Whether or not you put any stock in the Hallmark holiday coming up on February 14, we think you should use the occasion to eat a little chocolate. It’s been a brutal winter here in NYC, after all. And if you’re buying a gift set for someone special? Go local. Here’s where:
Chocolate rocks from Breads Bakery, 18 East 16th Street
Normally a pastry powerhouse, Breads is putting out gold-dusted chocolates for the holiday of love. A chocolate shell encases a creamy hazelnut-flavored interior studded with crispy bits. They’re good enough that you’ll want to polish off four in one sitting. Get ’em now at the bakery.
Chocolate-dipped sea salt caramels from Nunu Chocolates, 529 Atlantic Avenue
Go right for the heart (shaped box) and buy your sweetheart a dozen hand-dipped sea salt caramels from this beloved Brooklyn chocolate-maker. Alternatively, try the Prosecco ganaches. Buying for a beer or cocktail lover? There’s a box for that, and the chocolates are injected with absinthe, rye, or a local craft brew.
A Valentine’s gift set from Fine & Raw, 288 Siegel Street, Brooklyn
This Brooklyn raw chocolate purveyor has myriad Valentine’s Day gift set options, which range from a single bar to a mega $68 gift set (you know, for if you really, really love someone). Whatever you choose, make sure it includes bite sized bonbons and a truffle chunky.
A collection from Roni-Sue Chocolates, 120 Essex Street and 148 Forsyth Street
This LES chocolatier is offering a number of different Valentine’s Day-appropriate packages, including an aphrodisiac box packed with truffles injected with libido-enhancing liqueurs and fruits and a box of chocolate roses made with rose petal jam. We’d most like to receive the chile lover’s collection, an assortment of truffles that pack some heat.
Honeycomb candy from Liddabit Sweets, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue
We’re for the recent uptick in honeycomb-based products: The airy, crackly, and sometimes gooey sweet tastes like real luxury, with deep fruity notes that complement the sticky sweetness. Liddabit dunks chunks of it in chocolate, which adds a nice bittersweet balance (not to mention makes it easier to eat).