Thoughtful Back-to-School Chocolate Gift Ideas

If you know someone going back to school this year, send them off to school with a thoughtful back-to-school chocolate gift. Whether it is a college student going back to the dorms or you are just excited to see your favorite teacher again. We have a list of thoughtful back-to-school chocolate gift ideas for everyone looking to get an A+.

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Thoughtful Back-to School-Chocolate Gift Ideas

3 Month Chocolate Subscription Box Gift

If you want to send someone back to school discovering the world's best chocolate makers, start with the 3 month chocolate subscription gift. You prepay for 3 months and leave the rest to us! We search the world for the finest craft chocolate bars and bring them right to their doorstep monthly. From rich dark Peruvian chocolate bars to new start-up chocolate bars on the come up, you never know what you'll get inside the box! Each month we will curate 4 to 5 premium specialty crafted chocolate bars. After 3 months the box will not renew.

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Ritual Utah Mountain Collection

Ritual Chocolate produces small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate using classic European methods and premium cacao from select sources. Founded in 2010 by Robbie Stout and Anna Davies, their mission is to produce exceptional quality chocolate while celebrating the complexity of the cacao bean. At their small chocolate factory in Park City, Utah, they are involved with the entire chocolate-making process to ensure their values for the highest achievable quality are present every step of the way.

Inspired by the mountains and local flavors surrounding Ritual, they created a line of chocolate that shares their passion for the diverse alpine setting. Enjoy this collection of chocolate bars inspired by local ingredients and Ritual's alpine adventures.

The Mountain Line Collection includes:

Honeycomb Toffee 75%
Juniper Lavender 70%
Pine Nut 55%
S’mores Bar 70%

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Ritual Utah Mountain Collection

Original Beans Beni Wild Harvest 66%

Since 2008, Original Beans has ventured into remote rainforests to source the world’s rarest cacao beans and transform the cultures of chocolate, food, and luxury. Original Beans founder, Philipp Kauffmann, represents the 7th generation in a family of recognized nature explorers and conservationists who coined the term “sustainability”. Philipp gave up his job at the United Nations in New York to grow Original Beans as a leading brand for a world in which we regenerate what we consume. For each bar purchased, Original Beans plants a tree with their initiative, One Bar One Tree.

Original Beans has been actively involved in the conservation of this rare source of 100% wild cacao for several years. Now, genetic research has shown that this ‘original bean' is a distinct endemic variety, genetically independent from all known cacaos. Extraordinarily, the cacao grows on “chocolatales” or “cocoa islands” dating back to a pre-Columbian civilization. During the wet season, the expert collectors from several indigenous tribes go out, for weeks at a time, in canoes to collect the wild beans in spots only they know about. The wild beans are so small that they require specially modified roasting.

Tasting notes: Floral Honey, Apricot, & Jasmine Tea

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Original Beans Beni Wild Harvest 66%

Amedei Pistacchi Chocolate Bar 29%

Amedei’s journey starts with foundress Cecilia Tessieri’s small artisanal laboratory and her commitment to excellence. A search that gradually developed through study, passion, and the rediscovery of ancient processing techniques. The raw cocoa pods selected by Amedei from plantations are harvested and sent directly to Tuscany, to be turned into true art pieces by their chocolatiers, who masterfully dose and hand-process a small number of selected ingredients.

The red, white, and green of the Italian flag come together in a bold chocolate statement: white chocolate, fine green pistachios from Bronte, and red passion poured into designing an unexpected flavor that develops as the nuts mature in the chocolate, reaching a crescendo of pleasure.

Tasting notes: Nutty

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Amedei Pistacchi Chocolate Bar 29%

Taza Chocolate Mexicano Classic Collection 6-Pieace

Taza Chocolate makes stone-ground chocolate. Cacao is so complex in flavor that they want to let it shout loud and proud. That is why they do less to bring us more. They stone grind organic cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture, unlike anything you have ever tasted.

Taza Chocolate Mexicano 8-Variety Disc Sampler offers a fun, affordable, and infinitely shareable way for chocolate lovers to try lots of Taza's bright, bold flavors. Some spicy, some sweet, some savory, there's something for everyone! Includes Cacao Puro, Cinnamon, Coffee, Guajillo Chili,  Salted Almond, and Vanilla. 100% USDA certified organic.

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Taza Chocolate Mexicano Classic Collection 6-Pieace

Dick Taylor Vanilla Milk Chocolate 55%

Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor have always loved crafting. With a background in woodworking and boat building, they have always worked with their hands. Craft is a guiding principle in their lives. After hearing about the craft chocolate movement in the late '00s, they saw similarities in woodworking and craft chocolate making. They became fascinated with the idea of the chocolate experience and in 2010 bought their first chocolate-making equipment. Their chocolate captures and highlights the subtle flavour nuances in the cacao they source from around the world, with the goal to make an enjoyable chocolate experience for us.

Starting with the highest quality Brazilian cacao, and the best old-fashioned organic A2/A2 whole milk from Alexandre Family Farm, they have created a deliciously creamy 55% milk chocolate. It is highlighted by a very special addition of Madagascan Vanilla Beans.

Tasting notes: Fruity & Earthy

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Dick Taylor Vanilla Milk Chocolate

Marou 6-Piece Single Origin Chocolate Mini Bar Gift Set

Marou was one of the first bean to bar makers in Asia. When Vincent Mourou left his advertising career in San Francisco, he moved to Vietnam to find himself. This is when Vincent met Samuel Maruta, a banker from France living in Saigon with his wife and two kids. The two had nothing but a blender, an oven, cake tins, and Sam's kitchen. Samuel and Vincent continue to work with a tight network of small farmers who they buy the best quality beans from.

Includes Dak Lak, Lam Dong, Ben Tre, Dong Nai, Tien Giang, Ba Ria. 6-pack mini 24 grams each

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Marou 6-Piece Single Origin Chocolate Mini Bar Gift Set

Raaka 100% Minis

Raaka is devoted to making uncommonly delicious chocolate that captures the brighter, bolder, and fruitier side of cacao. They make every bar from scratch with unroasted cacao beans, sourced from growers they trust and admire. The unique flavour of their unroasted chocolate is part place, part process. They craft their bars in celebration of each cacao origin's unique character. Their chocolate-making process values the community of growers, producers, and makers whose livelihoods depend on cacao and chocolate. All of their chocolate is made from scratch, bean-to-bar, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Forget everything you think about 100% bars. This pure cacao bar is creamy and bright, not bitter, with a subtle, tingling fruity sweetness.

Comes in 10 individually wrapped pieces. Perfect reminder to achieve 100% on the next quiz.

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Raaka 100% Minis

OmNom Love Collection

Omnom is a small-batch, craft chocolate maker based in Reykjavík, Iceland. The company started as an experiment to see if the two friends could master how to make chocolate. From the start, they received positive tasting feedback. After receiving positive feedback, they set up a small chocolate-making lab inside a converted gas station and launched. Omnom's mission is to make the best chocolate possible using the highest quality of ingredients.

OmNom's delicious Love Collection, which draws inspiration from Icelandic festive traditions. The set includes two chocolate bars that have a very special place in their hearts:

OMNOM SEA SALTED TOFFEE
Golden-hued toffee chocolate whose key components are barley malt, Icelandic milk, and sea salt. Nostalgically reminiscent of sweet and salty toffee biscuits.

OMNOM LAKKRIS + RASPBERRY
Caramelized licorice chocolate sets the stage for tart raspberries and sea salt in this bright fuchsia bar, topped with additional dried raspberries.

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OmNom Love Collection

Amano Macoris 70% Chocolate Bar

Amano Artisan Chocolate is a small-batch craft chocolate maker based in Orem, Utah. Amano is an award-winning maker, they make all their chocolate on vintage equipment. Their small batch process allows Amano to control and observe flavor development, making each batch of chocolate not only delicious but unique.

This is one of their newest single-origin bars. Made with beans from the Dominican Republic this bar has hints of apricot, caramel, brown sugar, and cream all held together with a rich earthy chocolate base.


Tasting notes: 
Apricot, Caramel, Brown Sugar & Cream

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Amano Macoris 70%

To get started with craft chocolate, start with our Kekao Box. We search the world for the finest chocolate bars and bring them right to your doorstep monthly. From rich dark Peruvian chocolate bars to new start-up chocolate bars on the come up, you never know what you'll get inside the box! Each month we will curate 4 to 5 premium specialty crafted chocolate bars. 

If you want to just try a couple of bars, check out our online chocolate store.

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