Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means it is time to start thinking about gifts. What better present to get your significant other (or single friends) than some of the best chocolate in Austin?
By: Hayden Pigott
Maggie Louise Confections
1017 E 6th St
If you are looking for the most adorable chocolates, look no further than Maggie Louise Confections. Her chocolates are whimsical and crafted to look like a number of adorable items. Have a single girlfriend? Get her the “Fries Before Guys” box – the chocolates are shaped like little fry boxes. In a relationship? Get your significant other the “Pucker Up” box that features chocolate lips in all different colors. The woman behind the business has a law degree from Harvard and after that decided to enroll in Le Cordon Bleu to study confectionery. Her shop has been such a success it’s been featured in Vogue, Southern Living and Food & Wine, so you will not be disappointed when gifting her chocolates.
7425 Burnet Rd
Chocolaterie Tessa is ideal if you are looking for high quality, standard chocolates. For Valentine’s Day get your person one of their chocolate hearts (in 21 or 8 piece sizes) full of their delicious morsels. You can select the chocolates and they have everything – from milk chocolate caramel to dark chocolate apricot. The owner, Tessa, is what some could say chocolate royalty in Texas. Her family owns Morgen Chocolate Company out of Dallas (which is sold in Whole Foods) and she has been crafting chocolate since she was 14.
3808 Spicewood Springs Rd, #102
Edis Chocolates is the place for truffles, and not the kind you need a pig to find. They use a Belgian dark chocolate ganache center and then enhance the flavor with berries, spices or liquors. Edis Rezende had been selling her chocolate at the Barton Creek Farmers Market but opened her first shop in 2011. Stop by and grab some of their black sea salt or the Earl Grey truffles, which are their best-sellers for your Valentine.
5330 Airport Blvd.
If you have ever driven down Airport and seen a giant candy cane, you have seen Lammes Candies. What started in 1878 has grown into a chocolate empire that has over 1000 items to choose from. They are most known for their “Texas Chewie” which has been a family recipe for 109 years. The “chewies” are caramel surrounded by Texas pecans. Lammes also has the Longhorns, Choc’Adillos and tons of taffies. Stop by one of their seven locations and pick some up before the Valentine’s Day rush.
2000 Windy Terrace, Suite 2C
Looking for a Valentine’s gift for someone that may have dietary restrictions? Check out Delysia Chocolatier. They believe that your restrictions should not hinder your ability to enjoy chocolate. More than 80% of their products are kosher and gluten free and they can create vegan or dairy free chocolates as well. If your friend has even more restrictions, don’t worry! They will work with you to customize something perfect. The candies are rich, creamy, and intense; you can tell they are made of the highest quality ingredients.