"Socks." he said. "Socks and something really sweet, usually."
I'm not about to buy Will socks for Christmas but something really sweet, I can do. Specialty chocolates, in particular, make for great stocking stuffers because they come in assorted sizes, provide a morsel of decadence, and allow the recipient to taste several new brands he might not otherwise try throughout the year.
I recently received an assortment of chocolates from Antoine Amrani, a master chocolatier, who developed his own line while working as the executive pastry chef at Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia. Amrani uses all natural ingredients and 70 percent cocoa, but my favorite part is that his smaller boxes of chocolates are designed (and priced) perfectly for someone's stocking. Check out a few, after the jump.
- 9-Piece Indulgence Collection: If your best friend loves rich flavors like dark chocolate and Earl Grey, indulge them with a signature assortment of bonbons. They have flavors like Raspberry and Orange Grand Mariner, but my personal favorite is the Coffee Sour Sherry. I'm not sure I've ever combined these flavors before, but the sourness of the cherry and coffee perfectly complement the sweet chocolate shell. $23
- 12-Piece Caramel Assortment: The small caramel cubes look like tiny Christmas presents and literally melt on your tongue. Choose from Vanilla with Sea Salt, Holiday Spice & Honey Nut with Smoked Sea Salt. $24
- Snow White Hazelnuts: These coated nuggets were by far my favorite and are probably the best value. The roasted hazelnuts are coated in 70-percent and dusted with handmade vanilla sugar. You can easily buy a box and split the nuts into tiny gift bags for multiple stockings, giving everyone a handful of a sweet (but not overly so) nutty treat. One box for $23
To purchase any of these chocolates, visit Antoine Amrani's online store.
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