My husband and I cheated on our plant-strong diet too much over the holidays, mostly on sugar. We’ve been back on track since New Year’s, however; so I decided to treat my hubby with chocolate for Valentine’s Day. An occasional indulgence (as long as it’s really occasional!) ain’t gonna kill him. Here’s some goodies I’m considering:
1. Vanilla Kissed Strawberry Bark
A hint of vanilla mingles with fruity strawberries and smooth dark chocolate in this romantic, gluten-free bark. This would be a thrifty choice at $15.00 from Allison’s Gourmet.
2. Lagusta’s Luscious Small Assorted Collection
A fabulous selection of 100% fair trade, organic and vegan truffles, bonbons, caramels and toffee. This looks like a great pick, and I love that the company combines a deep commitment to social justice, environmentalism and animal rights with an obsessive commitment to artisan techniques of a chocolatier. $32.00 from Lagusta’s Luscious.
3. A Bouquet of Chocolate-dipped Strawberries
I used to make homemade chocolates for my hubby on Valentine’s Day, but not anymore. Don’t shame me for not being romantic – it’s just that I binge when I do. And believe me, making him deal with the mood I get into when I’m crashing from my sugar high is not romantic at all. Despite my better judgment, I’m still tempted by this recipe I found for a Bouquet of Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. Can I resist temptation enough to make these? Hmmm…
4. Valentine’s Day Chocolate Collection
This wonderful assortment from No Whey! Chocolates includes zinfandel truffles, espresso and sea salt caramels, forest fruit flower, English pistachio toffee, Mayan truffles, coconut joy, peanut butter cup and a strawberry heart. $26.00 from No Whey! Chocolates.
5. Truffle Love Box
I thought that going vegan meant no more milk chocolate – but no! Premium Chocolatiers has discovered how to make vegan “milk” chocolate. If I give my hubby one of their Valentine’s gift boxes I’ll get to sample their cruelty free “milk” chocolate (now that’s tempting!). Premium Chocolatiers has lots of Valentine’s Gift’s to choose from like this Truffle Love Box. $29.95.
Although not a vegan company, Oliver Kita has a line of vegan chocolates that uses only the best French organic and Swiss sources and the finest ingredients complemented by traditional French methods. I’d prefer to order from a vegan company, but I found a glowing review for this gift box that might convince me otherwise. $45.00 from Oliver Kita.
7. Belgian Dark Chocolate Gift Assortment
This lovely gift box includes ganaches and fruit creams, hazelnut praline, marzipan, chocolate cordial cherries, and more – all covered in the finest rich, intense, vegan Belgian dark chocolate. This sounds amazing and it’s just $17.99 from The Vegan Store.
Darn it! I wish my hubby didn’t read my blog because now he knows he’s getting for Valentine’s Day. At least he doesn’t know which of these he’s getting.