A Valentine's Day gift makes love tangible, whether it's a heart-shaped box of chocolates or a couple of hamsters rubber-banded together so that it looks like they're hugging. Show you care with today's Groupon: for $18, you get a Valentine’s Day chocolate assortment gift box from Calabasas Candy Company (a $36 value).
Artisan confectioners at Calabasas Candy Company carefully package three pieces each of five decadent chocolate varieties in beribboned Valentine’s Day sampler boxes. Recipients can untie the gift’s pink satin bow to reveal 15 heart-shape truffles brimming with luscious fillings and topped with edible gold dust. Truffles’ opaque, beglittered coatings hide creamy insides, such as maraschino cherries or Madagascar vanilla caramels, which can be discerned only via exploratory nibbles or by radiologists who’ve had their sweet teeth removed.
A layer of dark Peruvian chocolate topped with hand-harvested sea salt surrounds a molten center in Fleur de Sel truffles, and the alcohol-free champagne truffle steeps white chocolate in the subtle flavor of bubbly before outfitting the creamy ivory exterior in a sprinkling of edible glitter. Rich red hearts swirled in white chocolate conceal a milk-chocolate filling infused with Saigon cinnamon, adding a splash of spicy to counteract rather tasteless Valentine’s Day cards.