I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, bit over commercial being the understatement. And I do rather loathe “themed” gifts. But I do love chocolate. So here’s my thoughts on who’s doing what well for the day:
One of my favourite chocolate companies, I’d be quite happy to give or receive the Love Bar with the Violet & Rose bar. Great chocolate, and great packaging, perfect for slipping in a love note or two!
Marylebone High Street is like food lovers nirvana, and no trip would be complete without popping into Rococo for one or two delicious morsels. For Valentine’s Day I would find it hard to choose: hand-painted chocolate heart, Hot Lips chilli truffles, Venus Nipples, violet creams…the list is endless. For something a little unusual though I would try the Popping Champagne Truffles, which apparently gently explode in the mouth. Enough said.
I try not to buy Prestat just because the boxes are so beautiful, so thankfully the chocolate inside is pretty darn tasty too. The Jewel Box is pretty, but I think I would rather have a tub of the Prunes in Chocolate. Or maybe that’s not a very romantic choice, but just think how healthy it is!
Again, more good packaging, and tasty chocolate. I rather like the giant personalised chocolate hearts that they do, and you can also find some dairy free options here as well.
Into the territory of true artisan production, I would be happy with most things that can be ordered from here. If you pushed me, then I’d really recommend the Salted Caramel Valentine Hearts. Dark chocolate, if you’re ordering for me, please.
Again, fantastic choices to be made. If you wanted to choose something non hearts and flowers, then I would try the chocolate fruit and nut thins or the almond thins. I’d also be very happy to receive a tub of their hot chocolate, which would cheer up any dreary day.
Another favourite (and yes, Santa did take note) and some great choices. This is probably one of the few places where I’d pick a Valentine’s specific gift, given that it’s been done with such wit and style. The Declaration of Romantic Feelings gift is fantastic, great chocolates, and a way to convey your unspoken feelings for your loved one. They may be too busy with chocolate to respond!
If you’re doing more than one gift, and want to add some other shopping to your basket, then John Lewis stock Hotel Chocolat, Chocolate on Chocolate, Ambassadors of London and Charbonnel et Walker; Selfridges have a list as long as your arm including Artisan du Chocolat, Chocolate by Trish, Damian Allsop and Pierre Marcolini; and Waitrose would be a good place to be stopping off on your way home if you’ve forgotten!
Great chocolate photo by Damaged Cupcake on Flickr.