Christmas and chocolate - name a better duo, we'll wait! It's like Ant and Dec, salt and pepper, Tom and Jerry... You get the idea. In short, the two go hand in hand, so it's little surprise that chocolate is such a popular Christmas gift.
Here, we take a look at some famous Christmas traditions from around the world that involve the delicious treat that is chocolate and how you can use chocolate as part of your corporate Christmas gifts.
Christmas Tradition No.1: The Yule Log
Now a scrumptious chocolate dessert, the Yule Log was once exactly what the name suggests: a log. The tradition of burning the Yule Log dates back as far as the medieval period and was an entire tree that was burned for the full 12 days of Christmas, and an occasion that would bring families together to celebrate Christmas.
Since the 19th century, this tradition changed due to the introduction of closed fires and central heating. Instead, the Yule Log we know and enjoy today was created: a delicious chocolate sponge cake, shaped to represent the original Yule Log.
Add a Yule Log nod to your marketing campaign: Our promotional Christmas Truffle Chocolate Boxes are filled with six mouth-watering festive-themed chocolate truffles: chocolate Christmas pudding, Yule Log, chocolate Champagne sphere, white chocolate and caramel holly, salted caramel truffle, and butterscotch truffle. Personalised with your company message printed in full colour to the shiny label wrap around the box, it makes the perfect business gift this Christmas!
Christmas Tradition No.2: Filipino Hot Chocolate
Chocolate plays a big part of Filipino festive celebrations, with a chocolate drink often being part of Noche Buena - the big family meal that takes place after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
The famous chocolate Christmas drink is called Tsokolate and is made from cocoa and peanut balls or discs which are dissolved together in hot, frothy milk and then whisked to create a rich hot chocolate.
Serve up hot chocolate for your customers: Ideal for giving a nod to the tradition are our personalised Hot Chocolate on a Spoon Packs, which also include marshmallows - perfect for your customers with a sweet tooth! Printed with your full colour design to the tag, these eye-catching hot chocolate sets promise maximum brand exposure.
Christmas Tradition No.3: Chocolate Desserts In Austria
St Nicholas was a Christian bishop who helped the poor by giving out gifts and since his death, was immortalised as the legendary Santa Claus. In Austria, the feast of St Nicholas marks the beginning of Christmas and takes place on 6th December. On this day, Austrian families get together for a traditional meal of fish, which is then followed by chocolate desserts. A popular choice is the famous Sachertorte, it even has a special day of celebration in the US!
Keep your brand awareness sweet: For a truly festive chocolate gift, our branded Flow Wrapped Milk Chocolate Santa Trays tick all of the boxes! Each tray contains six Santa-shaped chocolates, all of which are wrapped in packaging printed in your full-colour design for maximum impact. These fun chocolates make great promotional Christmas gifts that are sure to draw attention to your brand this winter.
Christmas Tradition No.4: Santa's Grotto
Since the release of Tom Hanks' Christmas film The Polar Express, there has been a spark in a new tradition - drinking hot chocolate while wearing your favourite PJs on the way to Santa's Grotto.
Add a child-friendly touch to your marketing plans: Although our custom printed Chocolate Sprout Organza Bags don't contain hot chocolate, they do scream Christmas! These festive treats are a fun Christmas giveaway that are guaranteed to put a smile on your customer's faces, especially younger audiences. And we promise they don't taste like the real thing! Printed with your company design in stunning full colour to one side of the tag, these promotional chocolates promise to boost brand awareness with ease this festive season.
Top Benefits Of Using Chocolate As Your Corporate Christmas Gifts
Arguably, chocolate is the UK's most favoured sweet treat - and with products such as Malteasers, chocolate digestives and Cadbury on the shelves, it's no surprise! But did you know that as well as being delicious, chocolate is rich in health benefits?
- Cocoa beans contain naturally occurring polyphenols, which can help reduce blood pressure and also have antioxidant properties.
- Chocolate could lower cholesterol levels, prevent cognitive decline, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.
- Eating chocolate releases endorphins to the brain, which acts as an antidepressant and makes you feel happy.
If you're looking for a Christmas gift that will guarantee brand awareness and put a smile on your customer's faces then personalised chocolate is the product for you! Take a look through our corporate Christmas gift ideas section for some inspiration and be sure to fill out the Rapid Quote form!
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With nearly five years of experience across both agency and client-side digital marketing, Ally brings a wide range of expertise to the TM team. Ally possesses the technical and creative abilities to create engaging promotional merchandise content and paid media campaigns. A keen photographer, Ally also takes many of the shots you'll see in our articles and social posts. Outside of work, she assists at a local smallholding and has developed a love for all animals, including her African Grey Parrot - Maxwell.