"If you're going to give chocolate for Valentine's Day", says Serious Eats Overlord Ed Levine, "you can't give crappy chocolate. It's disrespectful." Luckily, you have more options than ever this year. Here are 5 Valentine's chocolates we particularly adore—wonderfully executed spins on the classics and carefully crafted sweets that offer unusual (and delicious) flavor combinations.
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...and patties, nuggets, balls, and bites. Mixed box from Garrison Chocolates. [Photographs: Robyn Lee] No offense to Snickers and Nestle Crunch, but in a perfect world, we'd trick-or-treat and be handed these hand-made chocolates. Inspired by classic Halloween candies, these chocolatiers from all over the country have stepped it up with fancy ganaches, fruit pâtes, pumpkin puree, and (kids, close your eyes) scotch. Ordering these might require a little more effort than hopping into a CVS, but they're pretty special. Check out the five chocolatiers, after the jump....