The Best Gourmet Chocolate Gifts for Chocolate Lovers 2021
When you shop for gourmet chocolate gifts for a true chocolate lover, we want your lucky recipient to be in awe— to open a gift from you and their first question to be “Where did you find these, and where can I get more?” So we searched for out-of-the-ordinary gourmet chocolates made by the best and most original chocolatiers in the country.
These unique chocolate gift boxes range in styles from elegant to whimsical. Each are designed to surprise and delight.
A note on shipping: Fine chocolates are delicate. The hotter months of May through October mean shipping will require ice packs and insulated packing which can add to the shipping costs. The winter months of November through April often have great shipping deals. Okay, here is our ever-growing list of best chocolate gifts!
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Vosges Haut Chocolat, Chicago, Illinois
Vosges presents their most vibrant chocolate collection to date!
Katrina Markoff is a master chocolatier and founder of Vosges Haut Chocolat. Had her talents with chocolate been experienced a few centuries ago, those entranced of the extraordinary flavors she creates may have labeled her a sorceress. Today we describe her talent as that of an alchemist. Chocolate is her medium to inspire, surprise, enlighten and enchant.
Katrina marries chocolate with flavors so original—bright Japanese yuzu citrus, earthy reishi mushroom, sly English botanical gin—that like us, we predict you will fall silent as you tease out the flavors as they reveal themselves moment-by-moment on your tongue. One reviewer described being both delighted and oddly melancholy after sampling the limited edition “Healer Collection.” Melancholy, he explained, because as a life-long chocolate lover he had gone too long not knowing the experience of chocolate could be as revelatory as this.
Trust us, a gift of Vosges Chocolates will leave a delicious and indelible impression.
Shipping: Some of the best we’ve seen: Free ground shipping on orders $50+. Free second-day shipping on orders 80+.
Prices: Beautiful chocolate gifts begin at $12. Impressive truffle collections begin under $25 and up. Explore their gifts by Zodiac sign at $38 and up.
Corporate Gifts: Yes
LeSaint French Chocolate, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Like shopping at a Paris chocolaterie
International award-winning chocolatier Stephane Lesaint creates French chocolates so authentique it is as if he has captured the experience of Paris in a box. Lesaint creates sleek, hand-crafted bonbon de chocolat— filled chocolates—made with the finest ingredients that result in a vibrant visual and flavor experience.
The LeSaint website is designed to make you feel as if you are peering through the sparkling glass display cases of a Paris chocolaterie. We highly recommend the beautiful hand-painted Bonbon collections. You’ll be charmed by the Calvados Caramel Bonbons filled with chocolate-blended caramel and French apple brandy. Do not miss the international award-winning Passionfruit Ganache Bonbon, an intense taste experience that will be memorable and craved again and again. Plan to spend time exploring the truffles, caramels, mendiants (disks of chocolate garnished with nuts and dried fruits), brittles, barks and more.
Your chocolates will arrive in a chocolate-brown gift box which opens to a gold, mirror-finished interior that serves as an exciting declaration of the luxury and pleasures enclosed.
Shipping: Shipping via USPS First, Priority and Express. Overnight shipping on request.
Prices: Impressive gifts begin at $20 and up. The selection is delightful and extensive.
Corporate Gifts: Yes
Fran’s Chocolates, Seattle
Choose from a selection of assorted chocolates, or stick with the legendary gourmet salted caramels. Each buttery soft caramel has a delicate sprinkling of sea salt glistening like crushed diamonds across their surface (from $15.50 and up). Taste just one of these award-winning caramels and we predict you won’t be able to stop. In fact the internet is full of comments from Fran’s salted caramel fans that describe the best way to eat them. Some insist they should be eaten “upside down” so the salted tops hit the tongue first. And passionate opinions abound as to which of Fran’s chocolates should be tried next–the truffles? The chocolate-covered fruits and nuts? the Gold Bars? It doesn’t matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.
The gift presentation is elegant and impressive. A word to the wise: if you have any sense, you’ll be sure to send a box to yourself when you are placing your gift orders for others.
Shipping: Shipping begins at $12
Pricing: Pricing begins at $15.50 and up.
Mariebelle Chocolates, New York, New York
Shipping: Flat rate ground shipping $12
Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates, Kansas City & San Francisco
We were so fascinated to find chocolates colored and swirled with the joyful abandon of a kid let loose with a box of crayons that we researched further. The video on the Christopher Elbow site helps explain the magic behind these brightly painted chocolates.
Shipping is via Fed Ex: Ground starts at $8.95, 2-day: $16.95, Next-day: $29.95.
Maggie Louise Gourmet Chocolate Gifts, Austin, Texas
Maggie Louise Gourmet Chocolate Gifts, Austin, Texas
Under the creative direction of Le Cordon Bleu trained founder Maggie Callahan, the collection is designed seasonally and takes cues from the fashion and entertaining worlds to create a collection that feels fresh, fun and is guaranteed to delight. If you want to send a “jewel” of a gift to your favorite chocolate lover, Maggie has you covered.
L.A. Burdick Chocolates, Boston, Cambridge, Walpole, New York
Famous for their chocolate bonbons that are cut and shaped by hand daily, each bite-sized piece is conceived to be a flavor so unique that once you experience them, you will never purchase mass-market “luxury” chocolates again.
Imagine tasting Brazilia, a dark chocolate ganache with flavors of espresso, a touch of kirsch and anise seed. Or the Macallan whose ingredients include a 12-year-old Macallan whisky added to a two-layer interior of dark ganache and pistachio marzipan. Want more? Explore more flavors here.
Feeling whimsical? Their gift box of signature chocolate mice and seasonal snowmen and penguins are a favorite as well.
Jacques Torres Gourmet Chocolates, New York, New York
Jacques prides himself on specializing in fresh, handcrafted chocolates using premium ingredients free of preservatives and artificial flavors. From sourcing the perfect cacao beans to techniques steeped in tradition, Jacques combines genuine passion with handcrafted mastery to produce purely delicious, real chocolate. His motto is “Real is my promise to you.”
Shipping: Via FedEx. Weight and distance determines pricing, but watch for promotional shipping deals on major holidays.
Prices: Gifts begin at $15. Gorgeous gourmet chocolate assortments start at $24 and up.
Neuhaus Belgian Chocolates, New York, New York
Since 1857, Neuhaus has been the premier creator of luxury Belgian chocolate. From the time when Jean Neuhaus, Jr. invented the Belgian chocolate praline in 1912, they have used the same original recipes, artisan techniques, and premium ingredients to create their gourmet chocolates. They use only the grand crus from the finest sources, such as cocoa beans from Peru and Java, and almonds from California and Portugal.
Prices: Chocolate gifts begin at $15. Gorgeous gourmet chocolate assortments start at $24 and up.
French Broad Chocolates, Asheville, North Carolina
The chocolates from French Broad reflect their founders’ sensibilities. Serious attention is paid to the quality of chocolate that enrobes whimsical gourmet truffle flavors that include Strawberries and Bubbly, Lemon and Pink Peppercorn Truffle, Pomegranate and Spicy Ginger, and many more.
What we fell in love with was the option to choose the Custom Collection (starts at $17 for 6 pieces), which gives you the opportunity to completely customize the flavors in your box of chocolates. Good luck trying to narrow it down from the 26 tempting choices.
Shipping: Flat rate shipping of $6. That’s a deal!
Recchiuti Chocolate Confections, San Francisco
Made by hand, Recchiuti Confections still sources local California farmers’ markets for bundles of fresh herbs like lavender and lemon verbena to create their signature gourmet truffle infusions. Single-origin chocolates are blended together to create complex tasting experiences.
Shipping: You can get a shipping quote before inputting your credit card information. Fed-Ex second day starts at $15.
Ragged Coast Chocolates, Portland, Maine
Founders and husband and wife team, Kate and Steve, take inspiration from seasonal produce, and it shows in their Pear and Champagne truffles that are almost too pretty to eat.
Gearharts Fine Chocolates, Charlottesville, Virginia
Gearharts’ signature line of chocolates feature 16 flavors that surprise and delight, including Pistachio Toffee Orange, Michigan Cherry and Tequila Lime. Their most popular 16 piece assortment is $34. Beautiful!
Pricing: Bars and confections begin at $9. Classic gourmet chocolate assortments begin at $34.
Shipping: Flat rate $10 shipping nationwide.
My Sweet, Brooklyn, New York
The cooking process is slow until the ingredients reach the right velvety consistency. They are then hand-rolled into chocolate sprinkles or nuts. Flavors include intense chocolate, ginger with white chocolate, coffee cardamom and, oh, so many more.
We found these chocolates are very sweet. We include them because we appreciate not everyone is looking for a dark chocolate experience, and these offer a taste of home for those who love Brazilian treats.
Shipping: My Sweet is located in New York so the further west the product ships the higher your shipping costs. You are able to check shipping before giving your credit card information. We tested the shipping rates on the popular 30 piece box ($66) and 1-day shipping in New York came to $16. 2-day shipping to Los Angeles cost $25.90.