I'd like to speak to the soul who decided that every year, chocolate has to be placed in a red heart-shaped box, covered in a big (ugly) bow and sent on Valentine's Day. Now really! There is no need to sacrifice chic or clever design to send something sweet. Every corner of the globe, from Los Angeles to Tokyo, has a fantastically delicious and smart chocolatier. Here are a few.
Marital Bliss Bar anyone?
The LocalsA. Valerie Confections B. Jin Patisserie C. Compartes Raspberry Rose Chocolate Truffle
Out of Town
D. Kika's Treat Caramelized Graham Crackers in Milk Chocolate E. TCHO 12-Bar Sampler F. Chocolat Moderne Bistro Bar-Havana Heat G. Coco-luxe Spumoni Bar H. Dylan's Candy Bar-Milk Chocolate I. IT Bar-Dark Chocolate Layered with Milk J. Chocolate By Numbers 55% K. Cocoa Vinoso Pinot Noir L. Fat Pig Chocolate M. Chocolate Editions Neopolitan Bar N. Coco-Luxe Assorted Chocolate Truffles
Beyond the Sea
O. Cocoa Absolute IND/32 Bar P. 100% Chocolate Cafe Valentine's Tab Q. Kshocolat Hot Choc Sampler R. Hacienda Iara Organic 72% Dark with Chili & Pink Peppercorns S. Alice Dark Chocolate T. Hotel Chocolat Vintage Dark Chocolate Buttons U. Kshocolat Little Black Box-Milk Chocolate Black Currants V. Bloomsbury Marital Bliss Bar