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December 2008

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Gourmet Chocolate Gift Delights

Gourmet Caramels, Too

 

There’s something for everyone here—and at every price point, from a $2.50 peanut butter cup stocking stuffer to the deluxe chocolates at the left. If you don’t see what you like, check out our 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.

   

Caffe Acapella:
Coffee Bars

 

These are NOT chocolate bars, they’re coffee bars, made of sugar, cocoa butter (not cocoa solids), milk, fresh roasted gourmet espresso beans and soy lecithin. In Cappuccino Connoisseur, Caramel Macchiato Classico, Espresso Serenade and Toffee Espresso Concerto, this is something truly special for the coffee lover (and anyone allergic to chocolate).

  • Keepsake Gift Box
    4 Bars, $14.99

Buy online at AcapellaFoods.com

Caffe Acapella Coffee Bar
Now, “coffee bar” has a new meaning.
   

Carolyn’s:
Chocolate Bark

 

We can’t believe we ate the whole thing, but we did—because these nut-laden chunks of fine chocolate are so delicious, we couldn’t stop. We’re hung up on the Orange Pecan Dark Chocolate, but Spicy Cashew Dark Chocolate and Sweet & Salty Milk Chocolate are also excellent.

  • Pan Asian Collection
    Boxes, Jars & Tins
    $17.55 To $53.99

Buy online at 40ParkLane.com

Chocolate Bark
Carolyn’s Chocolate Bark in Orange Pecan.
   

Chocolat Céleste:
Far East Collection

 

Explore the flavors of the Far East with the limited edition Pan Asian Collection from one of our favorite chocolatiers. Bite-size bonbons hold ganache infused with flavors such as Edible Pearl, Ginger Citrus and Plum Wine. The beautiful antique motifs on top make these truly, edible art.
16 pieces $75.00. Read our review of Chocolat Céleste.

  • Pan Asian Collection
    16 Pieces
    $75.00

Buy online at ChocolatCeleste.com

Chocolat Celeste

Edible art.

   

Chocolat Moderne:
“Salt Talks” Salt Caramels

 

Salt-and-sweet flavor combinations are “happening” in chocolate. Some call salt caramels them the new comfort food, and we wouldn’t disagree. The Salt Talks collection from Chocolat Moderne provides fab-flavored caramel in three different chocolate shells. The dark chocolate shells contain Illy espresso-flavored salted caramel. The milk chocolate shell holds salted caramel with an additional sprinkling inside the shell of coarse sea salt and chopped pecans. The white chocolate shell reveals a salted caramel seasoned with Halen Mon, gourmet sea salt smoked over Welsh Oak. Read more about the Chocolat Moderne, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

  • Salt Talks Caramels
    6 Pieces, $12.00
    16 Pieces, $32.00

ChocolatModerne.com

Salt Caramels

Please, pass the salt...caramels!

 

 

Coco-luxe:
Flavored Caramels

The Coco-luxe Caramel Collection is a sophisticated interpretation of the classic American caramel. In Brown Sugar Praline, Butterscotch and Shoo Fly Pie (blackstrap molasses), all finished with a touch of artisan salt. The Shoo Fly Caramel won Best Bonbon 2008 in the Next Generation Chocolatier Awards. Read more about Coco-Luxe’s other bonbons in our full review.

  • 3 Pieces
    $6.95
  • 9 Pieces
    $18.95
  • 36 Pieces
    $67.95

Buy online at Coco-luxe.com.

Coco-Luxe Caramels
Photo by Emily Chang | THE NIBBLE.

   

Julia Baker:
Artisan Chocolates

 

In Scottsdale, Arizona, where chocolate can melt on a hot day, these meltingly good chocolates are made by confectioner Julia Baker. Square bonbons with silky ganaches like passionfruit and chocolate truffles filled with caramel are new favorites! It’s hard to believe that this gifted chocolate artisan began her career as a statistician! The oval gift box is a beauty, and can be repurposed to hold anything from photographs to love letters.

  • 16-Piece Box
    $55.00
  • 32-Piece Box
    $88.00
  • Other sizes available

Buy online at JuliaBakerConfections.com

Julia Baker Chocolates
Photo by Emily Chang | THE NIBBLE.
   

Mackenzie Ltd:
Chocolate Ornaments

 

Made in the U.S.A. of dark and white Belgian chocolate, these Christmas tree ornaments are filled with caramel and handmade marshmallow, then decorated in holiday themes. We haven’t seen any holiday chocolate that’s more fun and seasonal than this.

  • Four 4-Ounce Ornaments
    (One Pound Total)
    $69.95

Buy online at MackenzieLtd.com

Chocolate Ornaments
On the tree or in a bowl, these ornaments
are exquisite.
   

PMS Kookie Company:
Peanut Butter Blast

 

Fans of peanut butter cups should try this one: a semisweet peanut butter cup with a creamy PB filling and a pie crust. It’s a fusion food: a peanut butter cup tart, perhaps?

  • Per Piece
    $2.50

Buy online at PMSKookieKompany.com

Peanut Butter Cup
Note the pie crust bottom.
   

Rabitos:
Chocolate-Stuffed Fig Bonbons

 

From a small family-owned baker in Spain, handmade Rabitos (“Little Tails”) fig bonbons are bite-size charmers. Tiny whole figs are stuffed with brandy-accented chocolate ganache, then completely dipped in chocolate. They are simply stunning with after-dinner coffee or espresso.

  • 9 Pieces
    $14.95
  • 16 Pieces
    $24.95

Buy online at MagnificentGifts.com

Rabitos
Bite-size chocolate-stuffed and -coated figs are real charmers.
   

Vosges Haut Chocolat:
Mo’s Bacon Bar & Rogue Stout Gift Box

 

If the thought of chocolate and bacon sounds alien to you, get ready to fly to the stars with Mo’s Bacon Bar, dark milk chocolate, bits of real bacon and sea salt. It is beyond delicious.  Paired with this wonderful chocolate is Rogue Shakespeare, an oatmeal stout from the great Oregon brewer with delectable chocolatey notes. Stout and chocolate are a great pairing, too: See our recipe for a chocolate stout ice cream float.

  • Gift Box
    2 three-ounce Mo’s Bacon Bars
    1.2-ounce flying bacon pig
    16-ounce bottle stout
    $42.00

Buy online at VosgesChocolate.com

Bacon And Chocolate
Go hog wild: Mo’s Bacon Bar, a flying pig and Rogue Stout.

 

Alas, beer cannot be shipped to Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah. Suggest to your state legislators that they repeal this consumer-unfriendly legislation.

   

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