The Best Gifts for Chocolate Lovers
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Truffle Making Kit
Personalize your own chocolate treats or gift this kit to a loved one or friend. The melted French dark chocolate morsels form into decadent truffles with options for flavors like coconut flakes, peppermint, vanilla, or Himalayan sea salt. Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles Kit, $35 at uncommongoods.com
Chocolate Recipe Book
McCrea's is known for inventive and delicious caramel candies, and this chocolate set will delight any sweet tooth. McCrea's Deep Chocolate Caramels, $19 at amazon.com
Compartés Chocolate Bars
Compartés has a library of inventive and craveable chocolate bar flavors. Treat yourself or a loved one to some of their creations, like milk chocolate with caramel popcorn or cookies & cream.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Bar, $10 at papersource.com
Salted Caramel Chocolate Bar, $10 at papersource.com
The Drive In Chocolate Bar, $10 at papersource.com
Cookies & Cream Chocolate Bar, $10 at papersource.com
If you know an aspiring Willy Wonka, this little luxury tool is perfect for the finishing touch on fine desserts. Just add whichever chocolate you like to the mold, turn onto the marble based and it's ready to go.
Chocolate Curling Kit, $70 at uncommongoods.com
Maggie Louise Chocolates
Sugarfina has all kinds of flavor infused candies, and chocolate is no exception. Try the classic Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels or Caramel Popcorn. The “s’mores” candies can be microwaved for a gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate experience. Get the Champagne bears (made with Dom Perignon and covered in Parisian dark chocolate) or a dark chocolate bar made with stout beer and salty pretzels. Overwhelmed and can’t decide? Design your own candy bento box and pick 3, 4, 8, even up to 20 different treats in one gift box.
Dark Chocolate Champagne Bears, $24 at sugarfina.com
Stout & Pretzel Dark Chocolate Bar, $10 at sugarfina.com
Chocolate Fondue Minis
This mini fondue sets make the process of setting up Belgian chocolate fondue super easy (and fast). Choose between dark chocolate, raspberry or espresso flavors.
Decadent Chocolate Fondue, $20 at uncommongoods.com
Chocolate Almond Butter
Weave a little sweetness and chocolate into morning toast, afternoon snacks, or dessert in the evening with this almond butter.
Barney Butter Chocolate Almond Butter Blend, $12 at thrivemarket.com
Mouth.com Gift Sets
Get or give this hot cocoa gift box, complete with a mug, dark chocolate, ginger cardamom, and cocoa dulce hot chocolate flavors with special snowflake marshmallow toppers. For a variety, go with a chocolate fix pack full of bars, sables, brownies and a chocolate toaster tart. If you want everything smothered in chocolate, get the box full of chocolate-covered treats.
Hot Cocoa Kit, $64 at mouth.com
The Chocolate Fix, $49 at mouth.com
Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness, $80 at mouth.com
Boska's fondue pots have been a staple since 1896, which means it's the perfect investment or gift for anyone who loves a good fondue.
Boska Fondue Pot, $25 at williams-sonoma.com
K+M Extravirgin Chocolate
The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller and Tuscany’s Armando Manni collaborated to craft some of the highest quality chocolate on the market. Made with the finest cocoa beans and extra-virgin olive oil, this silky smooth treat comes in three versions: dark, milk, and a combination package.
K+M Milk & Dark Chocolate, Ecuador, $15 at williams-sonoma.com
K+M Milk Chocolate, Ecuador, $15 at williams-sonoma.com
K+M Dark Chocolate, Madagascar, $15 at williams-sonoma.com
Chocolate Candy Assortment
This is the ideal gift to snack on a bit at a time with chocolate-covered pretzels, raisins, cookie dough, and almonds.
Signature Chocolate Tackle Box, $26 at neimanmarcus.com
These hand-painted truffles are all one-of-a-kind, and taste even better. Share (or hoard) these stunning creations all dressed to impress.
Knipschildt Assorted Chocolates, Set of 12, $28 at williams-sonoma.com
Vosges Haut Chocolate
Katrina Markoff's adventurous take on chocolate capitalizes on cacao's compatibility with spices, flowers, and other more nuanced flavorings—perfect for a Valentine with a curious palate. We're especially big fans of the beautifully boxed Love Ritual Collection ($45) a combination of champagne and "exotic" truffles that also comes with mini chocolate bars and bonbons, and the iconic Exotic Truffle Collection in the 32-piece assortment ($90), ideal for outsized declarations of love.
Exotic Truffle Collection, $85 at neimanmarcus.com
Is your loved one the sort who's liable to be charmed by a box of chocolates with an image of a besotten kitten and puppy on the lid ($15.75) and an assortment of chewy, nutty, and marshmallow-y bonbons within? Only you can know for sure. Whether you pick a more traditional red Elegant Heart box ($106.90) or lean into the goofiness with one that's dressed up in a tuxedo ($35.50), there's an option for every sweetheart.
L.A. Burdick Chocolate
If chocolate penguins or mice sound hokey, you haven't tried the handmade confections made by small-batch chocolatier L.A. Burdick. Based in Wapole, New Hampshire, the company prides itself on freshly whipped ganaches, hand-piped details, delicate chocolate couverture, and absolutely no flavorings or essences. That means all the flavor comes straight from actual ingredients, so that lemony note in the chocolate-stuffed penguins comes from actual lemon, the delicate kick in the special-edition dark chocolate mice comes from real champagne while the slight crunch of the raspberry bonbon in the Signature Heart Assortment comes from raspberry seeds.
Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Gabriel Kreuther, a Food & Wine Best New Chef in 2003, is best known as a savory chef, but his chocolate game is just as strong. His New York City chocolate shop, Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate, is offering select Valentine’s Day confections for in-store pick-up only (such as a chocolate tic tac toe board), as well as mail-order options that span macaron-shaped chocolates, a duo of salted caramel chocolate truffles and white chocolate strawberry truffles, and a chef’s selection of seasonal chocolates, which includes a special Valentine’s Day strawberry and white chocolate yogurt bar.
Maison du Chocolat
If you can’t fly to Paris, you can still bring your valentine the best that the City of Love has to offer—AKA chocolate. Maison du Chocolat’s limited addition Parisian Terrace Giftbox comes in varying sizes and prices, and features a mix of four different pralines and ganaches. The Heart Gift Box is festive and fun, with either 15 or 38 pieces of the company’s best milk and dark chocolates.
Nothing goes better with chocolate than caramel, and Recchiuti Confections has the chocolate-caramel combo down to a science—literally. The box of Chemistry of Love Truffles is composed of 9 burnt caramel truffles, each imprinted with a cute image of a chemistry-related object, whether pipette, beaker, or vial. The Black Box and Heart in Hand truffle box mix the burnt caramel flavor with a host of other offerings, including Kona Coffee, Piedmont Hazelnut, and the Valentine’s-appropriate Ginger Heart.
For Valentine’s Day, andSons Chocolatiers has teamed up with local Los Angeles artist Alexandra Grant to create three limited edition LOVE boxes filled with bonbons and ganaches. The box itself features Grant’s signature LOVE design. The chocolates inside include seasonal flavors, like honey ganache and lime caramel, shaped as hearts. A portion of proceeds from the sales of these boxes benefits grantLove project, which supports artist projects and arts nonprofits.