Compartes Chocolate and Macallan Truffles

Melt more than hearts with this delicious marriage of single-origin chocolate and 18-year scotch

For those who love chocolate and booze together but have grown beyond liqueur-filled mini chocolates, Compartes Chocolatier recently introduced a limited-edition box of scotch whisky-infused dark truffles. With our favorite The Macallan 18-year single-malt scotch enriching the deep flavor of the single-origin ganache, we’re fans. As the truffle melts in your mouth, the subtle taste of whisky comes through—sounds like a perfect Valentine’s day gift. …

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Sruli Recht and Ghostly collaborate on a multi-use cable organizer

Reykjavik-based leather designer and CH mainstay Sruli Recht has had a great 2010 and is set to have an even more exciting 2011. Preparing to launch his first menswear collection at Paris Fashion week next January has been his recent focus, but he also somehow found time to repurpose waste materials left over from a collaboration with record label Ghostly earlier this year. Taking remnants …

Valerie Confections

by Julie Wolfson In an L.A. neighborhood between Koreatown, Silverlake and just west of downtown, you'll find the tiny haven Valerie Confections where chocolatiers make some of the best artisanal chocolates in Southern California. What Valerie Gordon and her partner Stan Weightman Jr. began in 2004 as a few types of hand-crafted toffee since has blossomed into a full service confectioner. In addition to her …

Baking for Good

Started by New Yorker Emily Dubner, the online bakery Baking for Good donates 15% of each purchase to a cause chosen by the customer. By tying charity to a guilty pleasure, Baking for Good allows customers to feel better about gifting or consuming scrumptious snacks and desserts and makes it easy to give back. With a list of nonprofits and community causes almost as extensive …

Kidlandia Custom Maps For Kids

Kidlandia, a website that lets you create personalized fantasy maps for kids, evolved from illustrator, entrepreneur and former Disney producer Brian Backus' intricate, personalized maps that he started making a few years ago. His custom-made maps of fantasy kingdoms featured names and places that were part of the child's life, creating an endless source of fun and fantasy. He quickly realized that an online version …