Easy Christmas (Or Pre-Christmas) Treats – Well, this Christmas is certainly going to be different! So, I thought it worth starting to give you some suggestions for Christmas gifts – or even pre-Christmas cheering up gifts – that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Better still, treat yourself – after the year we’ve been through (and are still dealing with) you certainly deserve it.
Let’s start with chocolate, and Christmas is the time to indulge! Most of us absolutely adore it, and I include myself in that group. Helping judge the Academy of Chocolate awards, I like to think I recognise the good stuff, and it really is worth seeking it out. There are many great offers at the moment – of chocolate subscriptions, chocolate gift boxes and chocolate hampers.
First of all, let’s look at companies like Divine which is ethical, and the farmers’ ownership stake in Divine Chocolate is a first in the Fairtrade world. Divine is currently offering 20% off all orders at its online store, so it’s worth checking this out for Christmas. As well as bars, they do delicious boxes of thins (try freezing a few – they will last much longer!) The offer runs till December 21.
What about sending a gift of a chocolate subscription? Top-quality ethical and organic brand Seed & Bean (with some truly wonderful flavour combinations) now offers letterbox subscriptions of six bars. You choose the variety and regularity – a gift that can last all year. If you just want to try a few bars, they’re available in Sainsbury, WholeFoods, Ocado and many other locations. And there’s free UK delivery online for orders over £15.
Another FairTrade and organic company I really rate is Chocolate and Love. It’s multi-award-winning, and the packaging is so pretty. And, of course, the chocolate inside is pretty damned good too! Available from Harrods, Ocado and online.
If you genuinely want to indulge a chocolate connoisseur, why not push that chocolate boat out and treat a loved one (or yourself) to Amedei? Artisanal techniques, inimitable taste and a unique style, all made in Tuscany, are the features that make Amedei’s chocolate renowned the world over. I was fortunate enough to visit the Amedei artisanal HQ in Pontedera some years ago, and it set the bar very high! It’s won more Academy of Chocolate ‘Golden Bean’ awards than any other producer. Check out the range at Kings Fine Food