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The 21 Best Chocolates To Give Your Valentine

All bars are not created equal.

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Here they are (in no particular order).

Give these bars to someone who loves crazy flavor combinations and/or German accents. We were confused, in a GOOD way, by the savory ramen and salty tortilla lime flavors. Buy here.


Give these nicely complex single-origin bars to any serious chocolate lover and they will be happy. Buy here.

The "Sea is for Caramel" and "Call of the Wild" (with port wine) bars are filled with lovely, gooey caramel. Watch out for insanely unwieldy (although delicious) chunks of candied ginger in the "A'Chocolypse" bar. Buy here.


These are sweeter than they are boozy, but still good for impressing a traditionalist. Buy here.

Askinosie's dark bars are rich and excellent, but the white chocolate is...still white chocolate, i.e. gross. Buy here.

The Spicy Aztec bar (with pumpkin seeds!) is not lying. It is SPICY. It is also awesome, and makes a great gift for adventurous sweeties or unsuspecting enemies. Buy here.


Prieto's chocolate isn't especially exciting, but the adorable postcard is reason enough to shell out. Buy here.

These little guys are hand painted and have cute messages underneath. The caramel bumble bees were a little too sweet, but the chocolate ganache lady bugs hit the money spot. Buy here.


Mast Brothers is arguably Brooklyn personified in chocolate: seriously sourced single-origin beans and delightfully twee packaging. What else do you need? Buy here.

Amedei makes a smooth, friendly dark chocolate. Buy here.

San Francisco-based Dandelion is probably our favorite straight-up bean-to-bar chocolate, but it's a little tricky to get hold of because their online store is currently down. You can find their retail stores here.

Bacon. Chocolate. What's the question? Buy here.

These bonbons are full of caramel and a hint of fleur de sel. YUM. Buy here.

Woodblock's bars are almost too cute to eat, but not really, because they're smooth and yummy and melt beautifully. Buy here.

Fun-size candy bars for grownups. The nut varieties are a little disappointing, but the crunchy praline Wonder Bar is like a Kit Kat that went to college and got crazy good. Buy here.

Dude, sweet branding, but some of this stuff is weird. Go with the funky (but fascinating!) Albatross blue cheese fudge; skip the chocolate almond salami. Buy here.

These cuties are a good budget-friendly option. Buy here.

Be warned that these Rebel Rocky Road peanut marshmallow clusters will HAUNT YOUR DREAMS. The less-blockbusting wildflower honey caramels are also fantastic. Buy here.

These are the Queen of England's favorite, so obviously they're classy. The best part is using the little map to figure out which truffle is which! Buy here.

WARNING: 100% raw cacao is something that only serious, academic chocolate devotees OR space aliens will enjoy. But if you are one of those, it's fascinating stuff that really shows off the subtlety of the bean. Buy here.

Pretty gold chocolate hearts and lavender caramels and spicy Thai peanut butter cups = one happy valentine. Buy here.

Photos, unless marked otherwise, by Macey Foronda for BuzzFeed.


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