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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Giving Mothers Day Chocolate Goodies

By Angel Dudley

Moms are special people who deserve to receive treats that are as sweet as they are. Luxurious bath robes, beautiful floral arrangements, sparkly jewelry and lovely clothing are all wonderful but there is another option that will appeal to her discerning tastes. There are some amazing Mothers Day chocolate gift ideas that may be absolutely perfect.

This confectionery treat has been a favorite for centuries and is one of the most popular sweets all around the world. Every chocolatier has their own individual recipe and method for making unique blends, though they all fall under one of four main categories. These are milk, white, dark and gourmet, each type having separate flavors and characteristics that set them apart from one another.

Aside from great taste, the fact that eating chocolate literally makes a person feel better is another great reason this gift is so perfect. Cocoa contains several ingredients such as anandamide, phenylethylamine and tryptophan that stimulate the emotional center in the human brain and send messages of happiness and pleasure. In most cases, the effects may be felt from the first deliciously creamy bite.

In addition to being smooth, creamy and utterly delicious, some formulas actually possess certain health benefits as well. Through the years, several studies have show that the majority of blends maintain the antioxidants, minerals and flavonoids found in the cocoa plant which are beneficial to heart function and blood flow. As with most things that taste good, moderation is the key to fully enjoying the experience.

To make sure the gift is perfect, the personality of the receiver should be taken into consideration. Luckily, this is one of the most creative and versatile options available because it has such a variety in flavors and innovative presentations. When confectioners use their imagination to come up with even more interesting configurations, they have the power to please even the most discerning customer.

Many people prefer to stick with the traditional favorite of snack items like peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, macadamias, raisins and pretzels all covered in a layer of creamy chocolate. Others may prefer a softer approach such as filling the confections with goodness in the form of liqueurs, toffees, cherries, coconut, caramel or espresso. The mixture of contrasting flavors creates an amazing symphony in the mouth.

One of the more recent innovations has become one of the most popular ever largely due to the myriad of ways in which it may be presented. Covering fruit in this melted confection has long been a pleasurable choice, but now it gets a creative upgrade by being shaped into the form of flowers. Combining the deliciousness of the food with the beauty of a bouquet has an immediate wow factor that never fails to bring a smile to the receiver's face.

Personalizing the presentation of Mothers Day chocolate gifts extends that extra bit of attention. There are so many ways to make them look amazing from housing them in quaint baskets or special keepsake tins to arranging them in a lovely cup or vase. Feminine motifs, ribbons, bows and a range of attractive boxes permits the giver to find an option that is suitable for the wonderful woman they are honoring.

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