It aint music that’s the food of love – it’s chocolate. So make it your weapon of choice this Valentine’s Day – whether you’re already truly madly deeply in love with your significant other, or are attempting to ensure a new amour…
The Chocs For Chance online auction
Until 6 February, you can bid on boxes of chocolates created by some of the country’s best chefs and chocolatiers in an online auction whose proceeds go to the Galvin’s Chance charity, helping young people into hospitality careers. My pick? Cyrus Todiwala’s Persian & Indian-inspired truffles.
- The Chocs For Chance auction is open until 6 February. For more information and to bid, click here
Dormouse Chocolates’ Anatomical Heart
Gory and glorious, this is one for the lover with a love of the macabre. Anatomically-correct, the heart is cast in Dormouse’s very own bean-to-bar Columbian 55% or Guatemalan 72% chocolate, and is all a-glimmer with a coating of edible shimmer.
- Dormouse Chocolates’ Anatomical Heart costs £8. For more information and to order, click here
B Is For Brownie’s The Black Forest
The blood-red hue of the cherry compote in these single-origin Columbian chocolate brownies makes them especially apt for the occasion, whilst their gorgeous gooeyness is an excellent if unsubtle way of letting someone know that’s precisely how you make them feel.
- B Is For Brownie’s The Black Forest cost £24. For more information and to order, click here
Little Black Cat Gourmet’s Sherbert Truffles
Anber Raz specialises in the quirky and the creative, and these tangy truffles are a prime example. Single-origin Madagascan chocolate provides a typically-fruity foil for both Passionfruit & Orange and Cherry Sherbert varieties, and a final embellishment of gold leaf adds that that 24-karat magic.
- Little Black Cat Gourmet’s Sherbert Truffles cost £25. For more information and to order, click here
Matthieu de Gottal’s Les Feux de l’Amour collection
A bunch of blooms is so passe. Anyone fond of florals will love these ganache chocolates as much as you want them to love you – and they might go some way to helping your cause. For the Red Rose, 40% milk is blended with Indian rose petal oil; for the Black Saffron, 72% dark meets a fine Iranian example of that rare spice.
- Matthieu de Gottal’s Les Feux de l’Amour collection cost £19.75. For more information and to order, click here
Paul a Young’s Salted Caramel Kisses
Cult classics achieve that status for good reason. Paul’s caramel doesn’t just make you go ‘mmm’, it turns you into a puddle almost as free-flowing as the beautifully-buttery, muscovado-heady, lip-smackingly salty stuff itself. Handing over 10 of these chocolate kisses guarantees you a snog… at the very least.
- Paul a. Young’s Salted Caramel Kisses cost £9.95. For more information and store details, click here
Rococo Chocolates’ Mansfield the Lobster
Lobsters mate for life, so if you reckon you’ve found yours, say so with this hand-painted crustacean – an homard homage to Dudley Moore and Peter Cook’s legendary, relentlessly filthy 1970s Derek & Clive tapes.
- Rococo Chocolates’ Mansfield the Lobster costs £26. For more information and store details, click here
Creighton’s Chocolaterie’s Violets Are Blue bar
The rhyme says that roses are red, but what it neglects to mention is that they’re also the most trite Valentine’s gift you could give. Instead, go off piste with the second line of that little ditty and present them with this Violets Are Blue bar, which infuses dark chocolate with the titular bloom.
- Creighton’s Chocolaterie Violets Are Blue bar costs £3.75. For more information and to order, click here
Cocoa Runners’ Valentine’s Collection
Serious intentions require serious chocolate – of the sort featured within this four-strong gift box from ever-reliable curators Cocoa Runners. Promising to send you on a ‘sensuous journey’, it comprises Marou’s smoky Ba Ria, Domori’s vibrant Arriba Ecuador, Original Beans’ mellow Femmes de Virunga, and Cacaosuyo’s fruity Lakuna.
- Cocoa Runners’ Valentines Collection costs £24.95. For more information and to order, click here
- To read more about Dormouse Chocolates, click here
- To read more about Little Black Cat Gourmet, click here
- To read more about Matthieu de Gottal, click here
- To read more about B Is For Brownie, click here