Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Most Decadent Travel-Inspired Chocolates

If you’re looking for a twist on a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, try a box of travel-inspired chocolates. You won’t find bonbons, truffles, and bars like these at your local grocery store. These chocolates are made with exotic ingredients and flavors inspired by master chocolatiers’ trips around the world. It’s both a special treat and a tasty experience wrapped up in a pretty box.

Give the gift of adventure and decadence this Valentine’s Day with one of these travel-inspired chocolate boxes.

La Maison du Chocolat Sunset in Paris Chocolate Gift Box

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, La Maison du Chocolat has debuted a new travel-inspired chocolate gift box themed around the City of Love. The Sunset in Paris set contains 15 pieces of artisan chocolates, including heart-shaped praline bonbons, Parisian honey-infused bars, ganache blended with chocolate from Grenada and enrobed in milk chocolate, and delicate chocolate rectangles with Madagascar vanilla ganache set atop a layer of praline. Chocolates this decadent will no doubt disappear quickly. Fortunately, the limited-edition box, decked out in a gorgeous illustration by Parisian illustrator Bertrand Aznar, makes a worthwhile keepsake for jewelry or other special treasures. $60 at

Cheese Grotto Valentine’s Cheese & Chocolate Pairing Gift Box

What could be more romantic than savoring travel-inspired cheese and chocolate pairings from Cheese Grotto this Valentine’s Day? The gift includes three Milène Jardine dark chocolate bars, each inspired by the chocolatier’s years of travel, that pair with three artisan cheeses: a heart-shaped brie, ready-to-melt Raclette from Vermont, and a complex cheddar from one of Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers. But the real star of the show are the two limited-edition truffles infused with Reading Raclette cheese—the sweet-and-savory ganache center is out of this world. Create an artful spread of these goodies, along with the accompanying crackers, and you’ve got the makings of an enchanting Valentine’s Day celebration. $109 at

Compartés Los Angeles Chocolates Gift Set

The Los Angeles Chocolates Gift Set from iconic chocolatier Compartés will immediately transport your Valentine to the West Coast the moment they pop open the unassuming black box. It contains four bars of dark chocolate with flavors and artwork inspired by California. The Blonde Bombshell bar is studded with strawberries and splashed with champagne as a nod to one of the brand’s most famous fans: Marilyn Monroe. The Old Hollywood bar is a classic with a simple pinch of smoked sea salt. The California Dreaming bar delivers an overdose of chocolate with chunks of triple-chocolate brownies. And the California Love bar is just as sweet, salty, and crunchy as the destination itself, thanks to the crushed San Francisco sourdough pretzels within every bite. $49.95 at

Honey Mama’s Cherry Hazelnut Cocoa Truffle Bars

Your Valentine will bliss out the moment they dig into an ooey-gooey cherry hazelnut cocoa truffle bar from Honey Mama’s. Each bite of the honey-sweetened treat has been kissed by the Pacific Northwest. The buttery, crunchy hazelnuts were grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where Honey Mama’s founder Christy Goldsby was born and raised. And the sun-dried Bing cherries were originally developed nearby in Milwaukie, Oregon, about 10 minutes south of Portland. This limited-edition bar has sold out each time it has been released since 2021—and once you experience the melt-in-your-mouth goodness for yourself, you’ll know why fans are hooked. $72 at

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Enchanted Collection

Few other chocolates are packed with as much travel inspiration as the Enchanted Collection from Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Each of the exotic truffles allude to some of the world’s most beloved destinations, sometimes frequented by the brand’s founder and globe-trotting chocolatier, Katrina Markoff, herself. The Black Pearl marries authentic Japanese wasabi with ginger, dark chocolate, and matcha green tea. The curry- and coconut-flavored Naga truffle alludes to a shell necklace from Northeast India. And the Piemonte praline bonbon was created using hazelnuts grown in the Italian province of Cuneo. There are 18 flavors in all, so prepare for a trip around the world in chocolate form. $75 at

Neuhaus Chocolate Sparkling Pairing from Simply Chocolate

Pop a bottle of your favorite bubbly! Belgian chocolatier Neuhaus has designed a box of four luscious chocolate flavors to pair with sparkling wine, perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion. Each colorful praline is made with ingredients emblematic of beloved destinations around the world, such as granny smith apples from France, ganache with chocolate from Madagascar, Yucatan honey, and Spanish lemon. Available from Simply Chocolate, the gold box includes a handy booklet with all the tasting notes and suggested vinos for pairings. All that’s missing is the Champagne. $54.99 at

Bokksu White Chocolate Strawberry Box

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a perennial classic for Valentine’s Day. But what if the chocolate came inside the strawberry, instead? Enter this white strawberry box from Bokksu. Produced in Nagano, Japan, the freeze-dried strawberries are infused with smooth white chocolate for a surprising twist on the ultimate romantic treat. Each bright red box contains six individually wrapped white chocolate strawberries. $20 at

Hummingbird Origins Collection Gift Box

The Hummingbird Origins Collection Gift Box makes the ideal Valentine’s Day gift for a chocolate-loving purist. It contains four bars of fair trade, single-origin craft chocolate that showcase the influence a destination can have on the flavor of a cacao bean. The brand has sourced the cacao for this chocolate from Colombia, Haiti, and the island of Hispaniola. There’s also a bar made with cacao harvested from a bird sanctuary in the Dominican Republic. Once you figure out your favorite cacao-producing destination, the next step is to plan a romantic getaway for an in-person tasting at the source. $28.49 at

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