Great ways to surprise mom with chocolate

Most moms love getting chocolate on Mother’s Day. Usually, however, mom-worthy chocolates are beautifully wrapped or arranged, jewel-like, in a gift box. The upshot is that moms usually guess what they’re getting even before they even lay eyes on exquisite truffles, barks or molded chocolates. What’s missing is a delicious element of surprise.

Here at Delysia, we love surprises (of the joyous kind) almost as much we love chocolate. As such, we thought we’d divulge a few great ideas for surprising your mom with chocolate on Mother’s Day.

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Hidden Chocolate Treasure

If you’re great at thinking up clever clues (and have excellent penmanship to boot), consider a chocolate treasure hunt for your mom. Hide an array of chocolates in unlikely spots throughout your mom’s home and garden, along with clever clues as to where she might encounter subsequent treats.

If your brain cells are shot and your handwriting is virtually illegible, forget the clues. Just hide a bunch of chocolates in unusual spots your mom is likely to (be surprised to) find them.

Chocolate Bubble Bath

Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to get your mom into a tub for a relaxing soak. Decorate the bathroom with candles and fresh flowers, pour some wine, and cue up some mellow tunes. Then fill the tub with homemade chocolate bubble bath that will leave your mom’s skin soft and scented.

All you need to make your own bubble bath is dark chocolate, milk, and some unscented bubble bath salts (the fewer, and more natural the ingredients, the better):

  • – Heat 1/3 cup of milk gently in a pot
  • – Add a bar of chocolate, chopped into small pieces.
  • – Let the chocolate melt without bringing the milk to a boil.
  • – Add the bath salts to the mixture and pour into a full tub.
  • – Call your unsuspecting mom into the chocolate-scented bathroom.

Chocolate Dinner

Most moms suspect they might receive a sweet chocolate treat or even dessert on Mother’s Day. But what if you surprise your mom with a home-cooked, gourmet meal in which every single dish you serve, from soup to soufflé, features chocolate?

Start with a healthy Middle Eastern appetizer such as a white chocolate baba ghannouj. Then move onto to a soup course featuring a Mexican-inspired, chile-infused sopa de chocolate. For a robust main course, carnivore moms can sink their teeth into a juicy steak with chocolate-coffee sauce. Vegetarian moms will appreciate an easy-to make pasta with dark chocolate marinara sauce.

If your mom still has room for dessert, there are countless recipes for chocolate cakes, tortes, crêpes, soufflés, puddings, custards, pies, and mousses. Or just skip dessert and cut to the best surprise of all: a gift of chocolates, crafted with love by Austin’s most Mom-centric chocolatier.

 

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Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.

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