Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a romantic dinner, flowers, and most importantly, chocolate — wrapped up with a bow and delivered with a smile, the melty goodness is a sure winner.
So if you’re stumped for something to get your significant other, remember, the path to the heart is paved with chocolate.
122 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
734-483-2291 | shoptherocket.com
The Rocket has unique toys, eclectic T-shirts and gear, and more, but don’t overlook their candy, specifically catering to the romantic Michigander in all of us; Go Blue University of Michigan chocolate bars, a variety of bulk chocolates, and mini caramel hearts — milk chocolate and caramel with a drizzle of dark chocolate on top.
107 E. Liberty St.
734-769-7759 | kilwins.com
An Ann Arbor staple since 1947, Kilwin’s serves up delicious ice cream in their parlor, but right next door (just let your nose guide you) is the chocolate shop. Virtually everything is made in store including a variety of Valentine’s Day selections like heart-shaped peanut butter cups, chocolate roses, and giant suckers in the shape of lips.
Sweet Gem Confections
524 Fifth St.
734-260-8082 | annarborchocolate.com
Creating artisan chocolates and confections in small batches, owner Nancy Biehn uses only the best ingredients, always experimenting with new flavors and recipes. A chocolate gift basket, featuring a variety of items and a sweet message for the recipient, makes an ideal holiday gift. Creations are available at Morgan & York on Packard as well as other Ann Arbor stores; check the website for more details.
Schakolad Chocolate Factory
110 E. Washington St.
734-213-1700 | schakolad.com
Made fresh on site, Schakolad has a wide selection, with offerings from under $10 to over $75, creating gifts for that person you kind of like to that secret crush you’ve been harboring for years. Schakolad also offers Kosher and Vegan options for the selective eaters in your life.
223 Main St.
734-585-5231 | cherryrepublic.com
As the name says, Cherry Republic is all about the wonderful fruit, as well as celebrating Northern Michigan. Everything comes with a cherry-tinge: sausage, hot sauce, salsa, and yes, chocolate. Make sure to ask about their “Gifts for Him & Her” line of offerings.