Sweet Inspiration for Gift Giving

“Giving chocolate to others is an intimate form of communication, a sharing of deep, dark secrets.” Milton Zelman, publisher of Chocolate News

  


Give the ones you love the gift of joy, richness, melt in your mouth goodness.  And make sure it’s stylish and wrapped in a gorgeous package. No plain box or red heart will do– special chocolates must be presented in the best manner.

Here are some chocolatiers that have great packaging to go with their splendid little treats:

Valerie Confections

Grand Elle Assortment (even the name sounds luscious); $46.00 for 19 piece gift box; sweetly packaged in an ivory box and tied with a pink ribbon.

 

Zoë’s Chocolate Co.

Love in a Box; $23.75 for 16 piece gift box; this is the dark side of the chocolate world; passionately wrapped up and sealed with a kiss.

Love in a Box

 

Moonstruck Chocolatier (such an amazing selection I have to highlight two)

 Valentine Wrapped Truffle Collection; $24.95 for 9 piece gift box; festively wrapped in elegant paper and topped with a big red bow.

Love Bug Truffle Collection; $25.95 for 6 piece gift box; cute-as-a-button circular box sealed with affection.
 
See’s Candies
Tuxedo Heart; $26.00 for a 1 lb. gift box; wrapped up tight for the man in your life to rip open.
 
 
Elaine Hsieh Chocolatier
Red Collection; $20.95 for 9 piece gift box; exotic and sexy; their signature black box expertly wrapped in red Japanese paper and sealed with wax.
Red Collection 9 Piece Box
 
Sharis Berries
Fancy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries; $27.99 holiday special for 9 piece gift box; sleek and sophisticated in a keepsake crocodile box.
9 Fancy Berries and FREE Brown Keepsake Box
 
Max Brenner (chocolate by the bald man; highlighted because there is a local cafe in center city Philly)
White Chocolate Luxury Truffles Gift Set; $19.90 for a valentine’s variety gift set including: Whipped white chocolate cream truffles with island coconut liqueur rolled in powdered sugar) & Massage Oil; funky and flirty packaging.
Valentine's Day Gift Set - White Chocolate
 
 
And for those people who don’t feel like shopping online- try a local cafe, bakery or chocolate house.
Here in Philadelphia I would recommend the Naked Chocolate Cafe.
Chocolate Butterfly
It’s the ultimate chocolate experience, offering a wide variety of artisanal chocolates and desserts made on site. They also offer warm beverages and brunch. This would be the perfect spot for your Valentine’s date or a cozy place to chat with that special someone. I love this place and have a fond memory of  it since their 18th street location was the site for my surprise bridal shower from my co-workers.
 
 
But no matter where you celebrate this romantic holiday and no matter what gifts you give, tell the special people in your life that you love them and make each moment count.
 
 

Chocolate– truly the language of love; the sweetest gift you can give; the drug that’s legal; a little piece of heaven in every bite!

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