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Show-stopping chocolates: Recchiuti Confections Sharing Box

Why it’s great: The Recchiuti Confections Sharing Box, from the renowned San Francisco confectioner, is an elegantly wrapped, grand display of delicious, handcrafted chocolates. We’d also send this as a formal gift to pretty much anyone who loves sweets.

What’s inside: This box includes a generous array of confections—the nine-piece Sepia Collection of exquisitely crafted truffles; cacao nib and fleur de sel mendiants (chocolate discs); fleur de sel caramels; dark hot chocolate; a dragée sampler of chocolate-coated nuts and dried fruit; and three chocolate bars (dark milk, semisweet, and bittersweet).

The silky texture and complex flavor of Recchiuti’s chocolate stands apart from the waxiness and cloying sweetness of lesser-quality chocolate we’ve tried. The chocolatier’s judicious use of flavorings enhances the quality, rather than distracting from it. In the Sepia Collection, we were most taken with the Peanut Butter Puck, an epicurean version of a Reese’s, with a silky, dark milk chocolate shell and velvety filling. We also enjoyed the rich, satiny salted caramels, as well as the chocolate bars, which perfectly balance bitter and sweet flavors and dissolve on the tongue.

The Sharing Box is a stylish gift and a great value. But if you’re looking for something smaller, we recommend the 16-piece Recchiuti Black Box.

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