Cover Frischschokolad or fresh chocolate (Image: Läderach Chocolatier Suisse)

Give the sweetest gift of chocolates on the most romantic day of the year

Whichever stage you’re at in your relationship, you can never go wrong with chocolates as gifts this Valentine’s Day. Not only are they an aphrodisiac, they're also an instant palate pleaser with their velvety smooth texture and captivating sweetness, with hints of bitterness. And while there are many options in the market, we've zeroed in on these five brands that offer something unique and delicious. 

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Janice Wong Singapore

Homegrown pastry queen Janice Wong is a master of merging chocolate with art in beautiful creations of varying shapes and colours. They come in imaginative flavours, too—ideal presents for partners with curious palates. Back on the shelves is the Valentine's Day exclusive, Chocolate 40g bars, which taste like candy violets. Or, pick up a box of the XOXO Chocolates where the treats look like lips and hearts and the flavours are rose, basil lemon and Baileys salted caramel; it even comes with a lavender, citrus and mint-scented candle. 

Janice Wong Singapore |  B1-K28 290 Paragon Shopping Centre, Orchard Road, S(238859) | 9233 7547

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Läderach Chocolatier Suisse

Give your date a slice—or rather, a slab—of Switzerland with the frischschokolad (or fresh chocolate). The storied brand is by one of Switzerland’s most famous family-owned chocolatiers, which now has a dedicated boutique at Jewel Changi Airport. Their best-seller is made with the finest cacao beans, sourced from the best locations such as Trinidad, an island off Venezuela. These are handmade into delicious treats studded with delicious additions like nuts, dried fruits, honeycomb as well as peppercorn. 

Läderach Chocolatier Suisse | 01-241 Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard, S(819666) | 6958 8154 

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Before you pick up your loved one for a special Valentine’s Day meal, surprise her with artisanal chocolates from Singapore-based entrepreneur Anjali Gupta. She’s known for her signature chocolate truffles, created with premium cocoa beans from the finest producers in Asia. She painstakingly handcrafts each of her signature chocolate truffles daily, and flavours vary from the more traditional classic dark chocolate as well as rum and raisin to exciting ones such as earl grey citrus and Mayan chilli.

AnjaliChocolat | 02-K4 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, S(247933) | 6509 6800

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Angelina Singapore

While it’s famous the world over for its signature hot chocolate, the famed Parisian brand makes indulgent chocolates, too. Its assortment of dark and milk praline chocolates comes in a box of four and 16. Flavours include nature praline coated with milk and dark chocolate, as well as crispy praline blanketed with milk and dark chocolate; both are topped with crispy crepes.

Angelina Singapore | B2-89/89A Canal Level, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, S(018972) | 6688 7236

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Laurent Bernard Chocolatier

French artisan chocolatier Laurent Bernard makes your life easier with pre-packed gift hampers that serve as ideal Valentine’s Day presents. Go all out with the Chocolate and Champagne collection, comprising macarons, cookies and chocolate bars crafted from beans specially chosen by Bernard himself. These come in assorted flavours such as milk and dark chocolate, which go well with the accompanying Moët Champagne brut.

Laurent Bernard Chocolatier | 01-11, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, S(239014) | 9725 0579

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