13 Best Candy & Chocolate Gifts

List Updated August 2020

Bestselling Candy & Chocolate Gifts in 2020


DOVE PROMISES Christmas Gifts Assorted Chocolate Candy 24-Ounce Bag

DOVE PROMISES Christmas Gifts Assorted Chocolate Candy 24-Ounce Bag
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Contains one (1) 24-ounce bag of DOVE PROMISES Holiday Assorted Chocolate Candy
  • Enjoy the delight of DOVE PROMISES Chocolate Candy with an assortment of your favorite flavors
  • Surprise a loved one with rich, creamy DOVE PROMISES Candy as a holiday treat
  • Each individually wrapped chocolate has a sweet message to brighten your day and your candy dish
  • DOVE Chocolates are a premium chocolate experience

ETHEL M Chocolates Almond Butter Krisp Candy Gift Box 5.8-Ounce 16-Piece Box

ETHEL M Chocolates Almond Butter Krisp Candy Gift Box 5.8-Ounce 16-Piece Box
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Contains one (1) 5.8-ounce 16-piece gift box of ETHEL M Chocolates Almond Butter Krisp Candy
  • Made with a bite-sized square of brittle drenched in premium milk chocolate, then hand-tossed in fresh, fine-diced almonds
  • Gift a box of delightful ETHEL M Chocolates to someone you love
  • Treat everyone at work when you bring in chocolate candies to share
  • ETHEL M Brand's secret recipe is tradition

Ghirardelli Holiday Prestige Collection Gift, 17.4 Ounce

Ghirardelli Holiday Prestige Collection Gift, 17.4 Ounce
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • These festive Ghirardelli chocolates are perfect for your candy dish and sharing with friends and family
  • Ghirardelli square chocolates deliver the perfect balance of intense, slow-melting Ghirardelli chocolate and luscious fillings
  • We hand-select the world's finest cocoa beans to create our proprietary bean blend and roast them to perfection, then we slow-blend in the purest ingredients to achieve our award-winning chocolate.
  • Made in usa

CELEBRATIONS Chocolate Variety Mix Christmas Candy Bars in a 21-Ounce Champagne Bottle

CELEBRATIONS Chocolate Variety Mix Christmas Candy Bars in a 21-Ounce Champagne Bottle
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Contains one (1) 21-ounce bottle filled with assorted MARS Chocolate Candies
  • Enjoy DOVE, TWIX, SNICKERS, BOUNTY and MILKY WAY Candies
  • Variety chocolate candy mix with novelty champagne bottle packaging
  • This mix of chocolate favorites are ideal for holidays, New Year's Eve and special events
  • Gift to coworkers, party hosts, and friends

Lindt LINDOR Holiday Deluxe Sampler Assorted Chocolate Truffles, Kosher, 20.7 Ounce Gift Box

Lindt LINDOR Holiday Deluxe Sampler Assorted Chocolate Truffles, Kosher, 20.7 Ounce Gift Box
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Contains 1 - 20.7 ounce sampler box of holiday assorted chocolate truffles
  • Flavor Assortment includes milk, dark, white, 60% extra dark, dark caramel sea salt and milk chocolate sea salt truffles
  • Lindt delivers a unique chocolate experience offering a distinctly smooth and rich, gourmet taste
  • Lindt chocolate embodies the passion and expert craftsmanship of its Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatiers
  • Kosher Certified; Perfect for holiday gifting, the candy dish and as an individual indulgence

Lindt Holiday Milk Chocolate Elf Stick, 24 Count Box

Lindt Holiday Milk Chocolate Elf Stick, 24 Count Box
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Contains 24 - 1.4 oz Lindt Elf Milk Chocolate Sticks
  • Solid milk chocolate stick, wrapped in a festive elf wrapper
  • Lindt delivers a unique chocolate experience with a distinctly smooth taste
  • Lindt chocolate embodies the passion and expert craftsmanship of its Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatiers
  • Great for gifting

Philadelphia Candies Milk Chocolate Covered OREO Cookies, Thanksgiving Tom Turkey Gift Net Wt 8 oz

Philadelphia Candies Milk Chocolate Covered OREO Cookies, Thanksgiving Tom Turkey Gift Net Wt 8 oz
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

Ferrero Rocher Fine Hazelnut Chocolates, 12-Piece Star Shaped Gift Box, 5.3 oz.

Ferrero Rocher Fine Hazelnut Chocolates, 12-Piece Star Shaped Gift Box, 5.3 oz.
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • 12 Count
  • Ferrero Rocher Star
  • Perfect for holiday gifting, sharing, or indulging on your own
  • Make loved ones feel special every day with Ferrero Rocher confections
  • 12-Count Star Gift Box
  • A tempting combination of smooth chocolaty cream surroiunding a whole hazelnut within a delciate, crisp wafer all enveloped in milk chocolate and finely chopped hazelnuts
  • Perfect for gifting this Christmas. sharing, or indulging on your own during the holidays
  • Peanuts Free, Certified Kosher (OU-Dairy)

Godiva Chocolatier White Chocolate Gift Box, Great for Holiday Gifting, 24 Count

Godiva Chocolatier White Chocolate Gift Box, Great for Holiday Gifting, 24 Count
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Philadelphia Candies Milk Chocolate Covered OREO Cookies, Happy Birthday Gift Net Wt 8 oz

Philadelphia Candies Milk Chocolate Covered OREO Cookies, Happy Birthday Gift Net Wt 8 oz
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Seattle Chocolates Gift Box, Happy Birthday, 6 Ounce

Seattle Chocolates Gift Box, Happy Birthday, 6 Ounce
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • All natural
  • Gluten free
  • Kosher certified
  • Delicious 6-ounce Seattle Chocolates Milk and Dark Chocolate assortment Happy Birthday Boxes
  • A gift box of surprise confetti assortment of 16 mouth watering truffle flavors
  • Gift box full of truffles containing a smooth, meltaway texture resulting in a perfectly blended confection that literally melts on the tongue
  • All-natural; gluten free; kosher certified; Seattle Chocolates sources only ethically traded chocolate
  • Premium chocolate carefully prepared in small batches with the highest quality all-natural chocolate with no preservatives or additives

Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar – 1.44 oz., 24 Count

Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar – 1.44 oz., 24 Count
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

Vegan Chocolate Gourmet Truffles - 72% Cacao, Gluten free, Fair trade, Bio Organic Hand crafted Superb Belgian chocolate flaked truffles - Award winning vegan candy Delights. 3.5oz.Perfect Vegan Gift.

Vegan Chocolate Gourmet Truffles - 72% Cacao, Gluten free, Fair trade, Bio Organic Hand crafted Superb Belgian chocolate flaked truffles - Award winning vegan candy Delights. 3.5oz.Perfect Vegan Gift.
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Indulge in Dark Chocolate Flaked Truffles with hazelnut filling and cane sugar
  • Tease your palate with pure dark chocolate candy and taste the exquisite natural cocoa beans flavour
  • Savor rich, chocolatey pleasure in bite-sized confections with this new & delicious snack time treat
  • Enjoy 1 Box of Organic, Vegan, and Gluten-Free truffle chocolate at 3.5 ounce per box
  • Expect an enjoyable and unique chocolate experience with Belvas Belgian Chocolate Truffles

What is in Your Cup of Hot Chocolate?

After vowing to read food labels more closely I decided to go ingredient by ingredient on certain foods that I regularly purchase. This study is on Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate - Milk Chocolate flavor.

I have recently started reading labels at the grocery store and to my dismay I realized that didn't know what half of the ingredients were in some of my favorite foods. Because of this I have decided to dissect a few of my purchases ingredient by ingredient to better understand exactly what I am consuming.

My first study is Swiss Miss Classics - Milk Chocolate Flavor. The list of ingredients on the package is as follows: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Whey, Cocoa (processed with Alkali), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Nonfat Milk, Calcium Carbonate, Less than 2% of: Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Artificial Flavor.

Ingredients are listed in order of predominance on a package, which in this case means there is more sugar than anything else in each packet. It doesn't specify what kind of sugar though - white, raw, brown, malt, etc - so it makes it difficult to know exactly what is being added. Next up is corn syrup, which is a thick, sweet syrup made from processed cornstarch. Again, it doesn't specify what kind of corn syrup. Light syrup is clarified while dark syrup has added coloring and flavoring.

The third ingredient is Modified Whey. Whey is the liquid that remains after milk has been curdled and strained. Modified Whey is whey that has been coupled with a polysaccharide (a complex carbohydrate) by enzymatic methods. This ingredient is used to improve functional properties of the product.

Up next is Cocoa processed with Alkali (also known as "Dutch processing"). Processing cocoa in this manner has been shown in studies to reduce the flavanol epicatechin, which is thought to be the most beneficial property of cocoa.

Hydrogenated Coconut Oil. This is coconut oil (a saturated fat) that has been heated and injected with hydrogen bubbles in order to make it more dense or solid.

The next two ingredients are pretty straightforward. Nonfat Milk. Exactly as stated - milk with the fat removed. And Calcium Carbonate - used as a dietary calcium supplement (hence why the front of the package touts "as much calcium as an 8oz glass of milk").

From this point on the ingredients are labeled as "Less than 2% of", starting with salt. No need really to dissect this one.

Listed after salt is Dipotassium Phosphate - a chemical used to control acidity and prevent coagulation. It is made by taking phosphoric acid and combining it with potassium hydroxide in order to neutralize it. This is done in order to bring it to the desired pH levels.

Mono- and Diglycerides. Made in part of fatty acids, this is used to combine ingredients containing fats with those containing water. This additive may contain trans fats, but because the 2020 U.S. Food and Drug Administration law requiring the listing of trans fats only applies to lipids and not emulsifiers, this ingredient flies under the radar and the product can be labeled as 0% trans fat.

Carrageenan - a seaweed extract. Originally thought to be safe to consume, recent studies have argued against this theory.

Acesulfame Potassium - an artificial sweetener that goes by the names Acesulfame-K and ACE. This one really surprised me. Nowhere on the front of the package does it say made with artificial sweeteners, which is something I actively avoid.

Sucralose - an artificial sweetener most commonly known as Splenda. So this means that Swiss Miss Classics Milk Chocolate contains not one, but two artificial sweeteners.

Last but not least - Artificial Flavor, which is a chemical mixture that is added to enhance flavor. There is no way to know what exactly this mixture contains.

You may want to do more research on certain ingredients listed in this article, but this gives you an overview of what is included in each of the packets. I have to say that for me the findings were a disappointment, especially with the revelation of the use of artificial sweeteners.

The result of this study for me personally is that I will be seeking out a new brand of hot chocolate in the future and will be actively avoiding some of the named ingredients in other products as well. This research certainly opened my eyes to the realization that I need to be more diligent in understanding what goes into products when plucking items off of the grocery store shelves.

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