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Impress Your Valentine With Chocolate From These 14 Local Shops

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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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Charles Chocolates

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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).

Chocolate Covered

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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.

Christopher Elbow Chocolates

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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).

Dandelion Chocolate

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Available on V-Day: three-bar tasting sets ($20) and DIY letterpress cards (free from 12-4 pm).

Feve Artisan Chocolatier

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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.

Fog City News

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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.

Gate Comme des Filles

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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.

Marla Bakery

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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.

Michael Mischer Chocolates

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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.

Nuubia SF

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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).

Poco Dolce Confections

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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.

Recchiuti Confections

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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).

Socola Chocolatier

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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.

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.

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Charles Chocolates

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).

Chocolate Covered

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.

Christopher Elbow Chocolates

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).

Dandelion Chocolate

Available on V-Day: three-bar tasting sets ($20) and DIY letterpress cards (free from 12-4 pm).

Feve Artisan Chocolatier

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.

Fog City News

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.

Gate Comme des Filles

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.

Marla Bakery

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.

Michael Mischer Chocolates

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.

Nuubia SF

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).

Poco Dolce Confections

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.

Recchiuti Confections

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).

Socola Chocolatier

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.

TCHO

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.

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