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The Five Best Places to Buy Bespoke Chocolates in Miami for Valentine's Day

Beacon Hill's Valentine's Day truffles
Beacon Hill's Valentine's Day truffles Courtesy of Beacon Hill Chocolates

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3. Cacao Art
The award-winning Cacao Art, located at 7165 SW 47th St. in Miami, produces gourmet chocolates with the utmost attention to detail and quality. Sisters and professional chocolatiers Susana and Isabel source premium chocolate from Venezuela and incorporate local ingredients for their handmade dark-chocolate confections and chocolate truffles. Wow-worthy boxes start at $18 and go up to $48 for a package of 25 chocolates.
click to enlarge Beacon Hill's Valentine's Day truffles - COURTESY OF BEACON HILL CHOCOLATES
Beacon Hill's Valentine's Day truffles
Courtesy of Beacon Hill Chocolates
4. Beacon Hill Chocolates
Valentine's Day is a time to impress, and a sugary gift from Beacon Hill Chocolates will guarantee a wide-eyed reaction. Beacon Hill’s flagship in Boston has long been the big name in New England chocolates, and lucky for Miamians, the brand opened its first outpost in the MiMo District. In addition to offering the classics, the shop also carries truffles in adventurous flavors such as daring olive oil, bacon, and Grey Goose (starting at $2.75 each). Plus, Beacon Hill stocks a variety of heart-shaped boxes to present its confections.
click to enlarge Le Roy René in Brickell City Centre. - COURTESY OF CALISSONS DU ROY RENÉ
Le Roy René in Brickell City Centre.
Courtesy of Calissons du Roy René
5. Le Roy René
Le Roy René recently opened at Brickell City Centre, but the Aix-en-Provence, France-based sweets shop has been around since 1920. The company's signature treat is the calisson, which means “little hug” in Provençal. It's a blend of finely ground Mediterranean sweet almonds, Provençal melon, and orange peel on a wafer bed covered with icing. The candies resemble flower petals and come in an array of colors and flavors (starting at $3.90 for a box of two). In addition to offering its famous calissons, Le Roy René also sells beautiful chocolates, nougats, biscuits, and other candy.

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Valeria Nekhim was born in the Ukraine and raised in Montreal. She has lived in Manhattan and Miami. Her favorite part of food writing is learning the stories of chefs and restaurateurs.