Are you crazy about chocolate? Do you have a friend or coworker who keeps a stash of Hershey’s Kisses, hot cocoa mix and chocolate chips on hand at all times? Or are you just tired of the same ol’, same ol’ grocery store candy aisle offerings? Read on for eight unique ways to indulge in everyone’s favorite sweet treat!
The people of Mexico have been turning cacao beans into pure chocolate pleasure for centuries. Take a page from their book and ditch your ho-hum cocoa packets in favor of these flavorful discs made in the U.S. with traditional Mexican methods. Sample and savor all eight flavors and you’ll never go back to powdered cocoa mix again.
Do you have a mechanic or car enthusiast on your gift list? Surprise them with these chocolates crafted to look exactly like bolts threaded with nuts. A dusting of cocoa powder and their true-to-life size gives the impression that these rusty old bolts are the real thing, but bite into one and you’ll taste nothing but delicious dark chocolate.
Craft cocktails are all the rage, and there is a corresponding uptick in the number and variety of innovative, high-end bitters and other drink ingredients. Fee Brothers has been crafting quality bitters since the 1860s, so you can be confident this Aztec chocolate variety will imbue your cocktails with the perfect note of dark cocoa flavor with a hint of heat. Try them in a bourbon-, rum-, or tequila-based tipple.
Blueberries are often touted as nutritional powerhouses bursting with antioxidants, but they're also delicious — especially when covered in a thick coating of luscious milk chocolate! Chocolate and blueberries aren’t as classic a pairing as chocolate with strawberries or cherries, but one taste of this treat and you’ll wonder why. You may also feel slightly less guilty for consuming candy when it comes with a superfood filling.
The name Godiva is synonymous with luxury chocolate. This gourmet cocoa mix is an indulgent way to unwind and relax whether you’ve spent the day schussing down the ski slopes or brokering business deals at the office. All-natural ingredients, including premium cocoa, are masterfully blended to produce the finest cup of hot chocolate to ever grace a mug.
Dark chocolate, coconut toffee and chili lime flavors available
Feeling adventurous? Pop one of these delightful bites into your mouth and prepare to be pleasantly surprised. The farmed crickets are first toasted to enhance their natural crunch then hand-dipped in bittersweet chocolate. A sprinkling of sea salt brings out the chocolate’s flavor and makes munching on insects a palatable proposition. These edible insects a tasty snack, and they’re relatively healthy — crickets are a good source of protein, fiber and calcium.
Spice up your holidays — literally! — with a chocolate bar that packs an incredible 9 million Scoville Heat Units. That’s about four times as hot as the Carolina Reaper, considered to be the hottest pepper known to man, or 900 times as hot as a jalapeno. The 4-gram bar is divided into 12 tiny squares of “hellfire-infused” milk chocolate so you can share it with any chilihead who dares!
Can’t handle the heat? No worries! We have another unusual chocolate treat to try. This one caters to anyone who loves the combination of sweet and salty. Hammond’s combines superior-quality milk chocolate with crushed potato chips and bacon-flavored bits for a taste explosion. Although the name implies that only chocolate-loving carnivores can enjoy these bars, the use of artificially flavored “bacon” bits makes them suitable for vegetarians.
As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.