Magazine article Sunset

Favorite Boxed Chocolates

Magazine article Sunset

Favorite Boxed Chocolates

Article excerpt

Turns out we Westerners are a loyal bunch when it comes to our Valentine's Day sweets--dotting the region are dozens of high-quality chocolatiers, each with a fervent following.

We vetted the best for extra-special treats. After narrowing the field to 13 worthy competitors based on ingredients and technique, we conducted our own tasting, scoring the chocolate's quality, range and balance of flavors, artfulness of packaging, and good value for the price.

OUR TOP PICK

Recchiuti Confections

WHY: Rich, deep flavors; innovative, alluring fillings; and masterful execution--clearly, industry pioneer Michael Recchiuti's San Francisco company is at the top of its game. "They're the future of chocolate," as one taster put it.

FAVORITE FLAVORS: Sesame nougat (built on a sliver-thin layer of crisp sesame caramel), star anise and pink peppercorn, burnt caramel

GIVE THEM TO: Anyone you want to impress--your boss, your future in-laws

PRICE: $40 for the 16-piece Valentine's Box

CONTACT: www.recchiuti.com or 800/500-3396

A SWEET CHOICE

Charles Chocolates

WHY: These charming, handcrafted, small-batch sweets by Emeryville, CA, chocolatier Chuck Siegel inspired instant loyalty. …

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