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We adore Chocomize’s design-your-own chocolate bars—a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.
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November 2010

Marketplace / Gift-Finder

Gourmet Stocking Stuffers: Sweet

2010 Picks For Small Treats With Big Taste

 

Delicious things come in small packages...and at small prices, too. Here, we present a selection of sweet stocking stuffers, all priced not to break the bank. And we have even more ideas: Check out our Savory Gourmet Stocking Stuffers, our other 2010 Holiday Gift Lists and prior year’s stocking stuffers.

Items 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.

 

   

Arbor Hill:
Hot Pepper & Raspberry Wine Jelly


We’ve had great pepper jelly and great wine jelly. Arbor Hill combines the best of both in this charming condiment. You can really taste the wine (rose, made locally) plus raspberries and hot chiles. Use it as a bread spread, to glaze poultry or pork, to top ice cream, or as an hors d’oeuvre: Top a cracker or a slice of baguette with fresh goat cheese or cream cheese and a garnish of this pepper wine jelly.

  • Nine Ounce Jar
    $5.25

Buy online at TheGrapery.com

 


Wine, raspberries and chiles are blended to perfection in this wine jelly. Photo by Jerry Deutsch | THE NIBBLE.

 

   

Artisan Candies:
Fabulous “Casual Chocolates”


We are in love with everything we ordered from this excellent producer of traditional, handmade candies. From the Mint Bark (shown at right) to the Caramel Chocolate Pretzels to the chocolate-covered caramel lollipops to the best-of-breed Rocky Road squares (you must have the California Rocky Road) and so much more. At these prices, they’re dream stocking stuffers. We could say that these are “childhood favorites,” but they’d excite the most discriminating chocolate lover.

  • Classic Chocolate Candies
    Sold By Piece & Pound (1/4 Pound+)
    $2.00 to $6.00

Buy online at ArtisanCandies.com

 

Peppermint Bark
Delectable mint bark. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

 

   

Chambre de Sucre:

Sucre Assortis

Chambre De Sucre means “The Sugar Room.” A gorgeous collection of handmade sugar cubes and sugar balls, plain and decorated, white brown, crystalline and more, and these are a “wow” gift, almost too pretty to use. The sugar is the highest quality, and the methods reflect 270 years of artisanship. Anyone who entertains—or who likes beautiful things—will be enchanted by this gift.

  • Sucre Assortis Individual Pack
    15-inch Tube (about 160 grams)
    $10.95
  • Other Styles & Sizes Available

Buy Online.

 
Also available in brown sugar balls—just one of many types of beautiful sugars. Photo courtesy Chambre de Sucre.

 

   

Charles Chocolates:
Triple Chocolate Nuts

These nuts have appeared on our holiday list before—because they’re so incredibly delicious. Triple-coated in layers of a blend of 41% dark milk chocolate and 65% bittersweet chocolate, they are memorable. See our Chocolate Glossary for the different types of chocolate.

  • Chocolate Almonds & Hazelnuts

       6.5-Ounce Canister

       $12.00

Buy online at CharlesChocolates.com

  Charles Chocolates Triple Chocolate Nuts
Photo courtesy Charles Chocolates.

 

   

Chocolat Moderne:
Bistro Bars

The chocolatiers at Chocolat Moderne do a great job. Their filled Bistro Bars are among our favorites. The 10 flavors include Apricôte Caramel With Armagnac, Banane Flambée with Cognac, Caramel with Poire William Eau de Vie, Havana Heat with habanero chile, Hazelnut Hystérie, Parlez Pistache, Pumpkin Pique-Nique, Raspberry Rendez-vous, Sesame Samba and The Player, which is chocolate ganache flavored with single-malt Scotch. (Grapefruit and Madame Xtasy are sold out, but worth ordering in the New Year.) Give one bar as a stocking stuffer or a bundle of four for a more substantial gift. Read our review of Chocolat Moderne, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

  • Bistro Bar
    $7.00
  • Bistro Bundle
    4 Bars Tied With Ribbon
    $30.00

Buy online at ChocolatModerne.com

  Chocolate Moderne Bistro Bar Gift
Chocolate Moderne’s Bistro Bars are made in 10 exciting flavors. Photo courtesy Chocolat Moderne.

 

   

Chocomize:
Customized Chocolate Bars

This gift is more fun than you can imagine. For a $10.00 gift certificate, your giftee can design the chocolate bar of his or her dreams—maybe even two. Starting with a base of dark, milk or white Callebaut chocolate, there are 97 toppings to choose from. No matter what you choose, it will taste spectacular. Read our review of Chocomize, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

  • Gift Certificates

    $10 & Up

  • Individual Bars
    $3.85 Base
    Toppings $0.40-$3.25 Each

Buy online at Chocomize.com

 

Chocomize Custom Chocolate Bars
Let your imagination run wild when it comes to flavor combos from Chocomize. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

 

   

Comfort Crunch:
Gourmet Trail Mix

We taste lots of fruit and nut snacks each year, but we keep coming back to Comfort Crunch. It was on last year’s list, but we love it so much, it’s back. The mixes of fresh, crunchy nuts and moist dried fruits are enhanced with crystallized ginger and pepitas, chocolate-covered ginger or chocolate-covered toffee. (The unenhanced Original is vegan.) A healthy, indulgent snack, it truly delivers tidings of comfort and joy. Read our full review of Comfort Crunch.
  • Comfort Crunch
    8-Ounce Bag
    $8.50
  • Larger Sizes & Gift Boxes Available

Buy Online

 
Gourmet trail mix. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

 

   

Harry & David:

Apricot Conserves

This is no ordinary apricot spread. Made with the finest California apricots, at 60% fruit by volume,* it’s too packed to be a preserve. And it’s sweetened only as much as it needs to be with pure cane sugar. You can taste the results: bursting with apricot flavor with a perfect balance of sweetness. Beyond breads and biscuits, this delight can be used to top just about anything—including chicken, fish and pork. See our Jam & Jelly Glossary for the differences among the different types of fruit spreads.

  • Harry & David Apricot Preserves

    11.5-Ounce Jar
    $6.95

Buy online at HarryAndDavid.com

*Supermarket preserves can have 30% or less fruit by volume, with sugar at 70% or more.

 


The best apricot preserves (or conserves or whatever you wish to call them). Photo courtesy Harry & David.

 

   

King’s Cupboard:

Three Chilies Hot Chocolate & Dessert Sauces

Some like it hot; and if your friends and family are in that group, The King’s Cupboard Three Chilies Chocolate Chunk Hot Chocolate is a dazzling drink. The Three chilies dessert sauces (not shown) create a beautiful hot-cold dynamic atop ice cream. If you don’t want it spicy, there are Dark Chocolate Chunk, Mint Chocolate Chunk and Mocha Chocolate Chunk Mixes; and a whole line of delectable chocolate and caramel sauces. Read our review of The King’s Cupboard, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

  • Three Chilies Hot Chocolate

    8-Ounce Tin
    $9.99

  • Three Chilies Chocolate Or Caramel
    Dessert Sauce

    11-Ounce Jar
    $8.99

Buy online at KingsCupboard.com

 


Photo courtesy King’s Cupboard.

 

   

Snack Factory:

White Chocolate & Peppermint Pretzel Crisps

We’ve become addicted to these white chocolate & peppermint pretzel crisps ever since they were delivered to our office. Thanks to the Snack Factory, makers of Pretzel Crisps, for such an enjoyable holiday snack. Pretzel Crisps are even kosher, so kosher eaters can share the joy of White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels. They’re the perfect complement to a cup of hot chocolate, they add crunch to a bowl of ice cream and they’ll disappear from the bag or bowl. The bags have a hole punched at the top. String a ribbon through it, tie a bow and you’ve got an instant mini-gift.

  • White Chocolate & Peppermint Pretzel
    Crisps

    7.2-Ounce Bag
    $3.19

Find Pretzel Crisps at supermarkets nationwide.

 


Photo by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.

 

   

Zoe’s Chocolate Co.:

Peppermint Candy Canes

Along with their signature line of chocolate, Zoe’s makes festive candy canes in flavors that include anise, cinnamon and peppermint (assorted flavors shown in photo at right). The candy canes are all-natural and made entirely by hand so that no two are alike.

  • Peppermint Candy Canes

    Set Of 6
    $16.95
    Set Of 12
    $32.00

Buy online at ZoesChocolate.com

 


Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

 

   

 



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