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eater_blacksaturday.0.jpgHere at Eater, we are staunch advocates of not eating out on Valentine's Day, when high prices, dumb gimmicks, and mediocre prix-fixe menus reign. But since doing something nice for the holiday is non-negotiable for many folks in relationships, here's one alternative: cook a great meal at home, then gift your Valentine a box of delicious chocolates from one of these 14 local chocolatiers and chocolate shops. Your wallet will retain elasticity for dining on a non-terrible day, and you'll be much closer to the part of V-Day that people actually get excited about.

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1. Dandelion Chocolate

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740 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 349-0942
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Available on V-Day: three-bar tasting sets ($20) and DIY letterpress cards (free from 12-4 pm).

2. Socola Chocolatier

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535 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 484-6686
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Surprise your Valentine with a sweet from this SoMa chocolatier, which is offering V-Day 4- and 12-packs of raspberry-champagne and salted-caramel truffles ($10-25). For a spicy Valentine, their Sriracha truffles offer a hot encounter.

3. Charles Chocolates

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535 Florida St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 659-8770
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Chuck Siegel is offering his heart-shaped take on meltaways (in a combo of peppermint, mocha, and raspberry, $36-54), shiny Heart Collection sweets (with mojito, raspberry, and passion fruit, $24-65), a classic heart-shaped box of old-school chocolates ($36-54), or the "Nuts About You" box, with chocolate-covered gianduja, peanut butter-honey, and almond fleur de sel caramels ($24).

4. Recchiuti Confections

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1 Ferry Building, Shop #30
San Francisco, CA 94111-4209
(415) 834-9494
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Both Recchiuti locations (the other is in Dogpatch) are offering tons of V-Day confections, like classic and Champagne truffles ($25), the sixteen-flavor Amour Box ($45), and for the very special Valentine, a two-pound, 88-piece monster of a chocolate box ($168).

5. Poco Dolce Confections

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2419 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-1443
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Poco Dolce has every Valentine's budget covered with affordable $22 boxes of bittersweet, sea salt-caramel, and champagne-strawberry truffles. Or splurge on a V-Day basket like the epic $139 Gift Set, featuring everything from popcorn toffee squares to a Mayan Chili bar.

6. Christopher Elbow Chocolates

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401 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 355-1105
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Elbow's chocolates are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat, with gorgeously painted exteriors that conceal a core of vanilla bean, red-wine caramel, tequila-lime, French lavender, and other intriguing flavors. Opt for an 18-piece box of exclusively heart-shaped sweets ($54), or a 20-piece heart box containing various sizes and flavors ($40).

7. Gate Comme des Filles

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3639 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 241-9760
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This French-inspired project from Chez Panisse alum Alexandra Whisnant is selling its Valentine's box via Good Eggs, as well as at both locations of Bi-Rite, Local Mission Market, and Oakland's Highwire Coffee Roasters, beginning February 12. For $35, you get passionfruit, raspberry, Meyer lemon, honey walnut, and white chocolate cardamom varieties.

8. Michael Mischer Chocolates

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3352 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 986-1822
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Mischer's Valentine's chocolate assortments come in classic (caramel, champagne, peanut butter) and adventurous (chipotle, root beer, cherry) combinations, both in hot pink boxes. They're $32 for 12 or $75 for 36.

9. TCHO

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Pier 17
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 963-5090
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Though it's not doing truffles or filled chocolates, TCHO is offering plenty of bar sets, including a tub of 50 itty-bitty milk chocolate bars ($30) perfect to put in easy reach of a Valentine's desk for an afternoon pick-me-up. Boxes of tiles with cute V-Day packaging ($17-45) come with tasting notes to get Valentines educated on the nuances of chocolate.

10. Chocolate Covered

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4069 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 641-8123
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For those who'd rather select their own assortment of chocolates than take home a pre-packaged box, this Noe Valley shop has you, well, covered, thanks to its selection of more than 300 bars, truffles, and other treats from around the globe.

11. Fog City News

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455 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-7400
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The name isn't really indicative of this newsstand's true passion: chocolate. With hundreds of bars, truffles, and bonbons from around the globe, it's a good choice for putting together a custom lineup for a special someone.

12. Feve Artisan Chocolatier

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2210 Keith Street, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
(415) 418-4657
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This Dogpatch-based chocolatier offers its wares via Good Eggs or at its retail shop, with 9 or 21-piece assorted boxes ($22-42) in flavors like cardamom whiskey almond, raspberry lychee, and peanut butter crunch. They funnel 10% of profits as micro-loans to cocoa farmers; environmentally conscious Valentines might appreciate the $22, nine-piece natural collection, which is fair-trade and GMO-free.

13. Marla Bakery

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3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 742-4379
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For a petite and affordable Valentine's treat, head to Marla for Amy Brown's confection box, featuring a dark-chocolate brownie bite, hazelnut baci, jasmine tea caramel, and chile-orange spiced truffle for $16.

14. Nuubia SF

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1355 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(925) 463-0226
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This local chocolatier just debuted its first retail outpost at the Twitter building's new The Market, where they're serving up $30 bonbon gift boxes (with nine flavors from pistachio to raspberry-jasmine tea) and an edible dark chocolate and gold leaf heart box with four bonbons inside and another nine in an accompanying box ($65).

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1. Dandelion Chocolate

740 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Available on V-Day: three-bar tasting sets ($20) and DIY letterpress cards (free from 12-4 pm).
740 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Socola Chocolatier

535 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Surprise your Valentine with a sweet from this SoMa chocolatier, which is offering V-Day 4- and 12-packs of raspberry-champagne and salted-caramel truffles ($10-25). For a spicy Valentine, their Sriracha truffles offer a hot encounter.
535 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. Charles Chocolates

535 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Chuck Siegel is offering his heart-shaped take on meltaways (in a combo of peppermint, mocha, and raspberry, $36-54), shiny Heart Collection sweets (with mojito, raspberry, and passion fruit, $24-65), a classic heart-shaped box of old-school chocolates ($36-54), or the "Nuts About You" box, with chocolate-covered gianduja, peanut butter-honey, and almond fleur de sel caramels ($24).
535 Florida St
San Francisco, CA 94110

4. Recchiuti Confections

1 Ferry Building, Shop #30, San Francisco, CA 94111-4209
Both Recchiuti locations (the other is in Dogpatch) are offering tons of V-Day confections, like classic and Champagne truffles ($25), the sixteen-flavor Amour Box ($45), and for the very special Valentine, a two-pound, 88-piece monster of a chocolate box ($168).
1 Ferry Building, Shop #30
San Francisco, CA 94111-4209

5. Poco Dolce Confections

2419 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Poco Dolce has every Valentine's budget covered with affordable $22 boxes of bittersweet, sea salt-caramel, and champagne-strawberry truffles. Or splurge on a V-Day basket like the epic $139 Gift Set, featuring everything from popcorn toffee squares to a Mayan Chili bar.
2419 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. Christopher Elbow Chocolates

401 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Elbow's chocolates are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat, with gorgeously painted exteriors that conceal a core of vanilla bean, red-wine caramel, tequila-lime, French lavender, and other intriguing flavors. Opt for an 18-piece box of exclusively heart-shaped sweets ($54), or a 20-piece heart box containing various sizes and flavors ($40).
401 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Gate Comme des Filles

3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
This French-inspired project from Chez Panisse alum Alexandra Whisnant is selling its Valentine's box via Good Eggs, as well as at both locations of Bi-Rite, Local Mission Market, and Oakland's Highwire Coffee Roasters, beginning February 12. For $35, you get passionfruit, raspberry, Meyer lemon, honey walnut, and white chocolate cardamom varieties.
3639 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. Michael Mischer Chocolates

3352 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Mischer's Valentine's chocolate assortments come in classic (caramel, champagne, peanut butter) and adventurous (chipotle, root beer, cherry) combinations, both in hot pink boxes. They're $32 for 12 or $75 for 36.
3352 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

9. TCHO

Pier 17, San Francisco, CA 94111
Though it's not doing truffles or filled chocolates, TCHO is offering plenty of bar sets, including a tub of 50 itty-bitty milk chocolate bars ($30) perfect to put in easy reach of a Valentine's desk for an afternoon pick-me-up. Boxes of tiles with cute V-Day packaging ($17-45) come with tasting notes to get Valentines educated on the nuances of chocolate.
Pier 17
San Francisco, CA 94111

10. Chocolate Covered

4069 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
For those who'd rather select their own assortment of chocolates than take home a pre-packaged box, this Noe Valley shop has you, well, covered, thanks to its selection of more than 300 bars, truffles, and other treats from around the globe.
4069 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

11. Fog City News

455 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105
The name isn't really indicative of this newsstand's true passion: chocolate. With hundreds of bars, truffles, and bonbons from around the globe, it's a good choice for putting together a custom lineup for a special someone.
455 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105

12. Feve Artisan Chocolatier

2210 Keith Street, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
This Dogpatch-based chocolatier offers its wares via Good Eggs or at its retail shop, with 9 or 21-piece assorted boxes ($22-42) in flavors like cardamom whiskey almond, raspberry lychee, and peanut butter crunch. They funnel 10% of profits as micro-loans to cocoa farmers; environmentally conscious Valentines might appreciate the $22, nine-piece natural collection, which is fair-trade and GMO-free.
2210 Keith Street, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

13. Marla Bakery

3619 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
For a petite and affordable Valentine's treat, head to Marla for Amy Brown's confection box, featuring a dark-chocolate brownie bite, hazelnut baci, jasmine tea caramel, and chile-orange spiced truffle for $16.
3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

14. Nuubia SF

1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
This local chocolatier just debuted its first retail outpost at the Twitter building's new The Market, where they're serving up $30 bonbon gift boxes (with nine flavors from pistachio to raspberry-jasmine tea) and an edible dark chocolate and gold leaf heart box with four bonbons inside and another nine in an accompanying box ($65).
1355 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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