Edible gifts add a personal holiday touch to show your colleagues and loved ones that you care. But don’t worry, you won’t have to strap on an apron or break a nail for these edible gifts. Even if homemade isn’t in your vocabulary for gift giving, these clever edible gifts from Denver and Colorado merchants will put you on the top of your friends’ gift lists. Order an extra for yourself (you won’t regret it).
Chocolate Crisis Center
3370 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205
This is the perfect gift for that hard-to-please coworker, the drama diva in your family or your child’s teacher. The Chocolate Crisis Center has chocolate gifts that will please everyone on your list. The Calamity Kit includes four daily doses of your choice of chocolates and the Major Crisis Kit includes three daily doses. Whether it be a dark or milk chocolate holiday crisis, the Chocolate Crisis Center has six different prescriptions for individual purchase or as part of a doctor’s first-aid crisis kit. Flavors include coffee toffee crunch, dark chocolate almond zen, triple chocolate truffle, milk chocolate cherry torte, chocolate sea salt carmelita and tiramisu cocoa caramels. Another holiday wish-list treat is Holiday Blues – buttercream and cool peppermint candies in an extra-large dosage size. Each crisis kit comes with a prescription and a medical kit filled with chocolates.
5735 N. Washington St.
Denver, CO 80216
Denver’s iconic candy story is the place for stocking stuffers, secret Santa gifts, Hanukkah presents and holiday office parties. This December promises to be a sweet one for Hammond’s Candies. The candy maker is getting stocked up on real peppermint candy canes and lollipops, as well as dozens of other flavors including caramel apple candy, bubblegum and gingerbread. Hammond’s also makes peppermint candy trees, ribbon candy, boxed chocolate towers and ooey, gooey vanilla caramels. Hammond’s double chocolate cocoa, spiced apple cider and crunchy mint cocoa drink mixes make great office gifts. Order online or stop by the store to browse and take a tour.
1886 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
Great wine delivered to one’s doorstep is a perfect gift for vino lovers. Empty Wine Bottle, a Denver boutique wine store, has a monthly wine club that delivers unique wines from around the world. Each wine delivery comes with tasting notes, winery information and food-pairing ideas. The food-pairing notes also include a recipe tested by the wine owner’s family. The wine club is $25 per month, paid in three-, six- or 12-month increments or at the time of store pick up (does not include shipping or tax).
103 Main St.
Longmont, CO 80501
For a little bit of Paris and fromage du jour, look no further than Cheese Importers. This French cheese shop is a holiday wonderland of cheeses from around the world. Do you desire a bite of blue from Denmark, a triple creme from Paris or an aged goat cheese from Colorado? This cheese shop has them all. To fill out the plate, look for jams, honeys, sauces, crackers and imported gourmet foods. Cheese Importers specializes in holiday gift baskets. Create your own basket of goodies or let the experts decide.
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4840 W. 29th Ave.
Denver, CO 80212
Since 1995, this chocolate shop has delighted Denver with its truffles, cremes and chocolate-covered nuts. Roberta’s is Denver piece de resistance for handcrafted chocolates. Its signature gift bag is six pounds of chocolate including Colorado gold, mountain crunch, milk chocolate pecan patty, chocolate peanut clusters, mini caramels, chocolate malt balls, chocolate nonpareils, chocolate toffee and chocolate popcorn. Roberta’s gold bags of white and dark chocolate Aspen bark, bridge mix and chocolate-covered almonds are the perfect hostess gift. Roberta’s will create personalized chocolates as corporate gifts as well.
600 S. Airport Road
Longmont, CO 80503
Robin Autorino has such a sweet life and she is happy to share it with others. The chocolate maker and owner of Robin Chocolates uses only Valrhona chocolate, which is a perfect start for the beautiful confections she and her staff create. She is best known for a lemon souffle creme candy that won best in show at the 2010 Colorado Chocolate Festival and for a Mexican mole caramel that won Grand Champion Truffle in 2011 at the same festival. But don’t stop there. Her other flavors include amaretto, honey bourbon, key lime and chocolate and caramel fleur de sel. During the holidays, Robin Chocolates’ staff is busy handcrafting custom orders made for corporate clients and parties. Get your orders in now for chocolates that fit a holiday party theme or your corporate message. Robin Chocolates are available at Marczyk’s Fine Foods, The Cupboard in Fort Collins and at Robin’s Longmont store.
Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.