5 Great Chocolate Shops Around DC

By Rina Rapuano  |  February 11, 2014
Credit: William Yeung

Like the arms of a reality-TV couple as they toast their everlasting love, chocolate and Valentine's Day are inextricably intertwined. If you're thinking of buying your sweetie some chocolate to mark your own everlasting love, do yourself a favor and stay away from the drug-store aisles. A visit to one of these local chocolate shops - many of which are making their own confections - could keep your love burning longer than any couple on The Bachelor.

  • Where: Max Brenner  
    Biggest seller: 80g Nuts (caramelized pecans rolled in praline cream and fine cocoa powder)
    Price range: $4.90-$65
    Valentine’s Day flavors: There are no specific Valentine's Day flavors, but themed gifts include the Love Story bonbon box, the Bursting Heart tin, Love Me Love Me Not bonbons and the Chocolate Love Story bonbon box
    Shipping deadline: Today for overnight delivery by Valentine's Day; tomorrow for overnight delivery on Valentine's Day, although they won't be able to guarantee what time it'll arrive.
    Other highlights: A new dessert menu that includes a cocoa praline meringue, a babka, a banana whiskey torte and a chocolate chunk scone.

    7263 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-215-8305

  • Where: Co Co. Sala
    Biggest seller: PB&J
    Price range: $2.50 per piece; boxes run up to $135 for a 64-piece box
    Valentine’s Day flavors: Among the shop's 25 flavors, goji berry, fresh raspberry, linzer, chipotle and rosemary caramel are popular around Valentine's
    Shipping deadline: Today in order for them to be received by Friday, but they will continue to ship tomorrow and Thursday
    Other highlights: Chocolate-enrobed bacon, which is more than a trendy gimmick; Aphrodesi-bark; Champagne-filled chocolate corks; chocolate hearts and lips; boozy bonbons

    929 F St. NW, 202-347-4265; Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE

  • Where: Cocova
    Biggest seller: Caramel fleur de sel
    Price range: $2 per piece; $9.50 - $60 per box
    Valentine’s Day flavors: None specifically, but the shop stocks more than 80 flavors
    Shipping deadline: Wednesday for USPS Priority Mail; Thursday for overnight express
    Other highlights: The shop doesn't make its own chocolates but carries more than 1,000 different kinds from the finest chocolate makers from around the world. For those who want more after the final bite, truffle-making classes and tasting classes are offered.

    1904 18th St. NW; 202-903-0346

  • Where: Hans Pedr’ Kaffe
    Biggest seller: Salted caramels and caramel creams
    Price range per piece: $1.50-$1.85
    Valentine’s Day flavors: Rose-shaped flavors of passion fruit, peanut butter and raspberry, heart-shaped caramel cremes 
    Shipping deadline: N/A
    Other highlights: Formerly Locolat, the new owners have gone back to making the chocolates in-house, along with offering chocolate coffee drinks (using local Vigilante Coffee), hot chocolates, tarts, cakes and European cafe fare. 

    1711 Florida Ave. NW; 202-518-2570

  • Credit: William Yeung

    Where: Artisan Confections
    Biggest seller: Salted butter caramel
    Price per piece: $1.75 (or $8-$50 per box)
    Valentine’s Day flavors: Strawberry Champagne, Irish coffee, heart-shaped salted butter caramel, lemon-vanilla caramel and spiced caramel with Valentine's Day decoration
    Shipping deadline: Tomorrow by 3 PM
    Other highlights: Chocolate bars, chocolate-coated nuts, fleur de sel caramels, hot chocolate mixes, monthly classes

    1025 N. Fillmore St., Suite H, Arlington, 703-524-0007; Mosaic District Fairfax, 2905 District Ave., Suite 170, Fairfax, 703-992-6130