Chocolate is a staple of Valentine's Day. For traditional gifts, try Bridgewater Chocolate, 12 LaSalle Road, West Hartford, which offers several options. A Valentine Assortment with toffees, turtles, peanut butter and Belgian chocolates in a red box with a gift bow is offered in half, one or two pound boxes for $20.50, $37.95 and $67.75.
Enjoy milk and dark chocolate? Try a six-piece (for $15.95) or 12-piece (for $27.95) box of amarena cherries coated in a dark chocolate heart and placed on a milk chocolate base for $15.95 or a milk and dark chocolate 3 1/2 ounce heart wrapped with a ribbon for $9.75.
Information: 860-571-0707 or www.bridgewaterchocolate.com.
Visit Knipschildt Chocolatier's Chocopologie Café, 12 South Main St., Norwalk, for the return of their 71 Percent Diamond Collection. Presented in a handmade silver box, it comes with six large chocolate diamonds composed of 71 percent Ecuadorian single bean dark chocolate with passion fruit ganache inside for $20.
The Rose Truffle Box, for $25, comes in a handmade paper box. Inside, there are dark chocolate truffles with rose water ganache. An edible rose petal tops each truffle.
Knipschildt Chocolatier's also offers affordable options, such as The Valentine Delight for $6, with two white chocolates covered with edible gold and a filled with a passion fruit ganache; a white chocolate heart, filled with rosewater ganache, is included. Try the hot chocolate and coffee sticks, which are used to stir and add flavor to hot drinks. They vary from $3.50 to $4 each and come in milk chocolate with chai, white chocolate with butterscotch and whiskey and dark chocolate with mocha. Information: 203-854-4754 or www.knipschildt.com.
With its signature blue box and brown bow, Cocoa Michelle, 54 Railroad Place, Westport, offers truffles in chocolates in several exotic flavors including Earl Grey, rose, chai latte, banana, green tea and lavender to go along with their more traditional flavors of vanilla, dark chocolate and raspberry. The boxes vary from six pieces for $12 to 32 pieces for $58.
Cocoa Michelle also provides a Valentine's Day Signature Collection box with a blend of white, milk and dark chocolates and truffles for any couple. Information: 203-221-0020 or cocoamichelle.com.