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Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that demands chocolate. It can be a gesture of your love and appreciation for your special Valentine. Or it can also be a reminder that you can indeed treat yourself to some gourmet goodness.
There’s such a wide variety of chocolate, and we've gathered some for every taste and every wallet. It’s the Day of Love, and we all should indulge in the very best way we can. Bonbons, truffles, cordials, and even caramels: It’s all glorious and ready to gift or devour.
Here are the best chocolates for Valentine's Day.
La Maison du Chocolat Valentine's Day Gift Box
What says "I love you" more than a stunning box of chocolates made in France? This luxurious heart-shaped gift box from La Maison du Chocolat comes in two sizes—your choice of 14 or 45 chocolates—and it's packed full of the brand's best-selling milk and dark chocolate creations. You'll be biting into treats like ganaches, pralinés, and almond pastes, all of which are displayed on a bed of dark chocolate pearls.
Knipschildt Heart Chocolate Box, 14 Pieces
This is one of the most romantic collections of chocolates available for Valentine’s Day. Created and curated by Knipschildt Chocolates and exclusive to Williams Sonoma, the chocolates are small-batch, made in the USA, and have 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 Gold Gift Box
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 with this year.
Jacques Torres Chocolate Valentine's Day Sweet Love Bonbon Box
The only thing better than chocolates for Valentine's Day? Heart-shaped chocolates! This limited edition package of 12 delicious bonbons comes from Jacques Torres—a popular NYC chocolatier—and includes six different flavors. You'll get two of each: Taittinger Rosé Champagne ganache, Alizé Hearts of Passion in dark chocolate, Alizé Hearts of Passion in milk chocolate, Delicate Damask Rose ganache, Fragrant Raspberry ganache, and Wild Hibiscus with orange ganache. The hardest part will be deciding which one to try first!
Seattle Chocolate To Do With You Chocolate Truffles Heart Box
Skip the store-bought chocolate box this Valentine's Day and wow your sweetheart with this stunning heart-shaped box from Seattle Chocolate. It contains 4 ounces of assorted chocolate truffles, including milk chocolate, salted almond, blackberry crème, and dark sea salt toffee. The box was designed by a Seattle-based artist, and 10 percent of net profits from your purchase goes to charity. It's a win-win!
andSons Chocolatiers Strawberry White Chocolate Malt Balls
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.
Saxon Heartfelt Collection
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. The flavors? Bananas Foster, Raspberry Rose, Guava Passion Fruit, Matcha Green Tea, and Yuzu! It's truly an exquisite experience in love and chocolate.
Godiva Valentine's Day Chocolate Gift Box & Cherry Cordials
Godiva chocolates and Valentine's Day go hand-in-hand, and this two-in-one set is extra special and decadent. It includes a 20-piece chocolate gift set and a flight of six chocolate cherry cordials. 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.
The La Maison du Chocolat Valentine's Day Gift Box (view at Food52) is stunning by itself, but the chocolates inside are sure to blow you away. It comes in two different sizes, both of which feature a selection of the brand's best-selling milk and dark chocolates. Or for something more modestly priced, consider the Godiva Gold Gift Box (view at Godiva), which comes in several sizes and is packed in a lovely gold box.
What to Look for in Chocolates for Valentine's Day
Chocolate that is freshly made and has cocoa as one of the first listed ingredients is better-quality chocolate. Candy specially packaged for this holiday is usually the freshest.
Your special Valentine deserves their favorite kind of chocolate for this romantic holiday. Truffles, chocolates filled with assorted fillings, chocolate-covered strawberries, or decadent bonbons—whatever their ultimate desire of a chocolate treat is, indulge them and you'll make their day.
There are different shapes, sizes, colors, and designs for the packaging of Valentine's Day chocolates. From the traditional red heart box to boxes with favorite beloved characters on them to a box tied with a pretty bow, special-shaped bouquets of chocolates, and more, choose the one that best suits that special person in your life.
Are there different kinds of chocolate?
Absolutely! There's the ever-popular milk chocolate, rich dark chocolate, and creamy white chocolate—which frequently gets color added to create fun designs. Gift boxes in particular often come with a variety of different types, so there's sure to be something that tickles your loved one's fancy.
Do chocolate and Champagne go well together for Valentine's Day?
Rich, luscious chocolate and bubbly, nose-tickling Champagne pair very well and are popular gifts on one of the most romantic days of the year.
How long does chocolate candy last?
Check the label on the box of candy to see its expiration date. A rule of thumb is to keep all chocolate varieties—milk, white, and dark—for up to 10 months. Filled or special-type chocolates, such as truffles, should be eaten within three to four months.
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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.