Miami Gift Guide: Best Chocolates for Haute Easter Baskets

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Every holiday has its traditions, and for Easter, it’s all about the sugar. To give the Easter Bunny a run for his money, fill your Easter Baskets with one or two of these haute chocolate gifts and make this year’s holiday a hoppin’ good one.

Norman Love Confections: With boutique shops spread throughout Southwest Florida and on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships worldwide, luxury chocolate confectioner and world-renown pastry chef, Norman Love, has taken the sweets world by storm. Making this season sweeter than ever, this chocolate connoisseur has come out with a new collection guaranteed to keep you hopping for the rest of Spring. For a gift that’s equal parts adorable and delicious, slip one of Norman Love Confections’ “Easter Chocolate Gift Boxes” into your loved ones’ Easter baskets. With new flavors from the 2015 Easter Dino Eggs Collection, like coconut almond, orange cream popsicle, lemon meringue, chocolate fudge and more, we can guarantee the Easter Bunny won’t stand a chance against you. Norman Love Confections’ Easter Chocolate Gift Boxes are available in 5-, 10-, 15-, 25- and 50-piece quantities. Prices range from $13 – $95 per box.

Romanicos Chocolate: Inspired by the chocolate she used to love as a child, which she ate with her grandmother in Venezuela, Miami’s own Alejandra Bigai built Romanicos Chocolate with one goal in mind: to make people happier through fresh, handmade and gourmet chocolates. Using natural and authentic ingredients straight from her home country, Alejandra has been producing delicious, handcrafted chocolates with an artistic touch for more than a decade. This Easter, she’s come up with a haute new tasty treat for the Easter Bunny to deliver: Romanicos’ “Pretty Eggs Box,” an eggsellent mix of adorable, handcrafted white chocolate eggs filled with a delectable milk chocolate ganache. The “Pretty Eggs Box” is priced at $25 and contains 6 chocolate eggs.

Dylan’s Candy Bar: Dylan’s Candy Bar is one afterschool spot that kids from 1 to 92 can enjoy. And given owner Dylan Lauren’s love for adorable rabbits, it should come as no surprise that this candy conglomerate has a new collection of Easter treats designed to beat the Easter Bunny at his own game. For the best basket anyone could ask for, make sure you snag one of Dylan’s Candy Bar’s limited-edition “Signature Bunny-Hoppin’ Large Gift Basket;” it comes with everything from Easter Tackle Boxes, Peeps and jelly beans, to their signature Marshmallow Crème Bar, Petite Cookies, foiled rabbits and much, much more. The “Signature Bunny-Hoppin’ Large Gift Basket” is priced at $100.

Cao Chocolates: Last but certainly not least, the South-Florida based Cao Chocolates are bean-to-bar chocolatiers with handmade confections made from 100% Venezuelan cacao. New this Spring, this family-run business has come up with a limited-edition “Easter Chocolate Box”: a magical collection of handmade truffles and bonbons painted in pastel colors and whimsical designs. Made in small batches, and using only single origin cacao beans, these treats are as delicious as they are adorable; slip them into your loved ones’ Easter Baskets for a hoppin’ good Easter Sunday.

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