Chocolate and pork are what New York magazine is fronting in terms of foodie-friendly holiday gifts. Chocolate’s a safe bet, and it’s pretty much unofficially the Year of the Pig, so the obvious bases are covered.
The chocolate sampler ranges from the familiar and indulgent (Scharffen Berger dark chocolate–covered champagne grapes) to the less familiar and indulgent (CocoaVino fig caramels), but generally does an excellent job of picking out sophisticated offerings perfect for gifting the fussy Upper East Sider in your life.
The award for ballsiest chocolate gift idea goes to Vosges Haut-Chocolat, whose $75 holiday assortment “commemorates the African-American influence on music through bonbons like the ‘blues,’ which melds hickory-smoked bacon and milk chocolate.”
This makes a certain amount of sense. After all, when Robert Johnson sang
Every time I’m walkin’ down the streets
Some pretty mama start breakin’ down on me
Stop breakin’ down, yes stop breakin’ down
The stuff I got’ll bust your brains out, baby
Ooh, it’ll make you lose your mind. I can’t walk the streets…
he was probably secretly hoping that 75 years later, white people would spend the equivalent of a week of his wages to exchange bacon-flavored chocolates with one another.