Tuesday, November 28, 2006

$1.5M 'Le Chocolat' to Fancy More Than One's Sweet Tooth

A gift of custom-made chocolates is being iced with a lot more than sugar in Missouri this Christmas season.

A suburban St. Louis chocolate maker and jeweler have teamed up to offer a box of candy decked out with 13 pieces of diamond jewelry.

Their asking price is a cool $1.5 million.

Lake Forest Confections and Simons Jewelers in Clayton created the gift by combining an assortment of chocolates with plenty of jewels.

In addition to lots of diamonds, the jewelry features sapphires, rubies and emeralds.

The gift is being called "Le Chocolat" and will be presented in an intricate box made in Europe.

Chocolate maker Bud Kolbrener says if a serious buyer comes forward, he'll custom make the chocolates out of fresh fruits, creams or even dusted in 24-karat gold.

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