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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sweeten Up the Holidays!

A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

Nothing says the holidays like desserts and sweets...and, of course, CHOCOLATE!!!

So here is a great list of the tastiest, sweetest, and most delicious treats and chocolates out there this holiday season!

Baking Memories 4 Kids Cookies

Baking Memories 4 Kids is a charity that sends children with terminal illnesses on memory making trips. Started by cancer survivor Frank Squeo, Baking Memories 4 Kids comes to life in November and December when groups of volunteer bakers make thousands of chocolate chip cookies that are sent nationwide as holiday gifts. 

By purchasing a batch of our homemade cookies you help to send kids with life threatening illnesses and their families to Florida amusement parks, where they can create amazing memories that will lift their spirits and, for one week, give everyone a chance to forget about their battle with their illness. Every penny of every Baking Memories 4 Kids cookie sale funds these all-expense paid Florida vacations. And a portion of the proceeds from every year will go to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help find a cure.

Chocolate chip cookies never tasted so good, or felt so right. And since Baking Memories 4 Kids is a 501(c)(3) foundation, you’ll be able to use your purchase as a tax deduction.

And...the BEST PART! These cookies are AMAZING! They are so good, so addicting and so chocolately that you want to put the tub of cookies down and won't have any problems ordering many, many more to share with every one you know (or just to keep to yourself!) :)

 Each container is $24.99.

Coco Polo Chocolate

Coco Polo offers rich, silky milk and dark chocolate bars without any added sugars. Sweetened with GMO-free stevia, these chocolate bars are a balanced healthy replacement for standard chocolate that is delicious on its own and can be supplemented in baked goods. With 13 unique flavors, Coco Polo is a healthy, delicious treat for kids and adults!

My favorite flavors are the:
  • 39% Milk
  • 39% Milk Hazelnut
  • 70% Dark
  • 70% Dark Elderberry
This chocolate did not have any lingering Stevia taste. This real chocolate, properly refined and conched naturally, is smooth and silky without the sharp taste normally associated with chocolates with higher cocoa content.

It is also worth noting that, although the emphasis is on the newly released Stevia as a sweetener, the real health and taste champion is the cocoa bean with its massive portfolio of beneficial compounds. In Coco Polo, these cocoa bean attributes do not have to compete with the detrimental effects of processed sugar.

Coco Polo bars are sold by the case starting at $42 for 8 bars and can also be purchased in natural, grocery and health food retailers throughout the U.S. for $5/bar  

Chuao Chocolatier

Chuao Chocolatier is a pioneering brand that is arousing consumers’ senses with today’s most innovative flavor combinations, including milk and dark chocolate paired with potato chips, bacon, honeycomb, chilies, popping candy, panko breadcrumbs, olive oil and more. The brand’s all-natural, handcrafted and ethically sourced line of chocolate bars, bonbons, drinking chocolates and specialty items are crafted from a proprietary blend of premium chocolate and fresh, natural ingredients. All of Chuao’s delicious creations are developed at the masterful hand of Venezuelan Chef Michael Antonorsi, Master Chocolatier.

I LOVED the Decadent Dark Chocolate Tower!
It's true; sometimes only dark will do. This tantilizing tower features an a indulgent array of smooth, rich dark chocolates- the perfect gift for the dark chocolate lover in your life!

  • Dark Chocolate Seashells: Handcrafted with premium, solid dark chocolate.
  • Dark Chocolate ChocoPod 8 Piece Gift Set: An assortment of our Firecracker, Honeycomb, Spicy Maya, Salted Chocolate Crunch, and Orange-A-Go-Go mini bars.
  • Chunky Honeycomb Bark: Handcrafted with chunks of caramelized honey and premium dark chocolate.
  • Dark Chocolate Bar Set: 1 each of our Triple Nut Temptation, Firecracker, Honeycomb, Salted Chocolate Crunch, Spicy Maya and Orange-A-Go-Go bars.
  • Dark Chocolate 9 Piece Bonbon Collection: An assortment of decandently dark and perfectly balanced bonbons.
All flavors made with gluten free ingredients, except for Salted Chocolate Crunch, which contains gluten. All flavors are produced in a facility that processes tree nuts, milk and wheat on shared equipment.

You can purchase for $75.61

Replica Chocolate Stadium

Who among us doesn’t have a sports fanatic in their life? You’ve already given them jerseys, baseball caps and maybe even a bobblehead for their favorite team. Do something totally different this holiday season—do something delicious.

This year, give them the gift of chocolate with the #1 Fan Collection offering Replica Chocolate Stadiums and Arenas!

From Football to Baseball, Hockey and Basketball, this collection has offers an array of options for every sports lover. The colossal coliseum consists of over one pound of premium American milk chocolate. The stadiums are filled with foil wrapped chocolate sports balls.

The chocolate stadium comes packed in a keepsake tin with a decorative sports themed ribbon. Sports Chocolates offers Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey and Soccer stadiums, plus Lacrosse fields, tennis courts, golf holes and even a chocolate roulette wheel.

At a price of $34.95 they make an affordable holiday gift and are available at www.sportschocolates.com.

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates

Time was when Marie Cavanaugh spent hours in her South Dakota farmhouse each Christmas season making pecan rolls and homemade chocolates for holiday gifting.

"It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe," Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. "I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea.'"

Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets.

Millions of pounds of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh's candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence....

Ask chocolate aficionados. They will direct those seeking the best chocolates to the popular Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies.

These really were DELICIOUS and now I am a HUGE fan of Mrs. Cavanaugh's candies and chocolates! They make a perfect holiday gift idea!

Dessert Delights of the Month Club

We now offer over 35 different gourmet food and beverage clubs.

ClubsGalore has also rolled out their 2014 Holiday shop and we've introduced over 50 new combination clubs. Our combo clubs are designed to delivery the fun and unique experience of a monthly variety club without the challenge of deciding exactly which clubs to pair together. Shoppers can grab a thoughtful and delicious gift in a single click.

Most of the holiday combos are 6 month club memberships. However, if the shopper would prefer to receive the gifts more quickly - they can select a 3 month membership and we'll bundle 2 products per month.

I quickly found and LOVED the Dessert Delights of the Month Club!

Want to win best gift giver this year? How about something for their sweeter side? This trio of decadent desserts will win them over: Rich, delicious brownies, over a pound of mouth-watering cookies, and a pound of gourmet, premium chocolates.

If you choose 6, 9, or 12 months, they will repeat the sequence - not the selections. Your recipient will enjoy new and exciting varieties each month of their membership.

Month 1 - Gourmet Chocolates: Give someone a little taste of heaven in the form of creamy truffles, buttery caramels, premium dark chocolates, nutty nougatines and so much more. We'll send an entire pound of these award-winning sweet sensations to your recipient each and every month, crafted by small batch specialty chocolatiers throughout the country.

Month 2 - Gourmet Brownies: These rich, decadent brownies are all-natural, baked with the finest, freshest ingredients, then artfully packaged and carefully delivered to your recipient. Our gourmet brownie flavors include Classic Chocolate Chunk, Caramel Pecan, Blondie Squares and Peanut Butter. We'll send eight delicious gourmet brownies – enough to share or selfishly indulge.

Month 3 - Gourmet Cookies: Who can resist the savory sweetness of freshly baked cookies, in flavors like Chocolate Chunk, Sugar Cane Lime, Triple Chocolate, and Snickerdoodle? We feature all-time favorites as well as innovative sensations, baked from scratch with artisan techniques and quality ingredients by bakers who are passionate about cookies! We'll send a 1 ½ lb. selection of rich, delicious cookies, artfully packaged with our special touch with your sentiment enclosed.

The cookies, brownies and chocolates were decadent and delicious and I absolutely LOVE that you can get a treat every month from the Dessert Club!

Prices start at $95.85 for the 3 month subscription

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