One of the most popular gifts to give your significant other on Valentine’s Day is a box of chocolates. But when you’re standing in that aisle surrounded by a sea of pink and red heart-shaped options, what do you choose?
Lindsay and Dave Franceschini are a couple celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary this coming Valentine’s Day.
Mrs. Franceschini said she loves to get purses and chocolates for this special day. She said, “Absolutely Russell Stover is my favorite and I would love to get a Louis Vuitton bag,” as she looked over to her husband.
Mr. Franceschini said that Valentine’s Day is really more for the women and he is happy with some chocolates or candy.
With this day right around the corner and couples searching for the best gifts and which of the million chocolate brands to pick, here are the top 14 options for your perfect Feb. 14.
Lindor, from Lindt, has a decadent and smooth, yet not too bitter milk chocolate taste. The heart-shaped box of milk chocolates and the milk chocolate truffles that look like a small bouquet of roses make this the top brand to buy.
Godiva is an affordable Belgian chocolate. It has a bit more of a stronger chocolate intensity, but not a bitter chocolate flavor.
Ghirardelli chocolates are set apart from the rest because of their roasting process. This process creates an intense chocolate flavor by making them richer and darker than others.
Hershey’s Pot of Gold
Hershey’s Pot of Gold contains many different chocolates with a variety of flavors. Hershey’s is lower on the list due to the high fructose corn syrup, but they do give more chocolates for a lower price. They also have a unique heart-shaped box available for Valentine’s Day.
Dove chocolates are creamy and assorted. Just want one flavor throughout instead though? They have that too. There’s a caramel-only box, a peanut-only box, a milk chocolate truffles-only box and a dark chocolate-only box.
Ferrero makes spheres of crushed hazelnuts and chocolate from Alba, Italy. Ferrero boxes are mostly just one flavor and do lack variety, but is an easy, affordable option.
Russell Stover is owned by the same company as Lindt. This makes the chocolate pretty high quality, but they are a bit less fancy than most of the other chocolates. This is a fairly easier box to find with a big assortment.
Nestle chocolates are made with sustainable cocoa and have a softer caramel than other brands. They aren’t as luxurious as others, but still a good choice.
Palmer is famous for its caramel covered in dark chocolate and sea salt flake chocolates. They use oil roasted and salted peanuts smothered in caramel and covered in milk chocolate.
Kohler’s has a beautiful ganache box with coffee-heavy hazelnut, light crème Fraiche, true-to-the-fruit raspberry flavors or other collections of wine-inspired flavors. This brand has a variety of flavors that you wouldn’t get on a normal basis wrapped in a fancier box than the average heart shapes.
Whitman’s is one of the largest and oldest brands of boxed chocolates in the United States. Whitman’s has a variety of satisfying flavors including a special piece of milk chocolate with the Whitman’s messenger engraved on it in every box.
Merci Finest Assortment of 7 European Chocolates
Merci as an assortment of seven European chocolates, but compared to others, is lower on the list due to a higher use of sugar and vegetable fats.
Kilwins has so many flavors inside their box of Valentine’s chocolates with a bonus of beautiful designs on each one. Each piece has its own depth of flavor.
Neuhaus are Belgian chocolates. The options vary from truffles to pralines to squares in assorted flavors and fillings.
With chocolates out of the way, the only thing left is the perfect Valentine’s Day present. Below shows the top 14 gifts anyone would love to open on Feb. 14.