Best chocolate gifts for Valentine's Day 2024

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Because nothing says ‘I love you' like an indulgent hamper… Oxford Bag

Best chocolate gifts for Valentine

Chocolate is a failsafe gift, whatever the occasion, especially when you want to pamper that special someone. But with so many tempting treat boxes out there, how do you know which hamper is going to hit the sweet spot?

The Good Housekeeping Institute has been hard at work, testing each and every element of this year’s chocolate gifts to find the very best (and yes, it's a hard job!).

From all-vegan chocolate selections to budget-friendly gestures starting at £7.75, there’s something for every chocolate lover this year.

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Our expert GHI panel sampled 40 chocolate gifts from the leading retailers, small independents and artisan chocolatiers, in search of the best for 2024.

Each was scored on the quality of the contents (when it came to chocolate, we were looking for an intoxicating aroma, glossy shine, smooth texture and well-balanced sweetness), with additional consideration given for premium packaging, reliable nationwide delivery and overall giftability.

These are the ones they’ll be buying this year.

Our winning gift is a bumper selection of Melt’s vegan-friendly dark chocolates, all wrapped up in a branded tote. A highlight was the praline assortment, which received one of the highest scores our experts have ever given!

The lucky recipient will also enjoy the bittersweet candied orange peel pieces and 70% dark chocolate sea salt bar, receiving eight items in total.

Not such a fan of dark chocolate? This milky alternative scored an impressive 91/100 with our panel and is a little more affordable too!

We don’t think you can go wrong with chocolate and champagne, and certainly not when it’s from luxury retailer Harvey Nichols. This premium gift set contains a selection of the brand’s flavoured champagne truffles, alongside a bottle of Premier Cru champagne — a match made in heaven!

We think this is an excellent choice if you have under £40 to spend. It’s filled with crowd-pleasing chocolatey treats from London bakery Cutter & Squidge, including fruity white chocolate bark and a box of quality truffles.

The hot chocolate and shortbread is presented in pretty, reusable tins, and we’ll be saving the chocolate orange popcorn for munching in front of our favourite rom com. Yum!

If you’ve got a little more to spend, you won’t be disappointed with this wooden crate filled to the brim with Chococo’s best bits. Inside, you’ll find beautifully presented boxes of chocolates, individual bars and nutty clusters – it’s hard to pick a favourite, but the truffle selection proved particularly popular.

With biodegradable and compostable packaging all-round, there’s a lot to like about this bumper selection.

Booja-Booja's all-vegan line-up is beautifully presented with an “adventure map” to explain the flavours. The lucky recipient will tuck into 25 chocolates, and our testing team was particularly impressed by how each flavour lived up to its description.

Stand-outs include the dark chocolate hazelnut crunch, zesty chocolate orange and the sweet and salty almond salted caramel.

Monty Bojangles’ sweet and creamy truffles never disappoint. Here, they’ve been packaged in a set of art deco-style cat tins for the feline-lover. The panel would have preferred less packaging (chocolates were individually wrapped) but taste-wise, they’re faultless.

If you haven't yet had the pleasure of trying Venchi’s “Chocaviar”, let us introduce you – it’s a range of decadent chocolates, sprinkled with tiny caviar-like cocoa spheres.

This box contains three variations — milk chocolate with hazelnut paste, dark chocolate with burnt caramel, and the 75% extra-dark chocolate for those who like their truffles decidedly grown-up.

Guylian has recently rebranded with a new 100% recyclable sage green and gold box. Inside, the Fairtrade seashell choccies are as delicious as ever, and you get a bumper selection.

Aside from the original nostalgic hazelnut flavour, new variations are mixed with fruit, nuts and coffee, so there should be something for everyone.

Monty Bojangles’ sweet and creamy truffles never disappoint. Here, they’ve been packaged in a striking cat tin for the feline-lover in your life. There are four flavours to enjoy — chocolate, caramel, orange and popcorn — all of which had a rich cocoa content and melt in the mouth texture.

We love the concept behind Letter Box Hamper, which allows you to send beautifully wrapped gourmet gifts to loved ones. The brand handpicks items from artisan British producers, and this dark chocolate tasting set — which contains bars from the likes of Willie’s Cacao and Love Cocoa — may just be our favourite yet.

Our panel particularly enjoyed the decadent hot chocolate buttons and cacao-dusted cashews, which struck just the right bittersweet balance.

You don’t need us to tell you that chocolate and fizz are a winning gifting combination, and one that Hotel Chocolat has perfected in this hamper (complete with a mini bottle of prosecco).

Cocoa-lovers will love the gorgeous ribbon-tied “Everything Mini Selection”, salted caramel chocolate puddles and 70% dark fruit and nut nano slab. Even the truffles have been infused with champagne, while still retaining a rich cacao note to please the purists.

Tucked inside a gold-embossed eau de nil gift box, the lucky recipient will discover a crisp and refreshing bottle of Fortnum’s blanc de blanc champagne alongside a tray of 32 decadent truffles – these offer a heady hit of champagne and an ever so slightly effervescent texture as they melt on the tongue.

Unmistakably luxurious, this is a gift worthy of any extra-special celebration.

With an interesting mix of products — think chocolate covered raisins, milk truffles, salted caramel chocolate bar and flavoured domes — this proved to be a well-priced gift for last minute shoppers. You can add a free video message before sending, and the cute, reusable wicker basket can be repurposed when they’re all done with the contents.

If they prefer a decadent red over a bottle of fizz, this is the hamper to go for. It contains a selection of dark chocolate bars and buttons, all of which are the perfect accompaniment to the big, bold Spanish red included.

There's something wonderfully nostalgic about Cadbury's chocolate. Whether it's a box of Milk Tray or a slab of Bournville, it never fails to remind us of our childhood. Recreate that magic with this hamper overflowing with the brand's best bits.

Although better known for its personalised biscuits, Biscuiteers has curated a giant tin containing 24 hand-iced chocolates, perfect for any occasion.

Spanning five flavours, highlights include the salted caramel ganache and the hazelnut praline, and you can add a message amid the flowers.

Callum is our Food and Drink Testing Manager and has been part of the world of professional catering for 10 years, from cheffing to food manufacturing. While working in manufacturing he specialised in bespoke product and menu development for several start-ups and well-known brands such as Wrap It Up! and HOP Vietnamese. He holds the WSET Level 2 in wine, a Level 3 in spirits and has a particular interest in agave spirits.  

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