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12 Valentine's Day Chocolate Gift Ideas

First Posted: 02/07/2012 1:44 pm   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am

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.

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  • The Love Tower

    John & Kira's famous hand-painted chocolate ladybugs -- also known to some as the love bug -- is just the thing to give your special someone for Valentine's Day. These little chocolates are filled with mint and raspberry, and honey-lavender ganaches. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Love Tower</a> at John & Kira's, $65</strong>

  • Red Satin Heart Of Truffles And Caramels

    Gifting chocolates in a red heart box on Valentine's Day has definitely been done before -- but that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be done again and again. And when that red-heart box is filled with Fran's chocolate truffles and sweet caramels, that is a gift definitely worth giving. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Red Satin Heart</a> Fran's Chocolate, $50</strong>

  • Coco Passion Assortment Box

    Harbor Sweets started as a small venture and now has stores all over the country due to the high quality of their sweets. This Coco Passion box contains sweet sloops -- a sailboat shaped almond butter crunch -- and a selection of all dark chocolates from Harbor Sweets' classics collection. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Coco Passion Assortment Box</a> at Harbor Sweets, $24.95</strong>

  • Cigars And Hearts

    While often times we don't think of gifting a box of chocolates for men, sometimes they deserve a bit of sweets too. And with a box of rum-flavored chocolate cigars and rum spiked chocolate hearts, you can be sure that you have found just the right sweets for him. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Cigars and Hearts</a> at L.A. Burdicks, $32</strong>

  • Fran's Love And Thanks Gift Box

    This box set is in honor of Japan's chocolate-giving tradition on Valentine's Day, where it is customary for woman to gift chocolates to the men they appreciate in their life. The box contains tas de noix, which are a combination of organic roasted macadamia nuts and soft buttery caramel dipped in dark chocolate and milk chocolate. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Love and Thanks Gift Box</a> at Fran's Chocolate, $20</strong>

  • Valentine's Truffle Collections

    Moonstruck chocolate is a small chocolatier from Portland, Oregon, which began its chocolate venture with the hopes of simply making high-quality chocolates. After 20 years of chocolate making we can definitely say they have succeeded. This box of truffles offers a little taste of everything -- and is a great gift for a true chocolate lover. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Valentine's Truffle Collections</a> at Moonstruck, $89</strong>

  • Le Chocolate En Rose Truffles

    While in the U.S. we normally give a bouquet of roses, throughout the Balkans, Persia and India, rose is used in regional cuisine. Vosges offers the ultimate in decadence with their rose truffles. These pink Champagne truffles combine Piper Heidsieck brut rosè Champagne in 65 percent cacao dark chocolate and are rolled in fragrant rose bud powder. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Le Chocolate En Rose Truffles</a> at Vosges, $39</strong>

  • For The Love Of Chocolate

    Sucre is a New Orleans based sweet shop that just does things right. They are well known for their macaroons, but the make chocolates and other confections that truly hit the spot. These heart-shaped chocolates are filled with sweet red raspberry, Paris tea and malted milk chocolates. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">For The Love Of Chocolate Collection</a> at Sucre, $40</strong>

  • Morla "Heart" Alphabites Box

    TCHO is a San Francisco based chocolate company that is committed to producing the best-quality chocolate and they aim to do so by starting with the best beans. Their packaging is designed by award-winning graphic designer Jennifer Morla -- and it really takes this box of chocolates up a notch. The box contains a mixture of dark chocolates with citrus, dark chocolates with fruit, milk chocolates with caramel and milk chocolates with rich cacao. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Morla "Heart" Alphabites Box</a> at TCHO, $16.95</strong>

  • Champagne Truffles

    Chocolate and champagne all in one. What could be a better gift for the day of love? Jacques' Taittinger Champagne Truffles are a combination of milk chocolate, fresh cream and Taittinger Brut La Française champagne. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Champagne Truffles</a> at Jacques Torres, $18</strong>

  • Mini Bacon Candy Bar Library

    If you are looking for a gift for him, or someone who just can't get enough of this breakfast meat, the mini bacon candy bar library is the way to go. This nine bar gift set includes both milk and dark ½ oz. bacon bars. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Mini Bacon Candy Bar Library</a> at Vosges, $25</strong>

  • 50 Piece Ballotin

    For that person in your life who really loves chocolate, get them this one pound, 50 piece, box -- and at just $35, the price is right. The box includes such favorites as milk chocolate ganache and caramel covered in dark chocolate to homemade candied orange peels coated in dark chocolate. <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">50 Piece Ballotin</a> at Payard, $35</strong>

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