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Looking for a Valentines Day gift that will blow your Valentine away? Consider zChocolat. The French chocolatier, based in Aix-en-Provence, specializes in high-end chocolates packaged in luxurious, customizable boxes. In addition to its regular collection, for Valentines Day, zChocolat is selling heart-shaped bonbons. Mix and match dark ganache in white chocolate, milk-chocolate hazelnut praline coated with milk chocolate, vanilla-bourbon caramel dressed in dark chocolate or bergamot-infused ganache covered in red couverture.
Prices start at $55 for 12 chocolates in a crisp black-and-white carton and head north from there. A mahogany box containing 42 chocolates is $191. A half-pound, dark-chocolate heart filled with praline and roasted caramelized hazelnuts and cradled in a mahogany box is $217.
Any mahogany box can be customized with a plaque engraved with your own logo or picture ($21) and / or a heart-shaped padlock ($28; you supply the combination). All products are accompanied by a personalized card and placed inside a cloth drawstring pouch at no extra charge.
Shipping to Long Island is about $23. Orders placed by Feb. 12 will be delivered in time for Valentine's Day. For more information or to order online, go to zChocolate.com.
For fine chocolate sources closer to home (and lighter on the wallet), check out this selection of Long Island chocolatiers.