A heart shaped box of candy is something of a Valentine’s Day cliché.. isn’t it? Nothing wrong with that, especially if they are your favorite chocolates, but there is usually more cardboard than chocolates, so despite the good intentions they can be rather disappointing and look less than generous.
So what to do?
Add just a little imagination to the gift selection… Why not buy your beloved’s favourite candy in the regular, much cheaper packaging, get much more of it, and fill a beautiful heart-shaped bowl with it?
There are lots of gorgeous bowls that make perfect gifts and filled with every chocoholics favourite LindOr they are bound to win hearts, as well as making a gift that lasts beyond the last foil wrapper.
Here are just a few suggestions of heart-shaped bowls that would be welcome gifts even without the chocolate inside!
Mountain Woods Artisan Acacia Wood Heart Shaped Bowl – 12.25″(L) x 10″(W) x 3″(H)
Small Irish Pottery Serving Bowl Hand-Glazed Hand-Thrown in Ireland. Original Heart Shaped Design 6″ Diameter by 2″ Height with Celtic Spiral Motif
7-Inch Ceramic Heart Shaped Fruit / Cereal Bowl, Red
Forget about the healthy cereal in this one.. fill it with heart-shopping dark chocolate truffles to really make a statement!
And unless you have some luscious hand-made chocolates in mind, these are the ones to win any chocoholic’s heart!
Lindt LINDOR Truffles 6-Flavor Variety: One 1 lb Assorted Bag of Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, 60% Extra Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, and Hazelnut Milk Chocolate in a Gift Box
A box of luscious truffles may not be the most original Valentines gift there is, but it’s one that most of us chocoholics are very happy to receive!
If you are looking to add a personal touch to a classic romantic gift, then don’t just buy those ready-made, over-priced heart-shaped boxes, which usually have disappointingly few actual chocolates in them. Instead, buy regular packets of your beloved’s favourite truffles and decorate a heart-shaped box especially for her, to be filled to the brim with chocolate heaven.
Nothing says romance and real love like a box carefully decorated with photos or mementoes of your time together, or artfully collaged with tissue paper and lace. Best of all you can fit in far more chocolates than you’ll ever find in a standard branded Valentines heart box, and when it comes to truffles more is always more!
We suggest this Paper Mache Box-Heart 12″ from Darice via Amazon.com $8
To be filled with Lindt LINDOR Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles ,9.3 Ounce$5.43
Lindt LINDOR Assorted Chocolate Truffles, 9.3 Ounce $5.81
For more than double the chocolate you’d get in a ready-packaged box and several dollars less in price.
Or go wild and get a whole box of Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles, 60 Count Box $19.99
I know that I’d go weak at the knees at the sight of so much chocolate, and even more so receiving a really thoughtful, personal gift and not something grabbed at the last minute from the store.
If you don’t have time to decorate a box, then what about a basket tied with ribbon and a hand-written label and photograph filled with chocolates? It’s the thought that counts and just a little care lavished on a special gift for a special person.
Baci is the Italian word for kisses. These delicious Italian chocolates are like extravagant kisses of chocolate and hazelnut, and are terribly moreish. Any chocolate devotee who has ever been to Italy will have fond memories of these. Each chocolate is wrapped in foil with a little love note or quotation for that extra romantic touch.
If you’re wondering which chocolates to give on Valentine’s Day and your beloved likes Italian dark chocolate and nuts then Baci are the perfect choice.
This box of Perugina Baci Finest Italian Chocolates 14.1 oz, 28 pieces costs $17.99 from Perugina via Amazon.
To really make a splash on Valentine’s Day, this plush box of Godiva chocolates is a lavish gift. Any discerning chocoholic would be thrilled with this generous selection of limited edition Belgian chocolates by the renowned chocolatier. And the gorgeous satin-trimmed box is a fine keepsake to treasure love notes and mementos ever afterwards.
This 10.9oz box with 29 chocolates is not cheap, but it will really say ‘I Love You’ with style and is bound to sweep your Valentine off her feet! Who knows, she may even share the chocolates with you!
GODIVA Chocolatier Medium Valentines Day Keepsake Heart 29 Pieces costs $75 from Godiva Chocolatiers via Amazon
I have a nostalgic fondness for KitKats and have always loved the bold red packaging. This heart box of miniature KitKats would make a fun Valentine’s gift for a teenager or an older child, or to take to school and share out in the classroom on Valentine’s Day.
The heart box could also be a romantic gift for grown girls who love the retro look and of course love KitKats! It’s a sturdy box with a generous filling of miniature KitKat bars.
And it’s an affordable Valentine’s gift at $5.24 from Amazon. Kit Kat Valentine’s Miniatures, 8 Ounce Heart Box
With Valentine’s Day creeping up on us it’s time for chocolate again. After all what says I Love You to a chocoholic better than a heart shaped tin of chocolate truffles. I know I’d be very happy to receive this as a gift no matter what the occasion!
Lindt truffles are rich and creamy with a mixture of dark, milk and white chocolate and they are melt-in-the-mouth smooth. There’s something in there for every taste in chocolate, even an extra dark one and a peanut butter truffle for those with sweeter tastes.
The tin contains about 25 truffles which wouldn’t last me long… so a great idea would be to find a note at the bottom of the tin promising a refill every month until next Valentines… now that would be a loving gesture!
Lindt Chocolate Lindor Truffles Lindor Heart Gift Tin, 10.6 Ounce costs $19.99 from Lindt via Amazon.
Isn’t this the most beautiful chocolate heart you’ve ever seen? Perfect for winning the heart of a confirmed chocoholic, the whole thing is crafted from best quality Swiss chocolate, and the pattern and golden powder shimmer is edible.
Unlike most chocolate hearts I’ve seen, this is actually made of really good quality chocolate and filled with eight divine hand-made champagne truffles.
This chocolate heart is made in England, but can be delivered overseas, and costs £18.95 direct from Betty’s.
For a really detailed review check out Chocoblog’s post and see if you don’t crave these for yourself this Valentine’s Day!
If your love is a vegan, a raw food health guru or organic devotee with a secret passion for chocolate, this is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day!
Sacred Chocolate hearts are made from the purest raw chocolate, sweetened with healthy alternatives to cane sugar and retain all the super-food nutrients of cocoa. They come in a whole range of flavour varieties, each one hand-poured and hand-wrapped. The chocolate hearts aren’t huge, only 1.44oz each, but well worth it for a burst of pure chocolate guilt-free goodness!
I can’t think of a better gift for a romantic chocoholic – these certainly beat your average heart shaped box of ordinary candy hands down!
Raw Sacred Chocolate Amazonian Heart (1.44oz)available at $7.99 from Amazon, or order direct from Sacred Chocolate themselves.
Here’s a detailed review of the chocolate hearts if you want to know how the chocolate is packed for delivery and all the gen on the raw chocolate and health benefits.
I had to include this heart chocolate box just because it is so bizarre. Hearts are all about romance, so how on earth does Darth Vader get to be cover boy on a box of Valentine’s day chocs?!
Darth Vader and romance are about as diametrically opposite as you can get – big scary bloke in black armor with a serious breathing problem, endangering all the good guys in the galaxy… not my first choice in romantic icons!
So if you are into major irony and/or your guy or gal is a huge Star Wars fan this could be the perfect gift, but otherwise I’d run a mile!
If you are tempted though, the Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Valentines Day Heart Box Caramel Chocolate costs $9.95 from Amazon.
Updated for Valentine’s Day 2014:
This is the latest Darth Vader chocolate offering this year – I don’t like it as much as the previous version, but for an ardent Star Wars fan, you might as well go for it!!
Gorgeous heart chocolates with satisfying truffle and praline fillings by Hotel Chocolat. I’m back to drooling over luscious chocolates again, and what better gift could there be for a chocoholic on Valentine’s Day or any time for that matter?!
These are stylishly packaged and have little love messages hidden under the chocolates, as well as a matching card for you to write in.
They have the look and feel of artisan chocolates and are definitely in the quality price range at $32 for the box of 12 chocolate hearts, direct from Hotel Chocolat.
If you want to know more about the flavours before you buy, check out this detailed chocolate review.