Are you holiday shopping for a chocoholic this year? If so, chocolate lovers will melt over any one of these delicious gifts. I also love combining several of these items for a sweet “themed” gift basket, which anyone will enjoy receiving!
Chocolate gets a bad rap for being "bad" or unhealthy. The commercial varieties found on the shelves of your supermarket may deserve the less-than-stellar reputation, but real chocolate doesn’t! Really rich, high quality, low sugar chocolate with 85% or more cacao is considered a superfood. Cacao is a rich source of antioxidants and feel-good neurotransmitters, and has numerous health benefits.
Homemade Chocolate: If the person on your list enjoys baking, why not give them a gift basket filled with the ingredients necessary to make their own homemade chocolate? This includes cacao butter, cacao powder, and a sweetener such as honey, coconut nectar, or coconut palm sugar.
A second option for making homemade chocolate is to use cacao liquor. Don’t let the name fool you—no alcohol here, just a mix of cacao powder and cacao butter. Add a sweetener and you’re ready to make high-quality chocolate creations.
Sunbiotics Probiotic Chocolate Bar will satisfy any chocolate craving + improve your gut health! These one-of-a-kind chocolate bars contain 10 billion probiotics in every bar. Made with raw cacao, this bar is vegan and free of dairy, gluten, soy and nuts, but don't let that fool you--it's certainly not free of flavor. These bars come in three flavors: Ginger Spice, Pure Peppermint, and Chocolate. It's sweetness comes from real, organic, raw vanilla bean and low-glycemic organic coconut sugar. Yum!
Cacao Berry Clarity Bar and Mint Berry Clarity Bar by Power Organics are little dark chocolate cups that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and made from completely non-GMO ingredients. They come in two flavors, and are bursting with beneficial, superfood ingredients such as blueberries, goji berries, Klamath blue-green algae, raw cacao nibs, mesquite powder, maca, hemp seeds, and a touch of salt crystals to enhance the flavor. They’re even packaged in cute little blue or emerald green foil wrappers, make great stocking stuffers, and will satisfy any chocolate craving!
JEM Almond Butters + a spoon. That’s all you need. These are at the top of the list when it comes to a nut butter spread. Ok, technically there’s only one JEM almond butter that has cacao in it, but these will soothe even the most ravenous chocolate craving. You’re going to have a very difficult time deciding which one to buy!
Here are your four choices, and just a tip…buy one for yourself too!
Emmy’s Organic Dark Chocolate Sauce: This sauce is the real deal and has been described as chocolate gold. In a jar. It’s like a thick, rich fudgy frosting and melts with ease to drizzle over fruit or dessert of choice. The consistency is rich, and the flavor is more of a semi-sweet than dark chocolate. Made simply with all organic, raw ingredients: agave, raw cacao powder, vanilla bean, and Himalayan crystal salt, it’s scrumptious!
Rawmio makes raw, vegan, gluten-free chocolate treats that will delight any chocolate fan. The Rawmio Truffle Cake is a spectacularly rich, indulgent dessert that is sinfully delicious, but made with heavenly ingredients. Organic raw coconut, almonds, currants and cacao make a crispy sweet base for a dense, fudge-like filling. Hand-crafted, stoneground, and processed at low temperatures, the Rawmio chocolate cake is the perfect thing to take to holiday parties, to give as a hostess gift, or to share with your loved ones this holiday season.
Live Superfoods Chocolate Covered Coconut Chunks: Chunks of pure organic coconut are luxuriously draped in organic dark chocolate, resulting in a bite-sized, chewy, satisfyingly sweet treat. They make a great stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or gift for your neighbors.
Live Superfoods Chocolate Covered Goji Berries: Yum! The combo of the sweet-tart goji berries and silky-smooth dark chocolate makes this treat hard to put down. Goji berries are sweet red fruits native to Asia, and contain over 4g of protein, 21 essential minerals, 18 amino acids, and an impressive array of antioxidants. This organic treat is a great gift option for kids and adults alike.
Live Superfoods Chocolate Covered Almonds: Covered in a dusting of cacao powder will remind you of handmade chocolate truffles. The organic almonds are full of flavor and heart healthy monounsaturated fat, making this snack a little more guiltless.
There's something for every chocolate-lover on your list, from the superfoodies who want their raw chocolate wrapped around the world's most beneficial superfoods, to the purist who demand nothing but the best, pure dark chocolate. As for that one last person you may have overlooked - don't forget to treat yourself to a decadent chocolate treat this holiday season, too!
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods