Candy, Chocolate

9 Chocolate Gifts for the Luckiest People on Your Holiday List


Don’t know what to get a certain someone on your holiday gift list? We do. One word: chocolate! It always works, it’s always welcome. Here are some top chocolate-giving picks from Emily C. our Deli Chocolate Specialist—some are even available online at Zingerman’s Mail Order.

Veruca Chocolate, Grown Up Gelt for Chanukah
Enjoy the tradition of Chanukah gelt a bit more deliciously! Gold and silver dusted disks from Veruca Chocolates in Chicago, are formed to look like Judean coins circa 40 B.C. Available in three sophisticated flavors:  milk chocolate, dark chocolate with crunchy nibs, dark chocolate with crystals of sea salt. A great gift for every day of Chanukah. Available on

Rabitos Royale White Chocolate Dipped Figs
Rabitos come to us from “The Fig Capital of the World” a.k.a. Almoharín – a teeny municipality southwest of Madrid. The two-generation old, family-run company seeks out the tenderest of figs and fills them up with white chocolate strawberry truffle cream ganache before dipping them in white chocolate. Available at Mail Order. Available on

Askinosie Chocolate Peppermint Bark
Shawn Askinosie layers dark single-origin chocolate with buttery single-origin white chocolate and tops it all with all-natural crushed peppermint from Denver’s Hammond’s Candies. Shawn describes his special treat as “bean to bark”, due to the single-origin chocolate and white chocolate incorporated in the recipe. He uses his complex 72% Mababu,Tanzania chocolate, which is a result of a special educational project, Chocolate University. In addition Askinosie produces their very own single-origin white chocolate, which he presses right in his shop. Makes a cheerful gift or an indulgent confection to keep all for yourself.


Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
Zingerman’s freshly roasted Espresso Blend #1 coffee beans are coated with layers of rich chocolate. Left unpolished and rustic-looking, they are nutty and aromatic with just the right amount of sweetness.  Sure to give your holiday a zing!

Enric Rovira Spanish Drinking Chocolate
Thrill the chocolate lover on your list with this drinking chocolate. So thick you can stick a spoon up in it, and so intoxicating you might want to drink this sitting down! This rich chocolate traveled all the way from the workshop of Barcelona’s visionary chocolatier Enric Rovira. Your choice of  Sweet & Smooth Traditional made with 55% Dark Chocolate, and bittersweet & decadent dark chocolate Amargo made with 70% Dark Chocolate. Available on

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto Stone Ground Chocolate and Spicy Red Pepper Truffles 65% Dark Chocolate
Enclosed in the most unassuming box are twenty chocolates each handmade in Sicily, using traditional methods adopted from the early Aztecs. Stone-ground and coarse in texture, the peperoncini peppers pack spicy heat, which is tempered by crunchy, mouthwatering sugar crystals. Available on

Venchi Chocolatier Italian Chocolatier Since 1878 Chocolate Balsamic Cordial Bonbon
Often incorporating original recipes dating back over 130 years, this innovative Italian shop has been producing handmade confections in small batches for over a century. These bonbons consist of velvety 75% dark chocolate filled to brimming with a sweet and complex syrup made from barrel aged balsamic vinegar produced in Modena, Italy.

Grocer’s Daughter Orange Bark
This seasonal treat comes to us from the cheerful chocolate shop tucked away in Empire, MI. Buttery white chocolate, brightened with orange oil and a hint of vanilla gives this bark an ice-creamy flavor reminiscent of orange sherbert.

Custom Box of Chocolates
Spread holiday cheer with a custom box of handmade confections. The Next Door’s truffle case is brimming with a tantalizing assortment of hand-crafted bonbons, confections and treasures.  Come peruse the selection of truffles and caramels or let one of our staff gather together the perfect assortment of flavors.

The above list is only a small selection of the items on Emily’s wish list this year. Visit Zingerman’s Next Door to choose from our worldly assortment of goodies. As always, if you’re still hunting for that perfect something and need a little assistance, we are enthusiastic about showing you our favorites and helping you find special gifts for everyone on your list.