Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, a day that brings to mind lacy, red, shiny, heart-shaped boxes of—let's face it—chocolates that aren't very good. Not to knock Russel Stover, but the waxy, mostly flavorless chocolates enclosed in these big silly boxes just aren't worth the calories.
I'm not really a candy person, but I do love dark chocolate. Fortunately for me, Jason knows this. So my version of Valentine's chocolates was an assortment of artisan chocolate bars. The selection includes Gran Saman Dark Chocolate Venezuelan Single-Bean Origin (70% cacao, almost bitter, and delicious), 3400 Phinney Nib Brittle (65% cacao with teensy little crunchy bits of cacao nibs), Newman's Own Sweet Dark Espresso Organic Dark Chocolate (mmmm, coffee and chocolate), and the most interesting bar of all, Dagoba Organic Lavender Blueberry (59% cacao with the essence of lavender and tiny wild blueberries). As you can see, I've already devoured half of the lavender-blueberry bar. To me, there's just nothing better than chocolate at its (almost) truest form highlighted with interesting, delicate flavors.
I hope you'll eat something that makes your heart go pitter-patter tomorrow.
Happy Valentine's Day!