Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and we’re definitely feeling the love. You’ve already planned a romantic night in for you and your S.O., including flowers, dinner and wine. But you know what would put you both even more in the mood? Dessert. That’s why we tracked down all the best sweets to add to your cart ahead of the 14th. Here, the most noteworthy Valentine’s Day candy and chocolate, ranked from most polarizing to most romantic. Whether you share a bag of red and pink Starbursts with your dinner date, hook your kid’s class up with festive lollipops, mail your mom a bouquet of chocolate roses or gift a box of chocolate-covered strawberries to a faraway friend, all 25 of these treats are bound to get you and your loved ones in the spirit.
The 25 Best Valentine’s Day Candies and Chocolates to Share with Your Boo (or Not)
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But First, What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy?
According to Candystore.com’s annual report from 2022, 17 U.S. states like heart-shaped boxes of chocolate best for Valentine’s Day. In second place is conversation hearts (12 states), then seasonal M&Ms (nine states), chocolate roses and hearts (5 states) and Hershey's Kisses (5 states).
The Top 5 Valentine’s Day Candies, at a Glance
- Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Candy: Shari’s Berries Love & Romance Dipped Strawberries
- Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Your S.O.: Candy Club Subscription
- Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Treating Yourself: Sugar Plum Chocolates Broken Heart Chocolate Pizza & Mallet
- Most Versatile Valentine’s Day Candy: Cupid’s Mix M&M’s
- Best Heart-Shaped Box of Valentine’s Day Chocolates: Godiva Valentine’s Day Fabric Heart Chocolate Gift Box
Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Goody Bags
Those who like their candy hot will be total suckers for these (sorry). Blame it on our fond memories of finding a ruby-red, heart-shaped lolly in a sea of valentines in our classroom mailbox—and hoping it was from our crush. Now that we’re all grown up, we have our hearts set on these cinnamon lollies by See’s Candies.
Best Better-for-You Valentine’s Day Candy
Props to you if you’re not willing to break your 2023 meal plan for Cupid’s big day. But you should still treat yourself (or your newly-keto honey) to a lil’ TLC. Try Zazubean’s Valentine’s Day Variety Pack, which features six bars of organic, Fair Trade, kosher, gluten-free and soy-free chocolate. Flavors range from chili and cinnamon to cherry-hazelnut crunch. Many of the bars—named Vixen, Smooch, Flirt, Hottie, Nakid and Bling—are also vegan. If sugar is your main concern, opt for Zazubean’s sugar-free Slinky chocolate bars, HU Dark Chocolate Gems or Kuli Kuli's low-sugar, keto SuperBark, which comes in Sea Salt Peanut, Mint Chip and Raspberry Chia varieties.
Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Families
Feel like a kid again with this throwback treat that you haven’t indulged in since elementary school. You and your kids (or galentines) can chat between licks of Cherry Yum Diddly Dip and RazzApple Magic Dip powders while snacking and relaxing. The signable packaging also makes it great for classroom valentine exchanges.
Best Valentine’s Day Candy for a Romantic Movie Night
Nothing says “I love you” like saving your partner the work of picking out all the oranges and lemons. This bulk variety pack only includes cherry, strawberry, watermelon and fruit punch Starbursts. And since the wrappers are all red and pink, they fit the V-Day color scheme just right. Might we suggest dumping them in a bowl, popping some corn and having yourself a DIY movie marathon?
Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Peanut Butter Lovers
We have it on good authority that the world’s very first soulmates were chocolate and peanut butter. Nosh on 36 mini chocolate-peanut butter hearts or share one massive one that weighs more than a quarter pound, both with the help of your significant other. (Or tackle them on your own—we won’t judge.)
Best Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dessert
The cast iron skillet’s superpower is its ability to give just about any dessert a gooey, decadent middle and golden, chewy edges. While we’re huge supporters of making skillet sweets from scratch, these mix-and-bake kits are pretty damn ingenious if you need dessert in a pinch. We *love* this Hershey’s brownie kit that comes complete with mix and a heart-shaped skillet, but peanut butter fans might prefer the Reese's cookie heart skillet instead.
Best Boozy Valentine’s Day Candy
Wine and dessert are a match made in heaven. While we typically prefer to drink our vino instead of eat it, there’s no better time for a collab than Valentine’s Day. If you’re up for making boozy candy from scratch, red wine chocolate truffles are an easy win, but you can save yourself the work by opting for Hotel Chocolat’s Tipsy Truffles Sleekster instead. Flavors include Pink Champagne, Gin Truffle, Mojito, Cognac, Caramel Espresso Martini and more.
Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Caramel Lovers
Not gonna lie…we can so get behind noshing on a stretchy piece of caramel chocolate with our S.O., Lady and the Tramp-style. Our fave right now? The Soft Caramels Both Familiar and Curious collection from North South Confections, an artisanal chocolate brand from Justine Pringle of Nunu Chocolates. Each piece is filled with what’s possibly the richest, creamiest caramel you’ve ever eaten, since it’s infused with fresh fruit purée and white or milk chocolate before being enrobed in dark chocolate. Flavor infusions include passion fruit, coconut, naranjilla, graviola, lime and strawberry.
Most Relaxing Valentine’s Day Candy
What better way to unwind on date night than with mellowing, high-quality CBD? Consuming it in the form of chocolate merely gilds the lily. Vital Leaf's hemp-infused chocolate bars contain 200 milligrams of CBD, as well as ethically sourced, organic ingredients and coconut palm sugar for sweetening. Choose from Classic Dark, Vanilla Bean Crunch and Hazelnut Sea Salt.
Most Unique Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bar
There’s something weirdly sophisticated (dare we say sexy?) about sharing a special chocolate bar at a leisurely pace instead of plowing through a whole box of truffles. We already loved Tony Chocolonely for its ethical sourcing and mission to make the cocoa farming industry fair, but we fell extra hard for the White Raspberry Popping Candy flavor that’s just right for V-Day, since it’s packed with freeze-dried raspberries and popping candies. (If your boo is all about variety, go for the Rainbow Tasting Pack instead, or surprise them with their favorite bar decked out in a customized wrapper.)
Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Gummy Lovers
If your S.O. is a gummy fiend, look no further than this half-pound bag of heart-shaped goodies from the famous Dylan’s Candy Bar. They’re prime for grabbing by the fistful while crying over The Notebook for the hundredth time. (BTW, the brand’s other V-Day treats include a hot cocoa bomb kit, a candy bouquet and the famous variety tackle box, which includes eight different festive candies.
Most Indulgent Valentine’s Day Candy
Two of our greatest loves, united in chocolatey harmony. Split a box of eight OREOs, enrobed in a thick layer of milk chocolate and topped with a few edible hearts, with your boo. They're a great pairing for post-dinner coffee, if we do say so ourselves.
Best Valentine’s Day Candy Gift
Seattle Chocolate Company is a woman-owned brand that prioritizes sustainability and giving back to the community. As awesome as that is, we'd argue that their confections are even more so. This gift set is as delicious as it is easy on the eyes. It includes their three signature V-Day truffle bars—Tart & Soul, Berry in Love and Like You a Latte—the Take Me Anywhere heart box full of their famous truffles and three jcoco bars, a sister brand that helps stock the shelves at food banks in Washington, California and New York with every purchase.
Best Valentine’s Day Candy Packaging
Omnom, a small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate brand based in Iceland, has a wide range of flavors to peruse. But every winter, we look forward to the return of their seasonal Sea Salted Toffee and Lakkrís (aka licorice) and Raspberry chocolate bars. The former is a milky toffee chocolate dappled with Icelandic sea salt and the latter is chocolate infused with licorice powder and sprinkled with crispy raspberry crumbles.
Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Sour Stans
What’s that? You can eat your weight in red Sour Patch Kids? Today’s your lucky day. These sweet-and-sour candies only come in Redberry and Pink Strawberry flavors, so you won’t have to dodge the green gummies like you do with the original pack. (FYI, Sour Patch also makes its own version of conversation hearts.)
Fanciest Valentine’s Day Truffles
Some confections are so luxurious that they’re more a masterpiece than a simple dessert. Exhibit A: Vosges Haut Chocolat's Champagne Truffles. The brand is famous for its gorgeously colorful truffles that come in exotic flavors, like Sri Lankan coconut, wild Tuscan fennel pollen and curry masala. But we're pretty in love with these 85-percent cacao dark chocolate truffles, infused with Krug Grand Cuvée Champagne and crowned with hand-placed 24-karat gold leaf.
Most Unexpected Valentine’s Day Candy
No Halloween party is complete without a bowl of candy corn (whether people actually eat it is a different story, but we digress). But on February 14th, no one will see this red, pink and white version coming. Might we suggest sprinkling the candy over vanilla ice cream, baking it into brownies or using them to top a mug of hot cocoa?
Most Sentimental Valentine’s Day Candy
Hershey’s Kisses are inherently romantic (come on, it’s in the name). But we’d argue that this assortment is twice as warm-and-fuzzy, since it includes both classic milk chocolate and white creme pieces. The Hugs are basically an O.G. Kiss coated in white creme and striped with milk chocolate.
Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Moms
You're already sending her a stunning floral arrangement—why not sweeten the deal with these foil-wrapped gems from Oriental Trading? You can either shower her in all 72 flowers complete with 14-inch stems, or split the lot up into smaller bouquets for each of your family members.
Best Heart-Shaped Box of Valentine’s Day Chocolates
Listen, we’ve never met a box of chocolates we didn’t inhale on sight. It makes a great gift for just about anyone, whether you’re shopping for your parents, friends or S.O. But if you’re pulling out all the stops (roses, candles—you know the drill), go with this 14-piece number from Godiva, which is complete with every flavor from white praline to dark ganache.
Most Versatile Valentine’s Day Candy
It’s just a fact: Set a bowl of M&M’s out and they’ll disappear in a few minutes flat. This seasonal version features white, pink and red M&M’s stamped with lips, roses and Cupid’s arrows. Our favorite thing about these poppables is that there are endless ways to use them. Toss them in a bowl of popcorn, include them in a DIY sundae bar or bake them into cookies.
Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Treating Yourself
What’s love got to do with it? Normally, the thought of "singles chocolate" makes us cringe (chocolate is for everyone, always), but this treat makes us willing to overlook the concept and dig right in. Eat your feelings with the clever Broken Heart Chocolate Pizza from Sugar Plum Chocolates. Not only is the 12-ounce chocolate heart topped with crushed pretzels, cookies, potato chips, candied chocolate gems and white chocolate, but it also comes with a wooden mallet so you can work out your emotions by smashing away.
Best Valentine’s Day Candy for Your S.O.
The only thing better than snacking on your go-to candies on the 14th is being surprised by new favorites month after month. For your boo with the serious sweet tooth, check out Candy Club, a monthly candy delivery service with options for sweet and sour lovers alike. Each box comes with six signature candies each, from Gummi Unicorns to Sour Pink Cadillacs.
Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Candy
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel to impress your partner. Chocolate-covered strawberries, albeit common on Valentine’s Day, are undeniably elegant, romantic and mind-blowingly easy to make yourself. If you’d rather relax than toil in the kitchen on V-Day (hey, we don’t blame you), lean on this assortment of Love & Romance Dipped Strawberries from Shari’s Berries. The berries are massive, decorated in festive chocolatey drizzle and come in a heart-shaped box. What more could you ask for?
Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.