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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Chocolate Desserts to Order Online

I’ve been on a bit of a diet of late, but if I weren’t, I would be really, really happy if my UPS or FedEx guy buzzed with any of these chocolate desserts in hand for me. (Is it any wonder I need to cut back my calories?) Let’s discuss the best chocolate desserts to order online.

No, I’ve not been satisfying cravings by fantasizing over photographs. In an effort to be more frugal (how conscientious, saving calories and dollars), I was clicking through to some online coupon sites for promo codes and was distracted by a free shipping offer for Harry & David on Frugga. (While you can order some crazy amazing food online, sometimes shipping can be pricey.)

It turns out Harry & David is so much more than fruit. They’ll ship you full-on Cheesecake Factory confections. Or just go with chocolate covered strawberries, Hailing from New York I’m a longtime fan of Dean & Deluca which not only has delicious food, but gorgeous presentation. Chocolate and salted caramel layer cake anyone? If your mom’s palette is stuck in tweendom, go for chocolate covered Oreos from Neiman Marcus.

I also recommend the honey sweetened, chocolate dipped marshmallows from Boston maker Apotheker’s Kitchen, which I discovered at the Eat Boutique holiday pop up. And let’s not forget another Boston area favorite, Dancing Deer. (Remember when they invited me on a factory tour?) I often send my own mother Dancing Deer brownie snacks.

One of the best gifts I get during the holidays are the chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate covered graham crackers that Matouk sends as a thank you. But I can’t remember where they come from. (Note to self: Find out!)

Here are 7 of the best chocolate desserts to order online for Mother’s Day, or any time really.

Best Chocolate Desserts To Order Online For Mother's Day

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1 Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel

2 Chocolate Covered Strawberries

3 Parallel Chocolate Bar Set

4 Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

Crispy Chocolate Pearls

6 Chocolate Covered Oreos

7 Dancing Deer Chocolate Chunk Brownies

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Champagne Cocktails & Cupcakes

As you prepare for a splendid celebration later this week, be it dazzling or quiet and cozy, take note of these delicious treats. Perhaps you have time to create such treats. Click the blog links for the recipes.

Here’s to a year of champagne and cupcakes. Cheers!

C H A M P A G N E  C O C K T A I L S 

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Blackberry Ombre Champagne Sparkler  •  The Cookie Rookie

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St. Germain and Champagne Cocktail  •  Kitchen Confidence

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Holiday Champagne Cocktail  •  Love You Mean It

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Peppermint Champagne Cocktail  •  Freutcake

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Winter Champagne Cocktail  •  Style Within Reach

C H A M P A G N E   C U P C A K E S 

Champagne Cupcakes For A Sweet New Year's Celebration

Champagne Cupcakes with Rose Hibiscus Buttercream
The Seaside Baker

Champagne Cupcakes For A Sweet New Year's Celebration

Champagne Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
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Champagne Cupcakes For A Sweet New Year's Celebration

Champagne Cupcakes  •  Life Love Sugar

Have a safe, smart celebration.

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Shopping Trip: Eat Boutique Holiday Market

Maggie Battista has been doing the beautiful food thing with her website Eat Boutique for years. Yet somehow I just discovered her, I guess via social media (Eat Boutique IG is a must-follow).  She just published a gem of a cookbook, Food Gift Love: More Than 100 Recipes to Make, Wrap and Share (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 13, 2015), with gorgeous photography by Heidi Murphy of Boston-based  White Loft Studio.

While I’ve been “liking” her gorgeous photos (it’s practically a cyber-stalking situation), Battista has been working her butt off readying her latest pop-up shop, Eat Boutique Holiday Market.

Located in a former laundromat, an industrial-like space owned, like everything else in that part of Allston, by Harvard Business School. Thanks to Maggie, this wide open white wonderland is hosting 70+ (mostly)  local artisanal food vendors through Dec. 10. The Scandinavian-inspired feel is so appealing, so peaceful, so pretty, I kind of want to move in. It is a Pinterest board come to life.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market  is open Wednesdays through Sundays until December 20, 2015 at 267 Western Avenue, near Harvard Business School in Allston. (Exact hours at the end of the post.)

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Food Gift Love by Maggie Battista

The recipes are very tempting. I might even make something. But not gift it.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Those worn wood communal tables are calling out for me and my computer. If it were open weekday mornings, I might just be there. Really they’re for eating the scrumptious food purchased outside at whichever food truck is scheduled that day. When I visited last weekend with my son and husband we got scrumptious fish tacos from the Baja Taco Truck.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

I was thrilled to meet Maggie Battista last weekend, and she couldn’t have been nicer. (She hugs hello and goodbye.) Turns out we could have easily crossed paths over our many, many years in new media, starting in the mid-’90s. It’s not often I run across others who knew how to program AOL screens in Rainman. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, skip it.)

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Le Parfait Jars stocks, well, Le Parfait jars, at the back of the space. They’ve also got a pretty IG feed.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Cape Cod-based Salt Cellar Shop has fun, flavored salts and dreamy photos on IG. I’d love a salt stack as a gift. In fact, I featured a similar one in a Boston Globe gift guide last month.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Flavored syrups are a thing. (Yep, featured those in a Boston Globe Magazine gift guide, because I’m on the cutting edge.) Eat Boutique Holiday Market is hosting Maine company Royal Rose Syrups. That’s co-owner Forrest minding his table. What does one do with raspberry, anise, or saffron simple syrups? Mix ’em in cocktails of course.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Loyal Supply Co. is a design firm, retailer, and distributor of cool goods for the home, office, and studio with a very cool storefront in Union Square, Somerville. Last month I met Ryan at the Remodelista Holiday Market at Lekker. Last weekend I met his partner Kimberly at the Eat Boutique Holiday Market. They also carry modern geo jewelry, wood rattles, candles, artisanal honey, and home products by Copenhagen brand Hay. I think they are the only ones carrying Hay here. I L O V E Hay.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

I’m not a coffee drinker but my husband said his cup from Black Magic Coffee Co. was quite good.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Everyone needs small batch Sriracha. These are from Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

A bicycle is a must-have prop in any hip shop.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Shelves of alluring cookbooks.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Beauty products by Brooklyn-based company PLANT. Great packaging (haven’t had an opportunity to try the actual products). I love that they’re made with the help of adults with physical and mental disabilities at a workshop in New York City.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Artisanal chocolate bars by Farmhouse Chocolates based in Bristol, Vermont.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

I was psyched to meet Shari Apotheker of Apotheker’s Kitchen because I had been emailing with her husband and business partner Russ about a gift guide recently. Sadly, their honey-sweetened, dark chocolate covered mallows were cut from the story, but I can report they are OMG amazing. I bought a package of ten. I gave two to each kid, and—here’s how you know they are excellent and refined—neither one loved them. These are grown up marshmallows, thank you very much.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Apotheker’s Kitchen makes chocolate bars too. The gourmet kind with peppers, sea salt, and quinoa.

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Marshmallows that taste like honey.

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Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

Eat Boutique Holiday Market
267 Western Avenue • North Allston (Boston)

Wed. – Fri. – 2 – 8PM
Sat. 10AM – 8PM  •  Sun. 11AM – 5PM

Eat Boutique Holiday Market Boston Pop Up By Maggie Battista

EVENTS on Saturday, Dec. 12

Start the day with pop tarts from Flour Bakery
10–11:30AM Wreaths Workshop with Adrianna Adarme of The Year of Cozy
Mei Mei Street Kitchen Food Truck
1–2PM Book Signing with Maggie Battista of Food Gift Love
2–3PM Bake Cookies with Maria Speck of Simply Ancient Grains 
6–8PM Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Chef Brendan Palley of Pelekasis

Some workshops require tickets.

More events on Sunday and the following weekend.

All photos by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot

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Foodie Friday: 10 Fruit Margaritas

I’m not the hugest drinker (I’m plenty uninhibited without alcohol), but I do love a Sunday afternoon at the Border Cafe in Harvard Square with cheesy Mexican food, guac, and a killer margarita on the rocks, with salt. Sunday afternoon because I like to come home and recuperate from too much food and tequila with a nice nap.

Summertime is best done with fruity drinks, including fruit margaritas. In past summer’s we’ve blended frozen margaritas on the Cape, with extra coarse salty rims. This summer my husband’s been having fun raiding the fridge to concoct pitchers of sangria, and enjoying Painkillers from South Hollow Spirits at the Truro Vineyard.  My current summer cocktail is a strawberry basil martini muddled and mixed by Curtis at Black Fish in Truro. (It’s dark in the bar so I haven’t been able to snap a good photo.)

Really, we should try making one of these fruit margaritas. Click through for the bloggers’ recipes. I’d like a peach one if you’re mixing.

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Chipotle Grapefruit Margaritas  •  The Law Student’s Wife

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Fresh Honeydew Margaritas  •  Cookie  & Kate

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Prickly Pear Margaritas  •  Pink Patissierie

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Cranberry Margaritas  •  Gimme Some Oven

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Fresh Peach Margaritas  •  Gimme Some Oven

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Jalapeno Watermelon Margaritas  •  Gimme Some Oven

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Mango Strawberry Margaritas  •  Wine & Glue

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Coco Pina Margarita  •  Host the Toast

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Fresh Strawberry Coconut Margaritas  •  How Sweet It Is

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Skinny Blackberry Margaritas  •  Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

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F OR   M O R E  A M A Z I N G   D R I N K S
C H E C K  O U T    S  T Y L E  C A R R O T
C O C K T A I L S  O  N   P I N T E R E S T 

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Foodie Friday: Dancing Deer Cookie Factory Tour

Last week local Boston business Dancing Deer Baking Co. invited me for a behind-the-scenes tour of its cookie and brownie factory. Having been the recipient of a crazy delicious Dancing Deer gift basket last month, there was no way I was missing this press opp. I’ve eaten more than my fair share of Dancing Deer treats recently, sent Dancing Deer gifts to friends and family over the past couple of years, and seen their packages at Whole Foods, but other than that I didn’t know much about the company.

Dancing Deer started 20 years ago as a bakery that provided cakes to cafes and restaurants, quickly added packaged consumer goods, then expanded into a retail shop when neighbors demanded taste after taste. Three years in, Dancing Deer won a major industry award for its Molasses Clove Cookie. As a chocolate devotee, who doesn’t believe non-chocolate calories have any value, I can tell you it is delicious; perfect with a cup of tea.Dancing Deer cookies and brownies are scratch made in relatively small batches in an industrial park in Boston. All of the products are certified kosher, some of them are gluten-free; none of them are vegan.

A huge amount of its business is conducted this time of year, when they increase the labor force hugely, with workers returning year after year, and often coming on full-time when spots open. Dancing Deer is committed to environmentally-friendly practices as well as philanthropy, with its Sweet Home Project initiative, which helps homeless families move into stable lives and homes of their own by providing funding and support for low-income single parents to complete their college education and enter family sustaining careers.

Let’s take the behind-the-scenes factory tour. You can easily order cookies and brownies online—they are perfect presents for birthdays, holidays, sympathy, congratulations, pretty much anything, and come in adorable recycled cardboard boxes or natural baskets. Dancing Deer is offering StyleCarrot readers an exclusive 30% discount sitewide from today through Nov. 15, 2014 with promo code CARROT.

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S H O P  for C O O K I E S 

Shop Dancing Deer here.
Use promo code CARROTS for 30 percent off!

Some favorites:

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Sweet Home for the Holidays Gift, $44.99

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Large Variety Cookie Sampler, $49.99

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Premium Christmas Bakery Gift, $44.99

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Brownie Gift Box, $28.99

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Molasses Clove Cookie Gift Box, $23.99

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Chocolate Espresso Birthday Cake Party Kit, $29.99

more Dancing Deer Products >

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