Few facts about Chocolate

Chocolate originated from the Aztecs and the Mayans in Central America.   The name cocao comes from the Mayan word God Food, which was eventually renamed cocoa by the European explorers.

Chocolate starts with the cacao tree which grows in the tropics producing a bean with a bitter seed. This seed becomes our much-loved chocolate after going through the processing factory.

Cadbury Chocolates

John Cadbury first opened his Grocery shop in Bull Street, Birmingham in 1824. At first he started by selling drinking chocolate and cocoa. Although it was not until 1847, that the Bristol Company made their first bar of chocolate and Fry and Son created their first chocolate delicieux.

Chocolates healthy or not

Ferrero RocherCredit: Amazon We all eat too many chocolates, and there is still some doubt about the certainty of being a healthy product.  Some say that Cacao in its natural form improves circulation and lowers blood pressure. The trouble is we no longer eat cacao in its natural form.

Dark chocolate is the healthiest choice,  and the very dark has a more bitter taste.

We all love chocolate and if eaten in moderation, we can continue to consume these delicious treats. 

Chocolate Gift Ideas

There are many ways to buy chocolate gifts which are not all expensive.  I have selected some tasty treats for the sweet tooth person (like myself) for under $20. Plus there are even more from under $10 at Amazon.

I have included a couple of simple no-bake chocolate recipes in this article to keep the kids happy too.

Ferrero Rocher Fine Hazelnut Chocolates, 48 Count

These are my favourite and so creamy leaving the flavor in my mouth. There is nothing like these for the rich taste. Each one individually wrapped in a gold wrapper, making them ideal when opened for parties or in the package as great gifts.

The downside to buying this gift online is the container is plastic and good be damaged in transit.

Ferrero Rocher

Ferrero Rocher Fine Hazelnut Chocolate, 48 Count
Amazon Price: $19.03 $13.00 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 29, 2013)
You will have a friend for life if you give these to your friends for gifts. I had never tried these until last year and now can not stop buying them if my husband forgets.

Lindt Lindor Truffles, 60-Count Box

Lindt Chocolates have been around since 1879. These chocolates have an enticing smooth filling, made with delicious white chocolate, cocoa butter and soya lecithin. Other Ingredients also include milk, sugar, vegetable oil, vanillin and artificial flavouring. So smooth they melt in your mouth.

These come in a decorative package. Amazon will gift wrap for Christmas gifts.

Warnings: These may contain peanuts. There are a number of chocolates, so beware of eating too many-leave some to enjoy for another day.

Lindt Lindor Truffles

Lindt Lindor Truffles White Chocolate, 60 Count Box
Amazon Price: $19.80 $11.99 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 29, 2013)
These would make a wonderful gift for the chocolate lover. All individually wrapped, so you can distribute them at parties as well as giving as a gift

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Premium Dark Chocolate Assortment 50 Pack

There are fifty Dark Premium Chocolates in this package with a variety of flavours. The Dark chocolate considered as a healthier choice of chocolate.

Packaging shows three different flavours, although according to the reviews this may differ.

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Premium Dark Chocolate Assortment 50 Pack
Amazon Price: $16.88 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 29, 2013)
Dark Chocolate is a healthier choice before the milk or white.

Chocolate Gift Ideas under $10

For those needing a smaller gift to add to the Christmas stocking or for special occasions these would be ideal.

Lindt Lindor Truffles, Assorted Token Gift Box, 5.1 Ounce Package

This comes in either a gold or red gift box with a mixture of twelve white, dark and milk individually wrapped truffles.

Note: Before buying any chocolates online, keep in mind that chocolate will and can melt during delivery during the warmer seasons.

Lindt Lindor Truffles, Assorted Token Gift Box, 5.1 Ounce Package
Amazon Price: $6.89 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 29, 2013)
These can be bought in this gold gift box with red bow or you can buy it with a red gift box

No Bake Recipes to Tempt the Taste Buds

These are a favourite with kids of all ages, and will come in handy for after school snacks. An extra bonus is that you save power because there is no baking required.

 No Bake Chocolate Crackles


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3 Tablespoon cocoa
  • 250 grams copha melted
  • 4 cups Rice Bubbles


Place the Rice Bubbles, icing sugar, cocoa and coconut in a large bowl and mix together. Heat the copha in small saucepan over low heat. Pour over the Rice bubble mixture, making sure all ingredients mixed well.

Scoop a spoonful of mixture into each paper patty case and refrigerate.  Store in fridge in plastic container, if there is any left over for the next day.   These are a great idea for parties.

No Bake Hedgehog Slice


  • 1 pkt Arrowroot biscuits (any plain Biscuits will do)
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 grams butter
  • 2 tblsp cocoa
  • 2/3 cup sugar


Put biscuits in a plastic bag and crush with rolling-pin

Melt butter and sugar in saucepan.

Beat eggs together

Remove saucepan from heat when melted, add the cocoa and the beaten eggs and stir. Add biscuit crumbs and stir well.

Press mixture firmly into greased dish. Place in fridge to set.  Remove when set and cut into slices and serve.  If any left after the kids find this, you can keep in a plastic container in fridge.  Save time and make a double batch.

Conclusion: I would suggest that you read the reviews on each product before buying the more expensive gift ideas. Then make a calculated decision on which gifts to buy.

Cadburys Roses 350g 350g
Amazon Price: $7.85 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 29, 2013)
Christmas is not Christmas without a taste of Cadburys Roses chocolates. They are special and have been around for years and we still love.