Find the best chocolate made in France for Halloween. Order our sweets to offer your loved ones in sublime gift boxes specially decorated for the occasion. Gourmet chocolates to give your recipients another taste experience for Halloween.
Halloween 2018 is approaching and with it lot of treats to offer both young and old. If you're looking for chocolate ideas for Halloween, you've come to the right place!
The best chocolate candy idea for Halloween?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, chocolate is very popular for this holiday, especially in the Anglo-Saxon countries. Originality is therefore an essential element to make a difference in this popular event. In order to surprise children and adults alike, trade in the grocery store chocolates for something spectacularly luxurious.
We're not talking about simple chocolates bought from a craftsman around the corner, but the best in the world, designed by world champion Pascal Caffet. All packed in beautiful, customizable packaging. It’s a gift idea that will take Halloween to a whole new level!
Why choose a gift box over a gift basket for Halloween?
Filled baskets are so widespread that they offer no surprise and spark no interest. Even if their volume will impress your guests, their ubiquity makes it easy for your gift basket to be forgotten in a corner of a room. On the other hand, a gift box from zChocolat is specially decorated for the occasion and includes special personalizations that can be customized to each recipient, making it impossible to ignore. Whether it's through engraving a name on the box, photo printing on the lid, or including a small message card that accompanies it all, there are nearly unlimited ways to make a gift box from zChocolat stand out clearly from a traditional gift basket basket purchased at a candy and sweets wholesaler. It’s the perfect way to wish anyone “Happy Halloween!”
Where and how are our Halloween chocolates delivered?
Our online shop allows you to order our chocolate creations in complete simplicity and peace of mind. In fact, our service ships your gift the same day for an ultra-fast delivery all over the world! Almost all countries are served via our DHL carrier in less than 3 days for the vast majority of cases. This means that we can ship in a few days to destinations as:
-New York City
Your chocolates are also well protected by anti-shock foams and insulated parcels and are guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition ready to be enjoyed along with all your spooky Halloween festivities.
The best known Halloween recipes with chocolate
Chocolate is an integral part of many Halloween activities. Some of the most common uses of chocolate on October 31 include:
Lollipops in chocolates
Cookies and other muffins
Chocolate fountains for halloween
And while chocolate is wonderful in any incarnation, our fine French chocolate puts all of these to shame. Our line of signature chocolates includes 26 outstanding recipes from Master Chocolatier Pascal Caffet, each of which features only all natural ingredients and no preservatives.
Where does the Halloween tradition of candy and other sweets come from?
The origins of "Trick or Treat"
Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic pre-Christian festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31st. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that the dead returned during Samhain. People gathered to light bonfires, offer sacrifices and pay tribute to the dead.
Although it is not clear exactly where and when the expression " trick or treat " was coined, the custom had been firmly established in American popular culture in 1951, when the expression trick-or-treating was represented in the Peanuts comic strip. In 1952, Disney produced a cartoon entitled "Trick or Treat" featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.
During some Celtic celebrations of Samhain, villagers disguised themselves in animal skin costumes to chase away ghost visitors while banquet tables were prepared and edible offerings were left aside to appease unwanted spirits. In the following centuries, people began to dress up as ghosts, demons and other evil creatures, playing buffoonery in exchange for food and drink. This custom, known as momming, dates back to the Middle Ages and is considered to be an antecedent of trick-or-treating.
Early Christian and Medieval Roots
In the 9th century, Christianity spread to the Celtic countries, where it gradually mixed with the ancient pagan rites and replaced them. In 1,000 A. D. On November 2, the church designated November 2 as a Day of All Souls, a time to honour the dead. The celebrations in England resembled the Celtic commemorations of Samhain, with bonfires and masquerades. The poor visited the homes of wealthy families and received pastries called soul cakes in exchange for a promise to pray for the souls of the deceased parents of the owners. Known as the soul, this practice was later taken up by children who went from door to door asking for gifts such as food, money and beer.
In Scotland and Ireland, young people took part in a tradition called guising, dressing in costumes and accepting offerings from various households. Rather than committing to pray for the dead, they would sing a song, tell a poem, tell a joke or perform some other kind of " trick " before picking up their treat, which usually consisted of fruits, nuts or coins.
Guy Fawkes Evening Celebrations
Another potential predecessor is the British custom of children wearing masks and effigies while begging for silver coins for the night of Guy Fawkes (also known as Bonfire Night), which commemorates the defeat of the so-called Gunpowder Plot in 1605. On November 5,1606, Fawkes was executed for his role in the Catholic-led conspiracy to blow up the English Parliament and remove King James I, a Protestant, from power. The first Guy Fawkes Day, celebrated immediately after the execution of the famous conspirator, featured communal bonfires lit to burn the effigies and symbolic "bones" of the Catholic pope. In the early 19th century, children wearing effigies of Fawkes wandered the streets on the evening of November 5, asking for "a penny for Guy".
Trick-or-Treating in the United States
Some American settlers celebrated Guy Fawkes Day and, in the mid-19th century, a large number of new immigrants, particularly those fleeing the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, helped popularize Halloween. In the early 20th century, the Irish and Scottish communities revived the traditions of the Old World in the United States. In the 1920s, however, pranks became the activity of choice for young people on Halloween, sometimes costing more than $100,000 in damages each year in major metropolitan areas.
The Great Depression exacerbated the problem, as Halloween's harms often turned into vandalism, physical assaults and sporadic acts of violence. According to one theory, it was Halloween's excessive pranks that led to the widespread adoption of an organized and communal tradition of candy and sweets in the 1930s. This trend was abruptly curbed, however, with the outbreak of World War II, when children were forced to refrain from trick-or-treating because of sugar rationing.
At the height of the post-war baby-boom, trick-or-treating regained its place among the other Halloween customs, quickly becoming a common practice for millions of children in American cities and newly built suburbs. With no more sugar rationing constraints, candy companies have capitalized on the lucrative ritual by launching national advertising campaigns specifically for Halloween. Today, Americans spend about $6 billion a year on Halloween, making it the country's second largest consumer holiday.
The invention of "Candy Day"
In 1916, Christmas and Easter were the main parties for selling candy, but executives were looking for a way to boost sales of autumn candy.
So they started to launch the idea of Candy Day, celebrated on the second Saturday in October. They sold it as a holiday of goodwill and friendship, although it is actually a holiday. Candy Day was renamed "Sweetest Day" to bind the idea of candy and friendship and kept that title until the 1950s.
In the 1950s and 1960s, children could expect to receive nuts, coins or toys from some homes, and if they were entitled to a sweet treat, it was typically a homemade pastry. But as sweets became more and more popular, the economic and ease of store bought treats began to make them the most popular gift.
Busy moms liked the sweets as gifts because they were pre-fabricated and pre-packaged, and it was easy to buy in bulk. And by the 1970s, candy was the primary item distributed at Halloween.
Candies as an innate desire for freshness?
Maybe there's something else at work. Another theory is that candy can have anthropological significance. According to candy historian Beth Kimmerle, the desire for sugar in autumn is instinctively part of the human psyche.
In the past, when communities had to store their food along with sugar and honey for the winter, caramel was an important part of the fall season. According to Kimmerle, there is also the ancestral instinct to gain a few pounds before winter, when fresh food may not be so readily available.
Whether candy is a desire for freshness or not, it has certainly become a deeply rooted part of this season.
Where can we find more of the zChocolat universe beyond Halloween gifts?
If you like zChocolat and our Halloween creations, you can find us on social networks such as Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about us and maybe even have a chance to win free chocolate through various contests and activities.