Best chocolates for gift giving

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The Best Boxed Chocolates

By Lesley Stockton and Haley Sprankle Updated January 21, 2022

The Best Boxed Chocolates
Photo: Michael Murtaugh

FYI

  • We’ve just finished a round of testing, and will soon add a new pick to this guide: the vibrant Richart Initiation box. We no longer recommend Michel Cluizel, but the rest of our picks remain.

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If you’re looking for a truly special box of luxurious chocolates to give someone, you can’t go wrong with the Recchiuti Confections Black Box (16 pieces). We’ve evaluated 25 brands over the years in taste tests with food experts and Wirecutter staffers, and we’ve found the flavors, craftsmanship, and packaging of these Recchiuti chocolates to be nothing short of sophisticated—and, if the occasion calls for it, maybe even a little seductive.

Our pick

Recchiuti Confections Black Box

Our favorite

With perfectly executed flavors and an eye-popping array of shapes and textures, this Recchiuti assortment was our tasters’ top choice, beating out a lineup of new and old-world boutique chocolates.$50 from Recchiuti Confections

May be out of stock

Unlike many of the boxed chocolates we’ve tried, the Recchiuti Confections Black Box (16 pieces) offers a full sensory experience, which is part of the reason to give boxed chocolates in the first place. The flavor combinations are what really set this selection apart from the competition. Classic concoctions, such as Burnt Caramel and Piedmont Hazelnut, offer just the right balance of sweet and bitter. And more adventurous flavors, such as Tarragon Grapefruit and Star Anise & Pink Peppercorn, are never overpowering (a problem we’ve encountered with most other flavored chocolates). We also found the chocolate itself to be of high quality, with the subtle, long flavor that comes from great cacao. To top it all off, the black-on-black packaging—sexy, but not over the top or too obvious—looks and feels much more elegant than offerings from every other brand we looked at.

Also great

La Maison du Chocolat Coffret Maison Dark

A larger box of premium chocolates

Silky-smooth ganache, precisely tempered chocolate, and pure flavors make these bonbons some of the best we’ve tasted. The conservative packaging isn’t as exciting for a romantic gift, though, and the flavors aren’t as adventurous.$65 from La Maison du Chocolat$86 from Food52

May be out of stock

For the chocolate purist or anyone looking for the perfect corporate gift, we think La Maison du Chocolat’s Coffret Maison Dark box (24 pieces) is a great premium choice. The flavors are subtle enough to let the chocolate shine. The packaging, reminiscent of brown pebbled leather, is understated and innocuous enough to give for professional reasons. Although these chocolates are impressively smooth and not too sweet, the overall flavor profile doesn’t provide the same sensory adventure as the Recchiuti chocolates.

Also great

Amore di Mona Assorted Mignardise Gift Box

Luxurious, vegan, and free of common allergens

These chocolates are perfectly executed, with subtle flavors and complex textures, and the presentation is beautiful. Vegan and free of common allergens, they’re a great option for those with dietary restrictions.Buy from Amazon$23 from Amore Di Mona

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $23.

Boxed chocolates are often off-limits to those with any common allergies, but the Amore di Mona Assorted Mignardise Gift Box (16 pieces) is filled with vegan confections that are made in a facility free of gluten, soy, dairy, tree nuts, and peanuts. They were the best-tasting chocolates we tried of four allergen-free options, and they have all the taste and texture of the finest boxed chocolates, without the worry of allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis). There’s not a lot of variety in shape or texture: Each rectangular piece consists of ganache, crisped rice, and a layer of flavor, all enrobed in dark chocolate. But the box does include four pieces each of four different flavors: Caffe, Frutta, Maple, and Sel. Simple and elegant, the square box comes tied with a little branded bow and has a peep-through top.

Everything we recommend

Our pick

Recchiuti Confections Black Box

Our favorite

With perfectly executed flavors and an eye-popping array of shapes and textures, this Recchiuti assortment was our tasters’ top choice, beating out a lineup of new and old-world boutique chocolates.

Buying Options

$50 from Recchiuti Confections

May be out of stock

Also great

La Maison du Chocolat Coffret Maison Dark

A larger box of premium chocolates

Silky-smooth ganache, precisely tempered chocolate, and pure flavors make these bonbons some of the best we’ve tasted. The conservative packaging isn’t as exciting for a romantic gift, though, and the flavors aren’t as adventurous.

Buying Options

$65 from La Maison du Chocolat$86 from Food52

May be out of stock

Also great

Amore di Mona Assorted Mignardise Gift Box

Luxurious, vegan, and free of common allergens

These chocolates are perfectly executed, with subtle flavors and complex textures, and the presentation is beautiful. Vegan and free of common allergens, they’re a great option for those with dietary restrictions.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon$23 from Amore Di Mona

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $23.

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