Calling all chocolate lovers—we've researched the best chocolate gifts available, considering the packaging, cocoa content, and production date of each. Our list of favorites includes a Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness Box from Mouth, decadent, dipped strawberries from the classic Harry & David, and cake truffles from Milk Bar.
Here are the best chocolate gifts.
Uncommon Goods Handmade Botanic Shortbread Cookies
A gift that'll awe anyone—these gorgeous and handmade shortbread cookies come in two flavors: strawberry and vanilla and they're either dipped in white or dark chocolate with small floral touches. The flowers are freshly picked and dried in an organic garden in New York's Hudson Valley.
Williams Sonoma Manhattan Fruitier Chocolate Confections Gift Tower
Presentation is always great when offering up a gift and Williams Sonoma's Manhattan Fruitier chocolate tower is cute and delicious. The three tiers of boxes are full of chocolate covered goods, including almonds, graham crackers, pecans, pretzels, and more. Weighing in at 1.5 pounds, this is a great gift for a family or even an office.
Uncommon Goods Gourmet Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut butter cups have never looked so good—these peanut butter cups are handmade with three kinds of Belgian chocolate: milk, white, and dark including unique add-ins like Oreo, pretzel, choco-hazelnutty, and PBJ. The various flavors make this gift one-of-a-kind since whoever will be receiving the chocolates will have so many options to choose from, try each one, and find what they like.
Mouth Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness Box
If the name of this gift box is any indication, it’s quite tasty. The box includes foods like animal crackers, caramels, Cheerios, and quinoa, all covered in chocolate. The small batch products vary from box to box, which adds to the thrill of opening the gift and discovering the surprise items.
Your recipient will love receiving a sampling of delicious treats to taste, try, and share, before picking their favorite. The various options ensures at least one will be a hit and have your recipient wishing for more.
Happy reviewers loved how unique this gift option is rather than a traditional chocolate box or chocolate-covered strawberries. They also noted that these treats had the perfect amount of chocolate per bite. Also, if this present is a birthday gift, there’s the option to add glitter candles for a few extra bucks.
Vosges Mini Exotic Chocolate Bar Library
Looking for a chocolate treat that’s more unusual than the traditional blend of nut or nougat? This “library” of extravagant snack-size chocolate bars won’t disappoint. The beautifully packaged, keepsake box includes seven of Vosges' best-selling varieties. What's inside the box? Pretty much everything, like a bar that's Sri Lankan coconut and banana smothered in 72 percent cacao dark chocolate and one bar that's a mix of raw wildflower honey and 100 percent cacao.
Harry & David Gourmet Drizzled Strawberries
A dozen roses or a floral arrangement is a nice gift, but an even tastier gift is a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries from Harry & David. The strawberries arrive fresh and ripe and are covered in milk and white chocolate. It's such a decadent treat with chocolate drizzles.
Milk Bar Chocolate B’Day Cake Truffle Dozen Box
You don’t need to wait until someone’s birthday to order a two dozen box of these chocolate confections. New York City's cult favorite, Milk Bar, makes these bite-sized, fudgy cake balls that are studded with rich chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles, and coated in chocolate with a dusting of birthday cake crumbs. If you order before noon, your delivery will arrive anywhere in the United States the next day.
ROYCE Variety Pack "Flavorful"
This variety pack includes all kinds of chocolates from matcha-flavored wafers to mini dark chocolate bitters. With each little treat being packed individually, it can easily be taken as a pick-me-up for when you're on the go. The pack can be gifted as a whole set or be separated and included in multiple gifts as small, thoughtful snacks.
Raaka Chocolate Small-Batch Organic Chocolate Subscription
One-time gifts will surely be appreciated, but a true chocoholic will swoon over this chocolate subscription from Food52. Choose between a three-month, six-month, or year-long subscription with each monthly delivery featuring three organic dark chocolate bars from Raaka Chocolate. Two of the three selections are exclusive, small batch bars and everything comes from ethically sourced beans and quality ingredients.
See's Candies Create Your Custom Mix Chocolates
For a fun gift for your favorite chocolate lover, See's offers a custom mix set with a choice of two boxes. Just select a regular, classic box or go for a red heart shape. Then the good part comes in and you can choose a range of chocolates from milk peanut crunch to white chocolate cashew brittle to deep dark chocolate truffle.
Mariebelle 4pc Chocolate Ganache Blue Box
PG Fondues Belgian Chocolate Fondue Pots
Fondue or even a fondue party can be tasty but a bit messy and even a pain to set up. However, this option from Uncommon Goods is pretty simple. The stoneware pot has four different varieties of dark chocolate (espresso, raspberry, peanut butter, and fleur de sel) that can be heated up in the microwave and within a minute, the melted chocolate is perfect for dipping.
1-800 Flowers Breakable Chocolate Heart
Here's one occasion when it's absolutely appropriate to play with your food. This chocolate heart measures seven inches and when cracked open (using the included wooden mallet), it reveals a bunch of sweet treats and more chocolate. This is great for Valentine's or Galentine's day or an anniversary.
David's Tea Chocolate Chili Chai
Chocolate and tea? How about a chocolate chili chai? Those who appreciate a cup of tea will enjoy this blend from David's Tea that's a mix of black tea with a dash of ancho chilis and chocolate. The combo is great when sipped hot or even enjoyed as an iced latte.
Levain Bakery Signature Cookie Assortment Gift Box
Even those not fortunate enough to live near a Levain bakery can experience their massive cookies. The assortment box comes in a four, eight, or 12 pack. Each cookie weights about six ounces and the flavors include chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter, and oatmeal raisin. Each box is made to order and comes packaged with a pretty hand-tied bow.
Hu Dark Chocolate Gems
Hu's Gems include just three organic ingredients: cacao, unrefined coconut sugar, and fair-trade cocoa butter. The package comes in a few sizes, ranging from 3.5 to nine ounces, and the dark chocolate is perfect for baking. But they can also be consumed as is, like a bite-sized snack.
Harry & David Deluxe Signature Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate lovers will melt for these truffles from Harry & David. The set, which consists of two boxes of 24 truffles, offers up six decadent flavors (eight of each) including dark chocolate, dark chocolate cherry, dark chocolate raspberry, milk chocolate, milk chocolate almond, and white chocolate coffee. They're packaged in a chocolate brown cardboard box that’s tied with a cream satin bow for an elegant presentation.
Knack Never Enough Chocolate Gift Set
A chocolate gift like this is perfect for the person with a sweet tooth and who appreciates a bit of variety. Knack's Never Enough set includes six different products. There's a truffle bar, variety of caramels, and dark chocolate mini bars. The set is pretty perfect as is, but you also have the option to add or subtract a few items.
Jcoco Chocolate Mango Plantain milk chocolate bars
Milk chocolate and dark chocolate are pretty common, but have you ever had mango plantain chocolate? These Jcoco bars have such a unique tropical flavor with pieces of diced mango, plantain, and a bit of sea salt. Each envelope of chocolate has three one ounce bars.
Verve Culture Mexican Hot Chocolate Set
While most chocolate gifts simply require the recipient to open a box and enjoy, this Mexican hot chocolate set actually requires a bit of prep. But it’s super easy, and a true hot chocolate lover will enjoy it. The basic kit includes five chocolate tablets (cacao with ground almonds, pecans, walnuts, and cinnamon) and a handcarved whisk. All that’s required is a cup of milk. For an additional price, you can purchase the clay jug to truly give your recipient an authentic experience.
Williams Sonoma Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods, Set of 12
Chocolate and pretzels pair well together for the perfect sweet, salty treat. This set of 12 chocolate covered pretzels from Williams Sonoma includes four different flavors: caramel and toffee, caramel and dark chocolate, caramel and milk chocolate with white drizzle, and caramel and chocolate gems. This would be a nice gift for someone who enjoys all types of chocolate or as a thoughtful gift for people in an office.
Jacques Torres Chocolate Covered Everything
Since you can’t ship a working chocolate fountain without making a giant mess, this basket of chocolate-covered everything is the next best thing to gift the chocoholic in your life. As the name suggests, it includes a wide selection of individually packaged chocolate-covered crave-worthy nibbles, including milk chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, pretzels, and marshmallows along with dark chocolate-covered graham crackers, almonds, and Corn Flakes, Cheerios covered in milk and dark chocolate plus malt balls.
And it’s not just any ordinary chocolate drizzled on the munchies, but Jacques Torres’ rich variety. For those not in the know, Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate, was the one-time Ritz Carlton hotels corporate pastry chef and former pastry chef at the famed Le Cirque restaurant in New York City before he branched off on his own to open his namesake artisan chocolate shops.
Yummy Bazaar Guinness Chocolate Mini Pints
This set is the awesome combo of two great brands: Guinness and Lir chocolates. Each mini “pint” is milk and white chocolate with a Guinness flavored center. Fans of chocolate or the classic dark stout will love this gift and the packaging is pretty great as well.
Williams Sonoma Ice Cream Starter, Salted Dark Chocolate
Chocolate can come in various ways just like this salted dark chocolate ice cream starter. Not only are you gifting a delectable, sweet treat but a worthwhile experience to make ice cream. In less than an hour, your loved ones can whip up some homemade ice cream and add any toppings they like to create a sundae for a nighttime dessert.
Bean Box Coffee + Chocolate Tasting Box
A dreamy combo that'll be a great start to anyone's day or an afternoon pick-me-up. This tasting box comes with four different coffees and chocolate bars creating a wonderful tasting experience with complimentary flavor notes. It will be a thoughtful present for any coffee enthusiast.
What to Look for When Buying Chocolate Gifts
To ensure you’re buying high-quality chocolate, look for cocoa (or cocoa butter) to be listed as the first ingredient. If cocoa is further down the ingredients list, the chocolate is likely loaded with sugar. Don’t recognize many of the ingredients? Skip it.
Dark, Sealed Packaging
Packaging shouldn’t just be pretty; it must also be functional. Any chocolate you buy should be well packaged, as both light and moisture affect the freshness of chocolate. It should be sealed properly, ideally in both foil and beautiful paper wrapping.
As chocolate ages, it loses its quality. Look for a recent production date, as the more recently it was made, the fresher the chocolate will be. Dark chocolate can be kept up to a year after purchasing, while milk and white chocolate should be eaten within six months.
How should you present chocolate as a gift?
There’s no wrong way to present chocolate as a gift. Include chocolate in a stocking or gift wrapped in a beautiful box. You could also show off a chocolate brands’ cool packaging with a simple bow or ribbon.
How should you gift wrap homemade chocolate?
To gift wrap homemade chocolate, follow one of these modern ways to wrap presents, or even make your own. For a more sustainable option, check out these creative ways to wrap presents, no wrapping paper needed. No matter how you present your homemade chocolate though, the recipient is bound to love it.
How do I say thank you for a chocolate gift?
If someone gifts you chocolate, simple verbal appreciation is all you need to say "thank you." Feel the need to gift them something back? Here’s an idea: how about chocolate?
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City. Additional research was done by Megan McCarty, a writer for The Spruce and MyDomaine with over 13 years of experience in both print and digital media. She regularly contributes to design-focused outlets such as Architectural Digest, Domino, House & Home, and Hunker.