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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How to Make Hot Chocolate

Posted on November 04, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

The winter season is upon us, and we start to get that “curl up next to a fire and drink hot chocolate as we watch the snow fall” feeling. Make your very own delicious hot chocolate from scratch with a few helpful tips from us at Dorinda’s Chocolates!

Hot Chocolate Ingredients

You can make hot chocolate using cocoa powder and milk or by melting your own chocolate, depending on how much time you want to take and how decadent you want your hot chocolate to be. If you make your hot chocolate with cocoa powder, add some creaminess back in with evaporated milk or half and half cream. Sweeten your hot cocoa with sugar and add flavor with a dash of vanilla extract!

hot chocolate northstar village truckeeAn epic hot chocolate recipe starts with good ingredients, like all amazing chocolate treats do. The quality of the chocolate you use will make a huge difference in how the hot chocolate turns out in the end. Too much semi-sweet chocolate could make your hot chocolate bitter, so use a combination of semi-sweet chocolate and milk chocolate to balance the chocolate flavor. Hot chocolate from scratch starts with heating milk and half and half and adding chocolate in so the heat of the milk melts the chocolate. YUM!

Famous Hot Chocolate

We are big fans of famous chocolatier Jacques Torres. His hot chocolate recipe is phenomenal! Jacques Torres uses corn starch and heavy whipping cream in his hot chocolate to make the liquid chocolate beverage even more rich and creamy.

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Another life-changing hot chocolate experience is available in New York City at City Bakery, which is liquid chocolate with their popular homemade marshmallows! Serendipity 3’s famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate in New York City is also a huge tourist attraction that is perfect for any time of year!

Don’t Forget the Marshmallows!

While the hot chocolate may be the main event, our inner child demands marshmallows! Add marshmallows immediately after pouring to encourage the marshmallows to melt into the hot chocolate.

If you want to take your gourmet hot chocolate made from scratch to the next level, add homemade marshmallows! You can make your own marshmallows with gelatin, sugar syrup, and vanilla. For special seasonal flavored marshmallows, add peppermint extract and red food dye for peppermint marshmallows to go with your hot chocolate!

Hot Cocoa Cones

Not everyone has the time or ingredients to craft some gourmet hot chocolate this winter, but you can give them the gift of hot chocolate made easy! At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we have Hot Cocoa Cones with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and marshmallows! Keep your house stocked with ingredients for delicious hot chocolate by grabbing a few of this hot cocoa cones. Everything is already measured, which makes this hot chocolate trick perfect for kids.

Looking for some fun Christmas gifts? Hot cocoa cones from Dorinda’s Chocolates are perfect stocking stuffers! Stop by our stores at The Summit Mall in South Reno, The Village at Northstar in Truckee, our Squaw Valley location, or our downtown Reno location on the Truckee River Riverwalk!

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