Consider this your two-week warning, people…Valentine's Day is just around the corner! With a little bit of planning you can ditch that last-minute rush to a neighborhood drugstore for a box of boring bonbons and give your sweetheart something truly unique, memorable AND delicious!
Roses are red. Violets are blue. Chocolate with flowers inside? Who knew!
Do you generally buy your sweetie a dozen long-stem roses for Valentine's Day? Then you know that the cost usually jumps from $19.99 to a wallet-gouging price for the exact same flowers! Bouquets wither and die, but you can make an impression buying a bar that has rose petals INSIDE the chocolate itself!
Los Angeles, California-based Valerie Confections offers a 33 percent white chocolate bar called Blushing Berry that has pistachios, freeze-dried raspberries and dried rose petals. At a $10 per bar, you can afford to splurge on more than one for the same price you would have paid for those flowers!
33 Percent White Chocolate Blushing Berry Bar
Generally, I’m not a fan of white chocolate (that whole ‘white chocolate isn’t REAL chocolate’ thing), but this bar won me over with its delicate floral aroma, tangy bursts of fruit and earthy pistachios.
Just look at this photo and tell me it doesn't look gorgeous!
Love comes in all shapes and sizes.
If you use Instagram, chances are that you saw or read about “Carl the Snowman” during Christmas from Texas-based Kate Weiser Chocolate.
Like his name implies, Carl is a hollow, six-inch chocolate snowman filled with a powdered hot chocolate mix in his tummy and mini marshmallows in his head and designed to be melted in a pot of milk. Well, as you might imagine, Carl has a girlfriend: Carla the Snowlady (natch!) Carla is filled with a peppermint flavor hot chocolate mix that can serve up to four people (but, who are we kidding…your sweetie might not want to share!)
Visit Kate Weiser Chocolate to order.
But, here’s the catch…Carla is a bit of a diva and doesn’t travel well, so she is available for in-store pick up only! If you don’t happen to live near one of Kate Weiser's stores, here are some other fun-shaped chocolate treats:
Chocolate Mice, From L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolate (Available in Two Different Sized Boxes Choose From Dark, Milk or White)
Chocolate Penguins, Also From L.A. Burdick, Dark Chocolate Bodies/White Chocolate Tummy Accents, Filled With a Dark Chocolate and Lemon Ganache Accented With Limoncello:
Robot-Shaped “Love Bots” From Ethereal Confections (66 percent Dark Chocolate):
Don’t want your sweetie to break your heart? Let them break this instead!
Oregon-based Only Child Chocolates sells an anatomically-correct shaped organ and they even include a tiny wooden mallet to smash that heart to smithereens (actually, we recommend you be gentle, so as not to damage the goodies that are hidden inside the heart!).
Visit Only Child Chocolates to order.
If that heart makes you a little squeamish and you prefer something more traditional and that doesn’t look like it needs to be dissected, Toronto, Canada-based SOMA Chocolatemaker has an almost six-ounce heart filled with four distinct layers: roasted in-house churned peanut butter, chocolate ganache, peanut praline and gianduja (hazelnut milk chocolate).
SOMA's Cosmic Heart
Thinking about getting engaged? This might increase your chances for a “Yes!”
If you happen to live in Los Angeles, New York City, London or Tokyo, you can visit Dominique Ansel’s Bakery and order a hot chocolate with a blossoming marshmallow (which is perfect for hiding a ring inside!) Granted this isn’t an original idea, but it’s sure to melt his or her heart!
Uh oh…did your sweetie give up chocolate for Lent?
Valentine's Day (February 14) happens to fall on Ash Wednesday this year, so there is the chance that your sweetie may have given up chocolate for Lent. These books might help the next 40 days be a little more bearable (absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that!).
Sandra Boyton’s Humorous Book Entitled “Chocolate: A Consuming Passion”
Megan Giller’s Recently Published Comprehensive Book About America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution
SF-Based Dandelion Chocolate’s Thick Coffee Table Book Is Filled With Information About Making Chocolate (From Bean to Bar to S’more) + Lots of Recipes
Don Ramsey’s Chocolate: Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic, Published by DK Books, Is Sure to Make Anyone a Bean-to-Bar Expert
With these ideas and links at your fingertips, you are sure to find some lovin'...and (by the way) you're welcome! Happy Valentine's Day!! <3