The ultimate gift guide for chocolate lovers
Fine chocolates to pair with wine, coffee and tea, and other sweet-tooth goodies that will make you swoon top our list of gourmet gifts for chocolate lovers.
Moonstruck Chocolate Co. Fortunato Tumbled Dark Cacao Beans
Rich, tongue-tantalizing, mood-boosting baubles of dark chocolate-covered cacao beans are the ultimate stocking stuffer (and candy to keep in a bowl on the counter at all times all year-round!). Following a time-honored tradition, the chocolatiers at Moonstruck handcraft these edible, irresistible gems by layering dark chocolate over Pure Nacional cacao beans, which exude hints of floral, fruity and nutty flavors. Pair them with a fine red wine in place of dessert during your holiday celebrating.
John DeKuyper & Sons Crave Chocolate Liqueurs
For the chocolate lover who has an affinity for decadent liqueurs, the new line of Crave Chocolate Liqueurs will be a sweet treat. Available in three tongue-tempting flavors — Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Chili — these dessertish sips are especially good during the fall and winter season when you're craving a spirited drink that has a mouthful flavor you can't help but savor.
Gevalia Tis the Season Chocolate Coffee Basket
The ultimate chocolate lovers can't imagine a time of day when chocolate isn't appropriate, including breakfast. The Gevalia chocolate coffee gift basket will let your favorite chocolate fanatic start her day on a rich, indulgent and caffeinated note with her choice of Dark Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Raspberry and Mocha coffees.
See's Candies Holiday Sugar Free Candy Bar Gift Packs
If your favorite chocolate lover is watching her sugar intake, she'll rave about See's Candies sugar free candy bars. The joy of chocolate is being able to take a nibble and have it deliciously melt in your mouth. The problem with many sugar-free chocolates is that the texture is chalky and less a pleasure to eat. Who better to turn to than the chocolate experts at See's Candies for a sugar-free chocolate bar that delivers a rich, creamy chocolate fix. Available in milk or dark chocolate, the gift packs come with four chocolate bars in either flavor. While you're at it, you may want to pick up a few chocolate confections for yourself — See's has plenty to choose from.
Foods Should Taste Good Chocolate Tortilla Chips
(Whole Foods, $4)
We love unusual chocolate offerings and these all-natural chocolate corn chips blow our mind, especially when paired with a chocolate raspberry liqueur and fresh whipped cream or crushed over ice cream. Made with semisweet chocolate, Dutch cocoa powder, vanilla and just the right amount of sea salt, these chips make a great stocking stuffer but can be given even more elaborately in a gift basket along with a bottle of Crave Chocolate Liqueur.
Kusmi Tea Euphoria
For the health and diet-conscious chocolate lover, Kusmi Tea's Euphoria is the latest in the company's wellness line. Euphoria is a blend of roasted mate, chocolate and orange, giving the drinker an instant mood boost, chocolate fix and a no-calorie cup of pleasure. The tea comes packaged in a 4.4-ounce reusable metal tin that can be refilled with loose tea or muslin bags. Since Euphoria comes in loose tea form, we also suggest getting your chocolate lover one of Kusmi's infuser mugs.
I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas
Who needs a white Christmas when you can have a chocolate Christmas? Author Marcel Desaulniers, whose name is synonomous with chocolate (he wrote Death by Chocolate and Desserts to Die For), has scrumptiously brought together chocolate and Christmas in this eye-catching, dessert-inspiring cookbook. Your favorite chocolate lover can delight in the 72 seductive chocolate recipes, including Chocolate Fruitycakes, Chocolate ButtonsUp ButterShots Bundt Cake, Chocolate Gingerbread, Chocolate Hazelnut Elegantes and more. Each recipe in I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas was carefully tested in a home kitchen, using ordinary equipment and supermarket ingredients to ensure that these must-eat chocolate recipes are easily accessible for the home cook to advanced pastry chef alike.
Chocolate and red wine go together so impeccably well, you can buy it already blended in ChocoVine. More than just a red wine with a hint of chocolate flavor, ChocoVine Original is a luscious blend of fine red wine, rich dark chocolate and the finest Dutch cream. This dessert wine can be served on the rocks or as a secret ingredient for a holiday cocktail. For extra indulgence, choose the ChocoVine Whipped Cream, ChocoVine Espresso or ChocoVine Raspberry.
Harry and David Tower of Chocolate Deluxe
For the chocolate extremists, this bow-wrapped tower of assorted chocolate indulgence will keep them busy trying to decide which chocolate treat to eat. This gourmet gift includes Dark Chocolate Moose Munch popcorn and bar, chocolate decadence cake, chocolate cherries, chocolate mints, truffles, chocolate mints and more. You can also get the smaller version of the tower for almost half the price.
5 Sparrows House Chocolate
'Tis the season for warm mugs of hot cocoa topped off with fresh whipped cream and crushed candy cane. Whether your chocolate lover prefers milk chocolate or white chocolate, the 5 Sparrow's house chocolate will put a smile on her face. Made of all natural ingredients, this cocoa mixes up rich and creamy with milk (not recommended with water), for a special cup of hot cocoa that will leave a warm, wonderful lasting impression. Choose from the House Chocolate or House White Chocolate.