Chocolate – The Perfect Food Gift

Are you a chocolate lover? Do you enjoy giving chocolate gifts to others?
Are you always looking for a new and unique chocolate treat to add to your
list of favorite deserts? Do you enjoy finding delicious chocolate recipes
to make for family and friends?

Chocolate or (kah kow) was discovered 2,000 years ago in the tropical rain
forests of the Americas. Over various cultures and time, it evolved into
what we know chocolate to be today. Spain got it’s first look at chocolate
when Colombus returned from America. He brought back dark brown cocoa
beans. The Aztec Indians called chocolate “food of the Gods.” Emperor
Montezuma served the Spaniards warm liquid chocolate in golden goblets. The
Spaniards, however, thought the drink to be bitter so they added cane sugar.

Today, centuries later, we still love chocolate. There are innumerable
recipes and chocolate products to be indulged in. Some of the ways that we
can share chocolate gifts with other chocolate lover’s is the following:

1. Romance: Anniversaries, Valentine’s Day or a romantic date can be
enhanced by decadent chocolate. Chocolate evokes romance.

2. Holidays: Depending on size, chocolate gifts can either be a main gift
for a holiday or an addition to a main gift. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and
Mother’s Day are some of the best holidays for chocolate gifts. Chocolate
is often thought of as a traditional gift on many occasions.

3. Business Gifts: Companies show their employees appreciation for faithful
service by giving gifts. Chocolate is a wonderful way to say “thank you”.

4. Food gift baskets: Mortgage companies, car dealerships, Realtors,
insurance companies, jewelry stores, home builders, etc., often use food
gift baskets to thank their clients or customers for their business.

Some great chocolate gifts you could give are:

Strawberries dipped in chocolate Vanilla Ice Cream covered in Chocolate
Syrup Chocolate Mouses Torte Rich Chocolate Cake English Toffee Fluffy
creamy chocolate pie Chocolate dipped in nuts Chocolate, chocolate chip cookies
Truffles Black and white cookiesChocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Chocolate Cheesecake

The following is a delicious and easy recipe that your friends and family
will love.

Fudgy Brownies

½ C. Butter 2 Eggs

½ C. Partially-Dutch Cocoa 1 tsp. Vanilla

1 C. Sugar ½ C. Flour

1/4 tsp. Salt

Dalliene Johnson

Salt Lake City, Utah

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 8″X8″ pan. In a medium saucepan, melt the
butter. Remove melted butter from heat; add cocoa and stir until well
blended. Add sugar and mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well.
Stir in vanilla, flour and salt. Do not over beat. Spread in the prepared
pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes
out clean.

Chocolate is appropriate for any occasion. It is rich and elegant for
weddings, a reward for a job well done or a great desert after a delicious
dinner. For other fantastic chocolate gift ideas visit: