One could say that ancient cultures were way ahead of modern day’s association of chocolate and love. Chocolate, considered the Food of the Gods, has been a known aphrodisiac for thousands of years. It has for millennia been a symbol of seduction, but how did chocolate become associated with Valentine’s Day and become its most popular gift?
When love letters became fashionable in Victorian times, so too, did the tradition of gifts of sweets and chocolate. It was during this era that Cadbury invented the heart shaped box. In 1923, Russell Stover introduced their “Secret Lace Heart” for Valentine’s Day and with its arrival, chocolate became linked with the holiday evermore.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, how do you know which is the best sweet treat for those you love? For your true love, as a Galentine’s gift, for your grandparents or kids? Or are you practicing self love on Valentine's Day?
When selecting Valentine's Day chocolate, it is always helpful to know which kind of chocolate flavor they prefer. Do they appreciate the decadence of dark chocolate, the creaminess of milk chocolate or the sweetness of white chocolate? Maybe they indulge in them all and who can blame them? There is no better time of year to have a sweet tooth!
At Vosges Haut-Chocolat we love, love and we love chocolate, so this is one our very favorite times of year. To celebrate this season of love, we turned to the fiery men and women of Ancient Egypt and delved into their deep wisdom to create our exclusive, limited edition chocolates, perfect for Valentine’s Day gifting.
Here are our suggestions for the perfect chocolate gift set for Valentine’s Day:
For your lover or the goddess in your life:
Our two heart shaped boxes are a fiery take on the holiday and a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. We created these collections to explore Ancient Egypt’s pantheon of gods and goddesses; the archetypes of whom are meant to fend off the dragons and fill your heart with love and power.
Bastet - A Sacred High Vibe Collection: This is a collection worthy of a warrior goddess. Dedicated to this fiery protector, this chocolate box is as extraordinary as Bastet herself. The goddess of women's secrets, fertility, music and health, Bastet is celebrated with chocolates made to elicit the pleasure that this deity is so often associated with.
The Eternal Love Collection: Eternal love reigns supreme. Hand, head and heart have converged to celebrate the season of love with chocolates that will encourage the fire and passions of the Egyptian gods and goddesses. Your gift recipient can fancy themselves a lion or lioness as they indulge in this collection.
For the foodie, friend or coworker:
These delectable truffle collections are perfect gifting size and beloved by many. Packaged up in a limited edition Sacred Love box, gift them a memorable experience this holiday.
Love Potion Champagne Truffles: What makes chocolate even better? Champagne, of course! We crafted hand-rolled chocolate truffles with Krug Grand Cuvée Champagne, 85% cacao dark chocolate and cocoa powder to create a decadent way to toast the holiday. Eat them on their own, or for an even more romantic preparation, place one on a skewer for dipping into a coupe of Champagne.
Raspberry Blossom Truffles: These limited edition truffles combine the romance of roses and chocolate. We blended a treasured early-harvest Mediterranean olive oil with proprietary 72% cacao dark chocolate and luscious pockets of Bulgarian rose water infused in a raspberry rose geleé. PS, this truffle recipe uses vegan chocolate so they are perfect for those in your life who enjoy their chocolate without dairy.
Show yourself some indulgent love:
There is no rule that says that being your own Valentine isn’t allowed. In fact, you’re exactly who we created our Self Love Collections for.
Self Love Collection - Salty and Sweet: This limited edition set contains two of our most prized comfort foods: Caramel Marshmallows and Peanut Butter Bonbons. Light, fluffy marshmallows meet caramel, nuts and cacao and rich peanut butter is paired with chocolate and pink salt, for two treats just right for an indulgent party of one.
Self Love Collection - Las Bombalinas: Celebrate your beauty with these beauties. Our Bombalinas are made with our proprietary ganache blended with I.G.P. Piemonte hazelnuts and Reishi mushroom. They are layered on top of Dulce de Leche and finished with cacao nibs and a touch of 23-karat gold. They are true jewels, just like you are.
For the other Valentine’s in your life, our Purple Box collections also make great gifts!
For your Valentine who appreciates a fine Scotch whisky:
Our Dalmore Truffle Collection is a one-of-a-kind Scotch whisky and chocolate pairing experience in collaboration with The Dalmore™. We have carefully crafted three chocolate parfums to complement and enhance the aromas of The Dalmore. Each truffle is infused with their unique single malt expressions and paired with raw honey ganache, candied orange peel, early-harvest first press Mediterranean olive oil, spiced ginger crumb, and vanilla bean coffee burnt sugar caramel.
For the kid in your life, be they young or old:
Our Comfort Food Tower is a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your whole family. A luxurious twist on the classic comfort foods that everyone loves to indulge in. Fluffy caramel marshmallows, crunchy caramel toffee and rich peanut butter bonbons are stacked and tied together with our signature purple ribbon. Make this gift a part of a Valentine’s gathering for your bubble. Bring on the candy!
Whichever gift you choose to give the one or ones you love this Valentine’s Day, you will be carrying on a now century-old tradition of making the day sweeter with chocolate.
Happy Valentine’s Day!