As Valentine’s Day approaches, there’s one thing that everyone—hopeless romantics and sworn cynics alike—can take pleasure in: a classic box of chocolates. This year we’ve tasted our way through the best chocolate collections and narrowed it down to eight of our favorites, for a selection of Valentine’s Day sweets available by mail-order that are sure to delight the chocolate-lover in your life.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat Noir Collection
Dark chocolate is known to induce feelings of pleasure, and Vosges Haut-Chocolat has created the ultimate collection to support this love-rush: Their limited edition Valentines Day Noir Truffle Heart Collection marries rich, intense truffles–ranging from 65% to 75% cacao–with exotic herbs and spices from around the world, such as sweet Hungarian paprika and aged balsamic vinegar, all tucked inside a velvety heart-shaped box.
Noir Truffle Heart Collection, $48.00 at
L.A. Burdick Chocolate Penguins
Packaged in an elegant wood box tied with a festive pink ribbon, each little love bird from New Hampshire chocolatier L.A. Burdick is hand-piped with a whipped dark chocolate and lemon ganache interior. The choice of animal is an extra-romantic gesture, as penguins mate for life.
9 pc Valentines Chocolate Penguins Wood Box, $32 at
Fran’s Chocolate Gray and Smoked Salt Caramels
Fran’s Chocolate produces some of the best caramels we’ve ever tasted–each buttery confections is dipped in dark or milk chocolate, and then sprinkled with gray or smoked sea salt for just the right mix of savory sweetness.
7pc Gray & Smoked Salt Caramels, Pink, $12.75 at
Compartes Chocolatier Gourmet Valentine’s Chocolate Gift Box
For the chocolate lover who can’t make up their mind, Compartes Chocolatier’s whimsical Valentine’s Day chocolate gift box is overflowing with a generous mix of truffles, chocolate dipped fruits, and heart-studded double-dipped chocolate Oreo cookies.
Gourmet Valentine’s Chocolate Gift Box, $79.50 at
Made exclusively with Valrhona Grand Cru Chocolate, François Payard’s beautifully embellished chocolates come in four captivating flavors: Caramel Coriander, Mint Chocolate, Lemon Thyme, and Mango Passionfruit.
Valentine’s Chocolates 12pc, $28 at
La Maison Du Chocolat
Inside this sleek, heart-shaped box by the masters at La Maison Du Chocolat is a selection of 66 iconic milk and dark chocolate confections, from a smooth Gianduja praline to dark chocolate ganache with bourbon vanilla from Madagascar.
Heart Gift Box 66 pieces, $175 at
Recchiuti Confections 32-Piece Box of Chocolates
We love the luxurious feel of this three-layer box of artisan chocolates from San Francisco chocolatier Michael Recchiuti. The truffles are infused with carefully selected local ingredients to create luscious flavor combinations from Rose Caramel to Kona Coffee.
Valentine’s 32-piece Box, $83.00 at
Theo Chocolates Aphrodisiac Gift Set
Selected for their aphrodisiac qualities, the ganache truffles and caramels in this collection from Seattle-based, organic bean-to-bar factory Theo, feature heat-inducing flavors such as Ginger and Ceylon Cinnamon, as well as more sensual infusions like Licorice and Fig Fennel.
Aphrodisiac Gift Set, $27.00 at
To see even more mail-order sweets for Valentine’s Day, check out our picks from last year » Maxime Iattoni