Caramel Clove Bonbon Caramel clove, one of the exciting flavors of bonbons from Jin Patisserie (details below).




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December 2006

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The Best Chocolate Gifts

Favorite Picks Of The Year


We’ve had a a wonderful year of chocolate and chocolatey foods (brownies, cookies, cakes and ice cream) this year. There’s nothing low-calorie here: but we refer you to the delectable chocolate teas in our Diet Gifts section.


Dolcielo Brownies:
With Fruit & Liqueurs

These “brownies for adults” on a base of Guittard 70% chocolate are filled with dried fruits and nuts and paired with a liqueur or liquor. The result: a simply heavenly brownie, very rich, moist, and chock-full of sophisticated goodies. The flavors include apricot, almond, Amaretto; cherry, pecan, Cherry Heering; plum, walnut, Bacardi Gold; pineapple, macadamia, Kahlúa; and plain, with cranberry, walnut, Triple Sec for the holidays. Read our full review.

  • Dolcielo Brownies
    One Dozen, $50.00
    Half Dozen, $30.00
    Shipping Included
Or telephone 1.888.DOLCIELO.

Dolcielo Brownies

Peanut Butter Cups

They’ll never eat another Reese’s® again, after you introduce them to the Rolls-Royce® of peanut-butter cups. Don’t worry about pronouncing flib-ber-ti-JIB-bit, just order one of every flavor for your PB-loving friends and family. These are definitely for adults as well as kids. Read our full review as to what flavors are best for whom.

  • Peanut Butter Cups
    $4.00 Each

Purchase by telephone at 1.978.974.9200,
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. Eastern Time. Fax 1.978.974.9494.

Gourmet Peanut Butter Cups
Photo by Melody Lan.


Jin Patisserie:
Assorted Chocolates

Jin’s chocolates may look like delicate works of art, nestled in silk boxes; but the heady infusions of flavor in the ganaches (most from the Pacific Rim) will knock your socks off. Jin means “gold” in Mandarin Chinese, and these chocolates definitely are gold-standard. Read our full review.

  • Chocolate Assortments
    Boxes From 4 to 32 Pieces
    $10.00 to $60.50

Jin Patisserie Chocolates


Levain Bakery:
Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Cookies


To us, there are no better chocolate chip cookies. These jumbo, chewy wonders are an experience like no other. Three inches in diameter and 6 ounces in weight, they have their own unique style, with a slightly moist center. Yet the recipe is so perfectly balanced, no milk is required. Fans like us can’t live without them: We consider them the ultimate comfort food. In Chocolate Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip and Oatmeal Raisin. Read our full review.

  • You Choice Of Flavors
    Four Cookies, $35.00
    Eight Cookies, $12.00
    Twelve Cookies, $85.00
    Prices Include Delivery
Or telephone 1.877.4Levain, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Levain Chocolate Chip Cookies
Photo by Melody Lan.


Lillie Belle Farms:
Lavender Salt Caramels

We love all of the salt caramels in our review of the best salt caramels, but our heart goes out to the lavender-flavored ones from Lillie Belle Farms. You can’t go wrong with any of the choices, but for a touch of something extra—lavender—these rock.

  • Lavender Salt Caramels
    12-Piece Box

Lillie Belle Farms Lavender Salt Caramels
Photo by Andy Lin.



Michel Cluizel:
Chocolate Tasting Boxes

For chocolate connoisseurs or those who are just learning, these kits have disks of chocolate that allow tasters to see the differences among chocolates. Whether you’re noting the differences between different intensities of cacao, or seeing how chocolate tastes made of beans from different parts of the world, these kits are tops. Read our full review.

  • Tasting Boxes
    Le Nuancier Pure Origins Tasting Box
    (Different Regions Of The World)
    Le Nuancier Grandes Teneurs en Cacao
    (Different Percentages Of Cacao)
    Once upon a Bean
    (Sample Everything From Unroasted
    Cacao Beans And Cocoa Butter To different Percentages And World Origins)

Or telephone 1.212.477.7335.

Le Nuancier

Once Upon A Bean

Once Upon A Bean


Pierre Marcolini:
Holiday Star


A constellation of a dozen 72% Venezuelan cacao dark chocolate truffles highlighted with edible gold, surrounding a chocolate star. The ganache fillings include Madagascan cacao infused with coffee from Java, nougatine infused with orange, and sugared marcona almond paste. Beautifully presented in Pierre Marcolini’s signature Black Malline Box

  • Holiday Star With 12 Truffles

Pierre Marcolini

Poco Dolce:
Chocolate Tiles With Sea Salt


Such a simple concept, yet such an amazing taste. The sophisticated palate will crave these small squares of Guittard chocolate topped with Fleur de Sel. All flavors are divine: Plain, Aztec Chile, Burnt Caramel Toffee, Coconut Almond, Crystallized Ginger and Double Roasted Almond. If you love chocolate, be sure to buy some for yourself.

  • Chocolate Tiles
    8 Pieces, $16.00
    16 Pieces, $32.00

Or telephone 1.415.255.1443 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Poco Dolce Chocolate
Photo by Melody Lan.

Telluride Truffle:
Truffles & Jars Of Ganache

We flipped for these truffles, but don’t let their cute mountaintop design lead you to send them to the kids—unless the kids are over 21. They’re nicely laced with liqueurs, in addition to some of the most celestial ganache we’ve ever tasted. The ganache is so incredible, it’s sold separately by the jar (and a great stocking-stuffer for the true connoisseur). Read our full review.

  • Truffles
    7-Truffle Box, $22.00  to $25.00
    14-Truffle Box, $38.00 to $43.00
  • Ganache
    8-Ounce Jar

Telluride Truffle

Wen Chocolates:
Assorted Chocolates

This exquisite chocolate is a bargain, perhaps owing to a lower overhead in Denver. We don’t care—we just recommend it highly to anyone who wants to taste sophisticated artisan chocolate, beautifully crafted, at incredibly affordable prices. It’s what we ate on our birthday.

  • 12-Piece Box

Or telephone 1.720.891.4622, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

Wen Chocolates
Photo by Melody Lan.


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