Venice-based Jin Patisserie turns out impeccable macarons and colorful cakes. The bad news is that you can't get those macarons shipped, but the good news is that Jin Patisserie will ship gift boxes of their equally fine cookies and chocolates.
The gift boxes range in size, and start at $19.50 (going all the way up to $180.) They're ideal for gift giving, or as an indulgent gift for yourself. My favorite of the gift boxes is the Classic Gift Box (pictured above), priced at $59. It offers plenty of variety, coupling attractive dark chocolate sticks lined with cranberries, chocolate pearls, and dried pineapple, plus a bag full of buttery chocolate chip cookies made with plenty of brown sugar, crunchy throughout. They're tiny little numbers, each one barely a bite, and you can be sure that one is never enough.
And there's chocolate, in abundance: chocolate discs paired with candied nuts, plus a 4-piece set of filled chocolates subtly infused with flavors such as yuzu, matcha, lemongrass, and Earl Grey. To finish, there are crackle-thin sheets of equal part dark chocolate and toasted white and black sesame seeds. I save these for crumbling over vanilla ice cream.
Most things in the gift box will keep, but the buttercake should be eaten within a day or two of receipt. The dense, moist cake is delicately flavored with seasonal fruits or tea. I loved the Inachevée de Constantinople cake, made with a blend of green teas with apples, almonds, and roses. Beautiful when toasted with a smear of butter.
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