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15 Sumptuous Chocolates to Gift Your Sweetheart This Valentine’s Day

They say the way to the heart is through the stomach, and on Valentine's Day, both of them want chocolate.

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Sumptuous Valentines Day Chocolates To Gift Your Sweetheart, via retailers (3)

Celebrate with Valentine’s chocolates

There’s a good reason Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate: Luscious, decadent, and utterly irresistible, Valentine’s chocolates are just like love itself. Whether your Valentine’s Day ideas lean toward solo adventures, romantic moments, or family fun, do everyone a favor and skip the candy hearts this year. They’re cute and clever, but they can’t top these tasty, chocolaty Valentine’s Day gifts. From Valentine’s Day candy to rich, gooey cake and everything in between, these treats are guaranteed to make this Valentine’s Day your most special yet.

Chocolate Truffles In Valentines Day Heart Boxvia

Harry & David Chocolate Truffles in Valentine’s Day Heart Box

What says Valentine’s Day better than chocolate in a heart-shaped box? This collection features 30 truffles, with flavors ranging from double dark chocolate to strawberry milkshake. If your sweetheart loves the classics, pair this box with a dozen red roses and a love song and call the holiday a win. Or, if you’re with a dedicated chocolate fanatic, upgrade to the Tower of Chocolates option, which also includes chocolate-covered popcorn, chocolate cherries, chocolate mints, and chocolate malt balls.

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Hotel Chocolat Classic Cabinetvia

Hotel Chocolat Classic Cabinet

A two-tier stunner of a chocolate box, Hotel Chocolat’s Classic Cabinet features 59 chocolates—including biscuits, truffles, pralines, and caramels—inspired by some of the world’s greatest desserts and cocktails. Take, for example, the Eton Mess truffle. It’s named for the iconic British food and contains Valentine’s-appropriate rose-colored strawberries, which are whipped into a luscious mousse, enrobed in silky white chocolate, and decorated with pieces of crispy meringue.

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Break A Heart Giftvia

Harry & David Break a Heart Gift

Here’s something a little different! Maybe your Valentine loves chocolate but isn’t so into the lovey-dovey feelings of the holiday. Or perhaps you’d like to gift a friend who’s going through a breakup. This chocolate heart set comes with a wooden mallet for smashing the hearts—each is filled with chocolate chips and candies. Like a mini Valentine’s piñata.

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Chesapeake Bay Gourmet Original Chocolate Smith Island Cakevia

Chesapeake Bay Gourmet Original Chocolate Smith Island Cake

Not all Valentine’s chocolates need to come in heart-shaped boxes. Your special someone will appreciate the break from tradition when your chocolate gift takes the form of a decadent cake. Alternating thin layers of buttery yellow cake with rich, chocolate icing, Smith Island cake is East Coast food at its best and the official state cake of Maryland. This historic dessert, inspired by Hungarian Dobos torte, dates back to the 1800s, when women made the multilayered yellow cakes to send with their husbands when they went oystering. And before you ask: Yes, this is absolutely an acceptable Galentine’s Day treat to share with your gal pals.

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Bixby Chocolate Milk Chocolate Maine Lobstervia

Bixby Chocolate Milk Chocolate Maine Lobster

Bixby is Maine’s first bean-to-bar chocolate factory, housed in a 125-year-old former ice plant located on a working marina in Rockland. This homage to the Pine Tree State’s most famous crustacean, the lobster, is made from organic cocoa beans that are directly and ethically sourced from farms in the Caribbean and Latin America. It’s a fun treat that’s primed for Instagram captions like “You’re my lobster.”

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Smashmallow Dark Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Marshmallowsvia

Smashmallow Dark Chocolate–Dipped Vanilla Marshmallows

A chilly February day calls for a piping hot mug of rich hot cocoa, and what’s hot cocoa without marshmallows? Unfinished, that’s what. These light and fluffy vanilla marshmallows are made from non-GMO ingredients and are dipped in sustainably sourced dark chocolate. At less than $5, they’re a cheap Valentine’s Day gift that tastes like luxury.

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Neuhaus Liquor Collection Chocolate Boxvia

Neuhaus Liquor Collection Chocolate Box

For the connoisseur who enjoys pairing dark chocolate with top-shelf liquor, this sophisticated box of chocolates contains 20 dark chocolate liquor-filled pralines featuring five top-shelf liqueurs: Cointreau, Sobieski vodka, Saint James rum, Rémy Martin cognac, and Glenfiddich whiskey. The masculine, leather-style box makes this a great Valentine’s Day gift for men who are hard to shop for.

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Brooklyn Blackout Co. Cookie Tinvia

Brooklyn Blackout Co. Cookie Tin

Who says Valentine’s chocolates have to be candy? Get your fill of chocolaty goodness with these gooey cookies. They get their name from a now-closed Brooklyn bakery’s homage to New York City’s mandatory World War II blackouts. Brooklyn Blackout Co. turns the famous Brooklyn Blackout Cake on its toes by baking it as a rich cookie. Single on Valentine’s Day this year? Have no fear. You’ll polish off this tin of treats in no time.

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Williams Sonoma Wine Pairing Chocolate Barsvia

Williams Sonoma Wine Pairing Chocolate Bars

This elegant collection of four chocolate bars has been crafted with specific flavor profiles that pair perfectly with wine: A 37 percent milk chocolate bar brings out the apple and pear notes of chardonnay, a 61 percent dark chocolate bar compliments the black cherry notes found in bold reds like merlot and cabernet sauvignon, and two 56 percent chocolate blend bars accentuate the nutty and fruity notes of a rich dessert port. Play Valentine’s Day Cupid and deliver this gift to a beloved wine lover.

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Valentine's Day Gourmet Pretzel Rodsvia

Valentine’s Day Gourmet Pretzel Rods

The perfect combo of salty and sweet, chocolate-coated pretzels are a winning Valentine’s Day gift for all ages. These pretzel rods are dipped in luscious caramel before being rolled in crunchy, chocolaty coatings, like colorful M&Ms, roasted nuts, and whimsical red lip candies. They’re a delicious way to wish your true love a happy Valentine’s Day.

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Theo Chocolates Virtual Chocolate Tasting Classvia

Theo Chocolate Virtual Chocolate Tasting Class

Looking for something a little different from your average box of Valentine’s chocolates? How about a virtual chocolate tasting class for an at-home date night you and your partner will never forget? During this hour-long interactive online class, you’ll learn the fascinating history of chocolate and how chocolatiers turn raw cacao beans into chocolate. That’s followed by a tasting featuring assorted chocolate bars (shipped ahead of time to you) crafted at the Theo chocolate factory.

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See's Candies Trufflesvia

See’s Candies Truffles

Here’s a fun fact about California’s See’s Candies: The legendary chocolate factory episode of I Love Lucy was filmed at one of the 101-year-old confectioner’s candy kitchens! This 24-piece collection of assorted truffles features a mix of rich, ultra-chocolaty classics and fresh, fruit-infused flavors. We’d like to say this box will last longer than those Valentine’s Day flowers, but let’s be serious: These are some seriously tempting treats.

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Danny Macaroons Chocolate Dipped Macaroonsvia

Danny Macaroons Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons

These creamy, chewy coconut clusters are drizzled with indulgent dark chocolate and have been a New York City coffeehouse favorite since 2010. Made with long strands of sweetened coconut and rich condensed milk, these irresistible macaroons are gluten free and certified kosher.

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Homeboy Bakery Chocolate Coffee Cakevia

Homeboy Bakery Chocolate Coffee Cake

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by indulging in chocolate morning, noon, and night? This rich coffee cake features chocolate cake topped with a crown of buttery chocolate streusel and can be enjoyed for breakfast, as the perfect dessert after a romantic restaurant meal, or pretty much any time in between.

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Dangerously Delicious Pies Mobtown Brown Pievia

Dangerously Delicious Pies Mobtown Brown Pie

What do you get when you mix a caramelly chocolate turtle with a deep-dish pecan pie? You get this buttery beauty from Baltimore’s Dangerously Delicious Pies. It’s made with rich Swiss chocolate, roasted pecans, and velvety caramel in a flaky, buttery crust. Pour some bubbly, pop on your favorite love songs, and cuddle up with this sweet pie.

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Allison Robicelli
Allison Robicelli has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the worlds of food, lifestyle and parenting. She is the author of three cookbooks and one travel/history book, and she's written for a variety of national magazines, websites and newspapers.