A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts

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A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
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From a rich, ganache-y birthday cake to a cozy cup of hot chocolate and, of course, the classic chocolate chip cookie, there's something for every palette when it comes to chocolate. Moreover, high-quality chocolate is luxurious and decadent, making it the perfect gift. Below, you'll find only the best and special chocolate gifts to ensure a delicious and top-quality gift-giving experience.

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Ferrero Rocher Collection

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Walmart.

Everyone is excited to see those infamous little gold foiled chocolates, so why not multiple that joy by 48? The best part: There's dark chocolate and an almond coconut version of the classic truffle in this set. So even if you thought you couldn't possibly adore a Ferro Rocher more, you might find a new favorite in this gift set.

Price at time of publish: $21

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Godiva Chocolatier Sweet Surprise Assorted Chocolate Gift Box Tower

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Godiva and Macy's.

So you're buying for a certified chocolate lover (or two), but there are still some unanswered questions about preference. Crunchy or chewy? Milk or dark? Nuts or fruit? Thankfully, Godiva takes the guesswork out of it and gives you a little bit of everything in this impressive tower of chocolate. Please a single discerning chocolate connoisseur or even a group of cocoa enthusiasts with this gift set.

Price at time of publish: $95

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Russ and Daughters Chocolate Babka

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of GoldBelly

Russ and Daughters is a New York institution; there's no denying that. But for many of us, a trip to snag arguably the best babka in New York involves a layover or two. So give the gift of saved airline miles and a bite of legendary New York decadence.

Price at time of publish: ($16)

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Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Box

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Levain Bakery

While we're on the topic of taking cross-country trips for chocolate, the iconic Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Box now ships nationwide. With huge chunks of semi-sweet chocolate, Levain has loaded the dough with ultra-dark cocoa, making it the ultimate chocolate-on-chocolate dessert for the cocoa fanatic in your life. Not for the faint of heart, this chocolate explosion is what serious chocolate lovers dream about.

Price at time of publish: $29

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Omnom Chocolate Bars Trio

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Amazon

Tour the world through the flavors of dark chocolate with an Icelandic favorite, Omnom's Chocolate Bar trio. Each bar, made from single-origin beans from Nicaragua, Madagascar, and Tanzania, is perfect for appreciating all the fruity notes in cocoa beans.

Price at time of publish: $27

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Goldberg's Fine Foods Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of GoldBelly

You might not expect that one of the most decadent chocolate desserts comes from a New York-style bagel chain out of Atlanta, but if you've ever heard of Goldberg's Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake, you know that's not an exaggeration. At Goldberg's, they take chocolate seriously. This cake is an impossibly rich and creamy chocolate mousse made of melted down and whipped dark chocolate bars and coated with glossy ganache. If you could only eat one chocolate cake for the rest of your life, this might be it.

Price at time of publish: $100

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Vosges Milk Chocolate Truffle Collection

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Vosges Chocolate

Also available at Goldbelly.

Vosges is one of the names in luxury chocolate. Their Milk Chocolate Truffle collection focuses on amplifying the 45% cacao milk chocolate with complementary yet unexpected flavors, ranging from candied violet flowers to Sri Lankan coconut. With each truffle curated to evoke a specific experience, this is the perfect gift for someone with a passion for chocolate and savoring the moment.

Price at time of publish: $50

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Theo Chocolate Virtual Chocolate Tasting Class

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Theo Chocolate

Theo's Chocolates in Seattle, Washington, is known for its commitment to fair trade and labor and, of course, high-quality chocolate; it's no wonder folks flock to Theo's. It's not uncommon to find groups of chocolate devotees on tours, in group classes, and at private events. If you can't make their in-person classes, give the gift of a virtual experience and get to know Theo's impeccable dark and milk chocolates, as well as their more zany flavors like a root beer barrel or a bread and chocolate bar.

Price at time of publish: $40

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Harry and David Chest of Chocolates

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Harry and David

Harry and David's baskets are iconic, and the company has been in business for over 100 years. So it's safe to say they know a thing or two about crafting the perfect gift. If you're shopping for a crowd of chocolate aficionados, look no further, there's something for every craving in this gift box. The selection represents the best of Harry and David chocolate, including their Chocolate Decadence Cake for the purists, truffles for the richness lovers, and chocolate-covered popcorn for anyone who prefers sweet and salty.

Price at time of publish: $90

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Raaka Chocolate Small-Batch Organic Chocolate Library Gift Box

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Food52

Also available at Raaka Chocolate.

For so long, our choices were mainstream chocolate loaded with preservatives or natural recipes that often left something to be desired in the flavor department. Enter Rakka, dedicated to organic ingredients, ethical sourcing, and truly exciting flavors. You won't find any plain bars here; Rakka pushes the boundaries with flavors like Bananas Foster, Bourbon Cask Ages, and Yacón Root, ideal for the socially conscious and adventitious chocolate enthusiast on your list.

Price at time of publish: $60

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Deluxe Chocolate Truffle Making Kit

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Uncommon Goods.

With a homemade truffle kit, this gift is about the journey and the destination. Making your own truffles is a great way to learn about chocolate making or share a hobby with someone you love. Customize your chocolate experience with included additions like coconut or peppermint.

Price at time of publish: $80

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Harry and David Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Box

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Harry and David

When you think of luxurious chocolate gifts, chocolate-dipped strawberries are probably one the first things that come to mind. Nothing has the immediate impact of unwrapping a box full of silky chocolate-coated berries — they're a classic for a reason. This is the perfect gift for the indulgent chocolate lover, although 12 just might not be enough.

Price at time of publish: $47

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Hu Grass-Fed Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Sampler Pack

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Hu.

Hu has a sampler pack with both when you don't want to choose between milk and dark chocolate. This pack contains eight bars of Hu's signature flavors, like hazelnut butter, in both a vegan dark chocolate bar and a grass-fed milk chocolate bar. Hu has no refined sugars or unnecessary additives, and each bar has a simple ingredient list of cacao, coconut sugar, and cocoa butter to let the nuanced flavors of the chocolate shine through.

Price at time of publish: $48

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Everything Chocolate: A Decadent Collection of Morning Pastries, Nostalgic Sweets, and Showstopping Desserts

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Amazon

A book of the all-time best chocolate recipes picked by America's Test Kitchen is the gift that keeps on giving. For the chocolate buff with the most discerning and particular palette, a cookbook where they can master their own creations is the best gift they can receive. There's no shortage of recipes running the gambit of all things chocolate, from cake to panna cotta to DIY chocolate bars.

Price at time of publish: $19

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Milk Bar The Chocolate Lover's Dream

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Milk Bar

Milk Bar has an almost cult following, especially regarding its cookies and truffles. Thankfully, Milk Bar has assembled a gift set that includes both the iconic chocolate confetti cookies and chocolate truffles and two pints of their Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Crush ice cream. This gift set is perfect for sharing (or not!) and provides the all-stars of Milk Bar's chocolate offerings. It's great for anyone who always likes to lick the spoon.

Price at time of publish: $82

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Bon Bon Bon One of Every Bon Set

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Bon Bon Bon

Is 26 two-bite bon bons a lot? Yes. Do you need to try all 24 flavors, plus the seasonal specialties? Also yes. This gift is for serious chocolate lovers only with almost any flavor combination you can think of — and then some (like the Strawberry Balsamic and Creamsicle with coconut orange blossom ganache). If you're looking to spoil the chocolate fan in your life, One of Every Bon is the way to go.

Price at time of publish: $91

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Williams Sonoma Wine Pairing Chocolate Bars

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

If you can't decide between giving wine or chocolate, this is the perfect medium. Williams Sonoma thoughtfully curated this set of chocolate bars that pair perfectly with wine. Enjoy a sharp and bright Chardonnay with silky milk chocolate or a dark and sultry Cabernet Sauvignon that is complemented by deep, dark chocolate.

Price at time of publish: $23

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Compartes Gourmet Chocolate Covered Fruits Gift Box

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Compartes

You can dip anything in Compartes gourmet milk and dark chocolate, and it'll be good. That's the case with this set of chocolate-covered fruits like dried pineapple, peaches, apricots, and dates. Compartes uses high-quality cacao, so you get an immersive experience of the beans.

Price at time of publish: $68

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Personalized Toblerone

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Cadbury.

Everybody loves a Toblerone. Even people who aren't avid chocolate enthusiasts can't resist a triangle or two of the iconic chocolate bar. Even better, you can add a level of personal touch by customizing the decorative outer sleeve, or forgo a name and add a personalized message.

Price at time of publish: $20

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Tony's Chocolonely Rainbow Tasting Chocolate Bar Pack

A Chef Shares Their Favorite Chocolate Gifts
Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Hive and Walmart.

Sometimes you just need a little bite of everything. And when it's Tony's Chocolonely, any chocolate fan will be glad there are six to choose from. You'll find the tried and true's like creamy milk chocolate and rich dark chocolate, but Tony's Chocolonely takes decadence a step further with their high-quality ingredients for flavors like hazelnut and almond sea salt.

Price at time of publish: $15

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Our Expertise

Nick DeSimone wrote and compiled this list. They have spent nearly ten years working in professional kitchens. Some of this time has been spent taking shifts in the pastry department, where they learned a lot about high-quality chocolate and what makes a chocolate dessert successful. In their free time, Nick is a big chocolate fan; they love to try any variety or chocolatey dessert they can get their hands on. Given their professional background, Nick has high standards for chocolate deliciousness, and they know that quality over quantity is always the best route.

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