Gift Guide: For the Chocolate Lover

Serious Chocolate

Liz Gutman of Liddabit Sweets shares weekly recipes, profiles, techniques, reviews, and sundry other chocolate-related tidbits.

Our gift-guide marathon continues. Don't know a chocoholic? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed.


20091202-balsamichocolate.jpgChocolate Balsamic Vinegar: This simultaneously sweet and vinegary marinade works great on chicken, pork, or shrimp—or for less carnivorous friends, tossed on a salad for an unusual dressing. Great stocking stuffer. Available online at, $9.95 per bottle

20091202-chocolatesoap-small.jpgDuross & Langell Chocolate Soap: If you love the scent of chocolate but don't want the additional calories, try a chocolate-scented bar of soap and lip gloss set from Philadelphia-based Duross & Langell. The all-natural products contain a base of coconut, safflower, and olive oils infused with flavoring from ground Hershey cocoa. Available online at, $16

20091202-bakedbrownie.jpgBaked's Deep Dark Brownies: These gooey treats from the Brooklyn bakery Baked were named tops by America's Test Kitchen and it's not hard to see why: they're fudgy, dark, and everything a brownie should be. Get the original or try the Bakedbar made with coconut, chocolate, condensed milk, walnuts, and butterscotch on a graham cracker crust. The only thing missing? A partridge in a pear tree. Available online at, $21.00 for six brownies

20091202-pennstate-small.jpgPenn State Ice Cream: Since 1896, students at Penn State have been getting ice cream from the Creamery on campus—and now you can too. The College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State supervises the creation of this decadent treat, which has a whopping 14.1-percent butterfat (10-percent is more average). If you'd like to further your ice cream education, Penn State even offers a short course in the making of the treat. All ice cream (including flavors like Chocolate Pretzel Crunch, Goo Goo Cluster, and German Chocolate Cake) is shipped 2nd Day Air or overnight. Available online, $28.30 for three gallons

chocolateartChocolate Paintings: Artist Jean Zaun uses chocolate as her muse. Literally. Zaun creates her lavish paintings using a combination of chocolates, food coloring, edible luster dust, transfers, edible pearls and glitter. The entire finished product is edible. She's made chocolate Van Goghs and Monets, commissioned for museums and private collections. Available online at, contact artist for pricing


All About Chocolate

Everything you want to know about chocolate

More Gift Guides: Find Something for...

the Sweet Tooth »
the Coffee Lover »
the Meat Lover »
the Hot Dog Lover »
the Cookbook Reader »
New Yorkers Actual and Expatriate »
Gluten-Free Cooks and Eaters »
an Officemate or Casual Acquaintance »