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Elegant, Non-Showy (and Delicious) Chocolate Gift

I need the perfect chocolate gift. Small, very elegant/beautiful, but not pretentious. And delicious. Not "impressive", somewhat low profile but it should look like some thought's gone into its selection. It's for a non-foodie, so it should be accessible, taste-wise, and not super refined. (pedigree of cocoa beans, etc, not at all an issue, and no curacao/fennel cream centers, please).

I'll go anywhere in Manhattan to buy, would prefer not to mail order.

Thanks!

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  1. I love Kee's chocolates ... yes, there are some funky (yet delicious) flavors, but a lot of standard ones as well. Don't know what the packaging is like ... because I always get them in the cellophane bag because I'm going to eat them right away. I think the nut truffles are incredible - almond and pistachio.

    http://www.keeschocolates.com/menu.html - It's on Thompson in Soho.

    1. Chocolate Bar on 8th Avenue has delicious chocolates. Like Kee's they have some funky flavors, but also "normal" ones. The packaging is brown and orange - elegant but not pretentious. They're going for the retro vibe.

      1. As a chocoholic, I can name few places for you are:

        My absolute favorite place (as well as most 'hounders here) is Kee's Chocolate (80 Thompson Street in SoHo)
        It has an infusion of many great flavors - I truly recommend the Creme brulee - the experience of eating that chocolate blows your mind.
        http://www.keeschocolates.com/menu.html

        Jacques Torres' Chocolate Haven
        350 Hudson at King Street (in SoHo
        )http://mrchocolate.com/default.aspx

        Lindt Chocolate
        692 5th Ave (Midtown
        )http://www.lindtusa.com/

        Neuhaus Chocolate
        2151 Broadway (Upper West Side
        )http://www.neuhauschocolate.com/

        Most of the ones (except for Kee's) I've listed are not too adventurous in the flavor department but it's good to eat or give as gifts for the non-foodie or the discerning chocoholic. If you really just want mainstream but elegant chocolate, I would stick with Lindt chocolate.

        Good luck on your search.
        Tina

        1. Thanks all.

          Very understandably, you guys seem to think that I was talking about flavor when I used words like "elegant" and "beautiful". No. I mean the appearance. For once, appearance of food is as important as flavor. Hey, it's a gift!

          I need a single chocolate object (i.e. not a box of chocolates). Smallish. Low profile. Non-impressive. But elegant and beautiful (the object, not the packaging). Also delicious - in an accessible way.

          Suggestions?

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          1. re: Jim Leff

            How about a tin of MarieBelle's hot chocolate?
            http://www.mariebelle.com/product.cfm...
            Store is on Broome St in Soho.
            It's unpretentious (hey, it's hot chocolate!) but delicious. The tin is festive and elegant but not too much. A addition of homemade marshmallows (you can get some at Whole Foods) adds a playful touch.

            1. re: Pupster

              It is incredible hot chocolate. You might also want to call Teuscher - they may do special shapes - or also Li-lac - though I've not had their chocolate for years - they do have "shapes" - http://www.li-lacchocolates.com/speci....

          2. Jim, I'd try to Vosges in Soho. I go to kees if I want great chocolate for my lovely wife, but Vosges when I need something like a great, unusual easter bunny for my lovely wife.

            Now, I once had a guy in Hoboken custom make a Last Supper in chocolate.

            Vosges
            132 Spring St.

            Are you back in NYC???