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Top 10 Chocolate-of-the-Month Clubs

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Why give someone a box of chocolates when you can give them chocolates every month of the year? Well, price is the biggest reason. Chocolate-of-the-month clubs are not cheap and will likely cost you hundreds of dollars. But considering the price of buying boxes of chocolate individually, the price is fairly reasonable. That said, if you or someone you know is a chocolate lover, the chocolate-of-the-month club is a delicious gift that will be appreciated all year long.

1. Recchiuti Confections

This artisan company in San Francisco produces some of the best hand crafted chocolates in the country. Monthly arrivals might be a box of their best chocolates, key lime pears, fleur de sel caramels, or the s'mores kit. 3-,6-,9-,and 12-month memberships available. Recepient also receives a Recchiuti t-shirt.

2. Lake Champlain Chocolates

This Vermont company produces some truly delicious chocolates. The 9-month plan includes The Signature Basket, 30-piece Assorted Chocolate Truffles, 30-piece Lake Champlain Selection, One Pound Box of Almond Butter Crunch, 15-piece Small World Chocolate Truffles, Five-Star Bar Assortment of six bars, 20-piece Chocolates of Vermont, 1 Pound Box of Pecan Caramel Clusters, Vermont Country Chocolate Gift. Available in 3-, 6-, or 9-month plans.

3. Vosges Chocolates

Vosges is probably the hippest chocolate makers around, where style is just as important as taste. Every month the recepient will receive a 9 piece gift box of truffles or a special 'haut-chocolat' collection. Available in a 3-, 6-, or 13-month "moon journey" through the world of Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Chocolates arrive during the full moon.

4. Jacques Torres Chocolate

Jacques Torres, one of the world's best chocolatiers, started his own chocolate factory in 2000. Available in a 3-, 6-, or 12-month plan, Chocolate Heaven brings a selection of Jacques' chocolates every month. Personally selected by Mr. Chocolate himself.

5. Norman Love Confections

Norman Love has received a lot of good press for his ganache chocolates. Two options are available for the monthly club. "Chocolates All Year" will deliver 20 individual pieces to the recipient every month. "Holiday Gift Club" brings chocolates four times a year: Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, and Mother's Day (or a birthday).

6. Richard Donnelly Chocolates

Richard Donnelly is considered one of the best chocolate artisans in the country. 3- or 6-month clubs are available in either sampler or deluxe categories. The deluxe club brings approximately twice as much chocolate every month.

7. Godiva Chocolatier

One of the largest chocolate companies in the country, Godiva chocolates are always a safe choice. The 6- or 12-month club will bring an assortment of Godiva's traditional chocolate treats.

8. Mouse's Chocolates

This small chocolate company in Ouray, Colorado produces some very nice hand made chocolate. Nothing exotic, just really good stuff. Recipients receive a 1-pound box of assorted chocolates every month.

9. DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Classic fine chocolates. Available in 3-, 6-, 9-, or 12-month memberships.

10. Valentino Chocolatier

Premier Belgian chocolates. Chocolates are made fresh to order by Valentino chocolatiers in Belgium and shipped by air to California and then to you. Available in 3-, 6-, 9-, or 12-month memberships. Every month the recipient receives a 1 pound ballotin of freshly imported chocolates.

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