Chocolate SushiDouble the fun: chocolate sushi by Romanico’s. Photo by Evan Dempsey | THE NIBBLE.




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December 2009

Marketplace / Gift-Finder

Gourmet Chocolates & Candy

Gift Ideas 2009


There’s something delicious for everyone here—including organic and Fair Trade gift chocolates. If you don’t see what you like, check out our Chocolate Gifts Under $15.00, our entire Chocolate Section as well as chocolate gift recommendations from prior years.

Products are presented in alphabetical order. Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change.


Antoine Amrani:
Artisan Chocolates


The minute we saw Antoine Amrani chocolates, we knew they’d be perfect for the holidays. They’re jewel-like, and some of them actually look like ornaments! They’re exquisite to look at as well as to eat. Even the box, used year-round, looks like the holidays. Your favorite chocolate connoisseur will appreciate a box.

  • 17-Piece Box
  • 34-Piece Box
  • Other sizes available

Buy online at

Read our review of Antoine Amrani Chocolates, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

  Antoine Amrani
Antoine Amrani’s ornament-like chocolates and festive gift boxes remind us of the holidays year-round. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

Bespoke Chocolates:
Artisan Collection


We love these artisan chocolates, especially the salt caramel coated in chocolate and pretzel pieces, shown at right center. But special for the holiday, there are Snowball Truffles, creamy white chocolate truffles flecked with bits of peppermint inside and out. They also sparkle!

  • Box of 9 Or 24 Pieces
    $2.25 Per Piece

Telephone To Customize Your Order

Read our review of Bespoke Chocolates, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.


Bespoke Chocolates

Beautiful artisan chocolates from Bespoke Chocolates. Photo by Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.


Charles Chocolates:
Gourmet Chocolates In An Edible
Chocolate Gift Box


Enjoy the chocolates inside, then enjoy the box! The lid of the box, in white chocolate, is decorated with wrapped gifts.

  • Chocolate Gift Box Filled With
    17 Ounces

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Read our review of Charles Chocolates for more of our favorites.

A box of white and milk chocolate! We just
love edible packaging! Photo courtesy
Charles Chocolates.

Chocolat Céleste:
Artisan Collection


If she loves chocolate ganache and her favorite color is pink, this is the gift! Sixteen artfully stenciled bonbons crafted from the finest cacao and fresh, local cream and butter are a delight to contemplate and savor.

  • Artisan Collection
    16 Pieces

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Read our review of Chocolat Céleste.


Chocolates Gift

Edible art is pretty in pink. Photo courtesy of


Chocolat Moderne:
Heart The Herald Collection


One of our favorite chocolatiers fills festive heart-shaped bonbons with holiday flavors: almond marzipan, Chinese five-spice caramel, dark fig and port ganache and white saffron ganache.

  • Heart The Herald Collection
    5 Pieces, $15.00
    12 Pieces, $35.00
    24 Pieces, $60.00

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Read more about the Chocolat Moderne, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.


Chocolates Gift

Hark! The herald angels want this box of chocolate! Photo courtesy Chocolat Moderne.


Dean’s Sweets:
Stout-Flavored & Spicy Truffles


Treat your favorite beer lover to these chocolates filled with stout-infused ganache. That’s right: Guinness is mixed in with the chocolate and cream filling. Dean’s Sweets makes many different flavors, but these, along with the Spicy Collection (hot and spicy flavors), were our favorites.

  • Chocolate Truffles
    8 Truffles
    16 Truffles

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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles. Photo courtesy of


Miami Sushi


Each handmade piece of this chocolate sushi confection mimics the shape and color of real sushi. The seaweed is chocolate; dried guava stands in for tuna, mango resembles salmon and ginger, papaya replaces salmon eggs, green-colored marzipan is the wasabi and crispy puffed rice is used instead of boiled rice. It’s a fun gift that will be remembered for a long time.

  • Chocolate Sushi
    1 Box

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Chocolate Sushi

Chocolate sushi. Photo courtesy


Spice Rack Chocolates:
Spice Rack Collection


Here’s a concept we love: flavored chocolate bars in the form of bonbons. Unlike chocolates filled with caloric, cholesterol ganache, there are no creamy centers here. Instead, these solid bites of chocolate are infused with the complex flavors usually found in artisan ganaches: lemon and basil, smoked sea salt and white pepper, key lime and curry, rosemary and mint, and cayenne and chili powder. A real hit!

  • Spice Rack Collection
    15 Pieces

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Spice Rack Chocolates

Solid flavored chocolates. Photo by Evan Dempsey | THE NIBBLE.


Theo Chocolate:
Organic & Fair Trade


Our favorite organic and Fair Trade chocolatier has a lovely box of bonbons and caramels in exquisite flavors. The eight-piece box contains one each of the following flavors (the 18-piece box has more flavors, which you can see on the website): Bonbons in Burnt Sugar, Chinese Five Spice, Fig Fennel, Ginger, Lemon and Pear Balsamic; heavenly salted caramels in Cardamom and Ghost Chile.

  • 8-Piece Box
  • 18-Piece Box

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Read our review of Theo Chocolate, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.


Ghocolates Gift
Friends who prefer organic foods will really appreciate these Theo confections. Photo courtesy Theo Chocolate.




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