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Grahame's Chocolate Deals (July 4th weekend)

July 4th Weekend

A little bit of chocolate history on this July 4th: Did you know that chocolate touched the shores of North America nearly 400 years ago... 1641 aboard a Spanish ship docking in Florida. It next turns up in Boston several decades later as a hot drink, sold by Dorothy Jones and Jane Barnard in their coffee house.

By the 1700s, the Colonies were importing over 300 tons of cocoa beans, and Ben Franklin was selling chocolate in his Philadelphia print shop. In 1849, Domingo Ghirardelli was selling chocolate to gold miners.

This delicious treat only finally reaches the masses after Milton Hershey set up his first factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in 1900. Today, chocolate’s popularity is truly out of this world – even carried by U.S. astronauts into space.

But enough history. Here are some excellent offerings this weekend!

In honor of July 4th, San Francisco's famed Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is offering a special deal on its chocolate squares: Buy 2 bags and Get 1 Free. This offer is valid on their Milk Chocolate Caramel Squares Gift Bag and Assorted Chocolate Squares Gift Bag -- both the 40 and 80 count size. The promotion is valid on the website only. No promo code required. Discount is offered in cart. Shop here:

And here are more deals.......

MarieBelle | New York | A Sweet Way to Say Happy Birthday to America | Take 15% off selected items | If you've never tried chocolate from this Soho-based business, you have something special to look forward to -- and now, as a way to celebrate July 4th,  they are offering a special edition box of chocolate ganache in 5 different flavors!  Click for deal. GG Profile.

Coracao | Emeryville, CA | Celebrate International Chocolate Day! | Up to 20% off bars with fillings | To mark 2020's annual day of chocolate, this northern Californian confectioner is offering discounts on "some of our most decadent dark chocolate bars." A free gift note is included for all gift orders. Orders going to warm-weather places are packed with ice and insulated in foil free of charge. Click for deal.

Theo | Seattle | Summer of S'mores | Save 20% on six or more bars | Also based on the West Coast, Theo is the brainchild of Jeff Fairhall and Joe Whinney. And they have some very imaginative flavors like cherry almond, black rice quinoa crunch, and double chocolate peanut butter cup! For this deal, no promo code is required. Discount will be automatically applied at cart when 6 or more eligible single chocolate bars have been added. Click for deal. GG Profile

Venchi Chocolates | Milan, Italy | Celebrate July 4th with this incredible offer! | Save up to 20% off | Launched in 1878, Venchi is one of the most renowned chocolate makers in Italy. Use these codes: "happy4th-10" for 10% off, "happy4th-15" for 15% off when you spend $50+, and "happy4th-20" for 20% off when you spend $100+. Click for deal. | GG Profile.

Tcho | Berkeley, CA | Independence Day Starts Now! | Save 20% until July 7th | Among northern California's famed chocolate makers is Tcho, founded by Timothy Childs and Carl Bittong. And now through July 4 you can enjoy them for 20% off. Among their imaginative flavors: banana nut, pretzel crunch, and mint chip gelato.  Click for deal | GG Profile.

Sloane's | London | Special in Honor of World Chocolate Day | Save 25% until July 7th | There aren't many chocolate purveyers that have been around as long as Sloane's of London, thanks to Sir Hans Sloane, who visited Jamaica in 1687 and discovered a local drink made from cocoa. Now, you too can enjoy his "posh chocolate" at a nifty discount! Click for deal.

Happy July 4th! And please stay safe and wear your mask!

-- The Editors

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