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Gifts: Valentine's Day love bites

February 10, 2011 |  8:29 am

For those seriously infatuated with sweets, this handmade chocolate box by award-winning chocolatier and pastry chef Kristy Choo ($32 at Jin Patisserie in Venice) just may be the dreamiest valentine in town. Composed of 74% dark chocolate, the edible box is trimmed with colorful hand-painted chocolate hearts. Inside are six artisanal truffles, infused with fresh ingredients in uncommon flavors, such as mango basil, sea salt and yuzu jelly ganache.

Another dessert lover’s treat, Choo’s new custom cake decorating kit ($20), comes with a fresh strawberry crème chantilly-filled sponge cake, plus three tubes of colored frosting and assorted chocolate hearts. “I thought that decorating a cake with your Valentine would be a fun way to celebrate love,” says Choo. Let the dessert games begin! These confections are too fragile to ship, so call (310) 399-8801 or stop by Jin Patisserie, 1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd., to place your order.

-- Ingrid Schmidt

Photo Credit: Vivica Menegaz

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