We’ve all heard Europeans lament the inferiority of American chocolate: how the Hershey bar is too sweet, how our favorite bars are waxy at best and, at worst inedible. It’s true: mass produced chocolate (including that heart-shaped box you were eying to bring home to your spouse last week at the drug store) aren’t even close to being the best of the best.
But judging American chocolate by Hershey is like judging American beer by Bud Light. You don’t have to go import to treat the lady in your life to something truly delicious. Leaving behind Hershey for richer cacao doesn’t mean you have to cross any borders. The best chocolate may come from Outside the U.S., but the best chocolate makers may still be within the continental 48. We assembled 10 American chocolatiers’ best bites you can still acquire for the lady in your life before the 14th—and not just bars, but truffles and all sorts of interesting flavor concoctions for the person you want to keep interested for another year.