We love the delicious possibilities that await when guest bloggers dig into our chocolate, wine and gift baskets. Lauren Grier put a tasty spin on breakfast when we sent her our Dessert Wine and Truffles Gift. Her recipe for a chocolate pancake topping is below.
Growing up, I remember my dad receiving great big Harry & David gift baskets from clients. I would get jazz-hands excited when he would stroll through the door carrying a basket, because I knew contained inside were some of the greatest foodie treasures.
My personal favorite: pears and chocolate truffles. I don’t know how Harry & David does it, but their pears are absolute perfection. If you had any doubt they’re kings of the pear trade, imagine yours truly jumping up and down, begging my father to peel the golden wrapper faster.
But! I also have a special sugary fondness for their truffles. Each one is decorated with beautiful colors, and let’s not forget the sugar delight you receive from eating just one.
Even though truffles can be enjoyed just by their lonesome, I surprised myself when I was cooking the other day and decided some fluffy buttermilk pancakes needed a decadent sidekick. We all know that nothing beats a stack of flapjacks with warm maple syrup. But I think I may have the standard ol’ stack beat.
I decided to melt some Harry & David truffles (GASP!) and turn them into a chocolaty syrup. I realize this may ruffle a few truffle purist feathers, but let me tell you, one bite of these golden pancakes drizzled with this decadent syrup and you will never go back to IHOP again.
So, if you’re looking to surprise your family and friends this holiday season with a treat, I recommend a chocolate gift basket filled with Harry & David chocolate truffles, or a wine gift with a bottle of their new Dessert Wine. Paired together, this Christmas gift is simply delightful. The giving and cooking possibilities are endless!