Looking for Valentine’s Day chocolate? Over the past decade, bean-to-bar chocolate has gone mainstream. Now, it’s not nearly as hard to find American chocolate makers shipping in high-quality cacao beans to produce their chocolate in a single facility.
Unlike the milky European chocolates you gave your middle school sweetheart, these artisans make beautiful bars designed to bring out cacao’s subtle flavors like cherry, citrus, and honey. And the best craft chocolatiers are taking the typical sugary Valentine’s Day confections to new levels including adding strawberries for limited-edition bars with a pink hue.
Here, Megan Giller, author of 2017’s Bean to Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution, shares a few of her recommendations for which truffles, caramels, and chocolate robots will make you a hero on February 14.