I am on a quest to purchase a box of chocolates for a dear relative's birthday. Said dear relative lives overseas, in an area where no fine chocolates can be found and is a chocoholic, so I am hoping to find the perfect gift for her, not a fine imported Belgian chocolate that will likely be stale by the time it reaches her. I am looking especially for freshness, as the gift will be shipped which will take time and diminish fresh qualities of any chocolate, so I am hoping for locally made. Last year I tried Saratoga, which did not quite meet the standards. Does anyone have an opinion about Recchiuti, TCHO, Christopher Elbow or Charles Chocolates? Are there any newer manufacturers that I might be missing? Although I am willing to sample chocolates, I no longer have a sweet tooth, so I am depending on the opinion of those who still do to help out a fellow sweet tooth, my gift recipient. I am looking for a box of assorted. She prefers dark chocolate, fillings such as raspberry, lemon, strawberry, coffee or truffles, for reference. TIA.
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