One of the joys of compiling a local-food holiday gift guide is also an important aspect of the work: namely, the taste-testing research that goes into vetting foods for inclusion. Before you scoff at the idea that eating chocolate truffles is work, remember: there are a lot of dodgy chocolates out there. Waxy! Underflavored! Tainted with disgusting artificial flavorings! It’s really no summer picnic in the park.
OK, fine, we’ll concede that it’s mostly a summer picnic in the park. Case in point: We tried the dark chocolate truffles ($20 for a 9-piece box) from local chocolatier B.T. McElrath and thought that they were as on-point dreamy as one could reasonably expect. The ganache is luxurious with just a touch of boozy depth, the chocolate exterior is firm but not waxen, with a cocoa- (not sugar-) driven taste to it. In short, chocolate lovers are going to love these things. And everyone else will mostly likely like them as well.