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A Dozen Mail-Order Valentine’s Day Sweets

Our favorite treats to give as gifts for Valentine's Day, no matter where in the world you're located.

Chocolat Moderne
Chocolat Moderne

Chocolatiere Joan Coukos uses fresh juices, fruit purees and other premium ingredients to make some of the most finely tuned bonbons around. For Valentine’s Day, consider her amarena cherry cordials; a chocolate bar encasing berry-and-lavender scented caramel; or the Mysteries of Love heart collection, with lush fillings such as 72% Venezuelan ganache. Amarena Mon Amour, $12
Berries and Lavender Dark Chocolate Bar, $8
Mysteries of Love, $16
212-229-4797 or

See's Candies
See's Candies

Our knees go weak when it comes to this California candy maker. This over-the-top 70-piece box, complete with a velvet cover and satin bow, is the gift most women dream of, whether they admit it or not. There’s plenty to share, with a selection that includes essentials like molasses chips and Scotchmallows. Elegant Heart, $77.15
800-895-7337 or

Big Picture Farm
Big Picture Farm

The locavore in your life will appreciate these rich and tangy goat milk caramels from Vermont’s Big Picture Farm — some of the best we’ve ever tasted. Made with raw milk, cream, and butter from pastured goats (they all have names), plus sea salt, Bourbon vanilla, and other good stuff, it doesn’t get much purer than this. Farmstead Goat Milk Caramels, Large Box, $10.99

Tumbador Chocolate

These grown up Hostess-style cakes come from pastry chef Jean-François Bonnet, who once worked for chef Daniel Boulud before churning out high-quality comfort treats at Tumbador. We bet these devil’s food cakes, with a dark chocolate coating and raspberry core, would go equally well with a glass of milk or chilled champagne. Petit Coeur 9 Pack, $38

Oriol Balaguer Chocolate
Oriol Balaguer

The box says it all: We love the avant garde creations from Oriol Balaguer, one of Spain’s leading pastry makers and chocolatiers. This Valentine’s Day, his crimson chocolate hearts offer a bouquet of flavors, such as raspberry rose, floral violet, and ripe passion fruit. Hearts Collection, $22.50

Papabubble Candy

This whimsical Spanish maker of old-fashioned, hand-pulled hard candies take their creations to the limit, with flavors such as pear and bergamot, and strawberry and pine (featured in the Heart Mix), and shapes like the overseas Love Letter and swirly double heart pops, with one end for you, and one for your sweetie. Heart Mix, $5 bag, $14.50 small jar, $25 large jar; Heart Loop, $5; Medium Heart Pop, $7; Double Heart Pop, $8; Heart Ring, $10; Love Letter, $15

La Maison Du Chocolat
La Maison Du Chocolat

These stunning ledgers from the masters at La Maison Du Chocolat would make a fine gift for him or her: Inside the sleek boxes are superb chocolates filled with three types of ganache–dark chocolate, vanilla-infused, and one flavored with passion fruit and pepper–and salted-hazelnut praline hearts, all made in France. Valentine’s Day Coffret, 4 Chocolates, $22
_ Valentine’s Day Coffret, 28 Chocolates, $88_

Askinosie Chocolate

Any chocolate bar from this lusciously delicious (and fair trade) bean-to-bar line created by lawyer-turned-cacao guru Shawn Askinosie would make an excellent Valentine’s Day gift. But his latest flavor, conceived with Valentine’s Day in mind, is a special collaboration with Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream: a complex milk chocolate bar blended with malted milk powder. Dark Chocolate + Malted Milk CollaBARation™ Bar, $9

L.A. Burdick Chocolate
L.A. Burdick

The Valentine’s Day collection from the Walpole, New Hampshire confectioner includes Burdick’s classic wooden box adorned with a heart-stamped seal, full of topnotch chocolates, including the company’s signature ganache-filled mice. For him, consider a box of rum-flavored chocolate cigars interspersed with rum-raisin hazelnut and cashew red-pepper hearts. Small Wood Box Assortment, $22
Cigars and Hearts, $32
1-800-229-2419 or

Chuao Chocolatier
Chuao Chocolatier

Love is full of surprises, and we can’t think of a treat that more aptly illustrates that fact than this Venezuelan-American chocolatier’s subversive truffles. Chuao’s innocent-looking sweets are, in fact, filled with fudgy, chile-spiked caramel and exploding candy kernels. For full effect, we recommend not telling your sweetheart, and letting the candy speak for itself. Enter the code SAVEUR at checkout at get 20% off your order through February 14. Firecracker Truffles, $39.95
888-635-1444 or

Michel Cluizel Chocolate
Michel Cluizel

Hearts within a heart, that’s what French chocolate maker Michel Cluizel offers this year for Valentine’s Day. A hollow dark chocolate coeur cradles foil-wrapped hearts filled with hazelnut-almond praline and silky ganache. Order ahead of time and you can personalize yours, like we did here. À Toi, $22
_ 646-415-9126_

Valrhona Chocolate

The French company behind some of the world’s finest baking chocolate has ventured into “Be Mine” territory with their first ever heart-shaped box of chocolates. The dark, milk, and white chocolate candies are filled, respectively, with smooth tiramisu-, satiny milk chocolate-, and boozy Grand Marnier-ganache. Valentine Heart, $29.99

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