Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and that probably means you’re looking for a gift to show that special someone (or maybe just yourself) how much you care. Well Texas is chock full of sweets to give your sweets, so here’s a list of the most unique chocolate shops around the state. From candied jalapeños to chocolate salami, these gifts aren’t your typical boxes of treats. Your Valentine’s heart will be as full of love as his or her stomach is of chocolate.
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This chocolate collection has every Texas-themed treat your Southern Sweetheart could hope for. They’ve got Texas-shaped truffles that come in flavors like Margarita, Chipotle Pecan and Lavender. They have “Sneeze Nuts” which are giant chocolate-covered cashews. They even have multiple selections for the Bacon Lover in your life like maple pecan brittle made with smoked bacon called “Squittle” and “Pork & Pops” which combine popcorn, bacon, caramel, white chocolate and bacon in the most beautiful of ways.
This chocolate shop is located in a little house in Hico, TX and is best known for it’s fresh made ganache that is dipped in chocolate and decorated by hand. Wiseman’s ganache-filled truffles are so famous it was chosen to be the only chocolates served at the 2009 Texas Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C. With gourmet flavors like Dark Rufus (a dark chocolate truffle) or Snooky (a dark chocolate coffee truffle), your love’s taste buds are sure to be satisfied.
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These chocolates are just as pretty as they are delicious! Instead of a classic box of chocolates, give your Valentine a box of shimmery and colorful chocolate kisses and hearts. They even offer edible lipsticks for the girly-girl in your life.
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Looking to chow on chocolate without the calorie-counting? Then Dr. Sue’s Chocolate and Gourmet Candy has got just what you need. A practicing physician, Dr. Sue has made it her mission to create nutritious dark chocolate treats. With decadent candies like Campfire Bark and Espresso Truffles, you definitely don’t have to worry about sacrificing taste for nutrition. Turn up the heat this Valentine’s day with Dr. Sue’s Texas Mendiants: dark-chocolate wafers topped with candied jalepenos.
If you’re looking for something more than just chocolaty-goodness, than La King’s has you covered. This classic soda fountain-meets-ice-cream-shop has been turning out amazing fudges, soda treats and candies of every kind for 89 years. Their specialties include Milk Chocolate Pecan Bark, Ambrosia and Pecan Pralines.
Ladies, you want to show your man you love him? Well, look no further. My Chocolate Secrets has regulation size chocolate footballs, soccer balls and more that you can get customized with his favorite team. If your go-to gift for him is a tie, then switch it up and get him a “Cocoa Couture” tie.
If your sweetheart is always whining about how you never get them a romantic Valentines gift, then treat them to some wine-filled chocolates from Quintessential Chocolates. These chocolates are filled with real wines from the Fredericksburg Winery like the Cabernet Sauvignon or the Enchanted Rock Red wines. If liqueur is more your style, they also have a huge assortment of spirit-filled chocolates like Tennessee Whiskey and tequila. You can order these chocolates online or at their retail store Chocolat in Fredericksburg, TX.
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You can’t buy love, but you can buy chocolate heels in a wide range of designs and colors at CocoAndre in Dallas, TX and that’s close enough. But if pricey pumps aren’t your style, they also sell Chocolate-covered strawberries, edible Eiffel Towers and chocolate cacti.
This may just be the chocolate paradise your heart has been longing for. Chocoholics take heart because this shop has chocolate covered with chocolate, stuffed with chocolate and then drenched in more chocolate. For a slice of heaven, you can order their Valentine’s Chocolate Pizza which is a slab of milk chocolate covered with white chocolate, dried fruits and nuts. If you dream of something more savory for your sweetie, try their Texas Frito Brittle. Stop in to one of their Houston locations to check out their Chocolate Champagne Bottles.
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If your Valentine has a health-conscious sweet tooth, then Dude, Sweet is the place to shop. They’ve got a variety of decadent, yet nutritious, treats like Truly Chocolate Granola and their signature Vegan Chocolate “Salami” which is a chocolate log filled with dates and figs and rolled in powdered sugar. But, on the other end, they also have something for the broken-hearted who just want to stuff their faces this weekend. Namely their Break-Up Potion, which is a rich dark agave nectar based syrup that does wonders in a Chocolate Martini or drizzled over a bowl of ice cream. You can find these and so much more at one of their three locations in Dallas and Fort Worth.