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Lillie Belle Farms’ Chocolate Cocktail Cups are bites of chocolate with premium spirits. Shown above: Photo by Evan Dempsey | THE NIBBLE. More information below.
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December 2009

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Gourmet Chocolate Gift Idea 2009

Best Chocolate & Caramel Picks Under $15.00

 

From a $5 hot-and-spicy chocolate bar stocking stuffer (you can tie three together with a red ribbon for a more substantial gift) to three angelic chocolate bars, here’s an affordable list to treat your chocolate-loving friends. Also see our more expensive boxed chocolates gift recommendations, where items begin at $15.00.

Products are shown in alphabetical order. 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.

   

Indulge Caramels:
Soft Gourmet Caramels

Soft and buttery, these gourmet, melt-in-your-mouth, handmade caramels are available in 13 flavors. We didn’t get to taste them all, but Original and Cashew were among our favorites. We couldn’t stop eating the Cashew Caramels, and we bet the Almond Caramels are just as addictive. Sea Salt have a wee hint of salt; Cayenne has a nice hit of heat, but it covers up the rich butter flavor.

  • Four-Ounce Bag
    $6.25
  • Eight-Ounce Bag
    $12.00

Buy online at IndulgeCaramels.com

  Caramel
Cinnamon Toast caramels. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.
   

Joy di Vita Organic & Fair Trade Chocolate:
Angel Chocolate Bar Collection

Joy di Vita small-batch, 70% cacao chocolate bars are made by an artist who reproduces her lovely paintings on the wrappers. The Angelic Assortment, showing three beautiful angels, includes plain chocolate, mint-filled and orange-filled (photo above left). They’re filled with deliciousness. You’re an angel for giving them: 10% or more of profits are donated to Oprah's Angel Network.

  • Angelic Chocolate Bars
    Three 2-Ounce Bars, Gift-Boxed
    $9.99

Buy online at JoyDiVita.com

  Angel Chocolate Bars
Three beautiful angel paintings wrap
Joy di Vita’s Angel Chocolate Bar
collection. Photo courtesy Joy di Vita.
 

L’Estasi Dolce:
Asian-Fusion Or Wine Truffles

Specializing in Asian-fusion flavors and wine truffles, both in dark chocolate, these tasty cuties are available in six-piece boxes at a very affordable price. The truffles are made in Cabernet, Champagne, Lemongrass Ginger, Peanut Ginger, Peanut Noir and Port.

  • Chocolate Truffles
    6-Piece Box, Single Flavor
    $10.00 and $11.00
  • Other Options Available On Website

Buy online at LEstasiDolce.com

  Peanut Ginger Truffles
Peanut Ginger Truffles. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.
 

Lillie Belle Farms:
Chocolate Fruit Cups Or Cocktail Cups

These bite-size treats in boxes of five are irresistible: We couldn’t stop popping them.  Chocolate fruit cups are filled with white chocolate ganache mixed with organic fruits in boysenberry, lemon and strawberry. The ganaches in the Cocktail Cups are made with top-shelf Bourbon, gin and tequila. The Margarita, which includes a salted rim, is to-die-for. They’re perfect to serve with after-dinner coffee.

  • Fruit Cups Or Cocktail Chocolate Cups
    5-Piece Box
    $12.00

Buy online at Foodzie.com

  Lillie Belle Chocolate Fruit Cups
Chocolate fruit cups. Photo courtesy Foodzie.com. For Cocktail Cups, see photo at top of page.
   

Lillie Belle Farms:
“Do Not Eat This” Spicy Chocolate Bar

 

What a rush! This is the best spicy chocolate we’ve ever had—and we mean spicy. A blend of organic milk and dark chocolate with an overly-generous amount of ghost chile. It sizzles without burning.

  • “Do Not Eat This” Spicy Chocolate Bar
    $5.00

Buy online at LillieBelleFarms.com

Read our review of Lillie Belle Farms chocolate, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week. We also love the chocolate-covered Lavender Salt Caramels and the toffee.

 

Spicy Chocolate Bar
Photo by Evan Dempsey | THE NIBBLE.

   

Peanut Butter & Company:
Chocolate Peanut Brittle

Sweet, salty and crunchy, old-fashioned peanut brittle is covered in milk chocolate. Not too hard for braces and not sticky, we also like to chop it up and mix it in with vanilla ice cream. Available without milk chocolate coating, too.

  • Chocolate-Covered Peanut Brittle
    9-Ounce Can
    $6.00

Buy online at ILovePeanutButter.com

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  Peanut Brittle
Chocolate-covered peanut brittle. Photo by Evan Dempsey | THE NIBBLE.

   

Stonewall Kitchen:
Barefoot Contessa French Bark

Fans of the Barefoot Contessa will appreciate something sweet. Our favorite from her collection is this French bark, otherwise known as mendiant. The semisweet chocolate is smooth and enjoyable even by people who normally eat milk chocolate. Read our review and learn the history of mendiants.

  • Dark Chocolate French Bark
    6.5-Ounce Bar
    $16.95*

Buy online at StonewallKitchen.com

*Yes, we know this is slightly more than the $15.00 mentioned in the headline. But everything else is so much less than $15.00, that it’s more than offset.

 

Dark Chocolate Bark
Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

 

   

 

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