Chocolate Gift Baskets
There is nothing like a gift basket featuring chocolate
the world's most famous and delectable confection.
Favorites are chocolate covered cranberries, blueberries,
cherries, and sunflower seeds. Truffles and gourmet chocolate
chip cookies are also popular.
Add chocolate covered almonds, mint chocolates, chocolate
fudge, hot chocolate and chocolate stir sticks.
Chocolate gift baskets are often in the form of unique wooden boxes
such as treasure chests that can be kept after the treats
To some people chocolate is synonymous with love
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, the same chemical produced
in the brain when a person is in love. Chocolate gifts are number one on the list of romantic
Chocolate Has Health Benefits!
Chocolate also has health benefits - antioxidants and flavonoids
are abundant in cocoa. Dark chocolate is the most concentrated
in cocoa and in these substances. High quality dark chocolate
usually contains 60% - 70% chocolate solids, with milk chocolate
over 30%. Many poor quality chocolates contain less than 10% chocolate
High quality chocolate is made with cocoa butter. Cocoa
butter, though a saturated fat, has been shown to have a neutral
effect on cholesterol levels. (Hydrogenated vegetable oils, which do raise cholesterol levels, are found in poor quality chocolate.)
Add Chocolate to Any Gift Basket.
Chocolate is a pleasing addition to any gift basket. Coffee
goes well with chocolate - combine gourmet coffee and a mug
with gourmet chocolate. Chocolates are also a nice addition
to a fruit basket - add some chocolate covered strawberries.
Good to give or receive on any holiday or special occasion,
chocolate gift baskets are especially popular on Valentines
Day, Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day and birthdays and anniversaries.