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Deck the Halls With Balls of Chocolate

Look closely. Go on.

See those red ornaments above? Yes, they are chocolate. And yes, they are entirely edible, except for the red ribbons they hang from.

These Chocolate Holiday Ornaments are by Portland, Ore.-based Moonstruck Chocolatier. They are hand-painted with naturally colored cocoa butter. And yes, you can actually hang them on your Christmas tree.

I’ll use my patented scale of 1 to 10 lip-smackers, with 1 being the “Bleh, save your money” far end of the spectrum; 5 being the “I’m not sure I’d buy it, but if it was just there, I might nibble some” middle-of-the-road response; and 10 being the “My gawd, I could die now and never be happier, because this is the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth” supreme ranking.

Moonstruck’s Chocolate Holiday Ornaments: Swirls of lipstick red to deep Bordeaux decorate these sweet ornaments. And I mean, sweet. The shell is made of white chocolate that’s sugary, with a hint of vanilla. Rattling around inside the ornaments are tiny chocolate discs of single origin dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa). Full disclosure: I admit I’m more a fan of dark chocolate than white chocolate. Four ornaments come packaged in a box for $16. Rating for looks: 9. Rating for taste: 7 lip-smackers. 

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