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When you just don’t know what to get someone, chocolate is often a safe bet for any occasion, no matter the age or gender of the recipient. 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
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
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
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 72 percent cacao.
Mouth Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness Box
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
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
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
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 6-12 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
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
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
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, 29-piece gift box includes an assortment of ganache-, praliné- (crunchy caramelized nut), and marzipan-filled 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
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 three flavors: espresso, raspberry, or fleur de sel (a thin, delicate French sea salt).
Williams Sonoma Dark Chocolate S’Mores
A classic campfire favorite gets a gourmet upgrade in these handmade treats from Williams Sonoma: bite-sized honey graham crackers are topped with pillowy vanilla marshmallow, enrobed in smooth Guittard dark chocolate, and topped with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt.
They come in a 14-ounce (about 20 pieces) metal box, which makes a nice gift with its elegant, nostalgic font and design.
K+M Chocolate Sampler Gift Box
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
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
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
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
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.
What to Look for When Buying Chocolate
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.