However cheesy or cliché it may seem, gifting your loved one a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day is a century-old tradition. Back in 1861, Richard Cadbury (yes, Cadbury chocolate), came up with the idea of putting chocolates in heart-shaped boxes adorned with cupids and roses. These pretty little boxes could then be used for decades to keep love letters and mementos.
So romantic, we know.
Even with the increased popularity of non-traditional gifts, receiving a lovely box of chocolates once in a while can still make any girl (or guy) swoon. It’s true, who doesn’t like chocolate? That said, it can’t just be any generic supermarket chocolate — save those for date nights, we’re talking about Valentine’s Day here!
To help you impress bae, we have curated a list of places to get artisan chocolates in Singapore, for the perfect way to say “I love you”.
Handcrafted from scratch without additives, Fossa chocolate is all about the cacao. Sourced from farmers around the world, each type of cacao surprises with a different flavour. From the green apples and biscuity notes of Tanzania - Kokoa Kamili 72% to the complex notes of spices and umami of award-winning Indonesia - Pak Eddy 70%, Fossa’s single-origin chocolate bars impress with their alluring taste and amazingly smooth texture.
For the adventurous, Fossa’s creative takes on chocolate bars, such as Spicy Mala and Salted Egg Cereal, are also worth a try! With a beautiful letterpress packaging and a fuss-free list of ingredients, Fossa’s chocolate bars are perfect for the minimalist at heart.
Locations: Multiple locations, view the list here.
The biggest online chocolate shop of bean-to-bar chocolates in Asia, Hello Chocolate is stocked with an extensive variety of chocolates from around the world. Be spoilt for choice as you scroll through the many award-winning chocolates, including what’s deemed “the best milk chocolate in the world”. If you can’t decide what to get, they also offer gift sets wrapped in linen furoshiki-style fabric that can be reused as home decor. Yay for sustainability!
Location: Selection available online.
Janice Wong Singapore
That’s right, what you see are in fact chocolates. Named Asia’s Best Pastry Chef for two years running, Singaporean-born chef Janice Wong creates boxes of art that are almost too pretty to eat, if not for the fact that they taste too good to resist! The highly Instagrammable chocolates are huge plus points and they do set the bar pretty high for family and friends.
Did we mention that chef Janice Wong also owns 2am: dessertbar, the perfect spot for a romantic late-night dessert with bae?
Locations: Paragon, #B1-K28, S238859 | Raffles City, #B1-48, S179103
The Dark Gallery
To remind your partner that he/she is precious to you, gift a box of jewel-shaped bonbons that are not only pretty to look at, but also delectable to eat. With flavours ranging from Toasted Almond to Matcha Strawberry, each piece is beautifully crafted and filled with a unique ganache.
Also a boutique-café concept, The Dark Gallery is paradise for chocoholics out there. From exquisitely-plated dark chocolate desserts to indulgent chocolate-based beverages, satisfy your partner’s (or your own) chocolate cravings with a 3-course dessert meal as well!
Locations: Millenia Walk, #01-K5, S039596 | Takashimaya, #B2-29, S238873 | Funan, #01-14, S 179105 | Great World, #01-117/118, S237994
Chocolate Crafting Workshop
Still unsure of which chocolates will impress your significant other? Trust us, nothing can beat handmade chocolates filled with your love. Give your Valentine’s Day plans an oomph factor by bringing your loved one to experience the chocolate-making process together. Learn about the bean-to-bar process and craft your own box of artisanal truffles to give each other! (Note: The workshop is unavailable from 12-15 February 2021.)
If you are planning for a surprise on Valentine’s, grab a buddy and make your own box of truffles in advance — the kind that can rival those of Cadbury from 1861. When you show bae the effort you put into making his/her gift, he/she will definitely be falling for you all over again.
Find out more about crafting your own chocolates here.
This Valentine’s Day, go traditional. Write a love letter and express your love in a thoughtfully chosen box of chocolates. Who knows, it might just be the most memorable (and sweetest) Valentine’s Day gift yet.
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