Like those chop chop salads at restaurants? Make your own with the Salad Chopper and bowl from OXO. The chopper has two stainless steel blades for cutting up lettuce and slices of vegetables, cheese or fruit in the bowl. The bowl has a continuous curve to accommodate the blades.

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Though many candy makers are tapping into politics this season, the truffles from Moonstruck Chocolate Co. in Portland, Ore., may be the winners in this contest. The election collection (two of each party) includes elephants of extra-bittersweet ganache, donkeys of Mayan ganache. Both are gray in color, which is bit off-putting for chocolate but one taste and you'll be casting a "Yes" vote. Available through Oct. 20. The truffles are sold individually ($4.50 apiece) at Chocolate Time in Rochester, Minn., 1-507-206-0700 (, or through Moonstruck.

$15 (box of four), 1-800-557-MOON,