Easter Gift Ideas For Adults Who Love Chocolate
Author: Nikki Barnett Date Posted:27 March 2020
“There is nothing better than a friend - unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
― Linda Grayson
From Chocolate Bean To A Mocha Coffee - Where It All Started
For some, a mocha is an ultimate combination, coffee plus chocolate; you can’t go wrong with that. Yet a mocha is also a reflection of the history of both. From the Aztecs to the consumers of today. Sarah Vowell stated that drinking a modern mocha “is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top.”
The first chocolate was in a very different form than what we find today. Not a sugary confection but a bitter drink, not the chocolate we love today. Speculation puts its origins in Southern Mexico, possible with the Olmecs who used it as a ceremonial drink. The Mayans are recorded as not only growing & using chocolate but reversing it. Everyone drank it from the wealthiest to the poorest. It was often flavoured with chilli or honey, a tradition maintained by the Aztecs, who thought so highly of the cacao bean it became currency more valuable than gold.
Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortes are credited with bringing chocolate to Europe. To whoever did a big thank you! Once in Europe, the Spanish monks started to develop chocolate into what we know today. Popular in the Spanish court by the 1500s it was a sign of affluence to be able to offer chocolate.
It spread around Europe and to the UK, where chocolate houses sprang up, again serving to the rich. In 1828 a Dutchman, Coenraad Johannes van Houten invented a way to make chocolate powder, known as ‘Dutch Cocoa’, that could be mixed with water. The process is known as the ‘Dutch process’, and it facilitated mass production a cheaper version we all could enjoy.
Why Is Chocolate The Perfect Easter Gift?
Well, because it's yummy, smooth, incredibly tasteful, sensual, comforting, delicious, and so on. While mass-produced chocolate is good, sometimes very good, nothing really surpasses the gourmet chocolate on offer today, check out our Chocolate Easter Gift Hampers for a taste of the divine. Don’t forget our chocolate hampers can also come with the perfect accompaniment of Cape Mentelle Trinders wine or some bubbly, like Chandon or Moёt to mark the Easter celebration in style.
As with all our hampers, care has been taken to select the best chocolate from Australia and around the world. You will find a range of our selected chocolate in pamper hampers, sweet hampers and specific chocolate hampers.
The chocolatiers we have selected offer a range of delectable gourmet choc treats, all with a signature style. You will find chocolate covered nuts & fruits from the Australian firm of Morgan, alongside the fabulous Willie’s Cacao and Ireland’s handmade Butlers chocolates. Spoilt for choice here are a couple of our favourite chocolate hampers, perfect for an Easter gift hamper.
Sweet Bites Hamper
This is a great hamper for those with a sweet tooth. At only $79 and with our free delivery it can be sent all over Australia, getting to your recipients in time for Easter without you having to go out and find a gift! Inside the keepsake black and gold presentation box, you will find,
- Butler chocolate variety box
- Morgan’s Crème Brûlée Roasted Peanut
- Morgan’s Maple Coconut Roasted Almonds
- Ernest Hillier Milk Chocolate Scorched Almonds
- The Woods Farm Caramelised Peanut Brittle
- Black St. Gourmet Salted Caramel Sauce
- Plus a lovely embossed card for you to add a personal greeting.
Moët Grand Vintage & Chocolates
The best of Australian chocolate with the finest bottle of bubbly, a real treat for Mother’s Day. This can be delivered free throughout Australia or for a small fee you can elect to send by next day delivery. You recipient will be delighted to receive the beautiful presentation box with its gold card for a personal message and when opening it will discover,
- Morgan’s Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans
- Morgan’s Lux Chocolate Fruit & Nut Mix
- Morgan’s Crème Brûlée Roasted Peanuts
- Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne
Believe you me the Morgan’s Crème Brûlée Roasted Peanuts, once tasted never forgotten!
What Else Is Good About Chocolate?
Well, the feel-good factor we associate with eating chocolate is now a scientific fact. The reason being is that chocolate is packed with endorphins that make you feel happy. It is said that eating the right amount of chocolate, not overindulging, is good for the cardiovascular system. Want to assist your weight management and extend your life? Then it has been advised that you eat 40grams of dark chocolate a day. What a great prescription and certainly makes it even more attractive for an Easter gift hamper.
Chocolate is pure luxury from the silky, velvety texture to the fantastic range of flavours you can experience. Mint, orange, coffee flavours are pretty standard. You can also find cookies and cream, chilli flavoured chocolate, a variety of alcohol-laced chocolate, and these also come plain, milk, white and combinations of all. Plus they all can come mixed with nuts or fruit and a treasure trove for your palate to discover.
Chocolate doesn’t only have to be eaten, although we consider it the best option, you can also find it in the top-class beauty salons and spas. Why? Read on.
Chocolate contains antioxidants, more in fact than there is a glass of wine or a cup of green tea. One of the ingredients is cocoa butter, an anti-toxicant that prevents free-radical damage to your skin, softening, smoothing and maintaining the skin’s elasticity. The darker the chocolate, the better - at least 35% cocoa is needed to be effective.
The caffeine in chocolate stimulates your circulation when used as a body scrub or massage cream, giving the body an all-over healthy glow. The smell of the chocolate is what releases the serotonin in the brain, the enzyme responsible for your happy zone, reducing stress and inducing a feeling of well being.
Overall, you are guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face who receives your gift of a chocolate hamper this Easter.