How to Pick the Best Chocolates for Valentine’s Day

How to Pick the Best Chocolate for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is a special day where you get to celebrate the love you have with your significant other. It’s a day you can spoil her with a bunch of lavish gifts — from flowers and stuffed animals to jewelry and candy. If you’re planning to give your loved one the gift of chocolate this Valentine’s Day, you want to make sure it’s the best around to both delight and impress her. Here’s everything you need to know on to find the best chocolate for Valentine’s Day.

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Choose Something Festive

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When you’re buying a gift for Valentine’s Day, don’t opt for a regular run-of-the-mill box of chocolates. Instead turn to something a bit more festive, such as a heart-shaped box. A heart-shaped box of chocolates is the ultimate classic romantic gift. Nothing else quite conveys the the symbolism of love, commitment, and respect that a heart-shaped box of chocolates can. In fact, a heart-shaped box of chocolates is perhaps the most popular Valentine’s Day gift ever. It’s guaranteed that your significant other won’t be disappointed when you show up with this gift for the holiday.

Another way to wow your special someone is to give a personalized box of chocolates. You can write out a heartfelt message to goes along with the gift box or have the chocolatiers add a personalized message to make it extra special. Some chocolate shops even let you pick the image that’s on the box, such as hearts, flowers, or the word “love”. Everyone loves receiving something that feels like it’s made just for them, and personalized gifts are a great way to do this.

Pay Attention to Ingredients

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To ensure the chocolate you choose is the highest quality possible, be sure to pay attention to the list of ingredients. Look for derivatives of the cocoa bean, such as cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, or cocoa solids. These ingredients don’t have to be the first ingredient on the list, but high quality chocolate will have a greater concentration of cocoa than cheaper brands. You’ll also want to ensure that the chocolate doesn’t have any extra ingredients that take away from it’s quality. Sometimes, companies will add vegetable oil and other extra ingredients to save money, but it ends up effecting the final result. You’ll also want to research the type of ingredients company uses, making sure they stick to select and organic ingredients whenever possible.

Remember that the ingredient list will change based upon the type of chocolate you’re buying. Dark chocolate should have about 50% to 60% cocoa, while milk chocolate should only contain between 20% and 25% cocoa. White chocolate, as well, should contain no less than 20% cocoa butter.

Check for Freshness

You’ll also want to ensure that you buy the freshest chocolate possible. You can avoid getting chocolate that is stale by sticking to chocolate shops as opposed to grocery stores or big box stores. Generally, the Valentine’s Day-themed candy you find at specialty chocolate shops has been made recently because it’s a short holiday season and they wouldn’t sell chocolate from the prior year. However, it’s something to watch out for and always better to ask when it doubt, especially if you’re not getting Valentine’s-themed chocolates.

Take Into Consideration Your Loved One’s Tastes

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Your loved one is sure to appreciate your gift more if you get the type of chocolate she likes best. When it comes to chocolates, there’s such a wide array of options you’re bound to get overwhelmed at first glance. There’s milk, dark, and white chocolate to choose from. These chocolates can then be filled with a variety of goodies, such as nuts, caramel, cream, or fresh fruit. There are also truffles as opposed to regular chocolate candies, nut clusters, and so much more.

If you aren’t sure what type of chocolate your loved one likes best, feel free to ask. You can bring it up nonchalantly in conversation without letting on that you’re getting chocolates as a gift. If you don’t want to risk ruining the surprise by asking, you can always find a box that contains a variety of flavors to ensure that your loved one will have at least a few of her favorites in the box. Or, check in with the chocolatiers at your shop. They’ll typically have a popular pick that’s a safe bet for most people.

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