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Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that demands chocolate. Sometimes there are good Valentine’s Days, and sometimes there can be bad Valentine’s Days (yes, we've all had those too). If you’re lucky, and it’s a good day, chocolates are a gentle reminder of how much you love and appreciate your special Valentine. If it’s a bad one, the same philosophy applies. Chocolates are a gentle reminder that you can indeed give yourself the best of self-care, and when the package arrives, all troubles will be forgotten for as long as there is chocolate!
There’s such a wide variety of chocolates on this list that there’s something for every taste, every individual. It’s the Day of Love, and we all should indulge in the very best we can. Bonbons or truffles, fruits, and even honey, it’s all glorious and ready to gift or to devour!
Here, the best chocolates for Valentine's Day.
Harry & David Ruby Cacao Truffles
Ruby Chocolate is a new variety of chocolate, made from the Ruby cocoa bean. It’s called the “fourth chocolate” (after milk, dark, and white) and is so new that it’s only been available for the past few years. The chocolate itself is naturally pink, with a flavor of white chocolate and raspberries. These truffles will be appreciated by foodies for their novel individuality and by millennials for their “millennial pink” color!
Knipschildt Heart Chocolate Box, 14 Pieces
This is one of the most romantic collections of chocolates available for Valentine’s Day. Created, curated, and designed by Knipschildt Chocolates and exclusive to Williams Sonoma, the chocolates are small-batch made in the USA with high-end flavor profiles that include garden mint, tangerine, and ancho chile white chocolate, hazelnut, elderflower, caramel, strawberry, and both dark and milk chocolate. Hand-painted with subtle artistry and nestled in a pink handcrafted box tied with a luscious lavender silk ribbon, this is a gift that won't soon be forgotten.
Godiva Assorted Chocolate Gold Favor
Godiva chocolates and Valentine's Day go hand-in-hand, and this is the perfect little box that won't break the bank. The gold box is tied up with a classic red ribbon and filled with four signature chocolates in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate, including Dark Caramel Embrace, Dark Ganache Bliss, Milk Praliné Heart, and Raspberry Star. This box is perfect for anyone you want to share the love—and chocolate—with this year.
andSons Chocolatiers Strawberry White Chocolate Malt Balls
This box of specialty malted milk balls from and Sons Chocolatiers combines a European heritage with Los Angeles roots. In the kitchen is a talented team of chocolatiers, led by Chef Kriss Harvey, one of America’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs and formerly Executive Pastry Chef at The Bazaar by José Andrés. The chic packaging adds an elegant touch and would make a lovely gift for a friend or romantic partner this Valentine's Day. We call this low-key white chocolate and strawberry deliciousness—and it contains no preservatives.
Harry & David Belgian Chocolate-Covered Strawberries and Donut Bouquet
A selection of mini donuts and chocolate-covered strawberries are brought together here in a glorious bouquet designed to start the day of love off with a grand gesture! There’s a little bit of everything in this bouquet: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, mini cake donuts, fresh strawberries, chocolate drizzles, and of course pink sprinkles! It's all wrapped up as a delicious bouquet with pink tissue paper and a gold ribbon.
Saxon Heartfelt Collection
Pretty in pink and it won't break the bank! If you're looking for something simple, sweet, and delicious but don't want to spend too much money, Saxon's Heartfelt Collection box is just the ticket. This moderately priced box packs quite the flavor punch. It features pink Belgian chocolate hearts, milk chocolate sea salt caramels, and dark chocolate raspberry truffles for a decadent gift for your Valentine.
John & Kira's Chocolate Bees With Caramelized Honey Center
These little chocolate bees are absolutely adorable! The caramelized honey filling is made from basswood honey taken from a family apiary in Pennsylvania, and it's enclosed in a chocolate shell crafted by hand then painted to look like a little bee with yellow and black cocoa butter. Honey-lovers will crave these chocolates, and of course, you can always add a handwritten card that says, “Will you Bee mine?” It comes with nine darling bees in a sweet yellow box.
Stick With Me Sweets Bonbon Box
Stick With Me Sweets is the dreamchild of Susanna Yoon, former pastry chef at Michelin three-star restaurant Per Se in New York City. From her small shop in Soho, she and her team craft an amazing range of chocolates from the finest ingredients sourced ethically from around the world. Her philosophy says it all: “We want to create a box of chocolates that were made with the same care and attention as those in Michelin Starred restaurants but that could be accessed by all chocolate-lovers.” The flavors? Bananas Foster, Raspberry Rose, Guava Passion Fruit, Matcha Green Tea, Yuzu! This is truly an exquisite experience in love and chocolate.
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Karen Resta is a writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. She's also a former pastry chef and has traveled to Budapest, Kyiv, and Paris during their Fashion Weeks as a photographer and writer, always finding the best authentic pastries along the way. She now spends a lot of her free time baking at home and recommends quality within your given budget when it comes to gifting.