I like the Nicobella truffle variety box, with six flavors: Walnut Flaxseed Crunch, Sunflower Banana Butter, Pumpkin Chai, Blueberry Almond, Ginger Green Tea, and Pure Cocoa Bliss

Looks like the holidays are going to be lean and green this year: With the US economy still at a standstill, my entire extended family has decided to keep holiday presents small and thoughtful. Fine by me; I’ve long contended that one of the biggest contributors to global warming is all the stuff we buy.

So thank goodness for small (and sustainable) indulgences! My latest obsession, Nicobella dark chocolate truffles, are the perfect pick for considered green gift-giving. They fit the bill on all eco-counts: organic, fair trade, locally made, vegan, natural — even the packaging uses vegetable-based inks and is FSC-certified.

They’re even healthy: In lieu of the traditional cream and sugar ganache filling, Nicobella truffles are infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients like pumpkin and sunflower seed butter, and sweetened with agave nectar or brown rice syrup. Take a closer look:

But most important, they’re delicious. I mean, beyond delicious. (My mouth is actually watering as I write this.) And at $13.50 a box through the Nicobella website or Abe’s Market, I can afford to throw in a little holiday giftie for yours truly!

–Jennifer Grayson

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