Wondering where to get the sweetest chocolate for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Stop by, or order online, at one of these over-the-top chocolatiers and she’ll fall in love with you all over again.
1. Jacques Torres Chocolates, New York City – Considered the best of the best, this chocolate company, located in SoHo, is a must-see for any chocophile. Their factory is shaped like a huge cacao-pod and filled with delicious, mouth-watering chocolates. Among the best are their famous champagne truffles as well as their filled chocolates, cinnamon praline, passion fruit and fresh-squeezed lemon. And don’t miss tasting their chocolate-covered macadamia nuts and gingerettes, disks of candied ginger coated in dark chocolate.
2. Marie-Belle, New York City – This company may not manufacture their own chocolate but they create fantastic works of art. Visit The Chocolate Factory at their Madison Avenue location on a Wednesday night and enjoy live entertainment.
New York City also has several chocolate tours that last 2 hours and visit 5 of the best chocolatiers in the downtown Manhattan area. Now there’s a real sweetheart of a deal!
3. Recchiuti Confections, San Francisco – The owners of this shop use only the freshest natural ingredients and are known for their unusual flavor combinations. Try their Tarragon Grapefruit, Star Anise and Pink Peppercorn. That’s adding a little spice to your Valentine’s Day!
4. Kron Chocolatier, Miami – Located on Biscayne Blvd, this shop makes handmade and hand-dipped truffles that are shipped all over the world. If you are in the vicinity, and want something even more unusual, you can also make a stop at Romanicos Chocolates in Coral Gables and pick up their sushi-shaped chocolates packaged in a Japanese-style carton.
5. Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers, FL – Beautiful, edible works of chocolate art hand-painted or air-brushed with brilliant colorful designs. Made with the freshest ingredients like bananas, coconut and ginger they are sure to please. Try the roasted pineapple truffle for something really different!
6. Christopher Elbow Chocolates, Kansas City – Decadent chocolates in unusual flavors that double as works of art. The favorites are champagne, rosemary caramel and bananas foster truffles.
7. Bissinger’s Chocolates, St. Louis – Want something a little more fruity? Check out Bissinger’s chocolate-dipped fruit that they have been making since1927.
8. Bridgewater Chocolate, South Bridgewater, Connecticut – Known for using local dairy products and leaving out all the preservatives and additives, they make some of the best American chocolate in the nation. Try their chocolate-covered toffee, caramels, fruit and nuts.
9. Candinas Chocolatier, Verona, Wisconsin – Candinas’ specialty are handmade, ultra-thin shelled truffles with a rich, intensely-flavored liquid center. Messy but good!
10. B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, Minneapolis – This small chocolatier makes everything by hand, the old-fashioned way, and serves up assorted boxes of chocolates with flavors such as Zinfandel Balsamic Vinegar, White Chocolate Orange-Scented Soft Caramel, Cinnamon Star Anise, Lavender-Black Peppercorn and Green Tea.
Have a sweetheart of a Valentine’s Day!