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Celebrating Galentine’s Day with Hotel Chocolat USA

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and many couples enjoyed celebrating the day of love and coupledom. But the day before Valentine’s Day, lovingly known as Galentine’s Day, is a day to celebrate female friendship. In honor of this wonderful day of friendship and support of the fellow women in your lives, Hotel Chocolat hosted a Galentine’s Day event with chocolate tastings, wonderful pairings, and showcases of their special Valentine’s Day hot chocolate drink and sundae. You may remember we indulged in some chocolate delicacies when Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot 1745 Beauty made it’s US debut.

Hotel Chocolat Drinks

We grabbed one of our favorite gal pals and headed out for a night of fun, friendship, and chocolate. Along with the above Love Potion Hot Chocolate and Sweetheart Sundae, we enjoyed an evening of chocolate delicacies that included the following: White Chocolate Batons, Supermilk Batons, Billionaires Shortbread, Gianduja Bombe, Salted Caramel and Pecan Spread with Milton Amish Cheddar, Enrobed Mango with Saint Antoine, Passionfruit Truffles paired with Dos Alas Blanco Tequila, and Dark Ginger Truffles paired with Hamilton Jamaican Dark Rum.

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One of our favorite Hotel Chocolat chocolate treat combinations (and this may sound a bit strange to you guys but trust us, it is delicious), was the Enrobed Mango with Saint Antoine cheese. For those not in the know, the Enrobed Mango is mango immersed in mango liqueur and covered in Hotel Chocolat’s signature 70% dark chocolate. It is a delight for the palette and beyond delicious. We also could not stop eating the addictive Passionfruit Truffles (also pictured above). This delight is why the words amuse bouche exists because your mouth will be so happy.

Chocolate Covered Mango with Cheese

There was so much decadent chocolate to love and so much to indulge in. Nut lovers will go wild for the Cashew Nuts Chocolate Selector. Each bite will reward you with the popular nut.

Ladies, we hope you celebrated the women in your life with joyful Galentine’s Day festivities. If you’re looking to treat your besties to some amazing chocolate, this is the place to be. Make sure to stop by Hotel Chocolate or visit their website for your decadent yumminess.

What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

With 90% of Americans regularly treating themselves to a sweet, frozen dessert, it’s no wonder we go crazy for candy on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is the old favorite, but there’s more variety than you might think when it comes to picking the perfect Valentine’s Day candy for your sweetheart.

For a long time, conversation hearts — those sweet candies with phrases like “be mine” and “xoxo” on them — won the battle of the sweets. But this year there’s a new top pick for Valentine’s Day candies. Here’s a breakdown of what’s sure to sell out when people are buying sweet treats for their sweethearts this year.

Which Candy Won Out?

For a long time, SweetHearts conversation hearts dominated the Valentine’s candy market. But they suffered a set back last year when they failed to appear on store shelves. That had a significant and lingering effect on conversation hearts.

In their place, treats like M&M’s are moving up. M&M’s claimed the number one spot in three states this year: Arizona, Kansas and New Jersey. That may be in part due to the drop off in conversation hearts. But M&M’s Cupid’s Mix and Cupid’s Message products also quickly became favorites since hitting the market.

Heart-Shaped Boxes Reigned in 2019 CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

Of course, the old staples are still well represented. Things like heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, Hershey kisses and chocolate roses placed in the top three for several states. Don’t count on these longtime favorites disappearing any time soon. Alongside M&M’s and conversation hearts, gift boxes, chocolate roses, and general chocolates appear as frequent contenders for each state’s favorite Valentine’s candy.

Here’s one you may not have considered: Cupid corn. Often associated with Halloween, candy corn is also making a push during Valentine’s Day. While candy corn, in general, is falling off as a favorite among consumers, there are some places, like Michigan, where the candy is still incredibly popular on Valentine’s Day and other holidays.

Other Valentine’s Day Facts

Candy isn’t the only thing consumers are concerned about when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Many are ready to throw down some serious money to make their loved one feel special for the holiday.

In fact, consumers are expected to spend $30.19 on family members this year, which is up from $29.87 last year. Friends will get about $14.69 (compared to $9.78 in 2019) and co-workers will see an average of $12.96 spent on their gifts (compared to $7.78 in 2019). Even pets are getting some love, with people expecting to spend an average of $12.21 on pets, up from $6.94 last year.

Overall, consumers are predicted to spend about $101 this year, which is up from $93.24 in 2019. That’s still down more than 60% compared to a decade ago.

And where will all that money go? A lot, $5.8 billion, is expected to be spent on jewelry, with another $.43 billion spent on a nice evening out with a significant other. Candy is predicted to account for $2.4 billion, with flowers close behind at $2.3 billion. Smaller amounts will be spent on things like gift cards, greeting cards and experiences.

Source: CandyStore.com.

If you’re still thinking about what to get your special someone for Valentine’s Day, consider picking up the most-loved candy in their state (have fun with the interactive map directly above). After all, there’s a good chance they’ll also be a fan.

Rainbow NERDS Candy

Oldies but Goodies: NERDS, SweeTARTS, & Black Forest Gummy Bears

You may have noticed a resurgence and welcoming of old school and classic products. We’re not talking just fashion, what was old is new again in many categories. We’d all love an escape to our childhoods when life was simpler, happier; and nothing says happy childhood like your favorite candies. We grew up enjoying classic candies like NERDS, SweeTARTS, and Black Forest Gummy Bears, and are still loving these delicious sweet treats today.

 NERDS, SweeTARTS and Black Forest Gummy Bears

Ferrara Candy Company, the parent company of some of everyone’s favorite candies – NERDS, SweeTARTS and Black Forest Gummy Bears, welcomes several NEW products that recently hit store shelves. NERDS were a staple growing up. The creature shaped mini candies originally came in two flavors per box and were enjoyed by all ages from kindergarten to high school. This year expect to enjoy NERDS in three forms – Big Chewy, Sour Big Chewy, and the original tiny, tangy and crunchy form but in a rainbow of colors.

NERDS Candy

Sour Big Chewy NERDS CAndy Rainbow NERDS Candy

SweeTARTS

Fans of the original SweeTARTS (and those who love the combination of sweet and sour), will love the SweeTARTS Berries & Cherries, and SweeTARTS Ropes Bites. The fond memories of biting into the sweet and tangy goodness of SweeTARTS continues on with these two new varieties.

SweeTARTS Original CandySweeTARTS Berries & CherriesSweeTARTS Ropes Bites

Black Forest Gummy Bears

Last but most certainly not least, gummy bears; and these are no ordinary gummy bears. These are award-winning gummy bears. Say yum to Black Forest Classic and Organic Gummy Bears, made with real fruit juice! Many of the gummy bears’ colors are derived from plant-based ingredients and the Classic Gummy Bears is the winner of the 2019 Product of the Year Award in the sugar confections category, based on a survey of 40,000 people. With its fruity flavor and soft, juicy texture, it’s easy to see why it’s an award-winning snack.

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Why not bring a bit of your childhood into your present life with NERDS, SweeTARTS, and Black Forest Gummy Bears. We promise you’ll enjoy them as much as you did when you were a child. What are your thoughts on the latest candy launches from Ferrara Candy Company? Do these classic candies get your sweet tooth going?

Popbar Welcomes the WafflePop, A NEW Winter Snack

We’re taking a short break from NYFW to celebrate another of our loves – delicious snacks. We were recently introduced to the Popbar, a delightful snack bar that offers all natural, handcrafted, customizable gelato on a stick. As if the delicious idea of authentic Italian gelato, sorbetto, and yogurts on a stick, weren’t enough, they came out with an even more delicious snack, the WafflePop. A simultaneously warm and cold treat made with the variety of gelato, sorbetto, or yogurt popsicles Popbar has available.

It will be love-at-first-bite when you sink your teeth into the layers of flavors and textures. What makes the WafflePop so damn delicious? Well, it’s a pop sandwiched between two hot waffles customized with chocolate drizzle and toppings of your choice. First, you select your preferred flavor of Popbar’s all-natural, handcrafted, and customizable pops (there are over 40+ flavors); then select your chocolate of choice for full or half drizzling; your creation is then sandwiched between two freshly made waffles and topped with your choice of toppings. We decided on a Coconut popGelato with milk chocolate and pink sprinkles. See our delicious creation below and check out the video of our WafflePop being created on our Instagram page:

PopBar NYC WafflePop Dessert PopBar NYC WafflePop Dessert

If you’re thinking of a fun thing to do for Galentine’s Day with friends, deepening your bond over your mutual sweet tooth at Popbar is a must. If you are looking for a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day, we recommend visiting the Popbar with your sweetheart. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic stroll or killing time before or after your romantic dinner, this sweet treat will not disappoint. In fact, we know you will also love another Popbar offering, their delicious gelatoShakes.

PopBar NYC gelatoShake

This innovative and decadent frozen drink is a twist on the classic milkshake. This delicious 16oz bottle of yum is served in a milk-jug style cup with a chocolate-dipped waffle cone overflowing with whipped cream. Yes, it is as incredibly delicious as it looks. The gelatoShake is made with 100% all natural ingredients.  It is available in six delicious flavors including green tea, strawberry, vanilla caramel, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. As with Popbar treats, the gelatoShake is handcrafted and made to your desire. It is the perfect way to enjoy a lot of love…..deliciously!

To experience the Popbar and all the decadence it has to offer, head over to the West Village at 5 Carmine St. (@ 6th Ave.).

Sheila G's Thindulgent Chocolate Bark and Brownie Brittle Bites

Chocolate Indulgence: Treat Yourself to Sheila G’s Decadent Holiday Snacks

Do you know what Thanksgiving week means? It means the holiday season has officially begun and it’s time for all thing merry. So we’re beginning our holiday season with a sweet treat. Last year we had everyone drooling with our Brownie Brittle Releases Decadent Holiday Snacks feature, and today we’re doing it again. With some new flavors under their belt. Join us in a little chocolate indulgence with Sheila G’s Thindulgent Chocolate Bark and Brownie Brittle Bites, the perfect snack for the true chocoholic.

Sheila G’s sources and uses Fair Trade Certified cocoa, and pairs it’s rich, creamy, chocolate with a mix of savory, crunchy, chewy ingredients Thicker than a sliver, thinner than a candy bar, with a bit of snap to it, every bit of Sheila G’s Thindulgent Chocolate Bark delivers richly satisfying flavors and textures. This goodness packed slithers of indulgence are available in four flavors: Cashew Toffee, S’mores, Caramel Pretzel, and Dark Chocolate Almond. Each bag of Sheila G’s Thindulgent Chocolate Bark retails for $4.49 each.

 Sheila G's Thindulgent Chocolate Bark and Brownie Brittle Bites

What makes Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle Bites so amazing? Sheila’s Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle is baked to crispy perfection, cut into bite-sized pieces, and covered in rich, creamy chocolate. They are deliciously snackable, wonderfully indulgent and so addictive. Brownie Brittle Bites are the perfect pop-in-your-mouth snack treat! We’ve been indulging in the very popular Brownie Brittle Bites, are now available in milk chocolate caramel and peppermint dark chocolate flavors for $4.49 per bag.

Sheila G’s decadent holiday snacks are perfect for you to share with friends and family, or to  enjoy all by yourself.  Indulge yourself in the sinful yet divine combination of chocolate chips, caramel, chocolate, and peppermint delights. The choice is deliciously yours.

The Sheila G’s holiday products are available now and sold at retailers nationwide as well as online on www.browniebrittle.com. Grab a bag or two and enjoy.

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream: No Bowls or Spoons Needed

On a hot and humid day like today, nothing beats snacking on some delicious cold ice cream. The problem is, hot days means ice cream melts quickly. This leaves you with melted ice cream either running down your hands and arms leaving a sticky mess, or a bowl of ice cream soup, as you try to eat it quickly. Thankfully there’s a way to enjoy delicious premium ice cream without the melting scoops, or the need for bowls and spoons – Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream.

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is rich and creamy slow-churned, bite-sized ice cream wrapped in mochi, a sweetened rice dough. This bite-sized frozen delight is the perfect, soft, chewy, creamy treat to indulge in on a hot day. The regular Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is currently available in 19 multipack flavors (including the new Triple Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream flavor – pictured below); 28 single serve flavors, including new flavors – Blood Orange and Red Velvet, and seasonal flavors – Pumpkin and Peppermint Candy. Bubbies Hawaii also recently introduced 4 new vegan ice cream flavors – Vegan Cherry, Vegan Mint, Vegan Vanilla, and Vegan Mango.

The Triple Chocolate Mochi recently won a Sofi Awards 2018 New Product Award in the ice cream, gelato, and frozen treat category. When you try the smooth, sweet, chocolate ice cream with premium chocolate chips encased in chocolate mochi dough, you’ll see why. Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, and rBST-free (cows have not been treated with the synthetic rBST hormone). Most of the Mochi Ice Cream flavors are 100 calories or less, and all are made from the highest quality ingredients. Trust us when we say, one bite of this creamiest, most decadent sweet treats and you will be hooked. Are you ready to eat ice cream with your fingers?

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is available nationwide Whole Foods Market, Albertsons, Balducci’s, Morton Williams, Brooklyn Fare, Fairway Market, or you can buy it online at www.buy.bubbiesicecream.com.

The Best Things in Life are Sweet: Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day

It is the week of Valentine’s Day, so if you haven’t already picked up a sweet treat for the love of your life or your Galentine, here’s your chance to wow them with something really yummy. Everyone’s favorite sweet spot, Dana’s Bakery, has some delightful, and delicious sweet treats that are perfect for gift-giving this Valentine’s Day. Known for their exquisite traditional French macarons with an American twist, you can easily spoil your Valentine or Galentine.  Say “Be Mine”, I Luv U, and “Kiss Me” in the sweetest and yummiest way possible from the Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day offerings. Check out the limited edition Valentine treats below:

Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box

Share the very special message of love, featuring special messages with the Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box. This 12-piece macaron gift is available for now Valentine’s Day and comes with six different macaron flavors, each with a special message of love. Enjoy the delicious flavors of Milk Chocolate Molten, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Milk Chocolate Caramel, Milk Chocolate Pistachio, Dark Chocolate & Orange, and Milk Chocolate Passionfruit.
Each 12-piece Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box is $36.00 and they’re perfect for anyone on your V-Day gift list.

Dana’s Bakery Love Box

 

Want your Valentine to know how much you love and care for them? Let them know with every bite of the macarons from the limited edition Dana’s Bakery Love Box. This limited edition heart-shaped Valentine’s Day gift comes with four macaron flavors: Raspberry Jam, Chocolate Molten, Red Velvet, and Cookie Dough. Just like the Sweethearts Box, the Dana’s Bakery Love Box is $36.00 for a box of 12 macarons.

All of Dana’s Bakery macarons are gluten free, made with almond flour, and certified Kosher Dairy by Kof-K, and can be shipped nationwide. What are your thoughts on the above Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day offerings? Which of these delicious macaron flavors are your favorites?

 

 

Gourmet Gift Baskets for your Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

We all know Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love, a sweet sentiment that deserves to be celebrated……..with something equally sweet. Does the love of your life have a sweet tooth? Do they love things like chocolates, cookies, brownies, and other decadent treats? Then keep reading on for some amazing Valentine gift ideas from Gourmet Gift Baskets. Offering the best in all sweet treats, as well as popcorn, fruits, nuts, and beer and wine, Gourmet Gift Baskets is your go-to for Valentine’s Day gift baskets filled with delightful champagnes, decadent chocolates, and a variety of exquisite treats that are sure to make your sweetheart weak in the knees. Check out a few of them below:

Send A Bear Hug Care Package, $49.99

Whether your Valentine is close by or far away, receiving this Bear Hug Care Package is sure to inspire a smile. This adorable Send A Bear Hug Care package is stocked full of decadent chocolates that everyone loves, some very gourmet cookies, and a sweet and cuddly teddy bear that’s perfect for snuggling.

“Happy Valentine’s Day” Cookie Cake, $29,99

Say “I Love You” in the sweetest way possible! This 9″ Valentine’s Day Cookie Cake is a heart-shaped, soft, and chewy cookie stuffed with milk chocolate chips and hand decorated with creamy vanilla frosting. This great, big, heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie is the equivalent of 30 regular-sized cookies.

“Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Brownie Cake, $29.99

Does the love of your life prefer brownies over cookies? The “Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Brownie Cake is a great alternative. This heart-shaped, extra chocolaty, brownie cake will easily win their hearts and win you best V-Day gift giver, plus the two of you will get even closer enjoying this very yummy gift that’s big enough to share.

Red Velvet Cake – $34.99 to $49.99

A delectable and different type of sweet gift for you and your sweetheart to enjoy together, whether it’s dessert after a first date or a treat after 40 years of Valentine’s Day dinners together. This double layered cake is made with only the finest ingredients like natural cocoa powder and fresh buttermilk. The rich red color is finished off with a vanilla infused cream cheese frosting and cake crumbles.

We would be completely ecstatic to receive any of these wonderfully sweet and loving gifts for Valentine’s Day. What about you? What are your thoughts on these Gourmet Gift Baskets? Which of these Gourmet Gift Baskets Valentine’s Day gifts would you love to receive from your sweetheart?