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Chocolate Gifts

Truffles, candies, cookies, and other delectable Valentine’s Day sweets

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Chocolate for Valentine’s Day is a no-brainer, but there are still ways to make the thought count. Our chocolate truffle recipes are perfect for cooks of all levels—novice confectioners might try our simple chocolate truffles, rolled in cocoa or nuts, our chocolate raspberry truffles or chocolate-hazelnut truffles; if you’re ready to tackle something a bit more involved, try pastry chef Bill Yosses’ master class on classic chocolate truffles, complete with a how-to video for making their glossy, tempered-chocolate coatings.

More Candies, Cookies, and Brownies

To round out the gift box, try some of our other delicious chocolate treats, like Kahlúa fudge bitespecan-studded toffee, sophisticated port ganache-glazed brownies, or heart-shaped espresso shortbread cookies.

And there’s more than just recipes: We also have tips on chopping, melting, and storing chocolate, a guide to the different types of chocolate, and advice on choosing brands. Curious about just what tempered chocolate is? Check out our explanation of the science behind it, with tips for a handy shortcut. If you’re planning to uncork a bottle of wine to go with your chocolate treats, read our wine expert’s tips on pairing wine & chocolate.

Secrets of the Pros

Don’t have the time for homemade chocolates? If you prefer clicking and buying to dipping and rolling, take a few minutes to browse our audio slide show of Fine Cooking’s favorite artisanal chocolatiers. These small-scale producers have all been turning out extraordinary, distinctive chocolates for years.

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