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7 Easter Gift Do’s and Dont’s

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Easter Gifts

Easter is a great time for families and friends to gather and celebrate. As an event that’s not only a great family time it’s equally great, because it includes lots of chocolates, egg treats and bunnies. It is one of our most favourite holidays. My mind is drawn to think about the chocolate Easter bilbies, the little fun surprises in every egg hunt, the brownie gifts everyone looks forward to, and all sorts of chocolates that will surely make you crave big-time.  Easter gifts really make us smile!

Central to the celebration of Easter is gift-giving. And more so than Christmas gifts, the most common Easter gift most people prefer is chocolate. Yum!

You’ve probably already made up your list of gift recipients. Now you’re at the tough part – what to give to who? Before anything else, keep this in mind: everyone loves a delicious gift at Easter!

Holiday gift-giving can be a daunting task. But follow some simple Dos and Don’ts, and you’ll be fine avoiding all the  hassle. Here are the rules to make food gift giving a delightful experience for you and your gift recipient!

Let’s start with the DON’TS.

Don’t go it alone.

The thought of making your own gift is really fun. But if you consider the number of your gift recipients, plus the materials you need to gather and the time you need to make all your food Easter  gifts on time, you might end up feeling more stressed than happy. So the first rule is – try not to make gifts all on your own. Not only do you cut the work needed to prepare your food gifts, you also turn this could-be-stressful moment into a fun Holiday get-together with lots of chocolate dipping and tasting! You will be surprised how many hands are so willing to help.

Don’t start until everything you need is ready.

Baking chocolate goodies is both an art and a science. Chocolate can be difficult to handle so you want to have everything you need ready before you start making treats. It is important that you plan ahead. Make a list of the different treats you want to make – whether its brownies, chocolate tarts, chocolate-coated candies, cookies, truffles – make sure all the ingredients and baking supplies you need are right there on your kitchen counter and ready to go.

Don’t take it too seriously.

You don’t always make food gifts for your friends and family. So it is understandable that you want to give your best effort to make the perfect present for each one of them. But your homemade gifts need not be perfect like those you see in local food stores. So don’t take it too seriously. Just go with the flow. Let your imagination and resourcefulness guide you. Creativity is at its peak when you feel relaxed and not anxious.

Don’t spend too much, especially on gift wraps.

You should avoid spending too much especially on gift wraps. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make every best effort for beautiful presentation of your food gift. You probably have some clean gift wraps you are able to reuse. If you’re wrapping cookies and brownies, you can put them in clear plastic and tie with an attractive low cost ribbon. This simple gift-wrapping approach is always a winner.

Don’t forget the label and your message.

Your homemade chocolate food gift can be made more special if you make a label and include your personal message. If you have good handwriting skills, much better. But if you are not confident, you can always have your message printed. Also, it’s a good idea to put a note about the shelf life of your gift. This way, your gift recipients know how long they can keep the gift. These days too, an important consideration is recipients with a  food allergy. Label your gluten free Easter gifts, with exactly that – Gluten Free Gift -so that your Easter gift is truly personalised for your recipient.

Now, let’s go to the Dos…

Do set a budget.

The last thing you want to experience is the stress of knowing that you have overspent. So before this happens, you want to think about your budget. How much are you willing to spend for each of your chocolate gifts? Do the math now before you think about what chocolate treats to prepare. This way, you will have one less worry.

Do experiment.

Easter chocolate gifts are so fun to make. Ideas are all over – on and off the web. From the recipes to the gift boxes and wrappers, you will surely find a great design to incorporate in your gift. But don’t be afraid to experiment. Who knows – you might end up making a luxury food gift that will set the trend. You just don’t want to delight your gift recipients with the taste of your food gift but also WOW them with your presentation!

If you’re into homemade food Easter gifts, you should try baking some really good Easter nests! Here’s a recipe you can try this Easter. This no-bake recipe takes minutes to do so you can save a lot of time prepping your food gift. Your kids can even do this on their own!

Chocolate Easter Nests

200 grams milk chocolate

200 grams dark chocolate

100 grams shredded coconut

40 coloured candy-coated Easter eggs

How to do:

  1. This recipe starts with melting the dark chocolate. Cut the chocolate into small pieces and place them in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Stir from time to time until the chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Add the shredded coconut and stir to combine.
  3. Create chocolate nests of about 7 centimetres in diameter. Using the back of a metal spoon, make a small dent in the centre of each nest. Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until firm.
  4. Before packing, fill the dent with candy-coated eggs.

Recipe Source: Delicious.com.au

 Importantly take the time to really enjoy the lead up to Easter. Whether you buy gifts online, in store or make them yourself, the important part is always the joy in the act of gift giving. Here at Dello Mano, we revere food gifts and always feel that a food gift is such a beautiful way to celebrate any festive events. Of course a chocolate gift is even better!

No time to bake then checkout Dello Mano Luxury Easter Chocolate gifts and cookies. Our food gifts are all hand made using our own recipes, premium ingredients and in small batches to protect our food quality.

 

Easter approaches and it’s chocolate time!

The days seem to run very quickly at this time of the year. Easter is fast approaching and our kitchen is full steam ahead. So many lovely Easter gifts in the making.  Our Easter Cookies are so cute – I just know with our own kids the bar is high and something that is deliciously hand made is always so well received. Take a look at these gorgeous Easter cookies – each one a work of art.

Dello Mano Easter Cookies

Hand made Dello Mano Easter Cookies

We’ve just finished our website revamp and included a page of our Easter brownies and chocolate.  The site relaunch also showcases a whole new range of luxury cakes which would be fantastic for the Easter long weekend. There’s nothing like the handmade.

Dello Mano Easter Gift box

Easter gift box of cookies

 

 

3 Reasons to Indulge in Chocolate

Hope everyone had a great Easter break.  Indulge in some chocolate over the Easter holiday?

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dark chocolate at Dello Mano

Just in case, here are 3 great reasons to support your decision to indulge in all that beautiful chocolate.:)
1.    Research and studies have shown that chocolate can help lower the risk of heart disease. In a recent report, it was stated that participants who regularly eat chocolate have about a 37% lower chance of heart disease as opposed to those who do not eat it.  According to the study both milk and dark chocolates when consumed in a reasonable amount on a regular basis help lower the risks of heart disease and stroke.
2.    Premium dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants which are said to help reduce wrinkles and ageing.  In addition, they help boost blood circulation which is influential in enhancing skin tone and texture.
3.    According to a Swiss study, eating chocolate helps improve  moods.  These studies have shown that high quality chocolate contains certain unique natural substances which elevate the mood and reduce stress levels.

Of course everything in moderation as there always seems to be a report about something to do with chocolate. The above is merely a suggestion for the positives of eating chocolate.

Hope though you did manage to relax and enjoy some wonderful chocolate over Easter – any favourites?

Dello Mano explores how the Easter Bunny come about?

the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny - all shapes and sizes

We all know that the Easter bunny is a rabbit that sneaks into people’s homes the night before Easter and hides colored eggs, chocolates and for the very stylish 😉 , Dello Mano Luxury Brownies . But questions remain – What does Easter have to do with bunnies ? Where did the Easter Bunny originate from? And  is the Easter Bunny contactable to tell him that Dello Mano brownies as  a great Easter gift and alternative to Easter Eggs? 🙂

Here’s the result of the Dello Mano exploration.
Easter is celebrated in March- April and coincides with the to celebration of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The beginning of spring is the season of new beginning and revival. Some texts believe that the origin of the word Easter appears to lie in 13th century Germany, where the spring goddess Eostre was illustrated as a young woman carrying a basket of colored eggs and 2 baby hares. Thus the name Easter originated for the spring festival.
However, the eggs and rabbits are both a symbol of fertility and they have been used as a symbol of the beginning of new life for centuries. According to some researchers, the Persians used to give out eggs to celebrate the arrival of spring. As the hare and rabbit are the most fertile animals, they were used in various rituals to promote and celebrate fertility.
As Christianity spread, Easter and giving eggs were incorporated into the religion as a religious festival. But  our research suggests this symbolization was transformed into the Easter bunny bringing eggs, in Germany in the late 1500s and early 1600s. The Germans introduced the idea of Oschter Haws, which was a rabbit who laid a nest of colored eggs for good children and later sugar and candy bunnies were made to celebrate the holiday. The story goes that when the Germans migrated to the United States and beyond in the 1700s, the concept of Oschter Haws also went along, which later evolved into the present day Easter bunny!

Here in Australia not only was the concept of the Easter bunny introduced but also real rabbits. The rapid rabbit growth soon resulted in them becoming a pest as they began destroying many habitats, causing endangerment to many local animals. Due to this reason, Australians have tried hard to officially remove the Easter Bunny and substitute it with the Easter Bilby.
The Easter Bunny or Bilby, over time has become the most anticipated character after Santa Claus.

Today the much awaited Easter bunny not only brings colored eggs but also goodies like the delicious chocolate and luxurious Dello Mano Belgian Chocolate brownies.

You can contact the Dello Mano Easter Bunny and buy brownies at our store 29 Doggett St. Teneriffe in Brisbane, online or order by telephone 1300 661 682.  A great Easter gift. We happily deliver all over Australia.