Just in time for Valentine’s Day we’ve rounded up the best artisanal chocolate in America from the chef turned chocolatier, to the painter whose chocolate is truly individual works of art.
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These chocolates are handmade by Michael Recchiuti, who shops the farmers market for fresh lavender, tarragon, and lemon verbena to infuse in his chocolates. Chocolates even feature drawing, etchings and paintings from his favorite San Francisco artists. You can't go wrong gifting the Valentine's Platinum Collection ($160) which includes burnt caramel chocolate, single origin varietals, famed fleur de sel caramel, and many more.
One Ferry Building Shop #30, San Francisco, recchiuti.com.
At first look MarieBelle chocolates are almost too pretty to eat. The signature chocolates are topped with quirky, colorful designs, like jade green swirls, blue-and-white Mondrianesque checks, and silhouetted figures against yellow or lavender backgrounds. Luckily the chocolates taste just as good as they look. The 36 piece Blue Box ($85) makes the perfect gift.
484 Broome Street, New York City, mariebelle.com.
Chocolate thats handcrafted in Brooklyn? Sign us up. Brothers Michael and Rick Mast create bean-to-bar handmade candy in small batches. The bars are wrapped in gold foil and thick Italian paper in vintage inspired floral, paisley, and pattered prints making them extra special.
111 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York, mastbrothers.com.
Christopher Norman Chocolates
John Down has a background in painting and the arts, which he has put to good use at Christopher Norman Chocolates. The Pavé Hearts box ($45) features hand painted heart tiles, which would melt just about any heart.
Hudson, New York, christophernormanchocolates.com.
This chocolate label hand makes its chocolate in small batches in a small factory in Somerville Massachusetts. The Valentine's Box includes raspberry ganaches, candied pine nuts, and hot chocolate.
561 Windsor Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, ehchocolatier.com.
Christopher ElbowArtisan Chocolates
Christopher Elbow has worked with top chefs including Emeril Lagasse but found that he had quite the talent when it came to making chocolate. The Valentine's Day heart chocolates include flavors like flour de del caramel, cinnamon-hazlenut praline, and citrus praline and are hand painted.
1819 McGee Street, Kansas City, Missouri, elbowchocolates.com.
This chocolatier has been around since the 1920s. The Intense Love box ($69) would make the perfect gift for any chocolate lover.
L.A. Burdick Chocolates
This chocolate store sources couverture from Switzerland, France, and Venezuela, made from primarily South American, Central American, and Caribbean beans. Chocolate mice are a signature.
5 East 20th Street, New York City, burdickchocolate.com.
This chocolatier is widely considered to have some of the best caramels in the world. The truffles are seriously good too. Who would have known that they make some of the best chocolate in the world in Pennsylvania?
24 South High Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, eclatchocolate.com.
William Dean Chocolates
Every piece of chocolate at William Dean Chocolates is made by hand in Belleair Bluffs, Florida. The 20 Piece Valentine Hearts ($45) features flavors like key lime, salted caramel and lavender.
2790 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs, Florida, williamdeanchocolates.com.