With 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate projected to be sold for Valentine's Day, we can confidently say that many of us will either be buying or receiving this cocoa-rich treat in the next week or so. And while you can rely on the pharmacy and grocery store shelves -- which are currently overflowing with red boxes and equally festive heart-shaped chocolates -- to supply your Valentine's Day needs, you should also know that you can do so much better than that with just a little bit of planning.
Let's speak frankly. The pharmacy variety of chocolate is only good because of its convenience -- being able to stop in minutes before your date and come out looking as though you were thinking of nothing but your loved one all week long. But most of those chocolates pale in comparison to the flavor of hand-crafted sweets. And if you are going to be spending money anyway, you may as well put that hard earned dough toward something worth spending it on. We at Kitchen Daily have put together a list of our favorite chocolate sources perfect for him or her. Browse through the gallery below to find the treat that is just right for your loved one -- and enjoy some quality chocolate this Valentine's Day.