Christmas Chocolate Gift Guide
Christmas is often about indulgence and all things sweet and tasty
So to help you on the path to righteous giving we have compiled a tasty chocolate-themed gift guide with some great kids stocking fillers to super indulgent luxury hampers..
Stocking fillersA milk carton but not as you know it - Cadbury’s quirky Dairy Milk Carton is filled with bite-size, delicious milk chocolate chunks. Priced £2.29 from most major supermarkets.
Carluccios have a great range of smaller chocolate treats that will make perfect stocking fillers including the unique Clemente in Camicia, a succulent double coating of dark chocolate submerging a candied clementine segment. Priced £16.95 for 300g from Carluccios stores.
The Crabree & Evelyn Festive Bauble is a beautifully decorated tin that comes filled with individually wrapped pieces of delectable chocolate fudge traditionally made in the West Country of England.
Children's TreatsIt’s just not Christmas without a Thorntons Chocolate Snowman or Father Christmas!
Belgium brand, Belfine, is renowned for its beautifully decorated hollow figures and lollipops.
Taking a tradition to the modern realms, a bag of Chocolate Coal is a delicious cinder toffee treat hand dipped in French chocolate. Don't let the look put you off, it tastes delicious! Priced £10 from www.fortnumandmason.com.
Novelty GiftsFor a delicious delicacy and tree charm in one, the Ferrero Rocher and Raffaello Hanging Stars are decorations that not only looks good, but also tastes amazing! There’s a choice of the classic Ferrero Rocher gold star, containing three individual Ferrero Rocher, or the Ferrero Raffaello white star, containing four creamy coconut treats! Priced £1.99 from Debenhams and Asda.
A show-stopping festive centrepiece to gather round and share this Christmas is the Hotel Chocolat Christmas Wreath. Filled with 40 delicious Christmas truffles, a chunky cookie wreath and two large chocolate snowflakes, one cast in gorgeous salted caramel and the other in luscious Peru Pichanaki milk chocolate. Priced £40 from www.kidstart.co.uk (where you also receive money back!).
Inspired by the Parisian classic, a little bit of splendour comes courtesy of Thomas & Grace Macaroons. Made of a rich chocolate, they come with four rich fillings of green tea & lemon, strawberry & lime, orange & almond and triple chocolate. Priced £7.99 from www.lakeland.co.uk.
On a cold winter's evening there’s often nothing better than a cup of warm hot chocolate so give (or keep!) the gift of a Luxury Hot Chocolate Selection. This set features Whittard of Chelsea’s classic Luxury Hot Chocolate, a delightful White Hot Chocolate, and one for the serious chocolatiers, a 70% Cocoa Chocolate. Priced £18 from www.whittard.co.uk.
Lindt fans will delight in the new Lindor Maxi Ball. An oversized Lindor Ball filled with 44 assorted chocolate truffles made up of white, milk, dark and hazelnut chocolate truffles! Priced £14.99 from most supermarkets.
Seventh HeavenTaking the work out of your hands, Fortnum and Mason have taken it upon themselves to create the delightfully named Chocolate Library. Available in a huge 28 arrangement or miniature 5 piece, these exceptional chocolate bars have been created with cocoa beans from across the globe with names such as the Quebredon Coffee Dark Chocolate Bar, there’s a hidden surprise in there for everyone. Priced £27.50 for the 5 piece or £150 for 28 bars from www.fortnumandmason.com.
Thorntons Christmas in a Box is the ultimate chocolate hamper filled with a staggering 100 sumptuous chocolates featuring favourites form the popular Continental and Classic ranges with some special edition festive newbies such as the Yule Log and Star of Wonder. Priced £40 from www.thorntons.co.uk.
For the serious chocoholics amongst us, Chocolate Ecstasy Tours is definitely taking it up a level! Luxury guided chocolate tours around London and Brighton’s most exclusive addresses visit gorgeous chocolate boutiques and chocolateries for tastings and samples. Priced £33 per person from www.chocolateecstasytours.com.
by Laura Mason
Mum to 2 Under 3 and just finished maternity leave, Laura is a journalist and Mum. She enjoys reviewing products with her children, exploring new trends and more importantly, life as a mummy. 'Continuously trying to get a ‘grip’ of motherhood and back to a size 10!'