Teacher gift ideas are in season now as school winds down across the country. The tradition is as old as learning – a token of appreciation from student to teacher. Teacher gift ideas need to blend respect, admiration and gratitude, not an easy task by any means.

The iconic image is little Johnny or Susan placing an apple on the desk of their instructor or coach, but today’s teacher gift ideas are a lot more sophisticated and delicious. Topping that list of teacher gift ideas is gourmet chocolate – a favorite of academics everywhere. Man or woman, from kindergarten homeroom to college professors, few end-of-year gestures garner more positive reactions than fine chocolate. It is why Chocolate Pizza Company has been at the head of the class for a long time when it comes to teacher gifts.

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One of the most popular teacher gift ideas from Chocolate Pizza Company is the handled tote filled with gourmet chocolate specialties that take snacking to another level. Inside the tote is a mini Chocolate Pizza – rich milk or dark chocolate blended with homemade English toffee and drizzled with white chocolate – a S’more treat with fluffy marshmallow sandwiched between two chocolate covered graham crackers. There is also a chocolate covered puffed rice and marshmallow square and two chocolate covered crème-filled cookies. At $14.95, this is an affordable gift choice, especially for families that have multiple teachers to thank.

By the way, that same collection of gourmet chocolate treats also comes in a handled tote labeled for your favorite bus driver. It is easy for the bus driver to be overlooked at year-end which makes remembering them with a chocolate gift even more important. Here is the person responsible every day for picking up, transporting and bringing home safely the most precious “cargo” imaginable. They are the smile that starts your child’s day, a supportive word when they see that it’s been a tough one or a caring inquiry if your child has been absent. Bus drivers count so remember them too.

Of course, if you just want a little something to give to teachers, coaches, bus drivers or staff, the Chocolate Bar comes with your sentiments already on the wrapper. You can choose from several meaningful sentiments for the wrapper, but it is the fine milk or dark chocolate inside that will be the star of the show. Chocolate Pizza Company uses the highest quality Swiss-style chocolate available for an incredible difference you can tell the moment it is unwrapped. The aroma is amazing, the shine tells you this is tempered chocolate and the velvety mouth-feel as it melts with every bite says this is no ordinary chocolate bar.

Featured on CNBC, Food Network, Discovery Channel, Hallmark Channel, CMT and in Forbes, People and Entrepreneur magazines, Chocolate Pizza Company is making a name for itself nationwide. Owner, Ryan Novak, started with the company at the age of 15 as a dishwasher. In 2010, he was 21 years-old and a senior at Syracuse University when the chance to buy what was then a small-town chocolate shop presented itself. He jumped at it and has transformed the business into an emerging national brand. In addition to fun teacher gift ideas, the company does Chocolate Pizza, Peanut Butter Wings, wedding favor, birthday chocolates and custom chocolates for business or family occasions.