With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, you’re probably thinking, “Where can I find a locally made, romantic, delicious chocolate gift for my significant other?” Luckily, here are three gifts made by two Santa Barbara County companies that will make great presents for your sweetheart this week, most of which can be found at Isabella Gourmet Foods at 5 East Figueroa Street, just off State.
CoCo-kotuku Hot Chocolate: This organic hot chocolate is made by Olly Lithgow, whose Kotuku Elixir Bar company is headquartered inside the Divinitree Yoga Studio. It’s a blend of raw cacao, coconut, birch sap, maca (a Peruvian root known for its energetic and hormone-balancing properties), and Shilajit, an anti-aging Ayurvedic herb believed to reduce anxiety, stress, arthritis, ulcers, and pain. Best of all, this hot chocolate is nearly sugar-free, making it diabetic friendly. It’s available at Isabella’s in half-pound tins or at Kotuku Elixir Bar in single-serve packets.
Schizandra Berry Extract: Why not end your Valentine’s Day with a massage? This ancient female beauty tonic from Asia, also made by Kotuku Elixir Bar, is a whole body and skin wellness aid with powerful moisturizing properties that Lithgow says, “promotes all around juiciness.” It can be found off De La Guerra Street at Kotuku Elixir Bar, the Isla Vista Co-Op, Yoga Soup, or online at Kotuku Elixir’s website: kotukuelixirbar.com.
Michele’s Handmade Chocolate Peanut Butter Treasures: Out of the Santa Ynez Valley comes Tesora, the creators these cookies, which are based on a simple but well-loved family recipe. These homemade cookies include ingredients such as organic peanut butter, organic peanuts, organic brown rice crisps, semi-sweet chocolate, and white chocolate chips. Delicious, organic, and gluten-free, these cookies are available in attractive 8 oz. or 3 oz. bags. With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, Michele’s Handmade Cookies are wrapped in special pink packaging. See michelestesora.com