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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.
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 naturally derived “millennial pink” color!
This is your classic heart-shaped chocolate box, perfect for your Valentine, Galentine, co-worker, or kids. Lake Champlain Chocolates are made in Vermont and are certified fair trade and organic, so you can feel good about gifting quality. What's inside? Six chocolates each with a different filling, including milk chocolate peanut butter and raspberries and dark chocolate.
Godiva chocolates and Valentine's Day go hand-in-hand, and this tower of three chocolate boxes is extra special and decadent. There's a 14-piece box and a 6-piece box filled with an assortment of Godiva's classic gourmet chocolates and new delights from the limited-edition Hearts of Love collection—think Milk Chocolate Crème Brûlée, White Chocolate Strawberry Crème, Dark Ganache Heart. The chocolate box on top is a Mini Heart Box filled with six foil-wrapped Milk Chocolate Carrés.
This box of specialty malted milk balls from andSons 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's all-natural with no preservatives.
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.
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.
If you're looking for quality chocolates and variety, Williams Sonoma's gift box has you covered. Of course, there's a chocolate bar, and not just any chocolate bar, but the Oprah's "O List"-approved premium dark chocolate bar complete with festive ruby-red hearts. Then there are adorable heart-shaped pops in white and dark chocolate and classic heart-shaped chocolates filled with creamy caramel in mouth-watering flavors (Apple Pie, Pinot Noir Sea Salt, and Fleur de Se). Last but not least, you'll also get a very special upgrade to the classic Valentine's Day conversation hearts. These hearts feature dark chocolate ganache with cognac smothered in white chocolate and the perfect sweet message on top.
These are gorgeous, brightly colored heart-shaped chocolates made by family-based Mayana Chocolate in Wisconsin. The recipe includes a slow-cooked chocolate caramel recipe with high-quality fleur de sel. Plus, there’s a socially based reason to gift these chocolates (or to buy them for yourself!): a portion of the sales from these little hearts will be donated to the ACLU. The sleek gold gift box contains five hearts.
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.
Godiva has lifted the traditional chocolate cherry cordial into a different realm. These are whole sweet cherries in syrup, enrobed in a dark chocolate shell, individually wrapped in red foil, and then nestled into a clear gift box tied with red ribbon. This flight of six chocolates says it simply and elegantly: Happy Valentine’s Day!
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 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 natural 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.
For the traditionalist, the Belgian Chocolate Strawberries and Donut Bouquet at Harry & David is a good choice—it’s classic yet pretty and slightly over-the-top. For something simpler and a little more budget-friendly, you can't go wrong with the Lake Champlain Chocolate Hearts Gift Box.
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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.