Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Chocolates are a WriterGirl's 2nd Best Friend (after words, of course)

The Vampires for Valentines giveaway post is HERE.

Random.org declares the winner of the Romancing the Book paperback giveaway to be...Anne! Congratulations. I'll be contacting you by e-mail to get your address!


Happy Lupercalia! To me, nothing says Valentine's Day like chocolate. I'm good with a Ritter Sport hazelnut bar, but for fancy Valentine's Day gift-giving, these chocolates are a girl's second-best friend. After words, of course. I love you, words.

Guylian Belgian chocolate seashells. I actually associate these with Christmas, since that was when my Catholic-of-Jewish-descent grandmother would order these delicacies, considered some of the finest Belgian chocolates. The company donates a portion of its profits to Project Seahorse, which supports ocean conservation.

Ethical Ocean Madagascar chocolate. This award-winning chocolate bar is made with 70% organic ingredients. If that wasn't good enough, it's also fair-trade chocolate; the farmers who produced the organic ingredients earned a fair wage.

Dagoba Organic Chocolate. These bars come in flavors including Eclipse (barely sweetened), New Moon, lavender blueberry and lemon ginger. Prefer to drink your chocolate? Dagoba's drink mixes come in flavors including chocolate chai and xocolatl, the latter of which is flavored with chilies.

Seattle Chocolates. If you like variety, you'll love the selection of specialty truffle bars from this company. They include:

*Pike Place Espresso

*Cappuccino Crunch

*Birthday Cake

*Coconut Macaroon

*Rainier Cherry

*San Juan Sea Salt

Want organic AND fair trade AND an espresso flavor? Then the Equal Exchange Co-Op is there for you.

If you're looking for something different from chocolate bars and hot chocolate mixes, try the Guthrie's Original Sin in a Tin chocolate pate dessert. It's all-natural, and it actually comes in a tin. So does Guthrie's Original Lemon Lust lemon crisp tart. The chocolate pate has a unique texture, and can be served hot or cold, by itself or spread on fruit or cookies.

Any one of these cocoa-rich offerings would make an excellent sacrifice to Juno Februata. They could also make me very, very happy.

Seahorse, Turneffe Islands, Belize. Image taken by Clark Anderson/www.aquaimages.net. Creative Commons license.

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Shah Wharton said...

I only really enjoy dark chocolates. Thorntons do a fabulous dark chocolate selection. :)

Erin O'Riordan said...

Dark chocolates are my preference as well, although I'll settle for milk chocolates in a pinch. Being imported from the UK is usually an indication that chocolate will be pretty good. (I was horrified when an American company almost bought Cadbury.)