Magazine article USA TODAY

Life Just Gets Sweeter All the Time

Magazine article USA TODAY

Life Just Gets Sweeter All the Time

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Looking for e sweet, elegant gift for the holidays? Look no further than Joseph Schmidt Confections, San Francisco, Calif., for an incredible selection of delectable chocolates. Known for its innovative creations and chocolate sculptures, JSC uses only the finest imported Belgian chocolate in its unique handcrafted treats.

Their newest collection, Mosaic, consists of beautifully hand-decorated pieces resembling mosaic tiles. Tiny windows on the cover of the gift box give a sneak peak at the colorful candies that contain layers of biscotti crunch, caramel, nuts, nougat, and, of course, Belgian chocolate. A 12-piece box retails for $32.50; eight-piece, $25.

Others in the collection come in attractive ribbon-wrapped luxury fabric boxes. The Japanese Bowl ($30) and the nine-piece Slicks ($25) are two unique and delicious choices. Joseph Schmidt Confections are sold at retail stores and online at www.jsc.com.

Another longtime favorite purveyor of this decadent treat is Godiva Chocolatier, founded almost 80 years ago in Brussels, Belgium. Their holiday collection, available through Feb. 14, 2005, is called G Chocolate, and features 15 different pieces created by pastry chef Norman Love of the Ritz Carlton Hotels.

This ultra-premium, couture-style line of chocolates includes such new pieces as P. …

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