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Chocolate is (and always will be) a staple of Valentine’s Day. It’s a day for tasteful decadence, and the right box of chocolate is a delicious way to show some love. A box of the best chocolate for Valentine’s Day is the perfect gift for a platonic friend or relative, and it also works great as a gift for your sweetheart. Of course, if you’re going all out for February 14, chocolate should probably be a supplement to a bigger gift. And, let’s not forget, chocolate is an aphrodisiac, meaning it’s the perfect starting course before heading to the bedroom with your Valentine. Basically, you can’t go wrong with the best chocolates for Valentine’s Day.
If you’re planning on giving your partner some chocolates for Valentine’s Day, don’t rush to the supermarket just yet. You can order all sorts of chocolates — from affordable classics to gourmet specialties — right from your home. Plus, there are now many alternatives to traditional Valentine’s Day chocolates, such as cookie boxes and gourmet dessert assortments. This means there’s something for every giftee.
Because a box of chocolates never goes amiss on February 14, check out some of the best Valentine’s Day chocolates below.
1. Godiva Chocolatier Classic Chocolate Gold Gift Box
You can’t go wrong with this classic assorted chocolate box from Godiva. It boasts a variety of 19 dark, milk and white chocolates filled with ganaches, pralines, caramels and more. Reviewers are big fans, as the chocolates have hundreds of positive reviews. Best of all, because this chocolate gift box is available via Amazon Prime, it’s the perfect last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for anyone that’s short on time.
2. Godiva Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
When you go looking for chocolate for Valentine’s Day, you go looking for Godiva. There’s a reason this chocolatier is so closely associated with V-Day. Chocolate-covered strawberries are a must-have when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts. Even if you’re planning on buying another gift for your sweetheart, you also have to get chocolate-covered strawberries. It isn’t V Day without ’em, and your significant other will be more than happy to indulge their sweet tooth.
3. The Chocolatey Classic by Milk Bar
BEST FOR CAKE LOVERS
If the chocolate lover in your life is a cake fan, the chocolate birthday cake and chocolate truffle set from Milk Bar cannot be missed — trust us. The New York City-based bakery has been crafting its signature cookies, cakes and truffles for years, and now the company is delivering its creations nationwide, making it easy for chocolate lovers everywhere to indulge. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time you have a hankering for chocolate, the decadent birthday cake and fudgy chocolate truffles are a delicious way to celebrate, well, anything. Is it a day that ends with ‘y’? Then celebrate with chocolate.
4. Chocolate Treasure Box by Harry and David
BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT
Whatever your price point, Harry and David have something delectable for sale. The online retailer boasts a massive selection of food and alcohol sets, including this over the top Chocolate Treasure Box. A great option for sending to a loved one far away, the massive box includes a huge list of chocolate items, from pretzels to malt balls and even a cake. We also like that the box comes with a bottle of wine and customers can opt to add additional bottles for a fee.
5. DOVE Valentine’s Chocolate Heart Box
Even if your pocketbook is still light from the holidays, you can score a great box of chocolates for V Day. This heart-shaped box from Dove comes in at just $12, although they taste more expensive than that. They come in a Valentine’s Day heart-shaped box, making it a more fitting gift than a regular box of candy. Although there isn’t an assortment inside, you can choose from a milk, dark or peanut butter chocolate box depending on what your Valentine likes.
BEST FOR MOODY LOVERS
Just looking to give your Valentine a few bites of something sweet even when they’re feeling sour? Look no further than the aptly-named Moodibars to set the tone. Yes, you love them, but their emotions can get occasionally turbulent. Set it straight and have them express their mood in the form of chocolate next time around.
7. Lindt LINDOR Caramel Chocolate Truffles
BIGGEST GOURMET BOX
This box of Lindt chocolates strikes a great balance between quality, quantity and price. It comes with 60 delicious Lindor chocolates and costs just $15. These Lindors are a good upgrade from regular candies, but they’re still something your Valentine will be familiar with — unlike some of the upscale gourmet chocolate to come. And if your Valentine is anything like the chocolates’ 17,000+ reviewers, chances are they’ll like eating all 60 pieces.
8. Hazel & Creme Chocolate Mini Pretzel Gift Basket
It simply doesn’t get any better than the sweet and savory mixture provided by a chocolate-covered pretzel. Sorry, we don’t make the rules, that’s just the way the cookie, — we mean, pretzel — crumbles. This mini gift set comes with four different chocolate-covered pretzel offerings that are sure to put a smile on your Valentine’s face.
9. Seattle Chocolate Company Pink Bubbly Truffles
Yeah, we said it. Pop! Whenever you take a bite of one of these bad boys, these will pop in your mouth the same way your favorite glass of bubbly would. How, you ask? Well, think of these truffles as pop-rock and dried raspberry-filled dark chocolate wonders. Your lover will geek over them.
10. The Cravory: Red Velvet Cookies
Although dainty chocolates are very Valentine’s Day appropriate, sometimes we’d rather chow down on delicious cookies. This box of The Cravory’s red velvet cookies takes the childhood favorite to a new, grown-up level with a premium flavor that’s perfect for gifting on V Day. The box comes with 12 cookies in the flavor that makes the most sense for the holiday: red velvet.
11. Godiva Chocolatier Chocolate Covered Cookies
What if the best chocolates for Valentine’s Day are actually… cookies? Instead of the classic Godiva chocolate box, try this assortment of chocolate-covered cookies instead. The British-style biscuits are perfect little treats during the day, and whoever receives this is sure to be delighted with their unconventional box of chocolates.
12. Knipschildt Chocolatier Signature Chocolate Collection Gift Box
As one of America’s most well-known chocolate makers, Denmark-born Fritz Knipschildt offers his artisanal chocolates on Goldbelly so the entire nation is able to taste. Using a bizarre range of ingredients that are both expected and completely unexpected, these chocolates will play with your giftee’s tastebuds in a way no other chocolate has before. Each chocolate in the gift box will become their favorite, just make sure they let you get a taste, too.
13. Chocolate Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket
Not sure what sort of sweets your Valentine likes? Go for this assorted gift basket. Along with Ghirardelli chocolates, the basket comes loaded with chocolate-covered sea salt cashews, chocolate-covered pretzels, caramel-drizzled pretzels, peanut brittle and chocolate almond bark (it’s a mouthful, literally). This is a good Valentine’s day gift idea for any snack-lover, but it’s also great as a casual gift for coworkers, friends and family on V day.
14. Saganom Artisanal Chocolate Truffle Box
If you’re really looking to throw down on some five-star chocolates, go for these Swiss truffles from Saganom. The box only includes 12 chocolates (six milk and six dark), but each one is an experience. Each box is made to order and shipped all the way from Switzerland, presented in an elegant box for “you-shouldn’t-have” level gifting. The best part is that your giftee will never see these in the supermarket — and they’ll surely want more once the box is empty.
15. LAKRIDS BY BÜLOW Love Selection Box
BEST FOR LICORICE LOVERS
Not everyone is a huge fan of licorice, but those that are are typically big fans of the sweet treat. For real, it’s like people turn their personalities into their love for licorice. If you’re looking for the best chocolate for any licorice lover, check out the Love Selection Box by LAKRIDS BY BÜLOW. This box coats scrumptious licorice in a variety of different chocolates for an experience your giftee won’t forget.
16. White Raspberry Popping Candy by Tony’s Chocolonely
CHOCOLATE WITH A CONSCIOUS
For a delightful twist on a traditional chocolate bar, we love the assortment of flavors from Tony’s Chocolonely. The White Raspberry Popping Candy chocolate bar includes white chocolate, raspberry and popping candy for a treat that is delicious and fun to eat. Customers will also feel good supporting a company that includes only Fairtrade ingredients and is using their resources to help end the slave trade and child labor that is used in the production of many types of cocoa.
17. Ruby Royale Premium Fruit & Nut Snack Mix
BEST NUT AND FRUIT COMBO
Squirrel Brand Nuts has just partnered with Drag Race star Latrice Royale to release their new Ruby Royale Premium Fruit & Nut Snack Mix and have created a delicious blend of salty and sweet to satisfy hard to please snackers. Spy received a sample of the fabulous new mix, which comes in a romantic rose canister that is perfect for Valentine’s Day. We loved the California almonds dipped in ruby cacao, which slayed all day. Pistachios and sweetened cranberries dipped in vanilla finish off this savory snack that will delight chocolate lovers.
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18. Galletti Bella Donna Chocolates
PAIRS WELL WITH COFFEE
Coffee maker Galletti has just introduced their line of dark chocolates into the US and not a moment too soon. SPY received a sample of the four dark chocolate flavors offered in the Galletti line, including Bella Donna (fig and rose petal), Amazonica (pineapple, passionfruit and energy plant), Orange Mocha (orange and ground Galletti coffee) and Andina (strawberry flakes and raspberry). Pairing perfectly with a cup of coffee and enjoyed on their own, the 100 percent Ecuadorian chocolates are made with organic fine aroma cocoa and have an impressive quality rating of 87+ for a smooth and rich flavor. Our favorite? Bella Donna. By far. Way, way, way too delicious.
19. Dylan’s Candy Bar Dark Chocolate Raisins Bulk Bag
FOR RAISIN LOVERS
Does your Valentine prefer chocolate of the raisin variety? Then we have the ultimate treat for them. Dylan’s Candy Bar is famous for all of their candy, but their chocolate-covered raisins? Simply to die for. You can snag your raisin-loving boo a bulk bag to aid all of their raisin cravings this Valentine’s Day. Trust us, they’ll never want to eat another brand again.
20. Kosterina EVOO Dark Chocolate Mezze Box
BEST WITH EVOO
Everything’s better with a little added extra virgin olive oil. That’s why this dark chocolate box from Kosterina is a must-gift this Valentine’s Day. This box is filled with four different flavored bars for a guilt-free yet decadent treat that’s sure to make your mouth water. As mentioned, it’s packed with high-quality EVOO from the south of Greece that both enhances the flavor and promotes antioxidants already found within dark chocolate. Get ready to make your tastebuds soar.
21. Barrel Aged Handcrafted Bonbons by Chocolate Secrets
BEST FOR ALCOHOL FANS
For a set of chocolates that are sure to impress, we like the Barrel-Aged Handcrafted Bonbons by Chocolate Secrets, a small chocolatier located in Texas. The stunning handmade chocolates are packaged in a wooden box for a presentation that makes a statement. The set of 16 chocolates includes eight different flavors, which are made with whiskey, bourbon, tequila, and rum for a gift that will delight chocolate and alcohol aficionados. The hand-painted chocolates are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.
22. Sol Cacao Bars
BEST SINGLE-ORIGIN CHOCOLATE
Sol Cacao has created a name for itself by focusing on quality and sustainability. A treat for chocolate lovers, the family-run company offers three rich flavors of single-origin chocolate bars. Made with only two ingredients, cacao beans and raw cane sugar, the artisan bars are not only rich and decadent but are also made under environmentally and ethically responsible conditions. The company offers pairing suggestions for their Madagascar, Ecuadorian and Peruvian chocolates, which can be enjoyed on their own or with cheese, yogurt, dried nuts, or used in baking.
23. ChocZero’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Whether you are cutting back on sugar for a Keto diet or because of diabetes, you shouldn’t have to go without chocolate. That’s just mean. Thankfully, ChocZero has created a line of sugar-free chocolate items that will satisfy any sweet tooth. SPY was given a sample of ChocZero’s dark, milk and white chocolate peanut butter cups and we were impressed by how close they tasted to competitors that were not sugar-free. Using monk fruit, the chocolates are free from added sugar and sugar alcohols, which can be difficult to digest. We also like that the chocolates are palm, soy and gluten-free.
24. See’s Candies Milk Chocolate Hearts
You simply can’t go wrong with gifting chocolate hearts on Valentine’s Day. They’re a corny classic just about everyone can get into. These hearts from See’s Candies feature decadent milk chocolate molded into the shape of love. They’re packaged separately and come in a pack of 24 for spreading around to everyone you love this V-Day.
25. Hershey’s Nuggets Assorted Chocolate Candy
BEST REGULAR CHOCOLATE
Some giftees would rather get their favorite regular chocolates than something fancy. If that sounds like your Valentine, go for this bag of Hershey’s chocolates. It includes an assortment of Hershey’s favorites in various flavors — and a lot of them. The bag boasts tons of individually wrapped pieces of candy, which is enough to last any sweet tooth a long time, especially those chocolate/nut combo lovers. And at $9, it’s another great option for budget-conscious shoppers.