Thanksgiving Checklist, Pre- and Post-

1. Stop in to Kakao chocolate TODAY for your hostess gifts for tomorrow.

2. Tomorrow, give thanks. You have more than most.

3. On Black Friday, well, here are some thoughts.

Life is going into warp speed on the cusp of the holiday season and you are being sucked into a black hole known as the shopping mall.  Make it stop!  Yes, you can do that and slow life down so you can enjoy your time with your family and friends.

First, we recommend waking up on Black Friday (November 23rd) and popping some Queen’s Cuisine scones in the oven (pick them up early in the week and hide them in your freezer), brew some delicious Stringbean coffee or mix-up a delicious cup of Kakao hot chocolate.  Relaxing enough for you?  Now, make your holiday shopping list.  Trust us, you will be lucid and the thoughts and ideas will flow and you will get it all done right.

Next, gather your shopping compatriots and come on over to Kakao Chocolate. Where Peter Cohen of Stringbean Coffee will be serving up samples of his delicious coffee.

Gather you holiday gift list items and we will help you put them in baskets or wrap them so they will dazzle the recipient.

If you aren’t sure what to get the folks on your list, don’t fret, our staff will be right there to guide you through.  Just give us an idea of what you think you need or what the person likes and we will do the rest.  It is so easy that when you are done, you won’t be worn out and cranky and you will go on your way and be able to enjoy your day.

Here are some suggestions we have to help you get your shopping done:

*Kakao Chocolate’s Award-Winning Sea salt Caramels (in dark or milk chocolate); these fit beautifully in one of our pumpkin chocolate boxes and will be an all-around delicious surprise.

*Coffee lovers will enjoy a basket that includes a pound of Stringbean Coffee, Dark Chocolate Coffee Bark, Milk Chocolate Coffee Bark and White Mocha Bark.

*The beauty in your life will enjoy an in-home spa day when you present her with a basket filled with our delightful truffles along with Maven’s locally produced Kakao Pure Chocolate Lip Balm, Kakao Chocolate Blackberry Whipped Soap and Kakao Chocolate Body Scrub.

So, these are just few suggestions!  We offer hundreds of combinations of flavors and food items for any taste.  We hope to see you for a fun day of shopping on Friday, November 23rd!

Note: The most relaxing chocolate you can buy is a lavender truffle, there is no comparison to what lavender can do to calm you down.  Get some of these delicious treats to keep on hand in case you start to feel frazzled later.

4. Come visit Kakao on Small Business Saturday

Here at Kakao Chocolate, we celebrate small business everyday by supporting local artisans who bring delicious hand-crafted foods from farm to table.  You may not even realize that within our shops you will find a community of businesses that are local, independently-owned and operated.

We know the owners by name and consider them our friends and colleagues who have worked side by side with us as we have grown our own business.  We may have met at a farmers market or GREEN drinks event, but where our relationship began is not important, it is the connection we have to each other and the high-quality product we as artisans strive to produce.

This holiday season, we hope you will support the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into the locally made products we offer.  Aside from food products, we also offer artfully made greeting and gift cards that are the perfect match to a Kakao Chocolate gift basket.

Many times we are able to partner with the artisans whose products you will find next to ours and offer such delicious creations as:

*Dark Chocolate Coffee Bark made with Stringbean Coffee (coffee by the pound also available)

*Kakao Pure Chocolate Lip Balm, Chocolate Blackberry Whipped Soap and Chocolate Body Scrub by Maven, right down the street from our Maplewood shop

*Kakao Chocolate-inspired yarns by Dyebolical

*Patric Chocolate and Askinosie Chocolate bars of many varieties are available in shop — bean-to-bar artisans from Columbia, MO and Springfield, MO, respectively.

*Traveling Tea offers a variety of traditional and non-traditional blends that sometimes show up in our truffles

*Grandma’s Nuts trail mix with Kakao milk and dark chocolate varieties

*Serendipity Ice Cream (seasonal) just wait until it gets hot again and oh, the toppings!

*Schlafly Beer, yes, beer in chocolate.  Delicious!

We hope to see you on Small Business Saturday.  It is a great day to get out and have a leisurely day of shopping during the hectic holiday season.

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