Choice Chocolates

Candy shops with fine gifts for your sweetheart

Step aside Easter, Saint Valentine is the real king of candy. And when it comes to candy, choosy adults choose chocolate.

BIAGIO IN THE BASEMENT

Candy from Biagio
Candy from Biagio

It’s a little tricky to find Biagio Fine Chocolate, cozily tucked away in a basement-level storefront, but the hunt is well worth the effort. Take this luscious, 21-piece box by Christopher Elbow, for example, available for $40. For the incredibly indulgent, or if you’re seeking reprieve from your Valentine’s doghouse, check out the Le Selezioni box from Amedei of Italy, a sophisticated masterpiece of artisan bars for $100. Or, for the BoHo set, a much more affordable option is a ”Flaming Heart” from Chicago’s Vosges Haut Chocolat for $10. The deep lavender packaging is lesbilicious. 1904 18th St. NW, 202-328-1506, www.biagiochocolate.com.

ACKC, FROM TASTY TO RACY

Heart-shaped boxes from ACKC
Heart-shaped boxes from ACKC

Step into ACKC — a.k.a. Artfully Chocolate featuring Kingsbury Confections — and it’s a bit like walking into Willy Wonka’s fantasyland. The scent of fine chocolate hangs in the air, while co-owner Eric Nelson’s bright, sometimes whimsical art surrounds you. While there are no Oompa Loompas, there are rows upon rows of freshly made chocolates awaiting placement in your custom-made Valentine’s box. The large 24-piece box pictured here is $52, while a smaller heart goes for $6.95. Or plan on raising a lather with your sweetie and the Chocoholics Shower Bar, which is edible, for $5.50. Of course, the gift of knowledge will stoke any intellect’s flame, making the $25 truffle-making class a smart gift. Over at the Del Ray Artfully Chocolate, a Valentine’s Day partnership is underway with Body, Mind, Sole, pairing the taste of chocolate with the art of touch. 1529C 14th St. NW, 202-387-COCO, www.thecocoagallery.com. For the Del Ray package, call 703-635-7917.

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