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Monday, December 09 2013 00:39

Holiday Gift Guide: WILD OPHELIA Chocolates... An American Roadtrip to THE HUNGER GAMES...

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THE ROCK FATHERThere has never been another time when I could say that I've been "excited about chocolate." Sure, I like my peanut butter cups on occasion, but it wasn't until a couple of months ago when I discovered Wild Ophelia that I really became interested in the chocolate that I was about to eat or share with my children. Created right here in Chicago by noted Chocolatier Katrina Markoff of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Wild Ophelia is "an American roadtrip through chocolate" that connects the American farmers' movement with chocolate through the sourcing of all natural, often organic ingredients. Their new line of extraordinary flavors and a surprising connection to THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE lands Wild Ophelia firmly in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father.

My interest in Wild Ophelia and flavors like Southern Hibiscus Peach, New Orleans Chili, Beef Jerky and Southern BBQ Potato Chips helped secure me a spot as a member of the Wild Ophelia Blogger Posse, and as such, periodic assortments to explore (if you're following me on Instagram & Twitter, you've been seeing pics since October). 

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While the basic line has some fantastic flavors, the new line based on THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE makes a great, and very unique gift for the chocolate lover or die-hard fan of THE HUNGER GAMES on your list. A collection of 12 bars, each inspired by a District of Panem, the entire collection can be purchased in a collectible library "book" direct from Vosges. I've sampled the Livestock, Fishing, Mining and Power Districts, and all of them were appealing.

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wildo4And finally, there's a Christmas collection floating around (we just spotted them at Target) featuring some excellent Peppermint Bark. As my oldest daughter pointed out, "it's sparkly!"

You can find the Peppermint Bark by itself, or sold as part of a Wild Ophelia Holiday Chocolate Stash that includes four flavors packed inside of a "festive muslin bag." Get that one here.

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For more Seasonal fun, check out my Holiday Hub right here on The Rock Father. Want to see some great gift ideas in one spot? Check out the 2013 Master List, being updated daily!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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