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Sweets for your Sweet-heart

                By Solana Hawkenson

Looking for a gift with major wow-power this Valentine’s Day? How about an unforgettable gift of chocolate, some costing a few hundred, and others, even thousands of dollars? No, I don’t mean chocolate diamonds, I mean actual chocolate!

Gift your beloved (or your mom) with a delectable treat that can be enjoyed for days and weeks. And each time the box of extravagant chocolate is opened, your valentine will be reminded just how much you care! If you’re in an extra generous mood, treat your love to the treat of a lifetime, a Frrrozen Haute Chocolate sensation priced at $25,000! Many gourmet chocolate brands also offer smaller, more affordable collections of sweets for your sweet, so why not check out the truly-mouthwatering Valentine’s Day offerings listed below?

Chuao Chocolatier Assorted Bonbons 60 count, $94.95
Chuao Chocolatier Assorted Bonbons 60 count, $94.95Voted best chocolate in the US by Food & Wine magazine, a 60 ct box of bonbons just might not be enough! The Chuao Chocolatier Sugar & Spice collection will surely heat up your Valentine’s Day. Other collection options include Sultry Sea Salt, Caramel Chic, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and an assorted Chef’s Favorites. There’s even a Delicious & Dairy Free collection for the vegan or lactose intolerant chocoholic in your life. Visit

Fran’s Chocolate Ultimate Indulgence - Truffles and Caramels Gift Box, $100Fran’s Chocolate Ultimate Indulgence - Truffles and Caramels Gift Box, $100
Not sure about what kind of chocolates to buy? Go with Fran’s Chocolate Ultimate Indulgence gift box, containing over a pound of assorted truffles and caramels! The Truffles and Caramels Gift Box is a generous assortment of 68 signature truffles and award-winning caramels perfectly packed in a sophisticated custom designed box. Purchase at

Caffe D’Amore Sipping Chocolate, $102
Caffe D’Amore Sipping Chocolate, $102Described as “Luxury by the Cupful”, Caffe D’Amore Sipping Chocolate is the grown-up version of hot cocoa; sipping chocolate is made from bar chocolate instead of powder, resulting in a thicker, more decadent drink. A century-old Italian tradition, sipping chocolate is not very well known in the U.S. So do as the Europeans do and order a 12-Pack (12 x 9 oz. canister) of Caffe D’Amore Sipping Chocolate for your sophisticated sweetheart. Choose from original, caramel, cherry, or mint. Visit

Amadei Tuscany “Sensazioni” Gift Box, $160
Knipschildt's La Madeline au Truffle, $250The italian brand Amadei Tuscany has won awards from the London Academy of Chocolate, so you know it’s gotta be good. The Amadei Tuscany “Sensazioni” Gift Box includes 20 different flavored chocolate bars, fruit and nut assortments and chocolates from six different countries. It will cost you 116 Euros, which translates to about $160 US dollars. Order at

Knipschildt's La Madeline au Truffle, $250

Knipschildt's La Madeline au Truffle, $250Knipschildt's La Madeline au Truffe was recognized by Forbes Magazine as the most expensive chocolate in the world! Just one truffle will cost you $250. What makes it worth it? The base for the decadent ganache consists of 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil and vanilla. A rare French Perigord truffle (a rare mushroom) is then surrounded by this rich ganache; it is enrobed in more Valrhona dark chocolate and is then rolled in fine cocoa powder. Don’t forget about the wrapping; the truffle is packaged lying on a bed of sugar pearls in a silver box tied with a ribbon. Who knows, your sweetie might be sweet enough to share! Get one at

Delafée of Switzerland Gold Chocolate Box with Swiss Antique Collectible Gold Coin, $331.50Delafée of Switzerland Gold Chocolate Box with Swiss Antique Collectible Gold Coin, $331.50
Since 2004, Swiss company Delafée has been making luxury gifts of chocolate and gold. The company offers gourmet delicacies like edible gold flakes, gold lollipops, tea, cigars, and much more. Or why not give a gift of elegance with the Delafée of Switzerland Gold Chocolate Box, featuring eight swiss chocolates adorned with 24 karat edible gold. Also included in the box is a collectible Antique Swiss Gold Coin, dating from the years 1910-1920. Visit

Vosges Chocolate 13 Moon Club - Haute Chocolate, $562
Vosges Chocolate 13 Moon Club - Haute ChocolateSavouring gourmet chocolate under the light of a full moon with your Valentine? How romantic! Or even better, why not order a monthly chocolate subscription for your Valentine with the 13 Moon Club from Vosges Chocolate. A chocolate collection arrives every month (two in December) with an enclosure card that details the significance of each lunar cycle and matching chocolate ritual. Some of the tasty collections include Krug® Champagne Truffle Collection, Aztec Elixir Drinking Chocolate, Piemonte Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Crunchy Praline Bonbons, and more! The 13 month subscription begins when you place your order, so you can start at any time (hint hint). Also available in Dark Chocolate. Order now at

Debauve & Gallais Paris Le Royale 176 countt, $650
 Debauve & Gallais Paris Le Royale 176 counttTreat your Valentine like royalty with 176 of the finest chocolate bonbons. The Debauve & Gallais Paris Le Royale includes an assortment of bonbons in a Debauve & Gallais official trademark blue, gray, and gold embossed box, originally handmade exclusively for royalty before finally becoming available to the public in 1913. Available at Barney’s locations and online at

The Chocolate Vault by RichartThe Chocolate Vault by Richart, $850
Your favorite chocolate lover will fall head over heels for you, when you offer her (or him) this one of a kind creation. Chocolates from the Petit Richart collection are tucked into seven drawers in this beautiful hand-crafted burlwood chest, made in the Massif Central region of France by a seasoned artisan. The seven trays of Petit Richart chocolates are separated by aromatic flavours and scents, including alsam, roasted, citrus, fruity, herbal, spicy and floral. And with only 15 calories per piece, your Valentine can enjoy these gourmet chocolates, guilt-free! Purchase at

Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 3, $1,000
Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 3For a truly luxurious treat, visit Serendipity 3 in Washington, D.C or New York City. The restaurant proudly serves the most expensive ice cream sundae in the world, the appropriately named, Golden Opulence Sundae. It was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Serendipity 3 in 2004 and recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive sundae, priced at a whopping $1,000! The sundae starts with five scoops of rich Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with the world’ most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porceleana, and covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate. With ingredients like 23K edible gold leaf, exotic candied fruits from Paris and a topping made of Grand Passion exclusive dessert caviar, this dessert is sure to impress. And though your Valentine may not have been born with a silver spoon in his or her mouth, your special someone can indulge in the sundae with an 18K gold spoon, served out of a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet. Reservation required 48 hours in advance! Find out more at

Frrrozen Haute Chocolate at Serendipity 3, $25,000
Frrrozen Haute Chocolate at Serendipity 3Another amazing creation from Serendipity 3 is the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate. The recipe for the Haute Chocolate mix contains 14 of the worlds rarest and most expensive cocas from Africa and South America, milk, ice, whipped cream and shavings from the world’s most expensive truffle, the La Madeline au Truffle. Forget about the chocolate sprinkles, this sundae is topped with five grams of 24 carat edible gold. Like the Golden Opulence Sundae, the dessert is served in a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet, but this one comes with an 18 carat gold and white diamond bracelet attached to the neck. Oh, and that 18K gold spoon that came with the Golden Opulence Sundae? The Haute Chocolate is instead served with a $14,000 jewel encrusted spoon. So if you’re finding it hard to justify spending this much on dessert, you’ll be happy to know that both  the spoon and the bracelet will belong to whomever ordered the opulent dessert! And that could Check it out at / Issue 187 - September 6139
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