Christmas is less than 20 days away and I’m sure I’m not the only one who hasn’t completed thedreaded job of Christmas shopping. I say dreaded because there’s always that ONE person who is
difficult to buy for. They either
a) Have everything
b) Are too fussy for and you never know if you what you get for them will be the “right” thing. Thankfully my mom is a mad golfer, so anything that’s wrapped and golf related usually gets a big thumbs up. But I must admit I’ve been having sleepless nights about what gifts to give...but then I was struck with an idea- chocolate!!!
I know you must be thinking, oh how boring- but hear me out. I don’t mean your run-of- the-mill Lindt, Toblerone or Ferrero Rocher (although those are always well-received), I’m talking about 100% pure, raw, Honest Chocolate- yes you heard right, Honest Chocolate. The great thing is that if your recipient doesn’t live in Cape Town, chances are this’ll be a novelty of note. On second thought- it’ll be a novelty even for a Capetonian. Allow me to explain...
Honest Chocolate is an artisan chocolate company based in the heart of the Mother City. They make raw chocolate- meaning that it’s produced from organic raw cacao and contains no added dairy, processed sugar or preservatives. It has high levels of anti-oxidants, thus making it a healthier option than perhaps your average dark chocolate.
The company was started by Anthony Gird and Michael de Klerk who both produce the chocolate by hand using traditional methods like tempering on granite slabs and literally hand-dipping every. Single. Bonbon. So to say that there’s a lot of labour involved would be putting it mildly. But the proof is in the pudding and once you taste their wonderful chocolat- there’s no going back. A few months ago the first Honest Chocolate shop was opened in Wale Street and I got chatting to the sales lady, Nikki. We both agreed that it was like drinking wine or coffee; once you get hold of the good stuff anything else is just, well... average. *flicks tip of nose with finger*
In all seriousness though, Honest Chocolate is a great gift idea. Not only because it has a sweet romantic story behind it, but take a look and see that the packaging is rather unique and very quirky and cleverly designed, with the wrapping even being made from eco-friendly paper. The cacao itself is ethically sourced from Ecuador so when you see that the marked price is somewhat higher than your daily Kit Kat- you’ll know why!
Honestly, it’s one of those things that you’d rather just keep for yourself!
You can find the products in Wellness Warehouse or for a true chocolate experience visit the shop and see Michael and Anthony working in their “office”:
66 Wale Street, Cape Town
Telephone: 021 423 8762
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri (9am - 5pm), Sat (10am - 2pm)
For general enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can contact Anthony or Michael directly:
082 829 3877
Michael de Klerk
082 736 3889
About the author: Tessa blogs at Girl With A Teacup. She is a foodie and passionate about all things health and wellness related. A chef by training, she's transitioning her way into the journalistic side of food and is busy completing a qualification in print and digital media
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