Valentine's Day Gifts for Chocolate Lovers
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How to Give Chocolate As a Gift
* Make sure that the person you plan to give the chocolates to doesn't have any food allergies or specific dietary needs.
** Allergies to nuts, fruits or even gluten may pose a problem.
*** Try shopping for plain milk chocolate
without nuts or filling if you think someone might have a nut or fruit allergy.
*** Lucky for people with celiac disease, most chocolate is naturally gluten-free, even the kinds with nuts. When in doubt (or when you can't get a chance to read the ingredients on a given package) stick to solid, plain or nut chocolate and avoid chocolate with fillings since they are more likely to contain some sort of flour as a thickening agent.
** Vegetarians and vegans may only want chocolates without eggs, dairy, or other animal bychocolate'>organic chocolate.
** Consider kosher chocolates
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* Unless your partner has a sense of humor, avoid getting chocolates that look like anything other than a typical chocolate should (Valentine's Day gift
* Chocolate doesn't have to be given by the truckload. The rule of thumb should be quality over quantity. Even a small box of fine chocolates is better than a familygrade sweets. High quality chocolates are usually in nicer packaging too, making them suitable gifts even without wrapping paper.
* For a long lasting chocolate gift, try a subscription to a chocolate of the month club
Chocolate comes in a wide variety of intensities, starting with the most mild, dark chocolate
. Part of determining the intensity of chocolate depends on the actual cocoa content. The less cocoa, the sweeter and more mild a chocolate tends to be because it contains more sugar and milk and less of the actual cocoa beans or chocolate liquor.
What type of chocolate suits you?
* Milk Chocolate
: Light, sweet, and easy to eat. It combines perfectly with most fillings and nuts.
* Dark Chocolate
(55%, 60%, 70% cacao): Rich and decadent. Perfect for true chocolate connoisseurs who actually want to taste the cocoa.
* Bittersweet Chocolate
: This is a unique and rich chocolate that is a happy medium between dark and milk chocolate.
* White Chocolate
: Delicate and very sweet. Not everyone enjoys white chocolate since it has less of a chocolate flavor. It contains cocoa butter but not cocoa liquor.
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It's no wonder that chocolate is the perfect gift for Valentine's Day since it naturally contains theobromine, a chemical compound similar to caffeine. The mood enhancing qualities of theobromine are responsible for chocolate's reputation for being an aphrodisiac
. Chocolate also possesses a large amount of antioxidants and may be helpful in protecting the heartonly the dark variety though.