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If you need an excuse to satiate your sweet tooth’s cocoa cravings, look no further because today is World Chocolate Day! Starting in 2009, July 7 is a day meant to celebrate one of the world’s most popular and enduring candy bars. Whether you like your chocolate milk or dark, hot or cold, this is your chance to immerse yourself in a delicious snack. We’re here to walk you through the different ways and guide you to the best places to enjoy chocolate today.
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Godiva started in Belgium in 1926 and made a name for itself as the premier gourmet chocolate brand. Although perhaps best known for its box assortment and chocolate bars, Godiva sells a variety of chocolate products such as truffles, coffee, cookies, and coated pretzels. Godiva even offers kosher chocolate products.
When it comes to premium chocolate, Ghirardelli is one of the most ubiquitous names. From their rich chocolate chips to their irresistible chocolate squares (this writer in particular is in love with their salted caramel squares), Ghirardelli has made his presence known in countless stores across the country.
To celebrate World Chocolate Day, Ghirardelli is offering a 20% off sitewide when you enter the code CHOCOLATEDAY20 at the register.
Another well-known luxury chocolate brand is Lindt. The Swiss chocolatier offers bars, sticks and, above all, truffles in various flavors. If you’re so inclined, you can even curate your own pack of smooth, irresistible truffles, mixing and matching flavors however you see fit.
Among their countless other offerings, QVC also offers chocolate for purchase on its site. Whether you’re craving coated pretzels, fudge-stuffed squares or buttercups, QVC is here to satisfy your sweet tooth. Many of their products are holiday-themed, and while winter is still long, if you close your eyes and take a bite of chocolate, you can pretend.
Chocolate from all over the world
At World Wide Chocolate, you can try something new as they offer many specific chocolate products. Maybe you’ll fall in love with a whoopie cake like this writer did. Maybe you will learn more about chocolate chips. You can get lost for ages browsing their site full of delicious treats. Our Food and Cooking Editor, Danielle DeSiato, loves Everbar Dark Chocolate Wafer Bar.
Strawberries are sweet, but they could be sweeter, and chocolate is the perfect man for the job. Shari’s Berries specializes in gourmet chocolate covered strawberries to pamper your taste buds. Best of all, these dipped strawberries are absolutely gorgeous, available in a variety of colors and patterns. You can even bundle the strawberries with a bouquet of flowers to give to someone to show you care, including yourself (we won’t tell).
Stay with me
If we talk about beauty and chocolate, it is impossible to avoid talking about sweets – chocolate spheres filled with various ingredients. They are often very colorful and Stay with me sweets are no exception. Their tagline is “wow even the least wowable person” and with a variety of eye-catching designs, it’s really hard not to be wowed. Presented in a box that looks like a book, this might be the most aesthetically pleasing piece of chocolate you’ll ever get your hands on, perfect for adding to your Instagram story and, of course, eating.
And the finalist for the most “vibey” chocolate we’ve ever seen goes to Compartés, or more specifically, their gourmet chocolate truffles. Looking at the gift boxes and square truffles that feature a variety of funky patterns of paisley and tiger prints, you get the feeling they belong on a wall in the Louvre instead of your mouth. But if you manage to bite into something this cool, you’ll discover a variety of flavors like pistachio sea salt and lemon pie.
Haut Chocolat Vosgien
Vosges Haut Chocolat offers a variety of chocolate products, including truffles, chocolate chips and chocolate bars. The site even offers a guide to meditating while eating chocolate. Perhaps the store’s most interesting product is its Grateful Dead Truffle collection, featuring truffles inspired by the band’s music. It even comes with a limited-edition Grateful Dead patch to add to your favorite clothing or bag.
This writer’s favorite container when it comes to chocolate is the cookie. If you’re also someone who can’t help but drool over the sweet aroma and gooey consistency of a warm chocolate chip cookie, then you should shop at Cheryl’s Cookies. They offer dozens of delicious flavors like buttercream cookies and ice cream.
Harry & David
Harry & David specializes in gift boxes for various occasions, offering a myriad of treats to fill the boxes from fruit, wine, pastries and, you guessed it, chocolate. You can order a box of deluxe chocolates which includes treats like chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered grahams and chocolate bars.
Cooked by Melissa
If cupcakes are more your speed, you should buy one of the dozens of treats offered at Baked by Melissa. Editor Kate Ellsworth painstakingly and ardently spent several days testing cupcakes for the sake of science, sometimes consuming more than ten cupcakes before 10 am. The fruit of her noble sacrifice revealed the truth about Baked by Melissa: the cupcakes are absolutely delicious.
If eating chocolate is good, drinking it is sometimes better. Listen to me. Who says hot chocolate should only be enjoyed in the winter, under a blanket in front of a fire as gusty snowfalls fall outside? Hotel Chocolat offers hot chocolate in several flavors ranging from hot chocolate with a hint of mint to chocolate caramel. Whatever you prefer, you can’t go wrong.
If you’re the type of person who prefers their hot drinks to come primarily from coffee rather than cocoa beans, number one: no judgment. Second: We recommend giving Crazy Cups a sip. With Crazy Cups, you can put a pod in your Keurig to infuse your medium roast coffee with the taste of flavors like Chocolate Glazed Donuts and Chocolate Coconut Dream.
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