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December 14, 2010

Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a bit of a sweet tooth, with chocolate being on the top of my list. So when I think gifts, I think sweet. And although I can be completely satisfied with some plain old chocolate chips from the baking aisle of the market, this time of year, something a bit more fanciful and special seems in order to give to friends and family. Here are a handful of places that make some of the best chocolaty, sugary, carmely, marshmallowy stuff I can think of having or giving, any day of the year.  

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Smore's Bites by Recchiuti

Fresh Recchiuti vanilla bean marshmallows lay atop tiny handmade graham crackers blanketed in pure bittersweet chocolate.

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Marcie Blaine Chocolates

Chef Marcie Blaine Turney looks to Lancaster county for organic cream and butter, and nearby farms for seasonal produce, herbs and honey. Her chocolates are inspired by the flavors of her restaurants, namely those from Mexico, India, and the Mediterranean.

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Petite Bouchee Caramels

Meaning “little mouthful,” Petite Bouchée is an artisanal candy maker specializing in caramels au beurre salé (salted butter caramels). They produce caramels according to time-honored traditional French techniques—working by hand in very small batches and using only all-natural ingredients.
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Hooker's Sweet Treats

Produced in small batches using only the finest ingredients. SeaSalted Dark Chocolate covered Caramels are hand-dipped and handsomely packaged in an eco-friendly 10-piece box.

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Peanut Butter Blossoms from Batter Bakery

Batter is a boutique bakery specializing in unique, handcrafted baked goods. All of our sweets are made using premium ingredients and fresh, seasonal flavors. Baked in small batches, our sophisticated yet simple treats will satisfy everything from an afternoon sweet tooth to an elegant event.

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Fleurir Chocolates

Robert Ludlow is the mad genius behind Fleurir Chocolates- not mad as in angry, but mad as in wildly creative and remarkably disorganized. After graduating valedictorian with Le Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia, Robert followed his heart to central Virginia to be with his one true love- the most intelligent, beautiful, charming, and charismatic woman in the world, Ashley Hubbard, during her final year in college (it sounds like he wrote it thus far, right?).

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Cornflake Cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar

cornflakes, marshmallows, chocolate chips butter, unbleached wheat flour, cornflakes, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, eggs, milk powder, salt, leavening, vanilla


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Strawberry Stripes Bar by Mary & Matt

Two flavors in one. A classic combo bringing to mind the taste of chocolate dipped strawberries. Inspired by Gene Davis paintings and rugby shirts.


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Mast Brothers Chocolate

Mast Brothers roast their own cacao beans, and create amazing, intense, small batch, hand made, highly crafted chocolate.  You can get an assortment of ten chocolates online, for the oh so serious chocolate aficionado.  Impressive not only in flavor but presentation as well.  All are hand wrapped, labeled, and dated.  

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