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.
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.
- Originally opened in 1889, Drewes Bros. is a San Francisco neighborhood butcher shop specializing in all-natural free-range products, run by brothers Josh and Isaac Epple.
Odegard is hosting an opening party on May 14th, 2009, which will showcase carpets from the recently launched Mughal Collection, inspired by the unsurpassed design legacy of 17th-century India. Stephanie Odegard’s homage to the time-honored craft traditions of India’s classical past will also highlight select items from her opulent furniture and accessories collection some of which was created in partnership with designer Paul Mathieu in 2003. Recently introduced, they are finely embellished architectural decorative surfaces from India. This, along with hand-crafted furnishings which feature marble surfaces inlaid with semi-precious stones, rosewood inlaid with mother of pearl, hand-hammered copper, silver and brass objects and surfaces, are all transformed into jewelry for the home.
The showroom will also feature the Faces of Freedom exhibition, presented by RugMark, through Saturday, June 13.
- Claesson Koivisto Rune introduces its second iteration of the prefab home, combining time-honored Scandinavian touches with the studio’s signature polished aesthetic.
Fresh Recchiuti vanilla bean marshmallows lay atop tiny handmade graham crackers blanketed in pure bittersweet chocolate.
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.