After New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day tends to sneak up on us. Along with flowers and champagne, chocolate is a traditional way to show your love.
Before you buy that heart-shaped box of mass-produced candies at the drugstore, consider a collection of chocolates made with quality cocoa and the finest ingredients.
We've got you covered with a list of the five best places in Miami to get your special someones the gorgeous chocolates they deserve.
1. Romanicos Chocolate
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For those who like to think outside the box, head to Romanicos in Coral Gables for the Miami Sushi Box ($39). Tropical fruits, chocolate, and crisp rice are used to mimic the appearance of sushi, but there's nothing fishy about this edible art. Traditionalists, however, can pick up a Valentine's Day-themed box of Alejandra Bigai's famous hand-rolled truffles ($19 to $85) or a selection of nine pretty bonbons ($16).
2. Exquisito Fine Chocolates
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Exquisito uses ethically sourced cocoa beans and roasts and grinds them in-house, adding only sugar and no preservatives. The factory/shop is based in Kendall (12855 SW 136th Ave., Suite 102) and produces chocolate and marshmallow treats using top-quality ingredients. Treat your Valentine to some gourmet hot chocolate at home by purchasing Exquisito's pure chocolate mix ($11) or hot-chocolate spoons ($5 each). The handmade, individually packaged spoons come in various flavors and are meant to be stirred directly into a hot cup of milk, water, or coffee. Other items available on the brand's website
include s'mores, chocolate bars, truffles, and chocolate mixes ($5 to $24).