Where to Buy the Best Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gifts in Washington, DC

Valentine’s Day is this weekend! Do you have your gifts yet? Here are our 3 picks Across the city (+Online for shipping or pickup) where you can buy a great chocolate bar or box for your Valentine — just in time for the holiday of love.

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Bar & Cocoa

ONLINE. Bar & Cocoa is our go-to online vendor for craft dark and milk chocolate bars. They have a robust collection of chocolate makers and a delectable assortment of Valentine’s Day treats. Happy shopping. If you’re quarantining, this is our #1 pick for Valentine’s chocolate gifts. 🙂

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The 6 Best Coffee & Chocolate Podcasts on Spotify

We respect that your time is precious. Our reverence for time — whether for inspiration or reflection — is literally in our name, time cupsoul. When we listen to podcasts, to love one, we set the bar extremely high. Here are our favorite chocolate and/or coffee-themed podcasts that feel more like nourishment than noise.

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Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Brand from Poland, “Chocolate Story,” Is Divine, Deserves Awards

Come one, come all. Gather ’round and let me tell you a tale of great chocolate…a tale of the brand Chocolate Story (Manufaktura Czekolady). The Polish chocolate maker has produced a delicious, complex chocolate bar with their 85% Colombian cocoa offering. We love trying cocoa beans from unique destinations… and also love trying chocolate bars manufactured in unique countries from around the world. So when we saw Poland online in the Bar & Cocoa shop, we were immediately intrigued. Is Poland known for chocolate making? Is it an up-and-coming chocolate making country? Looks like Chocolate Story is the first bean-to-bar maker in the country!

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Cyber Monday’s Craft Chocolate Gift Guide

For the Chocolate Purists/Globe Trotters/Adventurists:

Any of these cocoa gift options from Bar & Cocoa may tempt you. The website has new international chocolate bars and gifts what seems like every week! We’re curious about the brand new Heinde & Verre brand. Have you tried it? Free shipping over $60 on US orders and more deals if you spend $150.

For the Chocolate Creatives/Meditators/Dreamers:

We truly are awe-inspired by the Vosges “Haut-Chocolat” brand and creations. Today is the last day for 20% off almost everything (!) and then starting on 12/2, they will have a “Magnificent Seven Days” of sales for SMS subscribers 🙂 Be sure to sign up via the link above.

For the Home/Chocolate and Coffee Kitchen:

Giving one of these glass votive candles might set the holiday “tone” by wafting aromas of warm sugar fig. How about gifting these slippers or these these made-to-order cups? We also like the style of these mugs. The site also has plenty of other gorgeous items for your kitchen, too.

Happy holiday shopping 🙂

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2020’s Best Craft Chocolate Advent Calendars

We’re back again this holiday season! For 2020, we found the absolute best and most beautiful chocolate advent calendars by top chocolatiers of fine and craft chocolate around the globe. In our list, there are more than 14 advent calendars in all, in various shapes, designs and sizes from makers like Vosges Haut Chocolate, Le Chocolat des Francais, Zotter Chocolates, Hotel du Chocolat, Chocolat Alain Ducasse, PLAYinChoc, and more. Which one is your favorite?

What’s a chocolate advent calendar? Generally, it’s a container with tiny compartments and paper doors hiding chocolates, and it begins Dec 1st to count down the 24 days before Christmas — you open one compartment a day to reveal a chocolate morsel, truffle, bar, etc. December is coming soon, so order (or pre-order) your calendar today.

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Shop Chocolate For Fall/Winter & Save: Our Picks from the Bar & Cocoa Anniversary Sale

Bar & Cocoa’s anniversary sale has arrived and gives 12% almost everything until September 26th!

Why should the fashion sector have all of the fun with anniversary sales? After all, craft chocolate is a luxury sector, too, and like fashion, it has new collections that come out every season. 😉 Why not take advantage of this sale to stock up on some delicious chocolate to enjoy at home? Here are our picks.

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Marou Chocolat: A Flavor Journey

This post was written in 2017 and updated in 2020.

Marou Chocolat: Faiseurs de Chocolat bars are fairly small in size with gorgeous packaging and a thin weight.The experience of tasting this bar was a definite time cupsoul and deserves some attention.

The package for the Marou, Tien Giang 70% single origin dark chocolate bar, is a beautiful rich purple colored paper with shiny gold lettering and cocoa bean drawings. Glimmering gold paper enveloping the chocolate bar peeks out from underneath of the purple wrapping, and it’s easy to slide the bar out slowly or simply to tear the paper right off. Unwrap the packaging from around the chocolate and discover the thin chocolate rectangle with diamonds.

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