Sweet choices for Valentine’s and any day
For many, Valentine’s Day means one thing: chocolate. At least it does when you’re as obsessed with food as we are. Chocolate is the ultimate feel-good food; a supposed aphrodisiac loaded with healthy antioxidants and essential minerals—the perfect antidote to the smog and dreary February weather. We live in a pretty great state to be obsessed with chocolate. Utah is home to eight bean-to-bar companies and a handful of exquisite chocolatiers. Whether you’re looking for a gift to warm the heart of a loved one or just need a sweet pick-me-up, chocolate is the answer.
For the foodie: Amano Artisan Chocolate
A gift of Amano Artisan Chocolate will surely inspire true love and devotion. Only the best beans and ingredients are used to create a notable selection of dark and milk chocolate bars. The raspberry rose ($7.95) lends itself to Valentine’s Day gifting with a pretty pink wrapper and rose motif. Single-origin chocolate with raspberry notes and an undertone of rose flavor make this bar a thing of beauty. Order Amano chocolates online, or stop by Liberty Heights Fresh, Tony Caputo’s or Harmons, which carry a wide array of bean-to-bar chocolate.
Amano Artisan Chocolate
For the fashionista: Chocolot Artisan Confections
Ruth Kendrick, a second-generation chocolatier, has been making chocolates for more than 50 years. Her creations are colorful and elaborate, almost too pretty to eat. Just kidding—they’re delicious! These European-style chocolates come in vibrant, eye-catching colors with bright flavors to match. A box of 12 ($22) includes popular flavors like Meyer Lemon, Beehive Honey and Fleur de Sel Caramel. You can find these gift-worthy chocolates at boutiques throughout the valley or order them online.
Chocolot Artisan Confections
For the traditionalist: Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates
“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Not at Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates, however, where you can choose exactly what goes into your box. Select from gooey caramels, nutty clusters and cream-filled chocolates to create a box of 24 chocolates ($24.95). It’s a classic gift for a reason—Mrs. Cavanaugh’s has been making chocolates by hand with fresh ingredients and no preservatives since 1964. There are six stores throughout Utah, or you can simply place an order online (but you’ll miss out on free samples!).
Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates
For the sweet tooth: Hatch Family Chocolates
Four generations of the Hatch family have been dipping chocolates since 1917. Hatch Family Chocolates opened in 2003, instantly becoming a must-visit destination for those of us with a serious sweet tooth. Opt for a box of chocolate turtles ($24.99): Roasted pecans are bathed in housemade caramel with a creamy vanilla center covered in milk or dark chocolate. Four turtles are included in each package, and they’re practically the size of actual turtles. While you’re there, be sure to indulge in a cup of hot cocoa—it’s an unforgettable chocolate experience.
Hatch Family Chocolates
376 8th Ave., SLC
For the health nut: The Chocolate Conspiracy
The Chocolate Conspiracy offers bars, delectable truffles and other tasty confections made with raw, organic chocolate. Using high-quality cacao beans that don’t require roasting allows the nutritional integrity to remain intact. Natural flavors from herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, fresh and dried fruit make everything at The Chocolate Conspiracy a special, wholesome treat. Pick up a sampler of five bars ($25), ranging from the brightly flavored blackberry ginger bar to the intriguing Wild Spice bar. Find Chocolate Conspiracy creations wherever fine chocolates are sold or visit their shop for the best selection.
The Chocolate Conspiracy
774 S. 300 West, SLC