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Unique Tea and Chocolate Gift Ideas

April 15, 2012

I feel like I have much to tell you and many recent photos to share, but life has been fun and busy lately, and I’ve been lacking the time to actually sit and write coherent posts for you. I’ve been playing with a couple of new recipes for what seems like forever, so you’ll see them on here soon. There are pictures of our herb garden, our trip to Pepper Place Market, and spring in Tuscaloosa to show you too. And we’re headed to Napa this weekend for my brother’s wedding, which of course should result in gorgeous photos.

In the meantime, I am excited about these tea and chocolate finds at World Market in Birmingham yesterday. Thought I’d share them in case they tickle your fancy as gifts for others or yourself!

First, there are these cute chocolate bars with a Southern twist by Wild Ophelia (sister brand of those amazing Vosges chocolate bars you see touting unique flavor combinations like smoke & stout caramel, bacon, and wasabi with black sesame seeds). Wild Ophelia describes its purpose as “an American road trip through chocolate,” and creates its treats from all natural and often organic ingredients sourced from small farms and food artisans. As an added bonus, the company is eco-friendly: they use 100% renewable energy and 100% recycled packaging.

The five flavors we saw for sale were New Orleans chili, sweet cherry pecan, Southern hibiscus peach, hickory-smoked almond, and beef jerky. These would make a unique hostess gift, or treat for a chocolate-loving foodie with Southern taste buds.

And secondly, I am excited about the SIX varieties of Zhena’s Gypsy Chai Tea in stock, especially the decaf red flavors. Besides the four pictured, World Market also carries both basic “fire light” chai and vanilla chai. Some of them are even fair trade and organic. I bought two red teas for me because I try not to have caffeine regularly, and two black teas along with a pretty ceramic travel mug for a friend’s birthday gift. There are even MORE chai choices on the Zhena’s website.

I tried the caramel this morning and it was good, so I look forward to brewing the chocolate tomorrow before I leave for work. I have been hoping to find a non-black tea chocolate chai for years (ever since I ordered one at Argo Tea in Chicago several trips ago), but caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla varieties are extra-exciting and special for me. And possibly you too, if you also are not a big fan of black tea!

Happy shopping and gifting for the chocolate and tea-lovers in your life!

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