Thank You Pouches…filled with my favorite chocolate!

by ilene on August 27, 2012 · 5 comments

in party, pregnancy, sewing

Last week, I shared about the beautiful tricycle baby shower that was thrown by my girl friends for Jeff and I.  My sister and three friends who hosted it for us did such an amazing job,  I knew I could not properly thank them for all the love and hard work they put into planning the party.  As a small token of my appreciation, I wanted to at least gift them with something that was meaningful to me and something that I know that all girls would appreciate- chocolate!  What girl wouldn’t like  receiving chocolate?!  I decided to sew little pouches full of my favorite chocolates collected from various places that were important to me over the past few years.  I’ve been craving chocolate A LOT during my pregnancy so I thought I should share my favorites!

Since our shower was pink and gray themed, I first sewed four pouches from various pink and gray material that I had collected.  I wanted them to be all different so each girl got a different pouch.  Luckily, I have a ton of pink and gray fabric in my stash- gingham, linen, corduroy and velvet.  These were pretty easy to whip up, I sort of made it up as I went.  The gray zippers I had gotten for free at Scrap and the little custom labels that my sister gave me for my birthday added a nice touch to the front:

Check out the inside lining:

Once the pouches were sewn, I filled them up with a bunch of my favorite chocolate!  I added a printout explaining each chocolate that I chose and why it  was included:

I’ll give you a rundown of all the chocolate that I stuffed into each pouch:

Taza Stone Ground – This Mexican-style stone ground chocolate is made in Somerville, MA, just down the street from where Jeff and I used to live in Cambridge!  I’ve always wanted to try it and was pleased to see that they sell it in specialty shops out here.  Mexican-style chocolate is a little coarser than the chocolate that we are used to because the stone mills leave tiny bits of cacao and sugar cane mixed in. It’s a little grittier than the smooth chocolate that I am used to!

TCHO – This is my favorite local chocolate maker!  It’s become my absolute favorite ever since we moved to San Francisco.  Their factory on the Embarcadero  is located just a couple miles from where we currently live.  I recently took a tour of the factory (they give out free tours twice a day) where I learned that various types of bean they use create the different flavors.  They also sell it at Starbucks but under a different label.  The milk chocolates (in the light blue and light brown packaging) is my favorite:.

Scharffen Berger – This is another San Francisco local favorite!  Their extra rich milk chocolate melts like butter in your mouth!  Scharffen Berger was the first contemporary artisan chocolate manufacturer and they are the first chocolate maker to label their chocolate with the percentage of cacao inside.  They were acquired by Hersheys a few years ago but you can still find their chocolate selling at the Ferry Building where they have a store or at WholeFoods. Their extra rich milk chocolate is my favorite, I shouldn’t admit this, but I  have found myself eating a whole bar in one sitting!

Ghiradelli – Of course I had to include this quintessential San Francisco favorite!  The chocolate is no longer manufactured here but Ghiradelli square is a historical landmark and remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in SF.  The sea salt ones are the best!

I also included some chocolates that I bought from our trip to Hawaii last month:


Hershey’s Macademia Nut Kisses – Did you know you can only buy these yummy chocolates in Hawaii?  Jeff and I picked up this Hawaiian treats in Waikiki during our babymoon.

 Mauna Loa Chocolate Caramel Clusters – After Oahu, Jeff and I island-hopped over to the Big Island where we stopped by the famous Mauna Loa Macademia Nut Factory.  They had all sorts of flavored macademia nuts like wasabi and teriyaki. We picked up these chewy, nutty treats at their store.  It’s their take on the “turtle”!


Here are the pouches all filled up with chocolate!


Thank you, girls, for hosting such a wonderful party for our baby!! I hope you enjoy the chocolates as much as I do!

Exactly 2 months ’til our due date!!

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1 esther August 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

These are so cute, ilene! And I’m with you on the Scharffen Berger chocolate–yum!
Quick (maybe silly) Q: Is the inside of your gift tags a sticker or a piece of paper?

2 ilene August 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

thanks, esther!! the inside of the tags are just pieces of paper that I punched out and glued on!

3 Lizzy August 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

These pouches are so adorable! Good choice on the Ghirardelli too—I come back from SF with bags of it every time I visit!
Will you be posting a tutorial on how to sew the pouches? I’ve been looking for a tutorial on how to make a zippered pouch exactly like these ones that you posted! They’re so versatile for holding everything–money, makeup, toiletries, etc!

4 Melissa August 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

I just found your blog today–and WOW I love it! Will you be posting a tutorial on these pouches? They would be perfect for Christmas gifts!

5 ilene August 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Hi Melissa and Lizzy, I don’t think I’m going to write a tutorial on how to make the pouches! I sort of whipped them up and made it up as I went, I didn’t think to take pictures along the way! If I make them again, I promise to take pics and write a full tutorial. Thanks for reading!

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