Christmas is in full swing at Hazel Hill Chocolate. This week we start shipping personal and corporate gifts so that they arrive timed right for Christmas giving. Those of you who visit our store may not realize that we can ship anywhere in the world (so far Vietnam is the farthest). To make sure that your gift will arrive in time for Christmas, we'll need your order by 12/19.
We also don't mind special requests or orders that are scheduled for specific dates. When you checkout, there will be a place to give us those special instructions. If there are issues or questions as we try to fill your order, we'll get intouch with you to clear things up.
We are also going have some Christmas hours so we and our staff can enjoy our families. Here's our holiday hours:
12/24 - Christmas Eve - Closing at 4:00pm
12/26 - Boxing Day - Closed
1/1/17 - New Year's Day - Closed
We are truly blessed in the season to see so many happy faces coming through our doors. We love the spirit that Christmas brings to both young and old. The message that Christ brought into the world; that all people are brothers and sisters, worthy of respect and dignity, that human failings are only a temporary part of our mortal journey and ,most of all, that death need not be an everlasting end, shined a light into an otherwise dark mortal existence.
Today that light continues to be reflected in the kindness and love we show each other. Hopefully you'll take some time this Christmas to let your light shine into another's life. There are hands that hang down all around us. And, even if you can only do a little, many small lights can illuminate the whole world.
We are thrilled to have been picked for the The Ultimate Guide to the Sweetest Candy Shops in the U.S. by Holiday Lettings. For those not familiar with Holiday Lettings, they are the UK’s leading vacation rentals website, with over 500,000 properties available around the world. They are a part of the TripAdvisor group.
We knew our chocolates traveled far and wide but, we never expected that folks in the U.K. would be giving us a shout out. Guess we need to keep our heads down and make some more for the U.K. visitors headed our way.
Thanks to our pal Vicky Lutrell who works with the Stop Trafficking and Reject Slavery, and Kansas Freedom Foundation. She asked if the cocoa products we use are harvested and made with slave labor. While it's hard to imagine for many of us living in the USA, in many places in the world, human trafficking and slavery is a reality of life. These practices can range from slavery on plantations to the global sex trade. All are despicable and evil practices that deny people the most basic of human rights. Unfortunately, much of the worlds cocoa crop is grown in places human rights are trampled on regularly.
One of the ways that we can combat this is by voting with our dollars and our feet, by not buying products that are derived from slave labor or other reprehensible practices. The chocolate and cocoa products we make at Hazel Hill Chocolate are from a US manufacturer named Guttiard. Guttiard was started over 150 years ago during the California gold rush by Frenchman, Etienne Guittard. Guittard is both Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified. This means you can enjoy our fine chocolates, while knowing that busienss and labor practices involved in producing it have been independently certified.
We have been so blessed this holiday season, we've seen so many smiling faces and we've appreciated all the kind comments. As much as we like making great chocolates, our team is ready for so time with their families to enjoy the fruits of the season. We will be closing the store early on Christmas Eve and taking a couple days of holiday. Here's our store schedule:
12/24 Christmas Eve - Closing at 4:00pm
12/25 Christmas Day - Closed
12/26 Boxing Day - Closed
For all the grandeur that is the Christmas holiday, please remember that, "first and forever there was just a little family, without toys or trees or tinsel. With a baby—that’s how Christmas began.”—Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Maybe Christmas Doesn’t Come from a Store"
Please take a minute to check out the video below, it will get you in the spirit of the season. #ASaviorIsBorn
As we roll into the later December, we will start hearing from the "Procrastinating Santa's" looking to ship items in time for a good impression under the tree. We want to do everything we can to help you be a super Santa this year. Orders on the website, phone and in-store are all welcome. As you can imagine, the closer we get to the big day, we may run short on certain items, so shop early. We're always happy to take your call or chat with you on the website (look for "Chat with Chocolatier at the bottom of the page). We also respond to emails at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the key dates for ordering:
Here's some tips for last minute Santa:
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. #ASaviorIsBorn
The best spice shop in northeast Kansas is Moburts and, Moburts is now downtown at 820 S. Kansas Ave. We've known the great folks at Moburts for years and you'll find some of their spices in our Raju truffles. They have the best spices because they are fresh and full of flavor. Their new store is roomy and looks fantastic.
Now what we're neighbors downtown, look for Hazel Hill Chocolate an Moburts to be working on more joint flavors. Maybe some thing with...
In addition to what you see in our stores, we also do lots of custom work in chocolate. This year we made a special edition of our truffles for the Wheat State Wine Company in Winfield,KS. They supplied their award winning Ad Astra dessert wine and we turned into a very special truffle. Ad Astra has a bold cherry and oak flavor that jumps out of the ganache centers of these truffles. Unfortunately, you can't get these our stores, they're only being shipped in special gifts from Wheat State Wine Company.
Why not stop by and discuss how we can make a great gift for you.
If you've visited our site before, you'll notice a few things have changed, hopefully you think for the better. The changes are far more than skin deep, underneath the exterior is a new hosting and ecommerce platform from Weebly. This make is much easier for us to add content to the site and integrates well with our credit card processing from Square.
So what do our users get our of the change, the site is much simpler to get around and the products are laid out in a clearer way. Getting in touch with us is also easier, there's live chat on the site that will put you in touch with our team. Soon you'll also be able to schedule events, like tours and parties on the website.
We'd love to know what you think and how we can make things even better online.