The Best Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Candy Shops to Swoon Over

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You know it as well as I do, Valentine’s Day isn’t Valentine’s Day without chocolate. So whether you’re doing your romantic duty by researching where to go this February, or you’re looking for suggestions to passively DM your partner, you’ve come to the right place! And don’t forget about the tykes running around underfoot, we’ve got recommendations for chocolate-loving kids, too! Do yourself, your partner and your children a favor and read on for the best spots to pick up V-Day candy for everyone you love!

Moonstruck Chocolate

Moonstruck? More like heart-struck by how insanely good these truffles are! Seriously, if you are a chocolate-lover then you have to check out Moonstruck's array of truffles, caramels, bars, and bundles! Maybe you're into the salted milk chocolate vibe, or perhaps you enjoy your chocolate with a bit of a darker tone. Own your preferences because Moonstruck has it all, not to mention all their products are ethically sourced and handcrafted with local ingredients. Moonstruck puts special care into each of its truffles to make sure they melt in your mouth just as easily as your loved one has melted your heart. Head over to Moonstruck's website to blow your partner's mind at how well you've planned by ordering them a customized chocolate bar! There is no better way to say "I Love You" than by handing your special someone a chocolate bar that says exactly that. 

Locations & Hours: moonstruckchocolate.com/

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Rocket Fizz

This sugar-filled store has it all the fixings for a great Valentine's Day gift: wildly-flavored sodas, retro candies and salt-water taffy in every flavor imaginable. Packed with chocolates, candies, and hilarious gift items, the Portland location of Rocket Fizz is an explosion of fun. You can thrill your kids this Valentine's Day with classic candies like Reeses, Mars Bars and Pez—and adults are sure to love the retro-candy selection.  Consider picking up one of those hard-to-find candy bars for your high school sweetheart and reminisce together! Rocket Fizz has something for every kind of sweet tooth, so be sure to stop by if you're looking for a little bit of inspiration this February. 

Where: 535 SW 6th Avenue in Portland, OR
Phone: (503) 222-0711
Hours: 
Wed-Sat: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sun: noon - 6 p.m.
Online atrocketfizz.com

Fleur Chocolate

If Fleur Chocolates has one thing to offer, it's truffles. From Butter Pecan to Almond Coconut, Fleur has flavors that will appease any palate. In to minty-freshness? Try their Peppermint truffle! What about something fruit-forward? Look no further than their Blood Orange morsels. Traditional flavors or novel ones, any of these little treats will have your kids and your partner asking why you didn't buy a second box! Maybe you should buy two and have a little fun with it. Fleur offers a sampler pack decision paralysis takes over, or if you know exactly what you want, mix and match any truffles for the ultimate flavor experience. Whatever chocolate your family desires, Fleur can satisfy. 

Where: 1304 Main St., Vancouver WA 
Phone: (360) 609-9029
Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Sat: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Online at: fleur-chocolatte.com

Creo Chocolate

Don't call it repetitive advertising, call it truth: give the gift of love with chocolate. Why kid ourselves? The gift of love, when it all boils down, will always be those sweet, tiny morsels that will make you want Valentine's Day to be every day. Creo Chocolate can help you every day for certain, but this Valentine's Day they are offering the opportunity to customize you or your loved one's favorite truffles into one satisfying bundle. If you want 12 pieces, or 81 pieces (because sharing is caring), Creo has customizable quantities for whatever your heart desires. Vegan? Creo believes everyone should enjoy chocolate all the same and has two customizable plant-based options! Don't worry, you don't have to only buy customized chocolate to get your chocolate from Creo this Valentine's Day. Their normal selections of chocolate bars, truffles and caramels are available, too. Drooling yet? Good, jump in the car and get your sugar a little sugar - and get yourself something while you're at it!

Where: 122 NE Broadway, Portland OR 97232 
Phone: (503) 477-8927
Hours:
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Online at: https://creochocolate.com/

Azar Indulgences

Chocolate this, dairy that, gluten here, gluten there - how in the heck is someone who has a restricted diet supposed to indulge in the deliciousness of Valentine's Day with all this run-of-the-mill chocolate?! Never fear, Azar Indulgences in SW Portland has a variety of chocolates that are dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Don't miss out on a holiday plied with chocolate without having some yourself, head to Azar to swoop up these restriction-friendly delights ASAP! With their creamy, perfectly sweetened chocolates, you will be sure to light up your partner's day. Azar sells boxes, bars and individual chocolates, depending on how big that sweet tooth of yours is. 

Where: 712 SW Salmon St, Portland OR 
Phone: (971) 570-8011
Hours:
Mon: 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tue: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thu: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Online at: chocolate.azarindulgences.com

The Meadow

Let me give you a quick head's up, you will go to one of the The Meadow's locations for chocolate but you might leave with more than just sugar. If you love to browse, this store is the place for you. Who knows, perhaps your hunt for chocolate will land you with a new salt block, a bouquet of flowers, bitters, or any of The Meadow's other wonderful gifts! Think of it as a two-for-one Valentine's Day gift opportunity. Their chocolate selection has seasonal arrivals, dark, milk and white chocolate, as well as flavored chocolate options and packaged drinking chocolates! Or, if you're feeling a bit risky, you can purchase one of their "mystery" chocolate boxes and leave your lover with a bit more excitement than just a normal heart-shaped box of treats. Head up to north Mississippi now, and pick up something special for the special someone in your life. Plus, some of The Meadow's flowers or a bottle of their wine wouldn't be a terrible addition to your February gift. 

Phone: (503) 288-4633
Locations and Hours: https://themeadow.com/

—Hannah Judge

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