Lagusta's Luscious' truffles remain true to their name to the last flick of your tongue. Pop one of these delectables into your mouth and the delicate crunch of chocolate between your teeth soon gives way to the silky, creamy lusciousness of melt-in-your mouth ganache, its flavor often co-mingling with unexpected—but surprisingly harmonious—pairings such as sea salt and taste-bud-tingling wasabi.
Created by two vegan chefs from upstate New York, the velvety-smooth vegan truffles are handmade in small batches and sent out only every six weeks, giving them a heady aura of exclusivity (and attention to detail) and making them one of the best-kept confectionery secrets in the country.
Lagusta's Luscious' dedication to sustainability is apparent—the saga of how it selected one particular organic and fair-trade chocolate over all others, after a protracted trial-and-error research phase, is well documented on its Web site. A box of 8 truffles costs $13; a selection 28 truffles are priced at $42. You can still make the Oct. 26 shipping date if you have an itchy mouse-trigger finger.