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World Chocolate Day: A Gift Guide for Chocoholics

If April 4th is the day Star Wars nerds get to indulge in nostalgia unsupervised, World Chocolate Day is the ultimate ‘cheat day’ for chocoholics across the globe. As an observance that celebrates chocolate’s deliciously rich history, there is no such thing as overindulging on the 7th of July (unless you’re Augustus Gloop). 

In this article, we explore the origins of one of the world’s most popular treats and discuss how you can celebrate World Chocolate Day with international gift baskets

world chocolate day cocoa powder and chocolate biscuits

Where Does Chocolate Come From?

Like many foods, chocolate begins as a tree—specifically, the Theobroma Cocoa Tree, indigenous to Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America. However, Africa currently holds 70% of the world’s cocoa trees. The earliest known observation of using cocoa seeds dates back to 1100 BC. However, these seeds are quite bitter and need to be fermented to develop a rich flavor. 

Once cocoa seeds are fermented in banana leaves, they are called cocoa beans. These beans are roasted at a low temperature, separated from the shells, and ground into a fine powder called ‘chocolate liquor.’ The liquor is often processed into two components—cocoa butter and cocoa solids. Manufacturers use cocoa butter as an ingredient in their chocolate bars. Cocoa solids, or cocoa powder, is what we use to make treats like chocolate cake and cookies. 

This delectable concoction is often labeled as unhealthy or even fattening. But, research shows that pure chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease, is a rich source of antioxidants, and improves blood flow. If you wish to experience these benefits and still indulge in your favorite treat, dark chocolate is the best choice as its ingredients don’t usually stray too far from the mother seed. 

What is World Chocolate Day? 

Occurring annually on July 7th, World Chocolate Day supposedly marks the day that chocolate made its grand entrance into Europe in 1550. And, while this observance was only made official in 2009, it perfectly commemorates the world’s ongoing love affair with chocolate. Here’s a closer look at the historical timeline of World Chocolate Day.

“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.”

– John Q. Tullius

How to Celebrate World Chocolate Day 

There are many ways to celebrate World Chocolate Day. And none of them have to look like the scary boat scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Here are a few thoughtful ideas to celebrate with your fellow chocoholics: 

1. Cook With Chocolate

A perfect way to celebrate World Chocolate Day is to learn how to use chocolate in your own kitchen. Whether you choose to do a baking class or simply whip up a chocolatey treat with the help of a YouTube video, the chocolate lovers in your life won’t be able to resist a homemade dessert. 

2. Do a Wine and Chocolate Tasting

This is an ideal activity for an outing with friends. Visit your local wine farm and treat your palate to a delicious wine and chocolate pairing. It may be World Chocolate Day, but that doesn’t mean doing away with your other favorites! 

3. Host a Fondue Party

Gather your fellow chocoholics and host a fondue party. A fountain of creamy melted chocolate presents the perfect opportunity to try out different chocolate combinations. Offer delectable dippables like fruit, marshmallows, or even crackers. 

4. Create Your Own Hot Cocoa Bar

Did you know that the first-ever chocolate treat was hot cocoa? While the northern hemisphere is usually in the midst of summer in July, that didn’t stop the southern Mayans from enjoying this delicious beverage. 

5. Send Chocolate Gift Hampers

If you’re not into chocolate, firstly refer to the quote above. Secondly, you can still celebrate World Chocolate Day by sending your favorite chocolate lover a special treat! Browse our catalog filled with irresistible chocolate gift hampers, or discover our favorite chocolate gifts below. 

world chocolate day dark chocolate cut with butter knife

World Chocolate Day Gift Ideas 

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Basket

This exquisite gift basket is specially curated for chocolate lovers and features an irresistible assortment of Ghirardelli’s finest chocolates. From sweet and salty to crunchy and nutty, there’s something to delight every palate. Certified kosher, this basket is a thoughtful choice for anyone on your list. With a variety that satisfies even the most discerning chocolate connoisseur, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Basket is the ultimate treat for World Chocolate Day.

 cherry garden gift

Cherry Garden

Cherries are often confined to jars, but we believe they deserve to be celebrated in their full glory. We’ve crafted the perfect indulgence for World Chocolate Day to showcase their exquisite taste. Your recipient will receive 24 juicy cherries, each meticulously dipped in rich Belgian Dark Chocolate, creating a harmonious blend of flavors in every bite.

build your own chocolate gift hamper

Build Your Own Chocolate Basket 

Unleash your creativity and build your very own custom chocolate gift hamper! Select from an array of decadent chocolates and delightful treats to create a personalized gift that your recipient will love. We’ll artfully arrange your chosen items in a beautifully hand-woven basket and deliver your gift with care. 

golden ticket

Golden Ticket

Candy is a delight we cherish from childhood, and now you can treat your loved ones to grown-up versions of their favorite chocolate indulgences. Offering a treasure trove of sweet delights, including Ferrero Rocher, this is a chocolate gift hamper straight out of Willy Wonka’s factory.

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Chocolate Treats for Kids

Make World Chocolate Day extra special for the little ones with a generous bag of M&Ms, three exciting Kinder Surprise eggs and a jar of the iconic Nutella spread. Perfect for spoiling kids and bringing joy to their day. 

Celebrate World Chocolate Day With Ace of Hearts Gift Baskets 

From its ancient roots to its modern-day delights, chocolate has a way of bringing joy to every occasion. Whether you’re a connoisseur or just a casual fan, this is the perfect opportunity to indulge in all things cocoa. Elevate your celebrations by treating yourself and your loved ones to our exquisite chocolate gift hampers. 

Happy World Chocolate Day! 

small chocolate bars and chocolate balls on a table with greenery

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