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 John And Kira's Chocolate Ladybugs
These gourmet chocolate lovebugs from John & Kira’s do more than tell Mom you love her. They’re a gift she’ll remember for a long time to come.
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April 2008

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Gourmet Mother’s Day Gifts 2008

Gourmet Chocolate & Specialty Food

 

This year’s selection of specialty food gifts for Mom includes some unusual, but very delicious, products that a food-loving lady would like to experience.  Also check prior years’ recommendations in our Gift Finder and in any section of our Main Nibbles for Mom’s favorite foods.

Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. Shipping may be additional. THE NIBBLE does not sell products; these items are offered by a third party with which we have no relationship. They have been recommended because we think they are outstanding products.

Chocolate

 

Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates:
Bonbon Assortment

Gearhart’s makes pretty-as-a-picture chocolates with feminine ganaches, in an assortment of modern flavors that are sure to delight a chocolate-loving mom. The high-quality gold box tells mom that she “takes the gold.”

  • Chocolate Assortments
    $21.00 to $40.00

GearhartsChocolates.com

Gearhart's Fine Chocolates

 

 


John And Kira’s:
Chocolate Lovebugs & Bees

We heard the buzz...and then tasted these little wonders. Chocolate ladybugs are filled with a 64% Valrhona dark chocolate ganache. The honeybees are salted honey caramel. Each lovebug and bee is painted by hand and arrives in John & Kira’s keepsake handcrafted wood presentation box. Read our full review of John & Kira’s, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

  • Chocolate Lovebugs And Bees
    $19.50 to $89.00

JohnAndKiras.com

John And Kira's Chocolate Bees

 

 

 


Martine’s:
Sugar-Free Gourmet Chocolates

If Mom can’t have sugar but still enjoys a good piece of chocolate, send her a box of bonbons from Martine’s. Martine makes delicious bonbons from Belgian chocolate, in classic Belgian molded shapes (read our review of her regular line). There are also sugar-free bars and bark. All are made of fine Belgian couverture, substituting maltitol for sugar. The pretty pink packaging is spot-on for Mother’s Day.

  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Assortments
    $33.75 to $270.00

MartinesChocolates.com

Martine's Sugarfree Chocolates

Kosher Gifts

 

Lake Champlain Chocolates:
Assorted Bonbons

 

Lake Champlain has so many wonderful things to offer, from chocolate-dipped apricots to the pretty bonbons at the right. Read our full review of Lake Champlain Chocolates. Certified kosher by Star-D.

  • Mother's Day Chocolate Assortments
    $26.00-$60.00

LakeChamplainChocolates.com

Lake Champlain Chocolate Assortment

 

 

Solomon's Gourmet Cookies:
Cookie Of The Month Club

 

You can send Mom a single box of cookies or brownies from Solomon’s; but a gift subscription means she’ll get treats more often, as she so justly deserves. Read our full review of Solomon’s Cookies. Certified kosher by Chicago Rabbinical Council.

  • Three-Month Subscription
    $50.95 to $112.00
  • Six-Month Subscription
    $101.95 to $224.00
  • 12-Month Subscription
    $203.95 to $448.00

SolomonsCookies.com

Solomon's Gourmet Cookies

Specialty Foods  

Demeter's Pantry:
Artisanal Greek Foods


For moms who love special ingredients, Demeter’s pantry has two special items. Greek wild thyme honey, mixed with figs, chocolate chunks, ginger and a touch of brandy, is truly special—to top desserts or to eat by its wonderful self. Olives are a fruit, and Sweet Olive Topping (actually, whole olives in a syrup of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice) will open one’s eyes. They look like traditional black olives but taste like sweet stone fruit.

  • Honey With Figs, Ginger & Chocolate
    14.1-Ounce Jar
    $14.25
  • Sweet Olive Topping
    8.8-Ounce Jar
    $9.20

DemetersPantry.com

Sweet Olive Spread

   

Hammond’s Candies:
Black & White Licorice Pillows

 

If Mom is very elegant and sets a beautiful table, she’ll love these black and silver licorice pillows. They look like beautiful jewels. Throw in a crystal candy bowl, and she’ll have a new ornament for the parlor.

  • 1-Pound Bag
    $11.00
  • Set Of Three 1-Pound Bags
    $20.25

HammondsCandies.com

Hammond's Black And White Pillow Candy
 

 

Pierre Marcolini:
Confitures (Gourmet Fruit Jams)


Just in time for Mother’s Day, medlar joins the fruits in Marcolini’s exquisite jam line, which must be tasted to be believed. The medlar is an ancient fruit native to Persia. It was grown by the Greeks and Romans, beginning in the 2nd century B.C.E. Very popular during the Victorian era, it is rarely seen now. Buy Mom a few jars of these confitures and she’ll forgive you almost anything—they’re so low in sugar (but sweet from the world’s finest fruit) that any dieter can enjoy them. Read our full review of Pierre Marcolini Confitures, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

  • Confitures, Assorted Flavors
    200g Jar
    $16.00

MarcoliniChocolatier.com

Pierre Marcolini Preserves

   

Valerie Confections:
Rose Petal Petit-Fours

 

You can send roses, but you should also send a box of these petit-fours. Each piece is made of four layers of delicate vanilla bean cake layered with rose petal ganache, then covered in a white chocolate glaze. Atop each petit-four is a candied rose petal.

  • One Dozen Pieces
    Ivory Corduroy Gift Box
    $48.00

ValerieConfections.com

Valerie Confections Rose Petal Petit-Fours
   

Wild Hibiscus:
Cocktail Flower Garnishes

 

For special cocktails, these beautiful blossoms can’t be beat. They come from Australia and have a raspberry and rhubarb flavor that’s perfect with sparkling wine, white wine, vodka and gin. The petals slowly unfurl at the bottom of the glass. Give Mom a jar of hibiscus blossoms in syrup and point her to the cocktail recipes on the website.

  • 11-Flower Jar
    8.8 Ounces
    $11.00
  • 50-Flower Jar
    2.5 Pounds
    $35.00

WildHibiscus.com

Wild Hibiscus Flowers In Syrup


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