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The best chocolate cherries! Photo courtesy John & Kira’s.
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November 2010

Marketplace / Gift-Finder

Gourmet Chocolate Gifts

Chocolate Lovers’ Dreams

 

Chocoholics rejoice! There’s something for everyone here—and at every price point, from a $5.99 box of chocolate-dipped soft peppermint sticks to the most elegant Champagne truffles. If you want some other suggestions, check out our other 2010 Holiday Gift Lists, and entire Chocolate Section as well as chocolate gift recommendations from prior years.

Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. Shipping is additional. These items are offered by a third party and THE NIBBLE has no relationship with them.

     

Anna Shea Chocolates:
Pretty As A Picture

These may be the best-looking chocolates ever seen by your gift recipient. Each jewel-like chocolate is handcrafted and designed to evoke the flavor of the ganache inside. These all-natural bonbons are made with no preservatives—one reason to devour the entire box by the end of the week. You can customize the flavors.

  • Options From 6 Pieces To 100
    Pieces

    $20.00 To $250.00

Buy Online Here

  Anna Shea Chocolates
Too pretty to eat—almost. Photo by Jerry Deutsch | THE NIBBLE.

 

   

L.A. Burdick:
Box Of Chocolate Snowmen


We’ve been in love with Larry Burdick’s handmade chocolate mice and penguins for years. With centers of the finest chocolate ganache—in the case of the snowmen, with the added seasonal flavor of clementines—they are little gems. Inside the head is a roasted hazelnut. The keepsake wood box is stamped with a silver snowflake wax seal and tied with a beautiful ribbon. A treasure for adults who appreciate the finest and lucky kids.

  • Snowmen In A Wood Keepsake
    Box

    9 Pieces
    $33.00

Buy online at BurdickChocolate.com

 


White chocolate snowmen filled with dark chocolate ganache. Photo courtesy L.A. Burdick.

 

   

Charles Chocolates:
Pâte de Fruit


Pronounced pot-duh-froo-EE, it’s the French term for fruit jellies—and they’re as far removed from the Chuckles of childhood as great wine is from a wine cooler. Chewy yet soft, free of chocolate or nuts, full of flavor...they’re a perfect sweet snack and go beautifully with any type of tea.

  • Classic & Wine Infused Pâte de Fruit
    15-Piece Box
    $24.00

Buy online at CharlesChocolates.com

 


Pâte de Fruit: fruit jellies for connoisseurs. Photo courtesy Charles Chocolates.

 

   

Delysia Chocolates:
Beautiful Bites


Delysia chocolates are delysi-us, beautiful little truffles—square chocolate shells filled with seasonally-flavored ganache and topped with seasonal patterns. We tried the summer collection (shown in photo). The Winter Collection, with eggnog, gingerbread and mint chocolate ganaches, has snowflakes and red and green patterns. The company’s standard bright red box with a white satin ribbon is holiday-perfect. The petite boxes (less than four inches square) enable you to give special chocolates to someone who doesn’t want to over-indulge.

  • Winter Truffle Collection
    9-Piece Box
    $20.00
  • Other Collections Include Berry,
    Citrus, Coffee, Indian, Latin, Nuts,
    Tea, Spirits, White Chocolate &
    Wine

Buy online at Delysia.com

 


One-inch bites of happiness. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

     

Harry & David:

Rum & Champagne Truffles


Made in Argentina by LW Chocolatier, these delectable truffle logs are truly seductive. All-natural, they’re perfect to serve with espresso or after-dinner drinks; and for a luscious snack any time you need a chocolate fix. Choose from cocoa-powder-coated Rum Truffles or powder-sugar-coated Champagne truffles. Packaged in an elegant bronzed gift box, these are a sophisticated, grown-up gift that kids will love too.

  • Rum or Champagne Truffles
    12 Truffles (13.5 ounces)
    $39.95

Buy online at HarryAndDavid.com

 

Rum truffles are a sophisticated gift for grown-up chocoholics. Photo courtesy Harry & David.

     

Jade Chocolates:

Milk & Dark Chocolate Bars


Those behind Jade Chocolates create a sophisticated tasting experience by blending teas and spices from Asia and the Pacific Islands into their line of chocolates. With flavor pairings that include cracked black pepper and lemongrass in the dark chocolate Krakota bar, and the tamari almonds and pink sea salt in the milk chocolate Terracotta bar, you’ll want to try them all with their chocolate bar gift set.

  • Milk Or Dark Chocolate Bars
    2 Ounces
    $6.25 Each
  • Dark Chocolate Bar Gift Set
    4 Bars
    $24.95
  • Milk Chocolate Bar Gift Set
    3 Bars
    $18.75
  • Chocolate Bar Gift Set
    One Of Each Of The Seven Flavors
    $42.95
  • Other Holiday Gifts Are Available On The Website

Buy online at JadeChocolates.com

 

The handsome chocolate bars from Jade Chocolates. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

     

John & Kira’s Gourmet Chocolates:
Chocolate Cherries

Choose something delicious and philanthropic this year. John & Kira’s Gourmet Chocolates, a Nibble Top Pick Of The Week and a regular on The Nibble’s gift lists, uses ingredients that support a spectrum of grass-roots agricultural efforts. Their newest addition to the sweet family are these lovely chocolate cherries. A dried, deep-red tart cherry is paired with 62% Valrhona dark chocolate ganache spiked with a hint of brandy, and is hand-painted a brilliant shiny red, perfect for Christmas. Read our full review of John & Kira’s chocolates.

  • Chocolate Cherries
    9 Pieces
    $29.00

Buy online at JohnAndKiras.com

 


Bright red chocolate cherries will match your Christmas decor perfectly—though we doubt they’ll stick around long enough for that. Photo by Katharine Pollak | The Nibble.

     

King Leo Candy:
Hand Dipped Soft Peppermint Sticks

Only available for the holidays, King Leo’s peppermint sticks are soft, delicate and delicious. Made with 100% pure peppermint oil, they’re very flavorful and dissolve pleasantly in your mouth (no hard candy cane to crunch at your own risk). Hand-dipped in luscious dark chocolate, these peppermint sticks are great for snacking, to garnish desserts or to serve with coffee or hot chocolate.

  • Individual Soft Peppermint Sticks
    6-Ounce Gable Box
    $5.99
  • Case Of Soft Peppermint Sticks
    12 6-Ounce Gable Boxes
    $70.00

Buy online at KingLeoCandy.com
Minimum order $25.

 
These dark chocolate-dipped soft peppermint sticks won’t break the bank—or your teeth! Photo courtesy King Leo Candy.
     

Sulpice Chocolat:
Chocolate Bars

Sulpice Chocolat creates beautiful treats from Belgian chocolate that are perfect for gift-giving. Each of the eight flavors of Belgian chocolate is artistically hand painted designed. Flavors include Épicé/Spicy, Gingembe/Ginger, Menthe/ Mint and Pistache/Pistachio in dark chocolate, and Amande/Almond, Chai, Moka and Noisette/Hazelnut in milk chocolate. They’re almost too pretty to eat—but we powered through!

  • Chocolate Bars
    $7.50 Each

Buy Online Here

 
The pistachio bar is especially festive around the holidays. Photo by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.

 

   

Toffee Box:
A Delicious Choice Of Toffees


The Toffee Box makes excellent toffee in four flavors: Dark Chocolate With Almonds, White Chocolate With Almonds (topped with crushed walnuts), Mocha Hazelnut (dark chocolate topped with crushed hazelnuts) and White Chocolate Macadamia (almond toffee topped with crushed macadamia nuts. Mixed boxes are available in the one-pound size. The gift box is handsome. The company also makes peppermint bark. We haven't tasted it yet, but the order is in.

  • Half Pound Box
    $12.95
  • One Pound Pound Box
    $24.00

Buy online at ToffeeBox.com

 

Toffee Gift
All flavors are mmm-delicious. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

     




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