"Food of the Gods"
The power of chocolate is the stuff of legend. The Aztecs knew of its restorative properties and reserved it for warriors and royalty. Giacomo Casanova was known to bring chocolates to his conquests because of its reputation as a subtle aphrodisiac.
Eating chocolate triggers the release of endorphins; the feel good brain chemicals and it also contains flavonoids which protect the body from a litany of ailments.
Premium Dark chocolate contains the highest potency of these ingredients and is considered by chocolate connoisseurs to be superior in taste and quality, as well. But that truly is a matter of personal preference.
There are hundreds even thousands of boutique chocolatiers offering epicurean confections with an astonishing variety of flavors and ingredients. These treats are commonly given as chocolate gifts for coworkers, family and friends.
The links below offer a guide to a fraction of the traditional favorites and some of the gourmet and eco-friendly boutique chocolatiers.
Harry and David
For gift giving and the convenience of ordering on-line you can't beat this site. Everyone loves the tower of treats, artisan truffles and Moose Munch gourmet chocolate fudge.
Old world techniques brought to America make this a homegrown favorite. Gift baskets and Special Dark chocolate make for elegant gifts, on-line ordering makes it easy.
Great quality and the cache of excellence make this a special gift. The new bakery shop with chocolate cupcakes just might make this irresistible. There are many gift packages to choose from in every price range.
Excellent chocolates in value packaging for convenient gift giving. You can support the Make a Wish foundation with your purchase find corporate gifts and gourmet chocolate for cooking.
The finest Swiss chocolates in gift packages with special holiday treats for festive gift giving. The taste and quality are superb in a variety of dark and milk chocolates.
The art of chocolate perfected, voted best chocolate by the New York Times. This is a true gourmet item and a special treat for connoisseurs of chocolate.
Neuchatel Swiss Chocolates
Gourmet chocolate confections including butter creams, nut clusters chocolate covered fruits and potato chips. They offer wedding favors and a new line of gourmet chocolate bars.
These fine Italian Chocolates came packed in fun little gift boxes. The famous Baci "kisses" are a favorite for anyone who loves chocolates.
These confections are famous for their beautifully artful shapes. Sea horses and sea shells rendered in swirls of dark and light chocolate are delicious, melt in your mouth indulgences.
Haute Chocolat from the, "peace, love and chocolate" people features a special holiday collection of bonbons in eggnog, plum pudding and peppermint flavors. Artful sophisticated chocolates for those with style!
You will find some of the most colorful elegant chocolates including fruits and nuts, and masterpiece boxes of chocolate ganache, dark and milk chocolates. Try a Buche de Noel for the holidays.
"Gratitude with a dash of attitude". Knock their socks off with holiday inspired chocolates painted with Christmas motifs and elegantly packaged for effortless gift giving. Look for red wine pairings and champagne truffles for a unique experience.
Celebrate the holiday with new chocolate designs. "Sweet Art" for discriminating chocoholics can enjoy gourmet cocoas, and iced chocolates as well as a wide variety of items from the cocoa bar/tea salon, corporate gifts, and seasonal and holiday selections.
Lilly Handmade Chocolates
Boozie gifts, corporate gifts, drinking chocolate and handmade truffles are exceptional. Flavors like The Redhead made with Blueberry vintage port and intense dark chocolate and the Maui Wowie made with Rich Madagascar Vanilla Bean ganache encased in creamy white chocolate and topped with a dose of Hawaiian Black Lava Sea Salt. There are vegan offerings and beer, wine and champagne pairings for the serious chocolate lover. Place your order over the phone to insure quick delivery. Mention Shelly Perry and receive a free Bliss bar with your order.
The real taste of chocolate from the Dutch chocolatiers. Excellent for recipes and hot cocoa as well as the famous Pastilles in Orange, Madagascar Milk chocolate and more.
Alter Eco Fair Trade
Offering fair trade certified rice, tea, coffee and sugar and organic chocolate. For high quality Organic, vegan chocolates in the darkest most nutrient rich varieties be sure to check this out for baking, eating and sipping. Be good to yourself and good to the planet.
Lake Champlain Chocolates
These are fresh, all-natural gourmet chocolates from Vermont. You can join the chocolate club and taste everything that this boutique has to offer! You can also choose from Holiday and special occasion collections or select from a huge menu of handmade confections.