December 04, 2020

A Chocolate Lover’s Gift Guide to the Holidays

By Stephanie Garr

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 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 2020.

Chocolate for that Special Someone: To'ak's Art Series

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 2018, a vintage that lingers with fresh floral notes. 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 our 18 Mini Bars set, which includes three different harvest editions (years 2016, 2017, and 2018) and three different aged editions (featuring specialty casks from Ecuador and across the world). This is the ultimate chocolate tasting sampler.

Chocolate for Your Devoted Colleagues

Corporate gift giving can always be tricky—especially in the year 2020 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 booze, 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 Tequila Cask Aged 3 Years edition, which has built up a sweet and buttery complexity of flavors from its days maturing in a Don Julio cask, or the Bourbon Cask Aged 2 Years, which offers the slightest notes of smoke and oak. Gift alongside your choice of tequila or whiskey, and toast the year together (or on Zoom).

Chocolate for Your Devoted Colleagues: To'ak's Origin Aged Series

Chocolate for the World Traveler

When hopping on a plane isn’t an option, taking a bite out of a locally grown specialty is the best way to transport you to an exotic land. For the world traveler on your list, try our Galapagos Harvest 2018 bar, which features cacao sourced from two small farms on the Galapagos Islands, the ultimate bucket-list destination. This is the first single-origin chocolate ever produced from this fascinating corner of the world, and it pops with comforting flavors of cookies, fudge, and winter spices. Wanderlust may not have a cure, but this comes pretty darn close.

Chocolate for the Chocolate Purist

When the loved one in your life has seemingly had—and tasted—it all, surprise them with our first ever 100% cacao bar, El Niño Harvest 2016. This one-ingredient masterpiece has nothing to hide—no sugar, no extra cacao butter. You’ll taste the forest floor and notes of floral berries and red wine. Still, it offers a hint of sweetness similar to our 80% bars. It’s also available as 18 Mini Bars and offers an intriguing introduction to the magical world of pure cacao.

Chocolate for the chocolate purist: El Nino Harvest 2016

Chocolate for Yourself

The holidays are also a time for you to treat yourself. T.Cacao, our Everyday Organic Cacao Powderis 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. 

Chocolate for yourself: T.cacao Everyday Organic Cacao Powder

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