Gold-leafed chocolates are all the rage at fancy chocolate shops and gourmet food boutiques. The gold leafing adds a soft sheen to chocolate, making it elegant and luxurious.

Gold-leafed chocolates are all the rage at fancy chocolate shops and gourmet food boutiques. The gold leafing adds a soft sheen to chocolate, making it elegant and luxurious.


The leafing process easily can be done at home. The leaf looks stunning on chocolate, and elegant on fruits.


If you're hosting a holiday gathering or need to give a hostess gift, gold-leafed treats can make a huge impression. When you tell guests or gift recipients that you did it yourself, they will be amazed.


When selecting chocolate, begin with a fresh, good-quality chocolate.


For fruits, you can use plums, pears, grapes, strawberries or dates. Citrus fruits do not work well: Because of their skins' high oil content, the gold leafing won't adhere.


You will need sheets of edible gold leaf -- you can find it online or at specialty stores -- plus latex or vinyl gloves, a small paintbrush and those fruits and chocolates.


To begin, cut the gold sheets into 2-by-2-inch squares. Wearing gloves, place a square, gold side down, on a piece of chocolate. Use the paintbrush's bristle end to burnish the tissue side of the gold leaf square. This technique will press the gold onto the chocolate.


To apply the gold to a piece of fruit, use the same technique as for the chocolate, but use the other side of the paintbrush. Press any loose flakes down. Highlight small areas of the fruit with smatterings of gold.


Display the fruits and chocolates on a plate or wrap them for gift giving. To create a fruit wrap, fold half a sheet of gold tissue paper in half, then fold 1-inch accordion pleats into the paper, lengthwise.


Place the fruit on one end and roll the fruit, wrapping it with paper. Gather the extra paper at the fruit's bottom. Place the wrapped fruit in the center of a square of cellophane wrap. Gather the cello around the fruit and tie with a ribbon.


Emboss or stamp a fruit image onto a piece of cardstock. Cut out along the outer edge of the shape, punch a hole in the top and tie the shaped gift tag with ribbon.


The chocolates can be boxed in paper-lined cardboard boxes. Tie a fancy bow around the box and add a paper gift tag.


Cathie Filian is a lifestyle expert, TV host and craft-book author. Learn more about her on her blog www.cathiefilian.com.