Chocolates are no doubt one of the most popular gift choices around, which is certainly good news for all chocoholics out there. Chocolate gifts speak for the thoughtfulness and excellent taste of the giver.
Chocolate as gift items date back thousands of years ago, in the ancient Aztec empire in Mexico, where chocolate is believed to have flourished as a trading commodity. At that time, chocolate was consumed only by the royalty in a beverage form infused with herbs and chili. It was offered as a welcome drink for court visitors. During the Spanish conquest, Mexican chocolate reached Spain, France, England and other European nations, where it was used as gifts and dowries for royal engagements.
Perhaps the most celebrated chocolate gift was an ornate chest loaded with chocolate assortments given by the Spanish Princess Maria Theresa (1638-1683) to her fiancé King Louis XIV of France. Since then, chocolate drinking became a widespread practice in France and chocolate gifts became fashionable.
Today, chocolate gifts are enjoyed by both young and old alike. They are given during special occasions like birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, weddings and during the holiday season. Chocolate gifts are also use to mark special events like housewarmings, celebrating a first or a new job, as a thank-you gift and even as a peace offering.
Corporate gifts consisting of fine chocolate selections also make for a good business statement. They are given as welcome gifts or souvenirs to visitors, as a gift to the boss’s wife during business dinners or to congratulate someone after accomplishing a big project or bagging a large contract.
Almost all kinds of chocolate in its every form and variant are great as gifts. The most popular chocolate gifts include truffles in decorative tins; milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and white chocolate in separate boxes or a decorative chocolate boutique boxes; chocolate bars with nuts, fruits, cereals or candies; chocolate-dipped pastries; bite-sized chocolate samplers and so much more. There are also chocolate tablets, blocks, chips or powders for cooking (cakes, cookies, fudge and syrup), chocolate essence for flavoring and pre-mixed chocolate beverages.