by Geraldine Campbell
Mother’s Day is basically here. (Yes, really.) But, if it snuck up on you, don’t panic! We know what mom really wants: It’s chocolate. But not just any garden-variety supermarket chocolate. Special chocolate. The kind of chocolate that you eat slowly, one piece at time. Or maybe it’s a bowl of dark chocolate ice cream with a sprinkle of sea salt on top? Regardless: We’ve rounded up our very favorite chocolate gifts.
And if, for some reason we can’t possibly fathom, your mother doesn’t like chocolate? We have something for her too.
Oat milk is all the rage, and if your mom enjoys the occasional oat milk latte, she’ll love this chocolate bar from MAST. It’s made with organic oats and a drizzle of maple — and it has zero dairy. We love the idea of pairing a bar (or two) with our favorite coffee beans from Trader Joe’s.
Buy It: Mast Oat Milk Chocolate Bar, $3
You wouldn’t think something that tastes this divine and feels this fancy would be vegan, Paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and gluten-free. And yet it is. This 70% dark chocolate bar with creamy cashew butter and real organic raspberries is well worth the price tag. Buy a pack of 4 — and we won’t tell if you keep one for yourself.
Buy It: Hu Kitchen Cashew Butter + Raspberry Dark Chocolate, $29 for 4 bars
Some moms are purists; others like their chocolate with a bit of cookie. These tiny squares of pure butter filled with dark chocolate ganache and sprinkled with sea salt are made in France with simple but decadent ingredients. What we love most about this particular pack of 40 individual squares is that it allows mom to have a tiny indulgence any time she wants.
Buy It: Michel et Augustin Cookie Squares, $19 for 40 squares
This is the year to introduce mom to the joy that comes from receiving a signature orange box full of Jeni’s Ice Cream. We’re particularly fond of “Darkest Chocolate,” which took 5 years to get right and has just 6 ingredients. But all flavors are made with dairy from grass-fed cows and absolutely no artificial flavors.
Buy It: Jeni’s Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream, $48 for 4 pints
Does your mom prefer her chocolate gifts to be sippable? Allow us to suggest this high-quality (and beautifully-packaged) cacao, which is loaded with antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and calcium not to mention mood-boosting neurotransmitters. And it makes an excellent mug of cocoa.
Buy It: Anima Mundi Cacao: Raw, Heirloom + Organic, $26 for 1 lb.
P.S. For Mom’s Who Don’t Like Chocolate
Ok, we get it: There are mothers out there who don’t like chocolate. For those moms, Aquarossa Farms has gorgeous bouquets of roses of all colors (we’re partial to the orange ones!) sourced from family-owned, women-led farms. Use the code CLEANPLATES at checkout to get $10 off and free 2-day shipping. Order by Wednesday May 4th at 12 p.m. EST to make sure they get to mom on time.
Buy It: Aquarossa Farms Rose Bouquet, from $80