The Perfect Chocolate Gift

Posted on December 19, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to show your loved ones how much you care about them. Chocolate can be the perfect gift for an occasion, and you have a huge variety of options when it comes to chocolate presents.

Types of Chocolate Gifts

There are so many options for giving a chocolate gift, since there are different types of gifts. You can go with a standard box of milk chocolate or dark chocolate truffles that can be enjoyed immediately.

Another type of gift option is the DIY or kit option. One of our favorites is the Gourmet S’Mores Kit, since it can be a fun one to share. Want to give a present for a date night? Try a chocolate fondue kit, or surprise your special someone with homemade chocolate covered strawberries.

Chocolate Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

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The first step in choosing a chocolate gift for a friend or family member is identifying what they love about chocolate. Is your aunt obsessed with dark chocolate? Make sure to get her a present that highlights dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. If one of your children is obsessed with Oreos, he will love a package of hand-dipped Dori-O’s as a chocolate gift.

Are you looking to get a present for a serious chocoholic in your family? A subscription to the Chocolate of the Month Club with Dorinda’s Chocolates can be an unforgettable gift. This chocolate gift option keeps on giving, as your chocoholic is reminded of your love with a delivery of chocolates chosen by Dorinda each month! If you live with your chocoholic, you can benefit from The Chocolate of the Month Club as well -- that is, if your chocoholic is willing to share!

Chocolate Gifts for Your Budget


Do you want to give chocolate gifts to coworkers, extended family, and friends? Get the most out of your holiday gift budget with treats like Peppermint Bark or Dorinda’s famous Tahoe Bark. Let your friends try a sampler size of one of these chocolate treats, and you can add a personal touch by wrapping these and adding a personalized note.

Another great stocking stuffer and budget-friendly chocolate present is our Hot Cocoa Cones. One Hot Cocoa Cone makes three cups of delicious hot cocoa, and these treats are available in sets of three so you can get one for each family member!

Chocolate Gifts from Dorinda’s Chocolates

At Dorinda’s Chocolates, our gourmet handcrafted chocolates make the perfect chocolate gift for this holiday season. You can even order chocolate gifts online to get gourmet gifts without having to take off your slippers and go out in the cold!

Stop by to visit our new locations! We now have locations open in Squaw Valley, downtown Reno, The Summit Mall in south Reno, and The Village at Northstar Ski Resort in Truckee. We must warn you, it is difficult to walk into our stores and smell the chocolate without ending up tasting some delicious chocolate. We know you are just trying a truffle to make sure your loved one will love the chocolate gift you are giving them. Your secret is safe with us!

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Chocolate Fondue Tips & Tricks

Posted on July 06, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

Chocolate fondue is a fun dessert for date nights and special celebrations. With great chocolatey power comes great responsibility, so here are some things you should know before you begin your chocolate fondue adventure.

Choose Your Chocolate Fondue Tools

chocolate fondue kit renoWhen preparing chocolate fondue to entertain your guests, you can decide between a chocolate fondue fountain and a chocolate fondue pot. These two options require different setup instructions and materials.

The tools needed for chocolate fondue will vary depending on how many guests you are entertaining. Make sure you have enough dipping tools for your guests so your friends and family do not have to endure the torture of waiting for chocolate. You can also decide what type of chocolate you want for your chocolate fondue. Are you a milk or dark chocolate fan?

Things to Dip in Chocolate Fondue

When you have chocolate fondue at your next special event, you can supply different dipping items that range from classic to adventurous! Classic fondue dipping items include pound cake or angel food cake.

Fresh fruit complements chocolate beautifully, so why not dip your favorite fruits in chocolate fondue? Bananas and strawberries are big fan favorites for smothering in chocolate. Guests enjoy both fresh and dried fruits because everything is delicious when covered in chocolate! Check with your guests about food allergies in case fondue dipping items with peanuts or strawberries need to be left out.

Many chocoholics appreciate the combination of sweet and salty. Great items for the sweet and salty combination include potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn. Try lots of different dipping items at your next chocolate fondue party for great conversation starters and fun memories!

How to Prepare Chocolate Fondue Dipping Items

For all of your chocolate fondue dipping items, make sure the pieces are small enough that they will not fall off of the dipping utensil. Dipping items like cake can be cubed and covered until needed to preserve the moisture. For fresh fruit dipping items, wash and pat dry the fruit so there is not much residual water. If you will not be using the fruit for awhile, add a little bit of lemon juice to the fruits so they do not oxidize and get brown!

When dipping crumbly items like cookies and bacon, focus on the technique to pick up the item. You may want to have a specialized dipping utensil for the crumbly items so they don’t fall apart in the chocolate fondue.

Dorinda’s Chocolate Fondue Kits

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Your chocolate fondue fun will be the most fun if you have gourmet chocolate! At Dorinda’s Chocolates, you can have your very own Chocolate Fondue Kit. Get a reusable ceramic fondue pot in white or black, and use our gourmet milk or dark chocolate for your dipping fun! Our Chocolate Fondue Kit also includes our delicious and homemade marshmallows.

Stop by Dorinda’s Handcrafted Chocolates today for a chocolate fondue kit or other fun chocolate-dipped treats!



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Chocolate Dessert Recipe Ideas for Your Summer Party

Posted on June 09, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

The summer months are a great opportunity to show off your party hosting skills and have fun gatherings with people you love. At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we have come up with a few fun chocolate dessert recipe ideas that will wow your guests at your next event!

Chocolate Dessert Recipe #1:
Chocolate Dessert Cups

Chocolate dessert cups are a fun chocolate dessert recipe option because they can dress up any old dessert. Instead of using plastic bowls or dirtying another dish, you can make chocolate cups to hold the dessert, and your guests can eat the dishes instead of you washing them. You can also use the homemade chocolate cups to hold fresh summer fruit!

If you have a child eager to help you with your party preparations, this chocolate dessert recipe can be a fun way to teach them about making chocolate. Blow up small balloons, and dip the balloons in melted chocolate. Place the chocolate-dipped balloons in the freezer to solidify the melted chocolate.

Your next step in the chocolate dessert recipe is to take the balloons out after a few minutes and pop the balloons! This part of the chocolate dessert recipe can be especially fun to do with children. Pull out the remainder of the popped balloons, and now you have chocolate dessert cups!

Chocolate Dessert Recipe #2:
Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Dessert RecipesChocolate pudding is a rather fast chocolate dessert recipe, so you can take more time to enjoy the company of your guests. You can even make chocolate pudding ahead of time, and the dessert can be refrigerated for up to four days.A delectable chocolate dessert recipe option is rich chocolate pudding. Though creamy, chocolate pudding can still be enjoyed on a summer evening because it is a chilled dessert. A change in the seasons does not doom you to offering chocolate-less desserts, rest assured.

Chocolate Dessert Recipe #3:
Flourless Chocolate Cake

chocolate dessert recipesThis chocolate dessert recipe also requires the use of a stout beer like Guinness, which can be especially fun for Guinness lovers. The alcohol content will disappear during the baking process, so children can still have this cake.If you have guests who have an allergy to gluten or have a gluten-free diet, try a flourless chocolate cake to please them. This chocolate dessert recipe is a little more advanced, as the optional meringue requires some patience and skill.

Guinness does not have wheat in it (unless you try Breo White Beer), but do keep in mind that the protein in barley could cause some discomfort for a gluten-sensitive guest. Check with your guests ahead of time to make sure the use of stout in flourless cake will still work for them. If so, enjoy the delicious flourless cake!

Dorinda’s Chocolate Dessert Recipe Solutions

If you are running out of time for your event, stop by Dorinda’s Chocolates and pick up a Chocolate Fondue Kit or a Gourmet S’Mores Kit. These chocolate dessert recipe alternatives can be a real life saver in a snap, so you don’t have to disappoint your guests by sending them home without something sweet! Both the Chocolate Fondue Kit and the Gourmet S’Mores Kit make an easy chocolate dessert option while still adding an extra flair to entertain your guests.

For more chocolate dessert recipes and ideas to entertain for your next summer party, stop by Dorinda’s Chocolates on the Reno Riverwalk!

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