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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