How About a Scary and Delicious Halloween Chocolate Gift?

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Trick or Treat!

The Ancient Observance

The observance of Halloween celebration dates back some 2,000 years. The ancient Celts were the first to celebrate the event.  The custom of trick or treating as well as wearing masks are associated with the Celts.  They felt they needed to hand out treats to the spirits that supposedly roamed the streets so they would not harm the next year’s crops. And mask wearing was used as a disguise.  The Celts wore masks in hopes that the ghosts they believe wandered around the countryside on Halloween night would not recognize them as humans.

All Hallows Eve is another name for Halloween which was originally a pagan holiday in which they honored the dead.

 

 Halloween Fun Facts

  • Halloween is coming!  Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
  • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
  • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

What if I Don’t Want a Snickers?

The artisan chocolate movement understands the importance of our Halloween traditions.  And many fine chocolate artisans have created amazing, delicious Halloween chocolate gift treats to soothe your savage beasts this October 31st.  Here are some of our favorites reviewed just in time for your Halloween cravings.  Just beware of friendly ghosts and goblins—they can have very sticky fingers.

How about a Popping Frankenstein Truffle, Blood Orange Bat, or a Peanut Butter and Jelly Eyeball Truffle?  These are just several of the amazing Halloween treats from Julian Rose’s Moonstruck Chocolates. In addition to their Halloween Truffle Collection, Moonstruck is also a source for chocolate bats and chocolate-covered mint tingles.

http://www.moonstruckchocolate.com/c-15-fall-halloween.aspx

John & Kira’s in Philadelphia have firmly established themselves as locavores and creators of amazing artisan chocolates.  That includes their Halloween offerings which include Caramel Pumpkins, Fall Ladybugs and Stuffed Figs.

http://www.johnandkiras.com/category/Holiday_Gifts

Michael Recchiuti is considered by many to be the best chocolatier in the U.S.  Always creative, always innovative, he showcases his divine burnt caramel ganache in a Spooky & Boo Box.  Sure to please even the most discriminating ghoul.

http://www.recchiuti.com/244.html?area=01

Midwest chocolatier, Cocoa Dolce, mixes things up with a Day of the Dead confections as well as a Dean and Deluca favorite from 2009, Cranky Jacks.  Filled with creamy milk chocolate Gianduia ganache and their signature bittersweet organic orange and cinnamon ganache these Jack-o-Lanterns are just cranky enough to bring a smile to your face.

http://www.cocoadolce.com/shop.php?c=Seasonal

California confectioner, See’s Candies, doesn’t really fall into the artisan category.  But they are certainly a fan favorite of candy snobs across the country.  With the most comprehensive collection of Halloween treats, you can purchase most of See’s favorites in  seasonal Halloween packaging.

http://www.sees.com/Cat.cfm/Halloween_Gifts

Okay, Peeps don’t fall into the artisan confection category, but we couldn’t resist their Halloween offerings:  orange-colored marshmallow covered in milk or dark chocolate—pumpkins or classic chicks.

http://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/product/halloween

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