Thursday, February 7, 2008

Chocolate Bars are Better Than Greeting Cards

To You ChocolateI like papergoods and I love looking at wrapping paper, ribbon and greeting cards. But those things are expensive!

Simple Hallmark Cards cost $3 these days ... the fancy handspun ones at places like Papyrus can cost $5 or $6 now.

It’s silly. Or at least for me it is. I don’t keep greeting cards, they’re pretty and the sentiment is nice, but I simply don’t live the kind of life where I keep things like that (every once in a while I will, but as a rule after a period of time they get recycled).

Candy Bars ... lotsa candy bars

So that’s why I advocate fine chocolate bars as a replacement for greeting cards (heck, they don’t even have to be “fine chocolate” as long as you know it’s a welcome bar).

Lake Champlain Organic Dark BarsAt present there are hundreds to chose from, they come in sassy wrappings the rival the pretty cards and you can eat it (even share it)!

So instead of going to the papergoods aisle at the drug store to find something that says that you were thinking of someone, consider presenting them with a bar of Lindt, Ghirardelli, Guittard, Charles Chocolates, Ritter Sport, Endangered Species, Chuao, Equal Exchange, Cadbury, Elite, Lotte, Marabou, Dove, Michel Cluizel, Hershey’s, Scharffen Berger, Dagoba, Nestle, Theo Chocolates, Green & Black’s, Dolfin, Amano, Askinosie, Villar’s, Feodora, Lake Champlain, KChocolade, Meiji, Morinaga, Russell Stover, El Rey, Santander, Chocolat Bonnat, Choxie, Terra Nostra, Amadei, Felchin, Valrhona, Hachez, Gallery, Cafe Tasse, Vosges, Slitti, Toblerone, Chocovic, Pralus, Domori or Caffarel.

Chuao Chocolatier

  • Pick one based on what you think they’ll like.
  • Pick one that you like because of the package design.
  • Pick one that donates money to a cause you support.
  • Pick one because the % of cacao is the same as the recipient’s age.
  • Pick one because it was made in your hometown.
  • Make up a story about why this bar made you think of them.
  • Sign it if you want, put it in an envelope if you need to, but let’s get back to what’s important with greetings ... you were thinking about someone and wanted to tell them. So say it with chocolate.
  • If they need to have a keepsake, there’s always the wrapper.

    (Please note that this works with any consumable ... give someone a pretty apple or pomegranate if that’s what moves you or you think that’s what will move them. Wouldn’t you like someone to answer the door and say, “Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?” and you can say “Both!”)

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:39 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyFeatured News

    1. Don’t forget Chocolove - they even come with a poem inside the outer wrapper! (for what it’s worth, the ginger one is my current fav chocolate bar :^)

      p.s. they’re currently on sale at Target (at least in my region), 3/$5.

      Comment by Tricia on 2/08/08 at 5:13 pm #
    2. This might be my favorite post you’ve ever written. I plan to forward it to everyone who ever sends me greeting or birthday cards.  Would that be too subtle?
      I just read it tonight, after returning home from delivering birthday bars to a friend, sans card:
      1. Cafe-Tasse Dark Szechuan Pepper
      2. BruCo Salt Tasting Chocolate Duo

      I’d like to have a friend like me. And you. Nice work on the sustainability tip.

      Comment by joanna on 2/10/08 at 5:37 pm #
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