FOR THE FANCY CHOCOHOLIC
There are lowbrow chocoholics (like in a "Cathy" cartoon) and then there are discerning chocoholics. You know there's one of the latter on your list. As if Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran don't show off enough talents in their 13th Street food empire, they also make the best artisan chocolates in the city, sold under the Marcie Blaine label (16-piece Holiday Collection, $29.95). They use local, organic cream and butter, as well as seasonal produce, herbs and honey. And they boast cute little images of Philadelphia icons such as LOVE, the Liberty Bell and our skyline. The raspberry ganache, concord grape-balsamic, blood orange-olive oil, and amazing peppermint chocolates are just a few favorites.
Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates available at Verde
108 South 13th Street, Philadelphia
Open Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm
(holiday hours posted at the shop)