a preparation made from the beans of the
cacao plant and used as a flavoring and as an ingredient of beverages and
various kinds of delicacies.
Chocolate was first developed by the indigenous Mexican peoples such as
the Aztecs, all of whom regarded chocolate and the cacao plant to be a
divine gift from theire gods. The Aztecs believed that chocolate had
many magical powers, and that it was the source of wisdom and power as
well as being an aphrodisiac.
It is said that the Aztec ruler Montezuma drank fifty cups of chocolate
a day, usually before visiting his harem.
After the Spanish conquered Mexico, chocolate was inroduced to Europe
and as its popularity grew, cacao plantations were set up throughout the
new world and later even Africa and Asia.
There was initially a great deal of controversy in Europe about whether
chocolate was healthful or harmful and also whether it was a food or a
drink (chocolate was initially mostly used as a beverage.)
of whether chocolate was food or drink was an important one in Renaissance
Europe for religious reasons: if it were a food then it should not be
consumed during Lent.
But if chocolate were a drink, then it could
be consumed at any time. After much debate, involving the great
theologians and even various Popes, the religious authorities concluded
that although chocolate was nutritious, it was a beverage and therefore
there were no restrictions about when it could be consumed.
The jury is still out on whether chocolate is good for you or not, but
most chocolate addicts would tend to agree with Doctor Bachot, the
physician to Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, who stated:
"Well-made chocolate is such a noble invention that it,
rather than nectar and ambrosia, should be known as the food of the
We offer delicious gourmet chocolates and other tasty treats for all occasions.
Indulge your own chocolate cravings or have one of our scrumptuous gift baskets full of mouth watering assorted chocolates delivered to a friend.
You can even add a note to send along with any item you purchase.
Chocolate Delights Gift Basket
Head to paradise with this magnificent gift basket filled with scrumptious Belgium Nirvana chocolate products. Contained in a beautiful tea-stained wicker basket are the following items from the Nirvana collection: an assorted 1/2 pound box of chocolates, a four-piece box of marzipan, 1 bottle of chocolate spread, a 4-piece pates de fruits, two delicious truffles, and an item from the famous Zen collection.
This is a chocolate lover's dream come true! Soft fudge layer cake with velvety fudge filling topped with creamy chocolate frosting and chocolate wafers to guide slicing. It's perfect for birthdays and special occasions. For the best results, these should be stored in the freezer a maximum of three months. They may be kept in the refrigerator for 1 week, as long as they are consumed within that time. Thaw in refrigerator overnight before serving.
Your loved one will receive a burlap bag filled with 2 lbs of imprinted pistachio nuts. Each nut says what we all want to hear: " I LOVE YOU". This greeting is imprinted right on the nut shell! Send your loved one this "nutty" gift today
Do you know someone who loves dark chocolate? This basket is a perfect gift filled with the finest dark chocolate in the world. Contained in a beautiful tea-stained wicker basket are the following dark chocolate delights: 1 Galler Noir Extreme bar, one tin filled with Galler Cat's Tongues, 1/2 pound of Nirvana assorted dark chocolates, 1 Valrhona 71% bar, 1 Cote Noir de Noir, and 1 Nirvana Orangettes from the Zen collection.
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Here is the ultimate compendium of recipes for chocolate cakes, cookies, candies, sauces, ice cream, and everything else chocolate. Mouth-watering recipes include chocolate banana cake, chocolate cherry roll, cocoa-n-honey, Nevada gold nugget cake, Parisian truffles, creamy chocolate cherry frosting, chocolate marshmallow freeze, peanut butter chocolate dip, and 993 other delicious treats. Every recipe is photographed in color. Special sections on ingredients, baking tips, and shortcuts for fast and pleasurable preparation. The total combined caloric content of these recipes is three million calories! All in one volume.
All of the best of Italy in one great basket! Each basket contains thin Italian breadsticks, home style pasta sauce, penne pasta, risotto, pasta & pesto side dish, cappuccino coffee, red chili peppers and marinated party olives.
A delicious way to show your appreciation! This lovely hunter green basket holds Thanks a Million snack mix, a novel box of peanut butter shortbread cookies, Thank You pasta, hand-rolled cheese sticks, strawberry-filled candy and Virginia sparkling cider.
This dreamy cheesecake is a delightful dessert! Made with rich, pure cream cheese, then swirled with sweet raspberries throughout, this cheesecake is a glorious way to end a meal! Serves 6. For the best results, these should be stored in the freezer a maximum of three months. They may be kept in the refrigerator for 1 week, as long as they are consumed within that time. Thaw in refrigerator overnight before serving. The cheesecakes are easier to slice when cold; however, serve cool or close to room temperature for optimum flavor. Cut with a warm knife.
Welcome to Chocolate delights. Our webstore features delicious chocolates and gift baskets. Indulge your passion for chocolate or you can arrangeto send our chocolates, cakes and gift baskets to someone you love. You can even include a note with any delivery.
In addition to chocolates, we also have fine foods such as nuts and Omaha Steaks. If you love fine foods, Chocolate Delights is the place for you!