L.A.-based confectioner Valerie Gordon has a knack for making elegant nougats, petit fours, caramels, truffles, and a slew of other melt-in-your-mouth good creations. Opening a box of Valerie’s refined sweets is a full-blown sensory experience: the seductive packaging gives a tease as to what’s inside, the candies and cakes tempt with their chocolate and fruit-covered exteriors, and finally, taking a bite delivers you to scrumptious bliss.
Practically begging to be gifted, there’s an almost overwhelming selection of products from which to choose. Single Malt Scotch Truffles ($32.00) will sate grown up palates and tea time enthusiasts will love the Jam Taster Gift Set ($60.00), each preserve made from fruits sourced from an local Farmers’ Market. L.A.-based sugar fiends can opt to have a Valerie cake–ranging in flavors from Coffee Crunch to Rose-Infused Vanilla Bean (prices vary)—to the home of a loved one.
But the confections shouldn’t be reserved solely for special occasions: “Everyday Indulgences” like sugar cookies, peanut bark, and chocolate dipped shortbread are available to satisfy cravings any day, any time. Squirrel away a store of bon bons In Case of Emergency, or for a regular after-dinner treat.