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When you just don’t know what to get someone, chocolate is often a safe bet for any occasion. And when picking out a present for someone who you know has a sweet tooth, you really can’t go wrong with high-quality chocolates. Plus, the options are nearly endless, with tempting choices available from around the globe, and there’s no need to limit yourself to the classic "box of chocolates" either.
So for that hard-to-buy-for person or the chocoholic in your life, here are our picks for the year’s best chocolate gifts.
Harry & David Chocolate-Covered Fruit Assortment
Includes: Dark chocolate-covered cherries, milk chocolate-covered cherries, milk chocolate-covered blueberries, milk chocolate-covered apricots
Oregon-based Harry & David has been offering fresh fruit gifts since 1934, later adding its signature blend of gourmet chocolate. This gift box offers the best of both and a way to enjoy summer fruits year-round.
The colorful assortment features dried cherries covered in both milk and dark chocolate as well as milk-chocolate coated dried blueberries and apricots. The box holds about a 1/4-pound of each.
Godiva Holiday Hot Cocoa Gift Set
Includes: Milk, dark, and dark chocolate peppermint hot chocolate
There’s no greater way of staying cozy at home than with Godiva’s Holiday Hot Cocoa Gift Set. It’s a beautiful, wintery, holiday-themed package to give to your friends and family, and the trio gift set comes with three different flavors—milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and dark chocolate peppermint—to soothe sweet cravings.
“Who doesn't love a hot chocolate on a cold winter's day? Included in this three-tin, hug-in-a-mug, there's milk chocolate, yum, and my 'food bae,' dark chocolate, both with and without peppermint.” — Kysha Harris, Food Editor
Vosges Exotic Truffle Collection
Includes: 16 dark chocolate truffles ranging from 45% to 75% cacao
Chicago-based Vosges Haut-Chocolat is known for unusual flavor combinations and this exotic truffle collection is their signature offering. It would make a great gift for someone who loves traveling, international cuisines, and bold flavor pairings.
Inspired by founder Katrina Markoff’s travels around the world, this whimsical collection of truffles incorporates unexpected international ingredients such as Hungarian paprika, Chinese star anise, wasabi, Tuscan olive oil, and Mexican chilies into artisan white, milk, and dark chocolates ranging from 45 to 75 percent cacao.
"They were really chic, each with a vibrant peppering of flavor on top: matcha, paprika, coconut ash, and more. If I had to pick just one way to describe them, it would be that they look expensive." — Taylor Rock, Associate Commerce Editor
Mouth Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness Box
Includes: Chocolate-covered animal crackers, chocolate-covered Cheerios, chocolate peppermint pecans, dark chocolate-covered malt balls, milk chocolate-covered quinoa and currants, dark chocolate-covered caramelized graham crackers
Do you know someone who likes to dip just about everything in chocolate? This might just be the perfect gift for that person. In this gift box, Mouth, a website specializing in curated gourmet gift packages, has packed artisan chocolate-covered malt balls, graham crackers, animal crackers, sea-salt caramels, Jacques Torres milk chocolate-covered Cheerios, and even chocolate-covered quinoa bites.
The box comes with a stylish Mouth cotton tote bag and it can be upgraded to a birthday gift with the addition of birthday marshmallows and glittery candles.
Williams Sonoma Norman Love Signature Chocolate Box
Includes: 15 signature Norman Love flavors
These gorgeous, hand-painted chocolates from Florida-based chocolatier Norman Love are almost too pretty to eat. Packaged in a stylish, lime-green box tied with a bronze ribbon, the 15 glossy, jewel-like confections are a sampling of Norman Love’s signature flavors, ranging from the exotic (Yuzu Mango, Passion Panna Cotta, Tahitian Caramel) to the all-American (New York Cheesecake, Key Lime, Peanut Butter & Jelly).
Food52 Small-Batch Organic Chocolate Library Gift Box
Includes: Three or eight different chocolate bars ranging from 58% to 82% cacao
These stylish, contemporary gift boxes hold either three or eight bars of small-batch Raaka chocolate bars, made with organic, unroasted cocoa beans for a complex and fruity taste. The unique flavors include Cask-Aged Bourbon (82 percent cacao), Pink Sea Salt (71 percent cacao), Maple & Nibs (75 percent cacao), and Bananas Foster (68 percent cacao).
All of the bean-to-bar chocolates made by Brooklyn-based craft chocolate maker Raaka (“raw” in Finnish) are dairy-, soy- and gluten-free.
If you’re looking for something more lasting than a one-time gift, Raaka also offers three-month, six-month, or year-long chocolate subscriptions with monthly deliveries.
Old Time Candy Chocolate Roses Bouquet
Includes: Six to 12 Belgian milk chocolate roses with your choice of eight foil colors
Solve that age-old dilemma of “chocolate or flowers?” with this two-in-one gift. This fully customizable bouquet tied with bright ribbons is made up of six to 12 Belgian milk chocolate roses, each wrapped in foil and delivered in a cellophane wrapper, just like a real rose. You can choose from 12 different colors, for a multicolored rainbow bouquet or one that’s made up only of the recipient’s favorite shades.
Godiva Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Includes: 12 chocolate-covered strawberries
Godiva is one of Belgium’s best-known chocolate brands in the United States, but for an elegant and refreshing change of pace from their hazelnut truffles, try their juicy chocolate-covered strawberries. They’re available dipped in either milk or dark chocolate (or a mix of both) and as either a half-dozen or a full dozen. All come packaged in Godiva’s iconic gold box and are shipped overnight to make sure they arrive fresh and intact.
See’s Assorted Chocolates
Includes: 1, 2, 3, or 5 pounds (approximately 125 pieces max) of assorted chocolates
Anyone who grew up on the West Coast has a soft spot for See’s Candies, a California favorite since its founding in 1921. Their old-fashioned chocolates, featuring crunchy nut or brittle, chewy caramel or nougat, and soft buttercream fillings, are available in milk or dark chocolate coatings. This gift box, a great option for chocolate traditionalists, features a mix of both, including the brand’s signature Scotchmallow (chocolate-covered layers of caramel and honey marshmallow) and Molasses Chip confections.
The assortment is available as a 1-pound, 2-pound, 3-pound, or 5-pound box in a classic, nostalgic white box, with optional gift wrap.
La Maison du Chocolat Coffret Maison Dark Chocolate Box
Includes: 24 ganache- and praline-filled dark chocolates
If you can’t get to Paris this year, send Paris to your loved ones with this dark-chocolate selection from one of the City of Light’s most enduring and respected chocolate boutiques. This refined, 24-piece gift box includes an assortment of ganache- and praliné-filled (crunchy caramelized nut) chocolates, some pure chocolate, others flavored with fruits or spices.
It’s packaged in a handsome chocolate-brown box tied with a dark-brown ribbon.
PG Fondues Belgian Chocolate Fondue Pots
Includes: Your choice of 8-ounce espresso, raspberry, peanut butter, or fleur de sel Belgian chocolate fondue
Chocolate fondue is a decadent, indulgent treat, but it usually requires carefully melting chocolate over a bain-marie and serving it in a special fondue pot to keep it warm and melty. With this clever innovation from PG Fondues, all that fuss and mess has been eliminated. Their quick-and-easy Belgian chocolate fondues are sold in stylish ceramic pots. Simply pop one directly in the microwave for a few minutes on low power and serve it directly in the pot for dipping fresh fruit, cake, marshmallows, or whatever your heart desires. The stoneware pot keeps the chocolate warm and melted for up to an hour and any leftovers can be sealed with the bamboo lid, stored in the refrigerator, and reheated later.
The 8-ounce fondue pots are available in four flavors: espresso, raspberry, peanut butter, or fleur de sel (a thin, delicate French sea salt).
K+M Chocolate Sampler Gift Box
- Includes: Four chocolate bars (dark chocolate citrus, milk coffee and sea salt, dark Madagascar, milk Ecuador)
What is extra-virgin chocolate? These are innovative single-origin bars, born from a collaboration between esteemed chef Thomas Keller (owner of the famed French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, California) and a Tuscan producer of organic, extra-virgin olive oil, Armando Manni. They’ve replaced some of the cocoa butter in these bars with EVOO, giving them a signature silky texture and boosting the chocolate’s antioxidant properties.
This elegantly packaged sampler gift box includes one 75 percent dark chocolate bar, one “dark milk” bar, one milk chocolate bar, and a milk “coffee and sea salt” bar with crunchy coffee nibs.
Recchiuti Red Wine Pairing Collection
Includes: Nine truffles (star anise and pink peppercorn, spring Jasmine tea, force noir)
San Francisco artisan chocolate-maker Recchiuti Confections has put together this sophisticated gift box featuring three of their signature chocolates: Star Anise & Pink Peppercorn (spice-infused semi-sweet ganache enrobed in milk chocolate), Spring Jasmine Tea (jasmine green tea-infused dark chocolate ganache coated in milk and semi-sweet chocolate), and Force Noir (rich, 70 percent dark chocolate ganache infused with vanilla bean), selected for pairing with red wines like merlot, shiraz, and cabernet.
The set includes pairing notes and is a great choice for fans of both gourmet chocolate and red wine.
Compartés Nostalgic Gourmet Chocolate Bar Gift Set
Includes: Four chocolate bars (selection may vary)
Fashionable Compartés, founded as an artisan chocolate shop in Los Angeles in 1950, has fused tradition and heritage with contemporary art and style. This eight-bar gift set is a perfect expression of that blend, featuring bright, bold graphic packaging and gourmet milk and white chocolate bars in comforting, nostalgic flavors like “donuts and coffee,” “peanut butter and jelly,” breakfast cereal, and “chocolate chip cookies.”
Beverly Hills Teuscher Lake of Zurich Gift Box
Includes: Small, medium, or large assortment of truffles, pralines, marzipan, and fruits
Family-owned Swiss chocolate maker Teuscher (pronounced “toy-shur”), based in Zurich, is known as one of the world’s best. This elegant gold gift box, available in small, medium, or large sizes, is decorated with a colorful painted scene of Lake Zurich and contains a refined selection of chocolate-covered truffles, pralines, marzipan, and fruits.
Jacques Torres Assorted “Thank You” Bonbons
Includes: 25 or 50 assorted signature bonbons (selection may vary)
Do you want to thank someone for something? There’s no better way than with a box of gourmet chocolates from Jacques Torres, “Mr. Chocolate” himself. The award-winning pastry chef, originally from the South of France, has established a chocolate empire in New York that has gained international acclaim since its founding in 2000.
This selection of his white, milk, and dark chocolate bonbons in a signature orange-colored box comes with a sleeve reading “Thank you” in multiple languages. It’s available in either a 25-piece or 50-piece assortment.
Sugar Plum Chocolate Pretzel Passion Gift Assortment
Includes: 23 milk, dark, and white chocolate-dipped pretzels topped with chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and M&M's
Sweet and salty go hand in hand, and Sugar Plum’s assortment of chocolate-covered pretzels has something for everyone. There are 23 pieces total, each coated in chocolate and toppings. Varieties include milk, dark, and white chocolate topped with chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and M&M’s.
John & Kira's Chocolate Bees With Caramelized Honey Center
Includes: Nine caramel-filled dark chocolate bees
Perfect for your honey, these adorable dark chocolate bees feature a honey-flavored liquid caramel center. Each of nine bees uses Basswood honey from Draper Family Apiaries in Millerton, Pennsylvania, and is hand painted with a thin layer of black and yellow cocoa butter for a truly memorable design. Even the gift box it arrives in is buzzworthy.
andSons Chocolatier Valentine’s Day Gift Box
Includes: 12, 24, or 36 assorted truffles, caramels, and pralines
For a particularly romantic gift box, andSons’ Valentine’s Day variety features a mix of beautifully decorated heart-shaped confections and gourmet chocolates with enticing flavors. A few selections include pecan coffee, lime and honey, tropical caramel, and hazelnut gianduja by way of truffles, caramels, and pralines in quantities of 12, 24, or 36.
Astor Chocolate Valentine's Heart Box
Includes: 24 assorted milk, dark, and white chocolate hearts
Some classics just can’t be beat. If you prefer the traditional route when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, this delicious gift box from Astor Chocolate is the way to go. It features 24 scrumptious Belgian chocolates all wrapped up with a satin ribbon. Recipients can expect a hand-decorated milk chocolate heart as well as truffles in five different flavors: white strawberry rose, dark raspberry crème, dark chocolate sea salt caramel, milk chocolate ganache, and white chocolate with passion fruit.
What to Look for in a Chocolate Gift
What type of chocolate is going to fix that craving? Or, if it's for someone special, what is their favorite kind of chocolate? Whether it's luscious dark chocolate, chocolate filled with chewy caramel, fruit dipped in chocolate, white chocolate, or an assortment of chocolates, there are so many to choose from. Just get the one that is the perfect gift for whoever you're giving it to.
Chocolate that melts in your mouth and has that indescribable taste of pure chocolate is the absolute ultimate. That is good-quality chocolate. One that has a higher level of cocoa is higher-quality chocolate, too. You should always check the production date as the more recently it was produced, the fresher the chocolate will be.
Chocolate comes in a variety of packaging. From the standard box to pretty decorated boxes wrapped in bows to themed boxes or even bouquets and ceramic pots. Whatever the occasion, pick out whatever package strikes your fancy.
How long can you keep chocolate?
This delectable treat can be stored for around 10 months. If they are chocolates with a filling or specialized chocolates, plan to eat them within four months. Boxed chocolate can be frozen if sealed tightly in an airtight, freezer-safe container or bag. They can be kept in the freezer for up to 18 months but might not taste quite the same as when they were fresh.
Is chocolate a good gift?
There is never, ever a time when giving chocolate is not a good idea. It exudes happiness, warmth, love, friendship, among many other emotions. From a special occasion to a simple "I thought of you today" gift, chocolate is perfect to give any time.
What do you drink with chocolate?
Chocolate goes well with any drink. If you're an adult, try a nice glass of wine or Champagne. Milk is the go-to drink for kids (and some adults, too). Whether it is milk, juices, sodas, or any drink that you prefer, grab a glass and enjoy that chocolate.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This article was written by Danette St. Onge, a food writer and former features editor at Cook’s Illustrated magazine. She’s also contributed to Saveur magazine, the Food Network, and FoodBeast. She’s sampled chocolates around the world and spent many hours making chocolate truffles to give as gifts, enough to realize in the end that sometimes it’s better to let someone else do all that work.
Allison Wignall, who updated this roundup, is a writer who focuses on food and travel. During her globetrotting, she has tasted some of the sweetest confections, from macarons in Paris to fresh gourmet chocolates in Ecuador. Her work has been featured in publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.