Dinner party host gift: chocolate.
Valentine's gift: chocolate.
Mother's Day gift: chocolate.
If ever there is a time to give, you know what to do.
Ok, Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and every Valentine's Day, chocolate sales ramp up. But here's the thing: chocolate gifts aren't just ideal for Valentine's Day, they're the best gift for any occasion—no matter the time of year, the relationship dynamic between you and your giftee, or your place in life. Need something to bring to the first meeting of your new boyfriend's parents? How about a housewarming gift for that friend who just moved across the country? A host gift for someone you barely know? A host gift for your boss? Chocolate is always the answer. With that in mind, here's a list of some of our favorite American chocolate makers, all of which are available to buy and ship online. All you have to do is decide what kind of chocolate lover your loved one is.
4. THE BEST CHOCOLATES FOR CHOOSING YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: XOCOLATLRecently named one of StarChefs Rising Star artisans, Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolates is making bean-to-bar chocolates with heirloom varietals of cacao beans. And they're doing it really, really well. What that means is expertly crafted chocolate bars with stunningly complex aromas. Add to that flavored bars like Kissed Mermaids (Dark coconut-milk chocolate with vanilla-infused sea salt and crunchy cacao nibs), Soul Rebel (dark coconut-milk chocolate with jerk spices), and Wide Eyed (dark chocolate with coffee and crushed espresso) that are always clever and reliably delicious. While they do offer a few pre-selected gift boxes, we like that you can choose the bars you want and then opt for a gift box. One more thing: the wrappers are resealable, so in case your giftee can't eat the whole bar in one sitting, the chocolate stays protected.
BUY IT: Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate Single Origins Chocolate Bars, starting at $9.50 on XocolatlChocolate.com
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