cocoa bombs. These literally exploded onto the scene last holiday season and quickly became the newest and hottest trend in hot cocoa enjoyment. We love these beauties from Nibblette and they come in a delicious flavors such as chai spice, salted caramel and fudge brownie.
What to look for when you're buying fine chocolate
So, you step into a chocolate shop looking for a great gift - what should you be looking for? How do you know if what you're buying is of high quality? We tackled these questions and more in one of our Chocolate Masters Hangouts! Before you head out shopping, watch our hangout and let Megan Giller of Chocolate Noise, Eagranie Yuh, author of The Chocolate Tasting Kit & Jessica Ferraro of Bar Cacao share their expertise with you.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Ecole Chocolat!
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and wish you the very best!
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