If you've got serious food lovers on your gift list this year, look no further. These unique, small-batch treats are sure to delight.
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The thin, crisp chocolate shell gives way to supremely chocolaty and creamy ganache, while the freeform shape suggests more handcrafted, less machine-manipulated beauty. Each truffle equals two bites of heaven. Yvan Valentin has made incredible pastries for big Hollywood celebrities of old, but he just started shipping them after decades of strictly local/wholesale orders. ($24/0.5 pound, www.yvanvalentinchocolate.com)