I’m not sure where the connection between Valentine’s Day and chocolate came from (The Aztecs? Mr. Cadbury? Whoever makes heart shaped boxes?), but I’m not the least bit upset about there being one. I’m usually on the receiving end of the tradition and it’s exactly where me, and my sweet tooth, want to be. Over the years a variety of Valentine’s Day chocolates have passed by my lips, all from an entire box of milk chocolate cream centers to a 5 lb. chocolate heart with my name on it to a bag of individually-wrapped dark chocolate truffles from a national retailer. I know my chocolate.
So if you’re looking for some sweets for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, here’s my chocolate checklist:
The Human Heart
Nothing says “Our Hearts Beat As One” like giving your Valentine an anatomically-correct 3-D heart. Nothing.
WHERE – Sweet Jenny’s, 5732 Main Street, Williamsville; (716) 631-2424
PRICE – $9.99
While a 5 lb. chocolate heart can be appealing, a decadent truffle is proof that size doesn’t always matter. Pick up a 6-pack of Vanilla Hibiscus or Passion Fruit truffles and your sweetheart will appreciate your attention to quality over quantity.
WHERE – Blue Table Chocolates
PRICE – $9.00
Show some 716 pride with a chocolatey treat that bears the name of your favorite city! Buffalo Bark is cashews, pretzels and pure butter toffee coated in milk & dark chocolate, topped with a milk or dark chocolate buffalo.
WHERE – Choco-Logo Confectionary Design, 141 Broadway, Buffalo; (716) 855-3500
PRICE – $13.00 – $25.00
Double Dark Bourbon Cherries
Boozy chocolate? Yes please. One bite into these individually-wrapped wonders is a burst of perfection. These chocolates are only available at certain times of the year so the explanation to your mate about the rarity of this confection will get you some major brownie points. (Mmm did someone say brownie?)
WHERE – Alethea’s Chocolates, 8301 Main Street, Clarence; (716) 633-8620
PRICE – $21.95 for an 8 oz. heart-shaped box
The Goddess Collection
For the one you call your Aphrodite, this chocolate sampler includes sweets with unexpected twists like smoked black peppercorn caramel, passion fruit raspberry caramel, lavender star anise & pink peppercorn, rose caramel, elderflower, strawberry balsamic, guava, and jasmine.
WHERE – Whimsy Confections, Main Street, Buffalo; (716) 341-8831
PRICE – $22.05
Bean-to-Dark Chocolate Bars
If you or your S/O are dark chocolate lovers, these extremely pure, ultra-fresh high-quality organic cacao beans bars use only all-natural ingredients.
WHERE – Dark Forest Chocolate, 11 West Main Street, Lancaster; (716) 288-9167
PRICE – $8.00 / bar
Chocolate-Covered Oreo Conversation Hearts
Admit it. Nobody really likes those things in their regular state – tiny, chalky and flavorless. The only thing we loved about them was being about to say “Call Me” to our best friend in 4th grade. Fast forward to today and conversation hearts have gotten a face-lift. Goodbye chalky, hello chocolatey!
WHERE – Oh Pour L’amour Du Chocolat, 4476 Main Street, Williamsville; (716) 240-9815
PRICE – $2.99 per heart
For the vegetarian or vegan in your life, you can give the gift of vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, all organic chocolate. All of the sweet with none of the guilt!
WHERE – Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolate, 423 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo; (716-242-1919)
PRICE – By the ounce or by the pound, prices vary.
Buffalo’s signature confection is tried and true. Its longevity in the Buffalo area should be what all of our loving relationships strive for. You give the gift of sponge candy, you give the gift of long-lasting love.
WHERE – Watson’s Chocolates, Fowler’s Chocolates, Antoinette’s Sweets, Wahl’s Candies, Parkside Candies, Bella Mia Candies, The Family Chocolate Shoppe, Ko-Ed Candies and all shops mentioned above.
PRICE – You can’t put a price tag on love. Just buy it.