Top Pick Of The Week

February 2, 2010

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Send Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties, round blondies or brownies packaged in silk gift bags. The many delicious flavors include the Fire & Spice Collection, shown above—appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Read our review. Photo courtesy Sugardaddy’s.

WHAT IT IS: Sweet Valentine’s Day gifts that are not chocolate candies.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: They’re our favorite products for the occasion.
WHY WE LOVE IT: As always, top-quality goods.
WHERE TO BUY IT: See individual listings.

Great Valentine Gifts That Aren’t Chocolates

CAPSULE REPORT: Last week we presented four artisan chocolatiers whose wares can make many Valentines happy. But chocolate bonbons are not everybody’s cup of tea.

That’s why this week’s Top Pick focuses on Valentine gifts for the the no-chocolate-candy-thank-you group.

Here you’ll find something delicious for everyone else:

  • Beautiful Fruit Bouquets (healthy!)
  • Gourmet Caramels
  • Valentine Cookies & Cakes
  • Sugar-Free & No-Calorie Delights

Read the full review. And if you still haven’t found what your heartthrob desires, next week we’ll be focusing on heart-shaped savory foods: cheese, ravioli, even steak!

THE NIBBLE does not sell the foods we review
or receive fees from manufacturers for recommending them.

Our recommendations are based purely on our opinion, after tasting thousands of products each year, that they represent the best in their respective categories.

Top Pick Valentine Spirits

X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
Rosangel Tequila. For your angel: This premium blue agave tequila is flavored with hibiscus flowers. Wonderful as shots or in delicious cocktail recipes. At retailers nationwide. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur. We wish this sweet and fruity blend of premium vodka, blood oranges, mangos and passion fruit had a more serious name. We drink it straight, but you can make pink cocktails galore. At retailers nationwide. [yellow tail] Bubbles Rosé. You could spend a tidy sum on Dom Perignon Rose—be sure the bottle is at least 10 years old. Or, off the shelf, this beauty for $10 is a winner. At retailers nationwide.

Great Valentine Gifts: Non-Chocolate-Candy Sweets


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Edible Arrangements Fruit Bouquet

What’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the healthy eater or dieter—or for the kid who already eats far too much candy?

An Edible Arrangements fruit basket, beautifully-sculpted pieces of fruit made to look like flowers and leaves, is the gift we’d choose (and the one we’d like to receive!).

A prior Top Pick Of The Week, we recommend it as our favorite healthy gift for any occasion. The only catch is that the recipient has to live within delivery distance of an Edible Arrangements shop; but there are many of them nationwide.

Read the full review of Edible Arrangements.

Gourmet Caramels

Great caramels melt in your mouth, releasing buttery flavor and more.

Our favorite artisans make:


Edible Arrangements
Send an edible bouquet from Edible Arrangements: healthy, low calorie and a sweet Valentine’s Day treat. Photo by Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE.

In addition to the caramel reviews above, be sure to check out Indulge Caramels, a new favorite and an upcoming Top Pick Of The Week. There are 10 flavors plus chocolate-dipped (shown in photo). The cashew, chocolate and habanero are personal favorites, although others have a fondness for the apple (like a caramel apple). Indulge Caramels are also available in small bags (as are some of the other brands), so you can give out little gifties without breaking the bank.

Visit Page 2 for more Valentine’s gifts.

—Karen Hochman


Chocolate Covered Caramels
What’s better than a heavenly caramel? One that’s covered in celestial chocolate. Photo courtesy

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