Regardless of whether you are single, partnering, or in-between, it is virtually impossible to avoid the sugary tsunami that plummets every February 14 in offices, classrooms, shops, and homes across America. Fortunately, a rising tide of forward thinking chocolate makers storms to sweeten your Valentine's Day without completely upsetting your health and wellness goals. Drop those tired, chemically-challenged boxing assortments into one of those seven healthy chocolate bars, and your lucky Valentine will not even know what hit him.
Born in Brooklyn, Fine and Raw has been thrilled with its organic stone chocoholics for over a decade. This special V-Day edition is reminiscent of the company's continuing expertise. Inside the shiny gold package, a thick, bittersweet, 70-percent shell of dark chocolate gives way to organic coconut butter, agave and cocoa filling, broken up by tiny bits of organic coconut seed. If your sweetheart Mounds bars is biased, then do them a favor and improve your hiding place with a few of these guys.
($ 7; fineandraw.com)
This 70% dark chocolate is not just certified gluten-free, vegan and non-GM, but also botanically sweetened with stevia. Read: There is absolutely no added sugar. Fair Trade unsweetened cocoa, cocoa butter and vanilla provide the soft-melting chocolatie, while a serving of orange peel and blood orange oil gives each bite a light citrus finish. Um, did we mention that there is no extra sugar?
($ 5; amazon.com)
Show your best people that this six-bar gift box from TCHO, a company that is praised for its ultra-good products, conscientious business practices as delicious treats. The California-based brand manufactures all its chocolate in Madagascar and is deeply invested in upgrading the local economy, from working directly with farmers to engaging local textile manufacturers for the slim, hand-wrapped packaging. This seasonal sampler ranges from more intense 70 percent dark chocolate to creamy 39 percent milk chocolate. You and your friends can taste the full fair trade, from certified organic farming and sustainable rainbows.
($ 6; tcho.com)
Roasted black sesame seeds and pleasantly clean antioxidant-filled goji berries set this sweet savory cocoa number a long way from the rest of V-Day merchandise. This bean-to-bar specialist from LA, ChocoVivo, knows exactly how to create this exotic flavor: cocoa cocoa nibs from Tabasco, Mexico, plus a serving of unrefined cane sugar containing all the shebang gluten, soy and milk products makes -free. Pro Tip: Melt this product in drinking chocolate or a spreadable toast lid for ultimate enjoyment.
($ 8; chocovivo.com)
Enveloped in a bright red and white heartbox named after Xochipilli, the Aztec god, Love and Beauty, this option from NYC Chocolatier Antidote is a breeze on Valentine's Day. The fact that it consists of only three simple ingredients ̵
($ 9; antidotechoco.com)  The chocolate obsessed behind San Francisco's Dandelion travel the world in search of the best ingredients. And the resulting selection of single-origin bars brings out their worldwide passion and dedication. This 70% bar of soy, dairy, eggs and gluten has a smooth center and a creamy stone fruit that is typical of cocoa in south Belize. A little cane sugar makes it shine – no additional cocoa butter, lecithin or vanilla is needed. A nibble and you will immediately see why it took home the silver medal here at the 2018 International Chocolate Awards.
($ 9; dandelionchocolate.com)
Exchange your green juice for one of these vegans. and gluten-free bars from the Trendsetter Compartés in LA. Inside the crunchy brew, a hearty sea salt-spiced mixture of kale chips, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and salty spirulina nestles in a dark chocolate patch. Well, that's a winning breakfast.
(10 USD, kompartes.com)
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