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 I, 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. Some of Blue Table’s sweets, like the Tropical Collection (cherry/lime coconut & pineapple-lemongrass) are even vegan!
WHERE – Blue Table Chocolates
PRICE – $10.00
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
Little Smooch / Big Smooch
How do you measure love? How about with a smooch? Give a little bit of love or a lot of love this Valentine’s Day with these solid chocolate smooches.
WHERE – Alethea’s Chocolates, 8301 Main Street, Clarence; (716) 633-8620
PRICE – $3.95 for an 2 oz. “Little Smooch” or $10.95 for a 7.5 oz. “Big Smooch”
The Dream Collection
For the who makes your dreams come true, this chocolate sampler includes sweets with unexpected twists like birthday cake, coconut rum, matcha, passion fruit, salted caramel, Earl Grey tea & wildflower honey, dulce de leche, caramelized hazelnut, raspberry chambord, Grand Marnier, Mexican hot chocolate, and espresso.
WHERE – WhimsyConfections.com
PRICE – Available in 4, 9 or 16-piece assortments; $9.80 – $39.20
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 gluten-free love of your life, you can still give some of the sweetest pastries around. Classically trained French pastry chef Camille Le Caër, prepares uniquely flavored macarons daily (including chocolate!). They couldn’t be any more perfect!
WHERE – Pastry by Camille, 1416 Hertel Avenue and 617 Main Street, Buffalo; (716) 725-0844
PRICE – Available in sets of 5, 10 or 25; $15 – $60
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, Mike’s Homemade Candies and all shops mentioned above.
PRICE – You can’t put a price tag on love. Just buy it.