Chocolate consumption began in Mesoamerica as both a sacred ceremonial offering and a way to make pretzels more palatable. Pay homage to this ancient snack enhancer with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a 15-piece assorted-chocolate box at The Chocolate Soldier (a $40 value). Today's deal is redeemable at both the Dana Point and Laguna Beach locations.
The chocolatiers at The Chocolate Soldier whip up fresh confections around the clock at their Laguna Beach kitchen, crafting each delectable edible with natural ingredients and artistic fervor. Upon arrival at the shop of their choice, cocoa cravers choose from a wide assortment of turtles, truffles, and melt-aways, building a gift box fit for any queen or a self-loathing Lord Licorice. Fine liquors entwine with buttery caramel, dark chocolate, fluffy homemade marshmallow, and nuts to form elegantly rich truffles, as dessert virtuosos slather pecans in homemade caramel and chocolate to create creamy, crunchy turtles. In keeping with their name, melt-aways deliciously dissolve upon the palate, leaving traces of butterscotch, mocha, and vanilla, and dark-chocolate butterflies take taste buds soaring to new heights before dropping them on the nearest marigold.