Though chocolate was designed for household uses, such as staining furniture and cleaning VCR-tape heads, researchers now find it's also an effective before-bed tongue moisturizer. Put chocolate to work with today's Groupon: for $22, you get $45 worth of handcrafted cocoa treats from SweetBliss online.
Formerly Ralph Lauren's longtime personal chef, Ilene C. Shane has come forward with her own line of gourmet Belgian-chocolate candies using handmade components, such as caramel and peanut butter, to create swoon-inducing desserts. Crunch into milk-chocolate-covered potato stix ($12 for 4 oz. bag) or send a realistic chocolate tool box to the most devoted Home Improvement fan-fiction writer in your family ($28). Sweet Bliss's bits of cacao-covered heaven are sold in high-end stores, including Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, but Groupon-holding chocolate lovers will have their treats delivered to their homes, safe from overzealous perfume salespeople and marauding marsupials.
- They fly off the shelves on both coasts and everywhere in between – many of them no doubt devoured long before making it home. And candy somehow seems an insufficient word for the kind of mind-blowing handmade goodness that one person aptly described as "chocolate comfort food." – Kim Steckler, Pastry Art & Design