Solid milk chocolate coins from Madeline.
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Many people believe Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the glimmering net of chocolate coins at the bottom of your stocking. Inspired by the deeds of Saint Nicholas in the fourth century, who provided three women with small bags of gold coins to pay for their dowries, the chocolate coin has become a symbolic festive offering (and Secret Santa favorite!).
Introduced to Europe in the sixteenth century, millions of chocolate coins are consumed in the US every Christmas. Many mimic legitimate currencies and commemorative sovereigns and are where many budding numismatists discovered their passion.
The chocolate coin striking process is not too dissimilar to that of circulation coins – chocolate blanks are struck from the sheet chocolate and markings are imprinted with an equivalent coin die to create unique designs.
Incorporate some Saint Nicholas Day traditions into your holiday season.
* Slip a gift or surprise into someone’s shoe.
It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate.