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Culinary Christmas gift ideas
Culinary Christmas gift ideas

The art of receiving is also the art of giving

Gourmetpedia has found a gift to tuck under the tree for every gourmet and foodie!

Gourmet chocolate at its finest from Alain Ducasse
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If you've never tried Alain Ducasse's chocolates, you haven't attained nirvana. Once you've tasted them, you'll be able to recognize them out of a thousand. Like their creator, they have real character under a suave exterior. It comes through in the textures and shapes, boldness and creativity.   

To celebrate Christmas in fitting style, Alain Ducasse and his master chocolatier and roaster Alain Berger are offering a truly unique and quirky Christmas tree (see photo above). This is a 100% chocolate tree that you assemble yourself, making the concept all the more fun. There are 6 chocolate discs adorned with organic cereals and dried fruits, a nod to the traditional "mendiant," that you assemble on a chocolate trunk. You can get this whimsical tree for 58 Euros directly from the Manufacture de chocolat Alain Ducasse, 11 rue de la Roquette, Paris, or online.

And how about the Christmas Chocolate Block,a 1100 g / 125 Euros praline-almond bar to break with a wooden maillet! There is also the new Star cut like a diamond and containing an almond pralinĂ© paired with a chestnut crumble. Nestled in its elegant box, it is available in two sizes (14 and 48 Euros) and the Snowflake (5 Euros) available in dark and milk chocolate to hang in your Christmas tree.

An Opinel gift set for your budding chef
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The Petit Chef collection by the French brand Opinel is ideal for teaching children how to cook safely. This set includes a finger guard, a peeler and a kitchen knife with a rounded tip, plus an educational ring to help position the fingers and prevent the hand from slipping onto the blade. Both the knife and the peeler have stainless steel blades. Impart a love of cooking to your children at a young age. It's as important as math and languages! It's a benefit that they'll enjoy throughout their lives. 

Just fill, Blend & Go!
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Every morning, enjoy the perfect cappuccino or latte with the well-designed Latte+ frother from Caffitaly! The frother is outfitted with a non-stick stainless steel reservoir and a new two-speed magnetic whipping system to prepare cappuccinos and lattes as though made by the best coffee shop in the neighbourhood! Makes also delicious hot chocolate to warm you on a cozy night in front of a crackling fire. It works wonders with refreshing iced coffees too!

Available in three colours: black, white or chrome, the Latte+ frother holds 250 ml (one cup) and is super easy to use: 1 click for a perfect, creamy milk foam; 2 clicks for hot milk; and a 3-second click for a cold milk froth.
Whether for the office, home, cottage or the RV, the Latte+ frother from Caffitaly is simply the perfect gift ... for you!

Tip & Trick from Gourmetpedia: Add a firm milk froth on a soup to amaze your guests.

A sensory experience to the tips of your fingers
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We always like something out of the ordinary - quality products with addictive fragrances that make doing the dishes or washing your hands a real pleasure. That's what happens with the Fruits&Passion Cucina collection. The hostess or chef of the house will be delighted with these products that also add a trendy note to your home. Surprise them with the Cucina kitchen Trio including concentrated dish detergent, soap dispenser and nourishing hand butter containing first-press olive oil unless you choose the Deluxe gift set with the addition of a charming 100% cotton kitchen towel and a fragrant kitchen mist. For citrus fans, choose Fleur de sel and Amalfi Lemon, Sanguinelli Orange and Fennel, or Lime Zest and Cypress for a splash of freshness. For the cook who loves flavoring a roast with provencal herbs, choose Coriander and Olive Tree, or Rosemary and Cardamom to bring the sunshine of the Mediterranean into your kitchen. A whole world is available to you, in single products and gift sets - including candles and room sprays. Mmm, it smells delicious in here!

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