Looking for the Perfect Holiday Present? Give a Treat That is Hot, Sweet and That Always Brings a Smile

By Madison Riverason

What could be better than nibbling on some chocolate- that mouth-watering, creamy delight that is loved all over the world? Drinking chocolate without a doubt! Most people, in nearly every corner of the Earth take pleasure in sitting back with a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate and we all know when it comes to gifts, hot chocolate gift baskets are one of the most loved gifts to give and receive.

For many individuals, sipping some hot, steaming chocolate is the only way to get rid of the winter chill and get warmed up from the inside out. Nothing is comparable on a cold winter's day. Chocolate is so respected that is has become part of our vacation practices - starring in ice skating outings, sledding, skiing and holiday celebrations and gift giving. And hot chocolate gift baskets are a big hit every season.

Hot chocolate was one of the many discoveries of the New World during the Columbian Exchange. Hot chocolate was considered to be a drink so potent by the Aztecs that it was reserved for the elite and spiritual ceremonies. (Montezuma allegedly used it as a tool for seduction).

And Signore Giovanni Casanova considered chocolate to be an essential part of any seduction. The famous lover always carried a special box of chocolates that ladies simply couldn't resist. Besides, Casanova assumed that the secret of his sensual prowess laid in a habitual daily cup of hot chocolate.

And for those not trying to woo the object of their affections, businesses, large and small as well as individuals, friends and family give hot chocolate gift baskets as one of the most beloved holiday treats.

There are even some people who consider hot chocolate to be so healthy for them that it is kind of medicinal remedy because it gives them an instant lift in spirits. Still other people, just like to relish a cup of warm and creamy chocolate because they love the taste and it brings to mind many glorious memories from their adolescence.

Not only do some individuals consider this beverage to be good for them, but also, there have truly been many cultures around the world that have used and revered it as a aliment of the gods and as a cure with healing abilities. It is only recently that there was a study done in the Western world that backs up this very notion. Of late, more data from research studies has been coming to light about the health benefits and beneficial elements that are found in cacao, which is what is used to make all the lovely fine chocolates that the world enjoys today.

If you believe you are lapping up hot chocolate for health or simply as it is delectable, doesn't really count. Just enjoy it on your own or offer a friend, family or co-worker a hot chocolate gift basket and stock up for yourself as the weather turns wintry.

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