A foolproof addition to any Valentine’s Day, nothing says romance like a specially-crafted box of chocolates. Find out where to find the best chocolate confections in the D.C. area and help treat that special someone to some sinful indulgence.
Hours: Mon – Tues 1 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Weds – Thurs, Sun 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Choose from a divine selection of truffles, including chipotle cinnamon with spicy smoked jalapeño and cinnamon added to dark chocolate; caramel coffee, a luscious combination of honey caramel and coffee dusted with brown sugar; and amaretto marzipan, which is ground almonds and marzipan with a hint of amaretto. Ask for a box as small as 2 pieces for $4.25, or a box as big as 48 pieces for $46. There are several different size boxes in between as well. Artfully Chocolate also features chocolate bars and caramels. And as an extra bonus, stop by the cocoa bar cafe after you are done shopping and indulge in a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
Hours: Mon – Wed: 4 p.m. – 12 p.m.; Thu: 4 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Fri: 4 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.; Sat: 11 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.; Sun: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For modern and unique chocolate gifts, stop by Coco Sala. With chocolates such as peanut butter and jelly, banana ginger and goji berry, it doesn’t get more unusual that this. The flavor profiles are spot on, and a 16-piece Coco Sala Collection chocolate box is worth the $40 price tag. Chocolate bars and other treats such as pies, hot chocolate and seasonal treats are available as well. Be sure to stop by the restaurant for a bite before or after shopping. Coco Sala offers a full dinner menu and a three- and five-course dessert experience—it doesn’t get more decadent than that.
Hours: Mon – Sat 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
No matter what form of chocolate you are looking for, you will find it at Cocova. It is a delight to peruse the selection of chocolate bars from all over the world, baking chocolates, chocolate spreads and beautifully designed truffles in exotic flavors such as salted butter caramel, lavender honey, and yuzu. Each individual truffle is $2.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Featuring a variety of different collections, chocolate lovers will find it hard to make a decision at Chocolate Chocolate. House truffle tins are available for $14.95 and are filled with 6 truffles. The house truffles are sinful, with a ganache center made of a blend of dark European chocolate and covered in a Valrhona milk chocolate shell, then dusted with cocoa. Boxes of American and European chocolate are also available, as is a selection of chocolate barks, clusters and crisps. There are even get chocolate-dipped Oreos for sale.
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Hours: Tues – Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Truffles, chocolate toffee and chocolate covered almonds are the specialty at this chocolatier. Truffles include Fleur de Sel, where caramel is enrobed in chocolate and sprinkled with Fleur de Sel; pumpkin pie, in which pumpkin puree is blended with spices, chocolate, caramel, and cognac; and peppermint mocha, a sweet, cool treat that combines coffee beans, mint leafs and chocolate. Each truffle is $2. Toffee choices are our bourbon toffee, which is a crunchy confection made with bourbon and dark milk chocolate, covered with roasted pecans and caramelized toffee, or walnut and almond toffee, a blend of semi-sweet dark chocolate, toasted walnuts and almonds.
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Priya Konings is a child welfare attorney and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her restaurant reviews can be found here.