Chocolate is Always the Answer - Here are Some Unusual Gift Options

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Valentine's Day is nearly here and many of us start to think of chocolate as the perfect gift - right up there with flowers and jewelry!  (Ok, maybe not jewelry!) 

So..... what if you want something a little different than Hershey's kisses? What if your taste runs to spicy or salty? or just adventurous?   Here are some suggestions for you to try!

Several companies sell gift boxes pairing wines and chocolates.  (That sounds like a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day.)  Check out the gift boxes at Neuhaus,a 160 year old chocolatier with shops around the world, including one on Bethesda Row.  Neuhaus created six multi-layered praline flavors to be savored with wine.  The collection results in a unique tasting experience that will delight wine drinkers and chocolate lovers alike!  The Neuhaus gift boxes include one or two bottles of wine such as a Zinfandel and some delicious chocolates or chocolate biscuits. 

Chocolate covered foods like strawberries from Edible Arrangements are certainly a safe choice.  You can also get great options for strawberries, pretzels and oreos from Gold Belly.  What if you want to go beyond chocolate covered strawberries though? 

You can get chocolate covered jalapenos from that old stand by, Harry and David.  (Who knew that Harry and David sold more than grapefruit and pears at Christmas?)

Chocolate covered onions are a thing in Philadelphia.   Mueller's Chocolate has been making them for over 35 years and the "Iconic Chocolate Covered Onion" has been featured in Ripleys Believe It or Not, Bizarre Foods starring Andrew Zimmem, Good Morning America and Wheel of Fortune.  If you are going to Philadelphia, you can have a lunch of a Philly Cheese Steak and then eat the Chocolate covered onion for dessert.  If you don't care for onions, there are always chocolate covered garlic cloves! 

There are chocolate covered Doritos for sale if you don't like chocolate covered cheese puffs.   As the website for the chocolate covered Doritos says - why ask! 

If you are feeling that you need a bit of protein to go with your chocolate fix, then the solution is no further than Amazon, which can deliver chocolate covered grasshoppers to your front door (or nearby Amazon locker.)    Hop over to Etsy for chocolate covered crickets or habanero flavored crickets!  YUM! 

If I haven't found any suggestions that tempted you, perhaps you might head over to the Chocolate House on 18th Street for a traditional box of chocolates or Bethesda Chocolates on Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda or Neuhaus on Bethesda Row.  Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and chocolate is in the taste buds of the individual. 

I still wish you a happy Valentine's Day and good snacking! 

Comments (15)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Lise,

Love you post! Chocolate is ALWAYS the answer....just ask Kathy Streib ! I love the variety of selections but probably my favorite is the gift boxes at Neuhaus! We actually did that one year and was so good! Thanks for the research there is bound to be something there that would a a fun Valentines surprise.

Feb 03, 2023 12:08 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, I will pass, never have been a fan, but cannot EVER say no to a bucket of popcorn!

Feb 03, 2023 12:37 PM
Ray Henson

You crack me up, Joan Cox!  Thank you for the afternoon laugh.

Feb 03, 2023 01:55 PM
Ray Henson

Chocolate covered popcorn is the best, Joan Cox. 😉

Feb 03, 2023 12:59 PM
Joan Cox

Ray Henson UGH, that would RUIN it!

Feb 03, 2023 01:33 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I am in for all of the above, even the grasshoppers.  Just do not tell me!

I have been reading about the health qualities of dark chocolate so MM and I have started eating 3 OZ every single night.  Healthy or not, it is making me happy!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Feb 03, 2023 12:58 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

For my Valentine, the preference is dark chocolate and if there are nuts, even better.

Feb 03, 2023 01:08 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Lise Howe you are right, chocolate is always the answer. Very good post for some unusual gift options for Valentine Day!

Feb 03, 2023 01:39 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Lise Howe  As I get older the more I love sweets - I would love to find a place where I can have a Cheese Steak w/ a side of chocolate-covered onion rings - Philly is so big - Choco garlic yuk - Jalopenas I would try that 

Feb 03, 2023 02:13 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Lise,

I do love chocolate but chocolate-covered onions, jalapenos, and garlic... no thanks!

Feb 03, 2023 02:35 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Lise Howe If you're ever in the Puget Sound Region - Theo Chocolates, Seattle Chocolate Factory, Fran's... Yes, I'm evil. And a wonderful Festival. Lauren

Feb 03, 2023 04:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lise- your post was calling my name when I saw Chocolate in the title.  In fact, I made a quick trip earlier today to our favorite chocolate shop!!! I'm not sure about a chocolate covered grasshopper but I love chocolate covered popcorn. 

Feb 03, 2023 08:46 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lise loved the Title and did not read the post I am good:) send me chocolate:)))Endre

Feb 03, 2023 11:00 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lise... as you know I love my chocolate. But I must say the idea of chocolate covered Doritos isn't ringing my bell. Then again, I can't remember the last time I ate a Dorito!

Feb 04, 2023 05:13 AM
Phyllis Ross
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Realtor Central Kansas Residential Sales

Good Morning Lise, I love receiving Chocolate and Flowers for Valentines Day gifts! Thanks you for sharing. Have a great day and a very blessed weekend.

Feb 04, 2023 07:06 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Feb 04, 2023 07:12 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Like Dorie Dillard Austin TX, Neuhaus is ever-so appealing to me, as are the Jalapeño chocolates from Harry & Davie, Lise! You've prompted me to do a little early shopping for Valentine's Day! 

And, YES, Chocolate IS always the answer!

Feb 04, 2023 10:34 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Now, I do like chocolate, however, onions? I don't know if I am brave enough.

Feb 09, 2023 07:52 AM