6 Holiday Treats To Gift Or Gimme

November 23, 2022

We get it. Sometimes a little reward is in order, especially during the head-spinning holiday season, and that often means an indulgent confection enjoyed without guilt, judgement or calorie counting. Treat your friends and family, and absolutely yourself too, to some of these sweet treats. —Catherine Dunwoody

Chocolate. What’s even better? Canadian-made chocolate. Galerie Au Chocolat’s Holiday Collection has been in business for more than 35 years in Montreal, creating high-quality artisan, fairtrade, gluten-free and new sugar-free options in their lineup. The range includes caramel-filled milk chocolate snowmen, artisanal candy cane bars and much more, but it’s this gorgeous Smash Bark with dried berries, pistachios and cocoa nibs we can’t get enough of. Comes with a mallet for serious bark-smashing satisfaction.

A welcome hostess gift, or party table centre, this Mon Paris Holiday Tree from one of our favourite local bakeries comes in milk or dark chocolate, filled with nuts and dried fruits.

Jacobsons new Farhi Almond and Nougat selection makes a welcome present for any candy lover with sophisticated tastes. Premium almonds in three types of chocolate plus cinnamon dusted, and Italian nougat in a luxury gift box. Put that on the coffee table served with a bottle of sparkling, and voila: dessert is served.

Vancouver Filipino bakery Goldilocks Bake Shop Gingerbread Houses are a hit with kids, and come in four sizes, including no-so-traditional gingerbread townhouse, birdhouse and more.

Peppermint and chocolate just taste like Christmas, no? Dr Bronner’s Magic All-In-One Chocolate is a fresh new take on cool peppermint cream in dark chocolate. Sweetened with coconut sugar, these bars are gluten free, have sustainably sourced ingredients. And yep, same brand we love for their nice-to-the-planet soaps, sanitizers and more.

We love a Yule log, and Beaucoup Bakery’s Bûche de Noël are beauties. In Framboise Vanille with vanilla bean mousse, raspberry pressed sablé, raspberry ganache and jam or Chocolat et Mont Blanc with chestnut mousse, chocolate sponge, dark rum ganache, chestnut frangipane and cream with chocolate feuilletine crisp. Um, yum!


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