Oh, how sweet!

Each of these marrons glaces, a traditional Christmas confection from France, is like its own gift -- a plump candied chestnut perfectly glazed and tender. They're wonderful on their own, lovely at the bottom of a Champagne flute with sparkling wine, and delicious served with cheese, especially a blue cheese, as dessert.

Corsiglia marrons glaces, about $38 for a box of eight; available at www.deananddeluca.com.

-- Betty Hallock

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