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We like good chocolate; we like adorable good chocolate even more. It'd be impossible not to smile when you open up a box of the John & Kira's Chocolate Ladybug Medley. Here's what we had to say about them:

If there was one chocolate set out there that receives ahhs and oohs from everyone who's seen it, it would likely by the Chocolate Ladybugs and Caramel Bees from Philly-based John & Kira's Chocolate. Well-crafted with style in boxes that you'll keep long after the chocolate is gone, the Ladybugs come by the set of nine, three pieces each of the mint, raspberry and honey-lavender. They're individually hand painted, two-bite creations, a delicate dark chocolate shell with a smooth Valrhona chocolate ganache. Mint is my favorite of the three, fresh and pure without either the mint or chocolate overwhelming the other. Honey-lavender is the sweetest and most fragrant of the set, while the raspberry is a modest classic done well.

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