Listen to your mother and get her the artisanal confections she craves. Start with Knipschildt’s bite-size truffles, available with hints of rosewater and champagne. Does she prefer toffee? Then give her one of Valerie’s 12-piece assortments. (Our favorite? The almond flavor garnished with fleur de sel). If she’s a foodie, we suggest Vosges’ exotic candy-bar flight, which offers an explosion of deliciousness in each bite. Or you can cut right to the chase and go for Cocoa’s coveted rich chocolate; it’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
You don’t have to be with child to enjoy the sweet and sour flavors at this sale. Cocoa gets right to it with its exquisite dark-chocolate treats, made with gourmet beans from Venezuela, Congo and the Dominican Republic, while Valerie’s Confections serves up classic cookies and toffee assortments. And yes, expectant moms would do well to stock up on Rick’s Picks’ Cravings and Big Mama pickle packs. It will be just the thing in the midnight hour.
Chocolatier to the Stars
Parting can be such sweet sorrow if you leave with these exquisite chocolates and candles tucked under your arm. Look to Valerie’s Confections for truffles filled with champagne and passion-fruit ganache, and to Lisa Carrier’s for scented pillar candles adorned with crystals, studs, and Victorian cameos.