Chocolate for Your Valentine

The perfect chocolate can sweeten any relationship whether it’s with your spouse or your kids. Seattle is in no short supply of confection shops and local chocolatiers, such as Fran’s, Dilettante, and Fiori—all of which offer solid chocolate hearts. We even have Theo Chocolate, the only organic, fair trade bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the United States. For the connoisseur, the choices for beautiful and complexly flavored chocolates are vast and diverse.

If you’re looking for a special chocolate treat for your little Valentines who may not appreciate a single-origin dark chocolate bar from South America, consider chocolate-covered fortune cookies from Emily’s Confections. The company is family-owned and has been making chocolate products for more than 20 years in Fife. The fortune cookies are available dipped in milk or dark chocolate, and are packaged in a Chinese takeout box. There are six individually wrapped cookies per box. Look for them at the supermarket or at Bartell Drugs.

You also can visit Chocolopolis in Queen Anne, where you can find house-made chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops. Lauren Adler, who worked in high-tech until she decided to pursue her dream to open Chocolopolis, created a boutique where customers not only can enjoy chocolates but learn about the bean-to-bar process, too. Try one of the specialty hot chocolates or a truffle from some of the finest confectioners in the country. The kids will adore the Love Bug Truffle from Portland’s Moonstruck Chocolates that Chocolopolis sells individually.

Don’t forget Chukar Cherries, which sells the best chocolate-covered cherries as well as Black Forest Cackles: chocolate rice crispy bars filled with dark chocolate cherries. These are fun enough for kids but delicious enough that you just might have to ask your Valentine to get them for you. Look for the Chukar Cherries stand at Pike Place Market.

—Hsiao-Ching Chou