The Best Chocolatiers for an Organic Valentine

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No matter how many things change, how much we try to add novelty to traditions, there are some that we hold onto – and a box of chocolates at Valentine’s Day is one of them. I give little boxes of chocolates not only to my significant other, but also to my best friends and my sisters. I think it’s a lovely way to show love on a special day… and it’s only better when you’re giving an organic Valentine.

Now, I’m not talking about organic chocolate bars, though those are delicious as well. I’m talking about a little sampler, a box of chocolates that would make Forrest Gump’s Mamma – and your organic, Fair Trade sensibilities – happy.

Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates – For Your Vegan Valentine

Dutch Jacques and American Pam Sjaak are the husband-and-wife team behind this vegan chocolatier in Northern California. Every one of their products is completely vegan, devoid of milk, butter, eggs and gelatin. Even their sugar is non-bone char! Their vegan chocolate box assortments are rich and delicious. We love their dairy-free caramels, flavored with vanilla, chocolate, macadamia and pecan and topped with exotic salts for a sweet-and-savory touch. They also have a selection of flavored truffles that are somehow perfectly creamy and sweet without any cream at all.

Chocolat Dardenne – For Gluten-Free Certainty

When you’re buying commercially made chocolates, it can be hard to know for sure if they’re safe for your gluten-free friends. That’s why the organic Belgian chocolates from Dardenne are such a great choice. Because they make all of their chocolates from scratch, they have total visibility on all of their products and can assure gluten-free eaters that there is absolutely no gluten anywhere on the chain of production. Which means that you can enjoy the assortment of dark and milk rochers or a larger assortment including coconut and white chocolate worry-free.

Nature-Cacao – To Keep GMOs at Bay

If you want to make sure that soy stays out of your chocolates, trust Nature-Cacao. They use 100% pure organic cocoa butter to make sure that all chocolates are GMO free. The mixed assortment is a better version of the chocolate assortments of your youth, with many different chocolates and fillings to choose from, and the melt-in-your-mouth 70% dark chocolate truffles will have your one true love falling head-over-heels all over again.

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Emily Monaco
Emily Monaco

Emily Monaco is an American food and culture writer based in Paris. She loves uncovering the stories behind ingredients and exposing the face of our food system, so that consumers can make educated choices. Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Vice Munchies, and Serious Eats.