What could be more perfect than chocolate as a gift? You won’t find too many people who dislike chocolate, and even if they don’t like it normally, most people will gladly accept a sweet treat as a present. There are so many different types of chocolate available now that it can be hard to know where to begin.
However, there are some tips that can help you choose the perfect type of chocolate for your gift. If you are buying chocolate as a gift, the first thing to think about is how long it will keep once opened.
Dark or bitter chocolate doesn’t last long once exposed to light and air, so if you know the person you’re giving it to isn’t likely to finish an entire bar in one sitting then something lighter might be better. Additionally, milk or white chocolate is usually more expensive than other kinds of chocolate because of the cost of producing it and its relatively low quantity.
Know Your Chocolates
First, you need to know which chocolates you want to buy. For example, do you want to buy a gift box of assorted chocolates or single chocolates? What about cacao percentages? Assorted chocolates are a great gift idea because they can be tailored to suit a wide range of tastes.
However, if you do decide to buy a gift box of assorted chocolates, make sure to check the ingredients and nutritional information as some chocolates may contain traces of nuts or other allergens. If you are buying single chocolates, don’t forget to read the ingredients and nutritional information on the label.
If you buy chocolates with nuts, make sure to check that these are clearly marked on the packaging. You don’t want to give a gift to someone who is allergic to nuts and risk having them get sick.
Decide on a Budget
How much are you willing to spend on the gift? If you want to splurge, then go ahead and get the most expensive chocolate you can find. However, if you’re trying to keep costs down, you can opt to buy cheaper chocolate and buy more of it.
Dark chocolate can be more expensive than other types of chocolate because of the cacao percentage and the process used to make it. The cacao percentage is the amount of cocoa solids in the chocolate, and the higher the percentage, the more expensive the chocolate will be. In general, the more expensive types of chocolate also tend to be higher in antioxidants and other health benefits compared to cheaper brands.
If you want to buy the most nutritious chocolate without breaking the bank, opt for dark chocolate.
Consider the Occasion
Does the person you’re giving the gift to have a specific preference when it comes to chocolate? If so, you can use that to help you decide which type to buy.
For example, if the person you are buying a gift for prefers white chocolate over all others, then there’s no point in buying them a bar of dark chocolate. If the person you’re buying a gift for doesn’t have a specific preference when it comes to chocolate, then you can use the occasion as a guide.
For example, you might want to buy a gift box of assorted chocolates for a friend after a big exam, or you might want to buy a gift box of dark chocolate for a friend who is celebrating a promotion.
Assume People Love Dark Chocolate
Do you know someone who always opts for the dark chocolate bar over the milk chocolate or white chocolate bar? Well, then get them a bar or box of dark chocolate. It’s a surefire hit for someone who always chooses the same type of chocolate and is unlikely to be disappointed.
If you’re buying a gift for someone who always chooses the dark chocolate bar, but you want to avoid giving them something boring, then you can try getting them a flavored bar of dark chocolate or buying them a gift basket of assorted chocolates that includes a dark chocolate bar.
Milk Chocolate Usually Wins
If you aren’t sure what type of chocolate to give, you can’t go wrong by buying a bar of milk chocolate. It’s the most popular type of chocolate, and almost everyone likes it. In fact, you can’t go wrong by buying a gift box of assorted chocolates that includes a bar of milk chocolate.
If you are buying a gift for someone who likes milk chocolate but has a specific brand they like, you can get them a bar of that, or you can also buy them a gift box of assorted chocolates, as long as the box contains at least one bar of milk chocolate.
Wrapping It Up
When it comes to wrapping chocolate, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, don’t wrap the chocolate in foil; it will cause it to go stale even faster. Instead, you should wrap it in paper before putting it in the gift box. Next, make sure the box is closed tightly because chocolate has a way of getting all over everything if it’s not sealed properly.
Finally, if you are giving someone a gift box of assorted chocolates, it’s a good idea to write the flavors on the inside of the gift box so the person knows what they are eating. The best way to present a chocolate gift is to highlight the type of chocolate presented.
This is achieved both by the structure of the gift basket, and by the use of ribbon or decorative paper. Select the type of gift basket that will best showcase your gift. This can be done in various ways to include the gift being presented towards the front, in the middle, or towards the back of the basket.