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VALENTINE'S DAY CHOCOLATES

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With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I've got to make a decision. For the past dozen or so years, my choice has been either "L.A. Burdick" or "John & Kira's", and, my wife has been enthralled.. Honestly, although my wife loves the chocolate mice from Burdick and the exquisite fillings that are a John & Kira's trademark, I also know that she loves surprises. If money is no object.... what say my fellow Chowhounders??? Please remember that my reputation as a loving husband could be affected by any unacceptable choice! Zabar

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  1. If she loves surprises and filled chocolates, I'd build a box of chocolates. I've ordered from CocoaBella before (http://www.cocoabella.com/build-box), and they have some really interesting choices. I'm not sure if there are any other sites that let you mix and match different chocolate companies like that, but I really love the idea.

    1. I live in the SF Bay Area and I love Michael Mischer chocolates! I never get tired of receiving a box of these.

      http://michaelmischerchocolates.com/h...

      1. if you want to go with someplace local, then Kee's or MarieBelle. otherwise my choice would probably be Compartes in Los Angeles.

        1. La Maison du Chcolat is fabulous.

          http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.com/en/

          CocoaBella is also a great option.

          1. I really like the marshmallows they have at the Vosges store in Beverly Hills. I usually am not a marshmallow person, but these were really tender and not at all gummy.
            http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/produc...

            They do have truffles with various fillings. I remember they gave me a sample of one with balsamic vinegar in it, and it was delicious. I think they have an exotic truffle collection, too. Plus their purple heart boxes are romantic.

            1. I'd like to thank everyone who responded to this thread.
              I decided to be proactive in my choice for a 2012 Valentine's Day chocolate gift for my wife, and, after surfing the net awhile, I came up with a website for chocolates that I'd like to share with my fellow CHers: http://www.chocosphere.com
              Not only does Chocosphere offer a very broad selection of the wares of the finest chocolatiers from all over the world, they also employ extremely helpful customer service personnel that will assist anyone in choosing a customized Valentine's Day gift basket that can include rather unique items. I've provided a direct link to the "Seasonal Basket" that I selected; however, I had this heart-shaped basket customized with "Amedei" dark chocolates with a range of 70% to 100% cacao content and "organic" fillings.
              I hope that I've contributed a choice to anyone else who was experiencing "angst" in making a selection for Valentine's Day. Zabar
              http://www.chocosphere.com/cgi-bin/we...

              1. Hi Zabar -- it looks like you've made a great choice but for future reference check out Garrison Confections in Rhode Island. We are long-time Burdick fans and love Garrison as well. They are outstanding. We usually get their seasonal collection -- 12 new flavors every three months. Pretty incredible.

                http://www.garrisonconfections.com/

                1. Another good one to check out is www.chocolate.com. Has products from lots of small chocolate shops across the country (and I believe possibly internationally, but I'm not sure). Lots of price ranges, HUGE variety of products. Somewhat overwhelming (hah!), but lots of fun to browse!

                  1. Another great chocolatier for when price is not a concern is Recchiuti.

                    http://www.recchiuti.com/overview.htm...

                    One of their least costly Valentine offerings that sounds really great is called XO and is a box with just champagne truffes and chocolates made with artisan candied cherries.