Valentine's Day Gifts for Chocolate Lovers Buying Guide
Want to give your sweetheart something equally as sweet? Chocolate may be a traditional Valentine's Day gift, but to chocolate lovers there is no better gift. We have all the cocoa based products for your favourite chocolate lover. Whether it's your first Valentine's Day together or your 50th, chocolate is a timeless gift that is rich, luxurious, and ever so tasty.
How to Give Chocolate As a Gift
- Make sure that the person you plan to give the chocolates to doesn't have any food allergies or specific dietary needs.
- Allergies to nuts, fruits or even gluten may pose a problem.
- Try shopping for plain dark or milk chocolate without nuts or filling if you think someone might have a nut or fruit allergy.
- Vegetarians and vegans may only want chocolates without eggs, dairy, or other animal by-products, such as gelatin. Try vegan , lactose-free , or organic chocolate .
- Consider kosher chocolates if you know your honey keeps kosher.
- Thankfully for diabetics there are a lot of sugar-free options. Some popular gourmet brands are:
- Chuao -- This is a small line of chocolates with a recent sugar-free addition to the collection.
- Cuba Venchi -- A gourmet Italian chocolate company that makes truffles, pralines, bars, and more.
- Godiva -- The popular chocolate maker wouldn't dare leave anyone out of the delicious fun!
- Unless your partner has a sense of humor, avoid getting chocolates that look like anything other than a typical chocolate should (chocolate cow patties are not a romantic Valentine's Day gift ). Heart-shaped chocolates or anything that is related to V-Day is of course acceptable.
- Chocolate doesn't have to be given by the truckload. The rule of thumb should be quality over quantity. Even a small box of fine chocolates is better than a family-sized heart box filled with half-grade sweets. High quality chocolates are usually in nicer packaging too, making them suitable gifts even without wrapping paper.
- For a long lasting chocolate gift, try a subscription to a chocolate of the month club .
Chocolate comes in a wide variety of intensities, starting with the most mild, milk chocolate , ranging to the most intense 90% bars of dark chocolate . Part of determining the intensity of chocolate depends on the actual cocoa content. The less cocoa, the sweeter and more mild a chocolate tends to be because it contains more sugar and milk and less of the actual cocoa beans or chocolate liquor.
What type of chocolate suits your sweetheart's taste?
- Milk Chocolate -- Light, sweet, and easy to eat. It combines perfectly with most fillings and nuts.
- Dark Chocolate (55%, 60%, 70% cacao) -- Rich and decadent. Perfect for true chocolate connoisseurs who actually want to taste the cocoa.
- Bittersweet Chocolate -- This is a unique and rich chocolate that is a happy medium between dark and milk chocolate.
- White Chocolate -- Delicate and very sweet. Not everyone enjoys white chocolate since it has less of a chocolate flavor. It contains cocoa butter but not cocoa liquor.
Organic Chocolate Brands