Nothing says “Be Mine” quite like a heart-shaped box of chocolates. But cherry cordials from the pharmacy just won’t do. To really wow a loved one, go for luxury cocoa confections like these picks from Vancouver’s finest chocolatiers.
Beta5 Chocolates look almost too good to eat (“almost” being the key word). Working with sustainable ingredients, the Beta5 team creates modern and smart-looking pieces of chocolate (so cool they’ve been featured in Wallpaper* magazine) with creative flavors such as tobacco, earl grey and olive oil, to name a few. For a taste of Beta5 that lasts past the day of love, look for the limited-edition Union Membership, which offers a monthly mystery box by subscription (three months/$120).
Thomas Haas’ two cafés are renowned for their handcrafted chocolates and bars, decadent desserts, tasty and fresh sandwiches, and specialty coffees. For February, the faux-leather heart-shaped box puts a contemporary spin on classic presentation, as does the hand-painted heart filled with chocolates and truffles. We’re also sweet on the small, clear boxes of lovely heart-shaped truffles.
Chocolate Arts is feeling the love with its seasonal products. In fact, it even has one that incorporates a little gold; the crispy raspberry heart is made with a cookie wafer and dark chocolate and is finished with a light dusting of 24-karat gold. To escape the traditional red, Chocolate Arts offers heart-shaped boxes in silver and gold as well as black boxes adorned with sweet nothings and filled with sweet everythings, from 12 to 21 pieces.
Rogers’ Chocolates has a rich history — literally. The cocoa mainstay was founded in the late 1880s and many of the recipes from the Classics line remain unchanged. The playful dark-chocolate heart lollipops and delicious tins of caramel and brittle are a sweet way to say, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
Photos Courtesy of Rogers Chocolates