Without chocolate, people would eat computer-chip cookies, confectioners would craft Death By Cilantro fudge, and devil's food cake would be made from the nightmares of angels. Cross over to the dark-chocolate side with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of gourmet candy at Schurra's Fine Confections.
Since 1912, Schurra's Fine Confections has placated palates in need of sugary relief with a bounty of handmade, hand-dipped bonbons. Tour Schurra's toothsome factory, where nougat-centered pecan logs ($7.25) meld with Madagascar-vanilla-infused caramels ($9.00) to create a delectable candy chimera. A 48-piece box of mixed chocolates ($36) engages every taste region of the tongue, painting buds with a palette of bordeaux buttercreams, molasses chews, and cashew clusters cocooned in milk and dark chocolates. Schurra's also caters to fruitophiles, soaking dried french prunes in port ($16) and picking juicy chocolate-dipped strawberries ($3.00 each) straight from the cocoa-drenched tree. Boxes of truffles ($9.75 for 9 pieces, $19.50 for 18) make elegant gifts for friends, family, or, if buried underground, pet pigs.