When you find yourself wondering what to gift someone, chocolates can be the simplest and the most delicious option. A gift is a medium to express love and care to your special ones and chocolates do that very well. Cut in beautiful shapes, packed, and gift wrapped nicely, chocolates can truly delight your loved ones.
Chocolates are made by processing the beans of cacao tree. The beans are fermented, dried, and roasted to extract the cocoa nibs. Cocoa nibs are then turned into chocolate paste by grinding and mixing. The chocolate paste is further processed to separate cocoa butter and chocolate solids. A vast variety of chocolates is created by just controlling the proportions of cocoa butter, chocolate, other flavors and ingredients like almonds, caramel, mint, fruit, nuts, milk, and sugar etc. The shapes and designs of chocolate pieces add to the variety. In most cases, every chocolate piece in a box is carefully wrapped to not only preserve its flavor but to also show how precious it is.
Chocolates are popular around the world and have been so for centuries. The usage of cocoa is traced back to 1100BC. It’s believed that the earlier usage of chocolate was in the form of beverage and it continued to be so until late 18th century when the large scale production of chocolate bars got started. The popularity of chocolate can be attributed to its taste as well as to its health benefits. Researchers suggest that if consumed in moderate amount, chocolate can help lower blood pressure and can help fight fatigue. The anti-oxidants in chocolate also reduce free radicals in the body. The melting of chocolate in the mouth is also linked to an increased brain activity and a feeling of relaxation. In short, there are definite benefits to eating chocolates and therefore a gift of chocolates can really please someone you give it to.
Chocolate lovers would grab any opportunity to indulge in chocolates. But those who have a sense for quality would tell you that Belgium chocolates and Swiss chocolates are the best. Today, you can buy so many different varieties of chocolates – dark chocolates, milk chocolates, white chocolates, semisweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and compound chocolate just to name a few. And the chocolate flavors? Oh! Many! The popular flavors include coffee, mint, vanilla, orange, fudge, caramel, coconut, and strawberry. You can find even vinegar and chocolate truffle, ginger, black sesame flavors.
A gift of chocolate box is ideal for any occasion – be it a wedding anniversary, birthday, graduation ceremony, or some other special event. Even for festivals like Diwali, Raksha Bandhan, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas, chocolates make a perfect gift. If you know a little bit about the person you can buy chocolates of just the right flavor that you think they will appreciate most. Chocolates can make a complete gift or they can accompany something more to mark the occasion – to give it a special touch.
On Diwali, for example, you may include a traditional Diwali diya with a chocolate box to highlight the significance of Diwali. You can also find chocolate boxes and gift hampers specially packed as Diwali gifts. People who find Diwali mithais overwhelming and not-so-good for health will really enjoy chocolates. Otherwise too, chocolates and namkeen can add good variety to Diwali delicacies which are dominated by Diwali mithais. Unlike mithais which won’t last more than a week, chocolates can be preserved and relished for long periods. Cadbury chocolate gifts are becoming increasingly popular as modern gifts in India.
For Valentine’s Day gift, you can add a bouquet of pretty flowers – even a red rose will be enough to sprinkle the romance into the box of chocolates. Heart shaped chocolates wrapped in a red decorated box can sometimes communicate more than humans. It’s a great way to express love and strengthen the emotional bond. Chocolates hold a special place in lovers' heart. On Valentine's Day flowers and chocolates make the most popular gifts - all around the world. Probably this is the day when most chocolate bars are sold on the planet. You can choose to include a greeting card to put your love and emotions in words.
Chocolates also make a great gift when you know least about the person. In corporate and business circles, chocolates gifts are very common. You can gift chocolates to almost anyone or any occasion. They are also easy to ship to someone living far away from you. And the best part, you can safely buy any favor or brand of chocolate from online stores. They can even gift wrap the box for you and ship directly to someone you want to gift it to.
If you are still deciding on your festival gifts, do consider chocolate bars, chocolate boxes, chocolate powder, compound chocolate pieces.
Popular Chocolate Brands in India
The popular chocolage brands include: