For foodies, galloping gourmets and folks who just love to cook, these holiday food gifts under $50 are sure to please.
Before the Jacques Torres and Vosges Chocolates of the world, there was a little restaurant in Vermont with an eye on creating gourmet chocolates. Owner Jim Lampman, who gave his employees boxed chocolates each Christmas, was finally confronted by one very frustrated chef: "Enough is enough! These chocolates are awful." Jim dared his chef to do better, and in 1983 Lake Champlain Truffles were born. Chocolate aficionados rate these luscious fudgelike delights as some of the best truffles in the world ‑- and we couldn't agree more. Impress your favorite chocoholic this season with the holiday truffle collection, which features five hand-decorated milk and dark chocolate delights in cappuccino, spiced rum, raspberry, dark, and amaretto praline flavors. $14 at LakeChamplainChocolates.com.