Photo Credit: Dude, Sweet Chocolate
With all due respect to Mr. Whitman, sometimes you need a box of chocolates with that extra special something to turn ‘yum’ into ‘yowza!’ So we’ve rounded up 10 extraordinary picks sure to make even the most jaded chocolate lover swoon.
Chocolate and comedy connoisseurs will go mad for Dude, Sweet Chocolate's Albatross fudge (pictured above). Named after a Monty Python skit, the fudge gets its superlative creaminess and bite from African Valrhona chocolate, sea salt and — this is not a joke — dehydrated blue cheese. You know what’s also not a joke? How quickly you’ll scarf down every last piece.
Get it now: Albatross, $12 from Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Moonstrucks's Love Bug Truffles are more cute than creepy. Each hand-dipped and decorated white and dark chocolate lady bug-shaped confection comes filled with either strawberry or raspberry ganache. Totally adorkable.
Get it now: Love Bug Truffle Collection, $15 from Moonstruck Chocolate
Give your taste buds a fiery kick with Chuao's Sugar & Spice collection of dark chocolate bonbons and truffles. Chipotle, chili and cayenne bring the heat; ganache, cinnamon and caramel bring the sweet. The set includes four flavors: Firecracker Truffle, Smoky Macadamia, Spice Cabernet Caramel and Spicy Maya.
Get it now: 5-piece Sugar & Spice set, $12.95 from Chuao Chocolatier
Forget heart-shaped pancakes. This year, up your breakfast-in-bed game with sumptuous milk chocolate-covered Cheerios and dark chocolate-drenched Corn Flakes. You're sure to score…points.
Get it now: Milk chocolate-covered Cheerios and Dark chocolate-covered Corn Flakes, $6 for 4 ounces from Mr. Chocolate
Who says chocolates need to be bon-bon shaped? La Maison Du Chocolat’s Les Gourmandises collection is comprised of silky slender milk and dark chocolate sticks filled with whipped hazelnut and almond praline that have been blended with either crispy crepes, caramelized biscuits or caramelized coconut. Skinny and chic — so very French.
Get it now: Les Gourmandises, $25 for 9 pieces from La Maison Du Chocolat
Indulge your favorite bar fly with a dozen lusciously louche, drunken chocolate figs. Here, John and Kira's dried organic Spanish figs are filled with smooth as silk, whisky infused Valrhona ganache, then doused (or should we say soused?) with rich dark chocolate. Better yet, splurge on a gift box pairing the figs with a premium bottle of Lacrima Doloce dessert wine.
Get it now: Chocolate Figs, $36.50 for 12 pieces from John and Kira's
Pass on the overpriced flowers and seduce your sweetie with Vosges's Le Chocolate en Rose Truffles instead. Each dark chocolate delight has been infused with Piper Heidsieck brut rosè Champagne, then delicately covered in aromatic pink rose poudre. By any name, this surprising palate pleaser would taste just as sweet.
Get it now: Le Chocolate en Rose Truffles, $53.00 for 20 pieces from Vosges
Eek! You wouldn't necessarily think of vermin as romantic, but Mr. Facebook did allegedly serve L.A. Burdick's chocolate mice at his recent wedding. Make like Mark Zuckerberg and devour these critters, which come in dark with orange, milk with mocha and white with cinnamon flavors. Almond ears and silky tails included.
Get it now: Chocolate Mice, 9 for $32 from L.A. Burdick
The foodie trend for all things pork has created some pretty interesting dessert pairings (maple and pancetta ice cream, anyone?). But few work quite as deliciously as when salty, savory bacon meets sweet, creamy chocolate. If you're not convinced, these melt-in-your-mouth, cocoa-dusted chocolate bacon truffles will make you a believer.
Get it now: Chocolate Bacon Truffles, 10-12 for $16.99 from Etsy
Put the soy sauce down. Romanicos’ Chocolate's Miami Sushi Box is, in fact, a 6-piece edible art collection designed to look like Japanese take out. Each piece is handcrafted to resemble the real thing: guava for tuna, mango for salmon, colored white chocolate for wasabi, dark chocolate for seaweed, etc. It's feast for the eyes and the tummy.
Get it now: Romanicos’ Chocolate's Miami Sushi Box, $36 from Romanicos Chocolate