10 Chocolate Gifts to Give This Valentine’s Day
Chocolates are the gool ol’ standby gifts for V-Day and we've got some sweet options.
(SPOT.ph) Chocolates still hit the sweet spot when it comes to gifts for the love month. Give them a thoughtful gift instead of the easy choice: we've got ideas for every relationship (or non-relationship) status and budget.
1. Kisses from Sinfully
Nothing says flirty quite like these photo-ready chocolate "kisses" from Makati Shangri-La's sinful patisserie: each piece from the shop's signature line is luxe, but cute and playful enough to be a V-Day gift.
How much to shell out: P60 each; P1,350/box of 18
Where to get it: Sinfully, 2/F Greenbelt 5, Makati City
2. Patchi Chocolates
If you've gone through every possible chocolate-for-V-Day option in your relationship, now is not the time to be a Scrooge. Splurge and your Valentine to a box of chocolate pieces that will make them feel like royalty. We recommend the dark chocolate ones filled with Gianduja or the milk chocolate pieces made crunchy with rice krispies.
How much to shell out: around P100/piece; around P1,600/box
Where to get it: Patchi, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
3. Chocolate Bars from Lindt's Hello line
If catching your crush's attention is on the agenda this month, grab a piece or two from Lindt's Hello chocolate line. The non-committal, non-stalker-like message is clear: "I just want to say 'hi' and I hope these chocolates sweeten your day."
How much to shell out: P245 each
Where to get it: Taste Central
4. Chocolate cards from Candy Corner
If you can't quite put your feelings into words, let Choxcard do the talking: they're packaged in quirky, choose-your-own message boxes so you don't have to stress over your V-Day note.
How much to shell out: P199 to P345 each
Where to get it: Candy Corner kiosks at SM Megamalll Theater Mall, Greenhills; and SM City The Block
5. Praline Balls from Villa del Conte Chocolates
Just because you can find them at the mall doesn't mean they're commonplace: Villa del Conte's praline balls are incredibly addictive and worth the indulgence. Our suggestion: get a box with assorted chocolates so every piece turns out to be a sweet surprise.
How much to shell out: P480/small; P780/ medium
Where to get them: G/F Resorts World Manila (beside Cafe Maxims); 3/F Trinoma Mall; 2/F Greenbelt 5; and 3/F Shangri-La Plaza
6. Hot Fudge Sauce from Pantry PH
Fruits and pastries become a chocolate treat with this jar of hot fudge sauce from The Pantry. The gooey goodness nurtures your girl (or guy's) adventurous streak when it comes to anything chocolate. Our suggestion: present it with a message that says "Pour over everything."
How much to shell out: P350 per bottle
Where to get it: Pantryph.com; email email@example.com
7. Classic Chocolate Truffles from Risa Truffles
If the love of your life adores anything decadent, these melt-in-your-mouth chocolate ingots will have her swooning. Made from pure chocolate, these little nuggets will convince her that these truffles are pieces of chocolate magic.
How much to shell out: P230/half dozen; P450/one dozen
Where to get it: Speedregalo.com
8. Chocolate-Covered Mangoes from Cocoa Monster
If your lady love (or fave guy) is addicted to unlikely sweet combos and unconventional gifts, a box of chocolate-covered mangoes from Cocoa Monster will do the trick. Luscious mango pieces are coated in sweet chocolate-we think a box of these will sweeten anyone's day.
How much to shell out: P495/box of 20
Where to get it: Taste Central
9. Flat Tops Butter from Pinoy Ordurvz
Cookie butter is so last year. Conjure childhood memories with this bottle of Flat Tops Butter because it tastes exactly like that: all that grainy, kiddie, chocolatey goodness now comes in a jar. Suggest that they lick all the chocolate butter off a spoon-just don't expect them to share it with you.
How much to shell out: P220/jar
Where to get it: G/F Lifestyle Mall, Shoppesville, Greenhills, San Juan; also available at the Salcedo Market
10. Buckies from Bucky's
It's been called many things: a chocolate bar, cookie dough, tablea, a brownie even. For those who want a gift that defies definition, this concoction of flourless chocolate cake, fudge, and brownies will keep your Valentine guessing: should I eat it straight from the fridge? Pair it with coffee, or with a dollop of ice cream? Whichever way they want to eat it, they'll love every morsel.
How much to shell out: P300/ box for the Original Buckies
Where to get it: For orders, call 0917-844-5104 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos courtesy of Sinfully Makati Shangri-la; Patchi Chocolates; Villa del Conte's Facebook page; Risa Chocolates' Facebook page; Taste Central (chocolate-covered mangoes); Pantry PH’s Facebook page; Bucky's Facebook page; lindtusa.com; Flat Tops butter and Candy Corner (Trixie Mendoza).