Chocolate has long been a holiday lifesaver. It’s the ideal advent calendar treasure, go-to stocking stuffer, and sure-to-please last-minute gift. But—let’s admit it—your traditional holiday chocolate is...not so good. It’s the type of stuff you mindlessly (and guiltily) pop into your mouth, because, well, it’s there.
A true luxury chocolate lover deserves much better, and so do all the special people in your life. The best gifts come with care, thoughtfulness, and love—the same ingredients we put into each one of our chocolate bars and the handcrafted boxes they’re so meticulously packaged in. All of our boxes take you through the chocolate’s long, laborious journey—from tree to you—and include an informational guide for chocolate tasting and pairing. We will also include a personalized card or message with any To’ak order.
To help you navigate our unique selection, we present our Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Holidays. Here, we highlight the best gifts for that special someone, that always-there friend, and that exceptional colleague who helped make your year a little easier to swallow.
Chocolate for That Special Someone
An exquisite, limited-edition box of chocolate may just be the biggest turn-on—cacao is an aphrodisiac, after all. To’ak’s Art Series offers more than just chocolate, though. It’s a unique piece of art not found anywhere else (we’ve only made 175 of these boxes). The one-of-a-kind Spanish Elm wood box package has been handcrafted and beautifully engraved by local artists, and holds a certified print by the late Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuador’s most celebrated artist. The 77% bar within combines two vintage editions of the rarest cacao in the world—just as rare as that special someone. Gift alongside a bottle of Port or single malt Scotch whiskey and you’ve just saved 2021.
Chocolate for That Always-There Friend
To’ak’s elegant Signature boxes hold the simplest pleasures in the most gorgeous packaging. They’re the sweetest way to show you care. For the friend always looking for the next best thing, try our newest release, Rain Harvest 2019, a vintage that lingers with notes of fresh berries, roasted almonds, and flowers.
For the friend always waxing nostalgic, we suggest our oldest age release, Spanish Elm 6 Years, which has matured beautifully into a complex blend of nutty, creamy, savory, and sweet.
And for the friend always looking out for everyone but themselves, we recommend spoiling them with one of our 18 Mini Bars sets, which includes a range of different harvest editions and aged editions (featuring specialty casks from Ecuador and across the world). These are the ultimate chocolate tasting samplers.
Chocolate for Your Devoted Colleagues
Corporate gift giving can always be tricky—especially when the office setting has dramatically shifted (or gone away altogether). Nothing says “thank you” to a colleague or client more than a little taste of limited luxury, which is why a handcrafted Spanish elm wood box from our Origin Aged series is a gift sure to impress.
To’ak developed the world’s first chocolate aging program, in which we apply techniques and traditions of winemakers and whisky distillers to our chocolate. It's the perfect representation of hard work and innovation.
For your co-workers, clients, or prospects, try the Islay Whisky Cask Aged 3 Years, which has built up a smooth and seductive complexity of flavors from its days maturing in a single malt whisky cask from the famed Laphroaig distillery in Islay. Gift alongside your choice of a Scotch single malt or sweet dessert wine and toast the year together (or on Zoom).
Chocolate for the Whiskey Enthusiast
When combined, whiskey and chocolate mingle like long-lost lovers always meant to be together. Impress the whiskey lover in your life with the Bourbon Cask Aged collection, featuring our Ecuadorian chocolate aged in a Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel, which brings out notes of honey and vanilla, as well as a subtle touch of winter spices.
Chocolate for the Tea Lover
Did you know that tea and chocolate make for excellent companions? One of our newest releases is for the ultimate tea enthusiast. The Pu'er Tea Aged edition features our Ecuadorian chocolate aged with raw Pu'er, one of the world's finest teas. The result is a 73% dark chocolate with gentle tasting notes of plums, dates, and green tea, making for a comforting treat on those long winter days.
Chocolate for the Chocolate Purist
When the loved one in your life has seemingly had—and tasted—it all, surprise them with our one of our few 100% cacao bars, Rain Harvest 2018. This one-ingredient masterpiece has nothing to hide—no sugar, no extra cacao butter. You’ll taste fresh notes of mochaccino and jasmine with a satisfying finish of coffee and roasted almonds. Still, it offers a hint of sweetness similar to our 80% bars. You can also available get 18 Mini Bars of our first ever 100% bar, the El Nino Harvest 2016, which offers an intriguing introduction to the magical world of pure cacao.
Chocolate for YourselfThe holidays are also a time for you to treat yourself. T.Cacao, our Everyday Organic Cacao Powder, is a good place to start. This superfood of superfoods, made from Ecuador’s finest heirloom and single-origin cacao, is jam-packed with antioxidants and an abundance of other natural compounds to boost your mood and energy. Brew up a morning cacao drink, whip up a cacao-based smoothie, or try some of these mouthwatering recipes and you'll be raring and ready for the New Year.