5 Fine Chocolatiers in NYC For Robust Handmade Sweets

Despite the recent challenges facing New Yorkers, a month of romance, red rose bouquets, and artificial orange-filled chocolates grace us yet again! If you want to buy your special someone something a little different this year or if you’re just trying to spoil yourself, you’re in luck. The city is full of chocolate shops that embody elegance, romance, and above all else, true assortment. The significance of assortment in everyday life has never been more obvious because every loved one you have in mind may desire a different sweet treat this Valentine’s Day. Plus, this meticulous act of romance we speak of is not reserved for relationships with others, but can also be applied to purchasing an impressive box of truffles or chocolate pops for yourself in the name of self-care.

Explore the flavors that scream decadence and satisfaction according to your palette like dark fudge bombs, dipped fruits, nut butter filled cups, cocoa lollipops and more. Skip out on browsing heart-shaped boxes and artificially filled baskets tied with ribbons and head into the city to investigate the best of artisan chocolatiers. If you want to give quality over quantity this year there are numerous shops prepared to serve you from the Bronx to Brooklyn, through Manhattan, and back to Queens. We’ve decided to investigate where New Yorkers in town could find fine chocolates and handmade candies and these were our top picks.


Läderach

Swiss chocolate factory Läderach was founded in 1962. Today, the family-owned company is headquartered in Glarus, Switzerland but has a large storefront on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. There is no way to miss the location because it is one of the only places you’ll find a large solid chocolate sculpture of a cocoa bean suspended in the air. Läderach oversees the entire production process from Switzerland, starting with the cocoa beans and spanning to store counters. Their selection of chocolate prioritizes authenticity, with robust dark cacao blends like their Grand Cru Trinidad chocolate tablet which boasts up to 80% pure chocolate. They recently added Tartufi to their products, crafted out of a base of nuts and sugar and blended with other fruits and extracts to produce nine different flavors like coconut and hazelnut. We sampled the Grand Cru and Caramel Sale, both phenomenal, nutty and satisfying. Visitors will find chocolate-covered popcorn made with swiss sugar, FrischSchoggi filled with dry fruit and roasted nuts, and Praline and Truffles on their website. Their assorted Praline box features four different heart-shaped chocolates and seven standard pralines for just over $28, a perfect gift for your sweetheart with a balance of luxury and affordability.


Teuscher Chocolatier

For those in need of eye-catching and over-the-top gorgeous packaging this Valentine’s Day… Teuscher has it! Over 70 years ago, in a small town in the Swiss Alps, Master Chocolatier Dolf Teuscher set out to create the finest chocolate shop. He sourced the finest cocoa, fruits, marzipan, nuts, extracts, and more from around the world to launch Teuscher Chocolatier in New York. The mounting years of experimentation and craftsmanship resulted in their now-famous assortment of chocolate goodies. They prioritize appearance along with flavor, offering colorful boxes wrapped in large flower corsages, ribbons, bows, and more. Choose from items like their Quartet Box which encases four Champagne Truffles in soft green wrapping for about $15, their Fruit Jellies and Grappa-soaked Cherries by the pound, or their Flower Gift Box in a range of sizes and flower aesthetics. Their larger gift boxes offer up to 72 pieces of chocolates and come in a range of gift wrapping options. They are also one of the only chocolate shops to sell chocolate-covered creams in flavors like orange, lemon, raspberry, coffee, and mandarin.


Li-Lac Chocolate

Manhattan's oldest chocolate house has preserved the flavor, techniques and recipes for their handmade chocolates for nearly 100 years. Their use of original recipes and traditional cooking tools like marble tables for caramel shaping and copper pots dates back to the 1920s. They even maintain the original chocolate coating machine at their Brooklyn location, complete with a vintage cooling chamber and glazing function. LiLac chocolates are hand-made in small batches for exceptional quality and taste, filled, sealed, boxed, and wrapped by a small team in-house. This Valentine’s Day they plan on selling over 20,000 chocolate heart box sets and 2,000 hand-dipped strawberries made fresh daily. The history of LiLac Chocolates dates back to 1923, when George Demetrious, who studied the art of chocolate making in France, moved to New York and opened a shop on 120 Christopher Street in the heart of Greenwich Village. He applied his expertise to create recipes for products you’ll still find in any of their locations like almond bark, butter crunch, hazelnut truffle squares, and fudge. Handmade in their Industry City factory, box sets like the 8-piece Valentine Box offers a mix of milk and dark chocolates with flavors including chocolate fudge, mocha, and hazelnut truffles. 


Sol Cacao

Sol Cacao prides itself on its bean-to-bar process and the craftsmanship that makes its single-source products possible. Sol Cacao is a family business and was set up in the South Bronx by brothers Dominique, Nicholas, and Daniel. They have a presence in every step of the chocolate-making process, from growing cocoa pods to wrapping up chocolate bars, maintaining a standard of intimacy and excellence with the finished products. Sol Cacao offers three chocolate bars all made from cocoa beans and raw sugar cane, sourced responsibly with environmental and ethical social responsibilities in mind. These include sustainable organic farming practices, environmental protection, and ethical sourcing of raw materials. Their Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru Chocolate bars all contain 70% dark chocolate, and their Madagascar bar is just a tad stronger with 72% cocoa.


Aigner Chocolates

Aigner Chocolates was founded in 1930 and remains one of the Big Apple’s oldest chocolate and candy stores. In a homely fashion, it’s remained in the same family for three generations, constantly renewing its chocolate-making recipes and traditions. Since its inheritance by Mark Libertini and Rachel Kellner, Aigner has continued to dish out Austrian chocolate created with the same antique equipment and techniques that lead to its trademark fanbase. One of their unique Valentine’s box sets is Puppy Love, a combination of chocolate pops, hearts, and assorted pieces.

Any of these delicious shops and their selections can help you build memories this month! Take time to treat yourself to an aphrodisiac or several, run a bubble bath, and light some candles beside your treats. All in all, we are providing you a green light to buy yourself chocolates, take time out for pampering, and while you're at it have some wine too! Take some time to consider how you can inject more decadence and love into your day. Read more about individual chocolate products, bestsellers, and the story of each location on their websites.

P.S if you’re still scrambling for Valentine’s Day plans, check out these 8 Spicy Date Ideas in the city.


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