Personal advice on gifting chocolate for that special person in your life without having to take out a second mortgage.
If You’re Going Gourmet Chocolate
Moonstruck Chocolatier or Made with Callebaut
But let’s face it, as much as we may love the good women in our life, our wallets might go ouch. Sometimes we just can’t afford the stuff that was crafted by virgins under a full moon that’s priced as if it actually came from the moon. (Vosge’s, Valrhona, Dagoba, Scharffenberger et al. They are all excellent, but not for the wallet.) I update this post periodically because I get asked this question a lot.
Or Buy Local
First, look up a chocolatier in your town. It’ll still be pricey but no shipping and you’d be supporting a local business. Even a small box that you handpicked and fetched will please any woman of sense. (Dallas – Chocolate Secrets and J. Dorian. You lucky women!) It’s okay to ask a chocolatier what kind of chocolate they use. My local chocolatier used Callebaut so I was in heaven.
Mass Market Means Affordable Chocolate
The key will be something you picked out that matches her tastes. That personal touch increases the value of the gift. Trust me on this.
These little orbs of heaven can be found even in grocery stores, at mega retailers like Target and World Market, even in large bags at Costco and Sam’s, so it pays to shop around. (The smaller the bag, the more cost per ounce.) They have a unique dual melt point for mass market chocolates and a range from white to extra-extra dark. They are sensitive to heat, so don’t buy a bag where the little jewels appear to be slightly oily outside their wrappers and keep them cool until you gift them. A hot car will be their ruin.
If you buy the big bag at the holidays, amp up the personal touch by picking out her favorites and putting them in a wee box all for her, no sharsies. Lindor Truffles
Newman’s Organic Dark
Especially for those with allergies and sensitivities, check out the ingredient list. It’s scrumptious too. Try stores like Whole Foods or World Market. Similar choices are available from Trader Joe’s. If you’re at World Market (a.k.a. Cost Plus), they also carry a range of chocolates, including imported and harder-to-find.
Lake Champlain Five Star Bars
Yes, the name is accurate. Look at Whole Foods. Just one can be the perfect gift if it’s a flavor profile that she really likes. LakeChamplain.com
It’s a favorite for a lot of people. I’m descended from Lady Godiva so I say with some trepidation that it’s not my favorite. Their dark is exceptionally so, but I find the texture a little waxy. However, I’m willing to own that most people don’t. Godiva.com
If your lady likes it, get her what she likes. This is good advice in all situations, by the way. You’re welcome.
Dove and Ghirardelli Singles
For the money, Dove especially passes the taste test for me in both milk and dark. Both excel with caramel fillings, and Dove’s peanut butter filling is just salty enough to avoid being too sweet. They’re individually wrapped which helps with impulse control, a thoughtful approach you won’t want to bring up yourself unless she does and then, really, my advice is to absolutely deny any need for impulse control because she’s beautiful as she is. (Seriously, chocolate is about romance. Trust me on this one.) They can also be scattered from stocking to tree or put on pillows. Ghirardelli.com, Dove.com
If in your area. A special small box you pick out yourself based on her likes will get you far, Padawan. For mass market chocolate, See’s has a great melt-point and reliable, classic and comfort choices. Sees.com