For Every Sweet Tooth, There Is a Match: Our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

February 1, 2017 4:04 pm Last Updated: February 2, 2017 11:43 am

It’s funny how sweets can resemble aspects of love—intense, saccharine, complex, or smacking of spiciness.

To help you pick out a Valentine’s Day present, we’ve put together this gift guide featuring sweets to suit various tastes. If you don’t know your romantic interest that well yet, you can’t go wrong with a box of assorted chocolates. Something’s bound to hit the spot.

(Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
(Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Life’s Like a Box of Chocolates

L.A. Burdick's Signature Assortment ($18–$74). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
L.A. Burdick’s Signature Assortment ($18–$74). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

We may not know what life will hold, but if you offer L.A. Burdick’s Signature Assortment, at least you can be sure to have an excited gift recipient. We tested this on several people, and the ladies were invariably impressed with the classy ribbon-clad, gold wax-sealed wooden box. Bonus: The box makes a great memento, meaning he or she will likely keep it and remember you. One of the chocolates elicited many oohs and aahs at first sight—the adorable signature chocolate mouse. With its almond ears, white chocolate exterior, and filling made with dark chocolate ganache, port wine, and cinnamon, its taste is reminiscent of gingerbread. From cashew sesame to cardamom-inflected ganache, the bonbons’ flavors are varied and delightfully intense. Assorted prices and sizes: $74 for large, 61 pieces; $42 for medium, 37 pieces; $26 for small, 18 pieces; $18 for petite, 11 pieces. BurdickChocolate.com

Luxurious Refinement

La Maison du Chocolat's Valentine's Day Heart Gift Box ($45–$115).  (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
La Maison du Chocolat’s Valentine’s Day Heart Gift Box ($45–$115). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Refined is the first word that comes to mind with the Valentine’s Day Heart Gift Box from La Maison du Chocolat. From luxuriously nutty pralines to intense, silky dark chocolate ganaches, the textures and flavors are beguiling. $45 for 13 pieces, $115 for 42 pieces. LaMaisonDuChocolat.us

Soft, Gooey, and Wonderful

Salted Butter Caramels from Chocolaterie Tessa ($10). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Salted Butter Caramels from Chocolaterie Tessa ($10). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

These golden Salted Butter Caramels from Austin-based Chocolaterie Tessa are the ultimate balance of salty, sweet, and buttery. It’s hard to have just one, and caramel lovers would be over the moon to receive these. $10 for a box of 10 caramels. ChocolaterieTessa.com

Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed package from Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery. (Courtesy of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery)
Breakfast in Bed package from Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery. (Courtesy of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery)

It’s not quite the ultimate selfless sacrifice, but we’d say you deserve a nice award if you treat your loved one to breakfast in bed. Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery makes your job easy with its Breakfast in Bed package: The chocolate chip scones are unbelievably buttery, the banana bread loaf is moist and luscious, and the granola—with toasted cashews, walnuts, chocolate chunks, raisins, and coconut—is terrific. They all go well with the smooth custom Intelligentsia coffee blend, with warm chocolatey and fruity notes. (Better have a grinder on hand, as the coffee beans arrive whole.) $50. Available in-store and online at MahZeDahrBakery.com

A Dozen Pink Petals

Rose Petal Petits Fours by Valerie Confections, available at Dean & DeLuca ($52). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Rose Petal Petits Fours by Valerie Confections, available at Dean & DeLuca ($52). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

It’s not a bouquet, but these pretty petits fours, topped with sugar-crusted pink petals, offer a surprisingly fun succession of textures. Bite into these treats from Valerie Confections in Los Angeles, and the crackly white chocolate shell gives way to alternating layers of soft vanilla cake and sweet rose petal-passion fruit ganache, with just the right amount of tartness. We love that classic combination of white chocolate and passion fruit in a decadent little package. $52 for 12 pieces. DeanDeluca.com

An Ode to Women

Chuao Chocolatier's Raspberry Rose dark chocolate bar ($7). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Chuao Chocolatier’s Raspberry Rose dark chocolate bar ($7). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

If you want a gift that says “you deserve to treat yourself,” Chuao Chocolatier’s Raspberry Rose dark chocolate bar is the perfect messenger. Part of the Enamored collection, which features combinations of floral and fruit flavors, these luxurious bars created by Chuao master chef and co-founder Michael Antonorsi celebrate women around the world. The packaging is imprinted with love poems, while the chocolate’s harmonious blend of rose and raspberry—neither overpowering the other—will certainly make the recipient feel loved. $7 per bar. ChuaoChocolatier.com

Red Hot Love

EH Chocolatier's Red Hot Crunch Bars ($14.50). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
EH Chocolatier’s Red Hot Crunch Bars ($14.50). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

EH Chocolatier whips up these fun Red Hot Crunch Bars made from Valrhona white chocolate spiced with cinnamon and cayenne and filled with crunchy bits of crushed Red Hots candy. The spiciness level is mild, and each comes with a note that says “Be Mine.” $14.50 for two bars. EHChocolatier.com

The Perfect Man

The Perfect Man, available at Dylan's Candy Bar ($8).  (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
The Perfect Man, available at Dylan’s Candy Bar ($8). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

If you’ve been searching for the Perfect Man, well, here he is—made of solid chocolate, he’s sweet and decadently rich, just as he should be. We can think of a few other assets—he’s an awfully good listener, for one. But he’s also a little fragile; when we tried to stand him up, he fell down on his face and broke his Perfect Nose (he now has an enigmatic, Sphinx-like mystery about him). A gift for friends that provides oodles of laughs. $8 each. DylansCandyBar.com

Over-the-Top Oreos

Dylan's Candy Bar's Chocolate-Covered Oreos ($22). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Dylan’s Candy Bar’s Chocolate-Covered Oreos ($22). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Perfect for the young, or young at heart, these ultra-Instagrammable, chocolate-covered Oreos pile on the adorableness factor. Each is coated in chocolate and crunchy sprinkles, and decorated with a teddy bear or heart motif. $22 for nine pieces. DylansCandyBar.com

An Icy Treat

The Sweethearts Collection Gift Box by Mochidoki ($15). (Courtesy of Mochidoki)
The Sweethearts Collection Gift Box by Mochidoki ($15). (Courtesy of Mochidoki)

Eating frozen mochi ice cream is a sensuous experience—your hand gently warms the soft glutinous rice dough that encases cold ice cream, allowing you to savor that lovely contrast of textures and temperatures with each bite. New York City-based Mochidoki has created special flavors for Valentine’s Day. The special holiday collection includes fillings of passion fruit, raspberry with crunchy bits of white chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla with chocolate chips. $15 for four pieces. Mochidoki.com

Welch’s Fruit Snacks

Welch's Fruit Snacks, $4.99 for a 28-count box. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Welch’s Fruit Snacks, $4.99 for a 28-count box. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

For grown-ups, there’s something so very nostalgic about these Welch’s Fruit Snacks, updated for Valentine’s Day with heart shapes sporting friendly emojis. They are also nice treats for Valentine’s Day kids’ parties. Each 0.5 ounce pouch has a “to” and “from” label for addressing to your valentine. Available nationwide. $4.99 for a 28-count box. WelchsFruitSnacks.com

Annie Wu and Julia Huang contributed to this report