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My ULTIMATE chocolate experiences this Valentine’s Day

Gifting a box of chocolates has become synonymous with Valentine’s Day… but for those serious chocolate lovers out there, I’ve searched high and low to find the ULTIMATE chocolate experiences that will be sure to melt the heart of anyone on the receiving end.

Valentine's Day chocolate experiences

Here’s my top four picks to put chocolate at the heart of Valentine’s this year:

1. Fortnum and Mason Ultimate Chocolate Selection

Pamper the palate of a loved one with this decadently smooth and creamy selection of milk, dark and ruby chocolates. At £160, this mega chocolate box doesn’t come cheap, but it is the ULTIMATE chocolate lovers’ gift, weighing in at a hefty 1.2kg and using the finest ingredients sourced by Fortnum and Mason.

2. Choco-Story, Bruges

Treat your loved one to a weekend away in beautiful Bruges, home of the amazing Choco-Story Museum. The museum dips its visitors into the history of cocoa and chocolate. From the Maya and the Spanish conquistadores, to the chocolate connoisseurs of today. Chocolates are made by hand and are available to sample on your journey around the museum. The rest of the trip can be spent sampling the delicious, chocolate delicacies Bruges has become famous for.

3. A Romantic Experience with a Chocolate Collective Workshop

Valentine's Day chocolate experiences

The ultimate romantic gesture! Our Deluxe Chocolate Truffle Making Workshops, run in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, are often attended by couples looking to experience something new together. During the workshop there are lots of opportunities to work as a pair, making it a wonderful way to share quality time together, laughing and learning along the way! Plus, you’ll get to indulge in the endorphin releasing, delicious and luxurious, Belgian chocolate I personally select for my workshops. By the end of the workshop, you will both leave with a selection of beautifully packaged truffles for you to continue the experience at home…

4. Chocolate Trip of a Lifetime

What says ‘I love you’ more than a trip to the Jade Mountain Chocolate Laboratory in St Lucia? Yes, this recommendation requires deep pockets! There are over 2000 cocoa trees on the resort estates, including the organic farm Emerald’s in the Soufriere Hills. Resort guests can choose from a variety of chocolate infused activities like chocolate sensory tastings, educational estate trips and truffle making classes. There are also chocolate inspired dishes, cocktails and body treatments in the resort restaurants, bars and spa. Wow!

I hope my chocolate gift ideas have inspired you this Valentine’s Day!

This month is also very special to us as we’re celebrating our 7th birthday! I’d like to send huge amounts of love to everyone who has taken part in a Chocolate Collective workshop over the last seven years. This job is a joy, mostly because I have introduced so many of you to the wonderful world of chocolate making, so thank you for your continued support.