Chocolate Is Always the Right Size for Valentine's Day

Chocolates at  Bissinger's at Maryland Plaza - Laura Miller
Laura Miller
Chocolates at Bissinger's at Maryland Plaza
Valentine's Day is this Monday, February 14. What's that? You haven't done your shopping yet? No worries. On this holiday, it's not the thought that counts -- it's the quality of the chocolate.

Gut Check checked in with a few of our favorite local chocolate makers to find out what's setting their customers hearts aflutter this year.

"For us, everything," jokes Kate Erker, director of marketing and social media for Bissinger's. "In our stores, we're seeing a lot of people gravitate toward our 'Sweetheart Collection.'"

The "Sweetheart Collection" is a 35-piece assortment of chocolate-covered goodies. Also popular this year, says Erker, is the "Fashionista Collection," chocolates served inside a replica of a red or leopard-print high-heel shoe.

Of course, Erker adds, "Everyone loves the heart-shaped box."

A call to a very busy Crown Candy Kitchen reveals that chocolate-covered strawberries are among the most popular candies.

Brian Pelletier, owner of Kakao Chocolate on South Jefferson and in Maplewood - Aimee Levitt
Aimee Levitt
Brian Pelletier, owner of Kakao Chocolate on South Jefferson and in Maplewood
At the new Maplewood location of Kakao Chocolate, owner Brian Pelletier says customers have fallen hard for the truffles made using spirits and vinegars from nearby Vom Fass.

"Vom Fass has a treasure trove of ingredients," Pelletier says. "We have truffles that have orange liqueur, chili-fig balsamic vinegar, apricot grappa, hazelnut oil and honey balsmic vinegar.

"They're really incredible."

Bissinger's Erker notes that because Valentine's Day falls on a Monday this year, customers have the advantage of an entire weekend to shop.

In other words, last-minute lovebirds, you don't have any excuse for showing up empty-handed this Valentine's Day.
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