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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Two ideas for Valentine's Day chocolates to order ahead:

¿ Experience: Chocolate of Boston offers four themed tasting kits with an international variety of 20 small squares. A surefire winner is the Chocolate for the Vine assortment, which includes a chart of suggested wine pairings; 5.5-ounce box, $24.99; order by Sunday to ensure delivery by Valentine's Day. Go to http://www.experiencechocolate.com; for information, call 617-840-4766.

¿ Gearharts Fine Chocolates in Charlottesville produces handsome boxed sets of assorted chocolates. For a different Valentine's Day treat, we recommend the addictive Pistachio Toffee squares covered in bittersweet chocolate; eight ounces, $12; place Valentine's Day orders by Tuesday. Call 434-972-9100 or order online at http://www.gearhartschocolates.com.


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