The 11 Best Chocolate Gifts of 2021

Treat them to something sweet with these delicious confections

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It's hard to know what treats will satisfy someone's palate, but for anyone with a sweet tooth, chocolate is a sure-fire win. Choose between dark, milk, or white chocolate—or maybe a mix—with add-ins like caramel, toffee, and a variety of nuts for a truly delectable treat. The flavor combinations are nearly endless and all delicious.

The chocoholics in your life would surely appreciate a beautifully packaged gift of the good stuff. But before you stuff their stocking with sweet treats, make sure you're gifting them chocolate that's high quality, beautifully packaged, and worth the indulgence.

Scroll on for the best chocolate gifts.

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This box includes everything from Cheerios to quinoa, all covered in chocolate.
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Fresh out of New York City's cult favorite, Milk Bar, these playful truffles aren't just for birthdays.
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Sample exclusive, small-batch chocolate bars with quality ingredients and responsibly sourced cacao beans.
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This "library" includes seven varieties of unusual chocolates, including Dark Chocolate Bacon and Turmeric Ginger.
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This kit is sure to please any hot chocolate lover who wants to spice up their usual cup.
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Choose the box, size, and more than 50 varieties of chocolate to create a customized gift.
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The colorfully-packaged set includes the perfect pairing of rich coffee and crisp, buttery cookies.
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The stoneware container makes it easy to heat and reheat the chocolate, which is perfect to dip your favorite fruit or snacks.
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The pretzel rods are dipped in caramel, chocolate, and a few toppings to create a delicious gift for any chocoholic.
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Perfect for chocolate traditionalists, this deluxe set includes two boxes of Harry & David's signature chocolates.
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Mouth Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness Box

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. Also, if this present is a birthday gift, there’s the option to add glitter candles for a few extra bucks.

Milk Bar Chocolate B’Day Cake Truffle Dozen Box

B'Day Cake Truffle

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.

Raaka Chocolate Small-Batch Organic Chocolate Subscription

Food52 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.

Vosges Mini Exotic Chocolate Bar Library

Vosges Mini Exotic Chocolate 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.

Verve Culture Mexican Hot Chocolate Set

Traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate Set Uncommon Goods

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.

See's Create Your Custom Mix Chocolates

See's 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.

Godiva Chocolate Delights Breakfast Gift Set

Godiva Chocolate Delights Breakfast Gift Set

Chocolate can be thought of as a yummy snack or dessert, but this Godiva set makes it a-okay to indulge for breakfast. The kit includes a 10-ounce pack of chocolate truffle coffee and Belgian chocolate topped biscuits. The buttery treat goes so well with the coffee, or you can just snack on them anytime.

PG Fondues Belgian Chocolate Fondue Pots

PG Fondues Belgian Chocolate Fondue Pots

Fondue 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.

Williams Sonoma Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods, Set of 12

Williams Sonoma Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

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.

Harry & David Deluxe Signature Chocolate Truffles

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.

Jcoco Chocolate Mango Plantain milk chocolate bars

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.

What to Look for When Buying Chocolate Gifts

Cocoa Content

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.

Production Date

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.

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Megan is a writer, editor, etc.-er, with over 13 years of experience in both print and digital media. She regularly contributes to design-focused outlets such as MyDomaine, Architectural Digest, Domino, House & Home, and Hunker.
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