Truth be told, mass-produced, store-bought Valentine’s Day candies just aren’t the same as they used to be.
For your Valentine this year, we’re spilling the beans on the best chocolates in town and sliding into your direct messages to let you know about them. What follows is a list of the best locally made chocolates, ranging from those with out-of-this-world flavors to those that look like something out of a dream.
The Best Chocolate Around
Eight Eighty Massachusetts Avenue / Mass. Ave.
Located at the easternmost end of Massachusetts Avenue, this chocolate shop offers a wide variety of treats, from truffles to chocolate-covered pretzels and toffee to coffee beverages. We’ve already gushed about how great their chocolate pies are, but if your sweetheart likes salted caramel, you should definitely get them some of their caramels or peanut butter treats for Valentine’s Day.
228 West Main Street, Carmel
Joann Hofer, owner and chocolatier, has mastered the art of making exquisite truffles and chocolates, and each one features painstaking attention to detail. If your sweetheart can’t get enough of the savory-sweet combination of chili-flecked chocolate, you’ve come to the right place to stock up on their favorite treat. These chili truffles from Xchocol’art have won multiple accolades.
Sweets with a Modern Twist
Postal Address: Lockerbie Square / 613 E North St
Newfangled offers a luxuriously improved version of the traditional Butterfinger in a pretty, ribbon-tied box for those who are fans of the original. Frittle, their signature product, is made with real peanut butter and kosher salt and then coated in either milk or dark chocolate before being sold. If you place an advance order, they’ll even make you some bacon that’s been covered in chocolate.
Indulge Your Soul with Chocolate
Located in Shelbyville; Accessible Via the Internet Only
As another potential winner in our made-up Cutest Shapes/Most Instagrammable category, CFTS creates chocolates that impress right out of the wrapper. The gold-painted Buddhas stuffed with salted caramel ganache and presented in miniature takeout boxes are a hit with us; they cost only four bones but look and taste like a million bucks.
Square Fountain / 1114 East Prospect Street
A Greenwood shared kitchen was the humble beginning for what is now Suzanne Litteral’s thriving business in Fountain Square, right between New Day and Turchetti’s. She is well-known for her fantastic vegan truffles, which she infuses with everything from cinnamon to pink peppercorns.
Indulge in the decadent treats from DeBrand!
Locale: Keystone Crossing, 8685 River Crossing Boulevard
While DeBrand Chocolate Company only has one of its five stores in Indianapolis, that location argues convincingly that it is superior to all others in Fort Wayne. Even if you’re not a chocoholic yourself, you’ll love their signature egg-shaped truffles, and the rest of their exotic-looking, exotic-flavored chocolates will impress any gourmet on your gift list.
Species in Peril Chocolate
5846 West 73rd Street, Trader’s Point
More than $1.4 million has been given by this Indianapolis chocolate company with Fair Trade Certification to help save some of the world’s most endangered animal species. They no longer conduct business on a direct-to-consumer basis, but you can use their website to locate local retailers or shop online with one of their many retail partners who offer doorstep delivery.
Bakery Art Gallery
1101 East 54th Street, Suite G, SoBro
The European pastries at this SoBro bakery will blow your mind. Once you try these incredible desserts, your Valentine’s Day will *Drake Voice* never be the same. The chocolate pillow cake is a must-try; it has a chocolatey exterior and is filled with delicious things like crunchy hazelnut and silky caramel.
Address: Broad Ripple / 6524 N. Cornell Ave
Bakery owner Rene Trevino decided he had had enough of the limited selection of baked goods available at local stores, so he went out and opened his own. European-style pastries, from tarts to truffles, are on offer at this Broad ripple shop. Your sweetheart will be pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoy the chocolate-dipped raspberry mousse in the shape of a heart.
The Chocolate Factory of Schakolad
Building #136, Traders Point, 6010 West 86th Street
Refined Sugar-Free Choices
To heck with chocolate bars; how about chocolate handcuffs and chocolate roses instead? The Schakolad Chocolate Factory, conveniently located just off 86th Street in Traders Point, is a haven for chocolate lovers in search of unique 3D-molded creations of all sizes and shapes. The store also makes unique flavors, such as dark blueberry chocolate, raspberry, and cheesecake. Make a chocolate champagne glass a part of your Valentine’s Day celebrations this year.
Chocolatier Specialized in Truffles and Creams
Zionsville, 55 E. Pine St
Looking for a change from the standard chocolate flavors? Truffles & Creams in Zionsville is creating a new culinary universe. This is the place to take the one you love if they go crazy for spicy foods or sweet treats with unexpected twists, like cinnamon or chili pepper. The chocolates are not only deliciously unconventional, but also highly Instagrammable thanks to their vibrant truffles.
Sweets and Chocolates
2299 West 86th Street, The Pyramids
Kosher and Low-Sugar Options Available
Sweet Things Chocolates should be your first choice whenever you crave a chocolate-dipped snack. Enjoy some chocolate-covered peanuts, crispy rice treats, malted milk balls, and pretzels. If you’re wondering if you should check it out, the answer is yes.
Sugar Rush: A Trip to See’s Candies
8702 Keystone Crossing, The Fashion Mall, Keystone
Free of Added Sugar Choices
With their signature honey marshmallows and caramel chocolate hearts, See’s Candies wants us to remember that winter is still a marshmallow world. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Have a heart-shaped marshmallow covered in milk chocolate, but without the caramel. The Keystone Fashion Mall is where you can find these fluffy treats.
Postal Address: 530 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 110, Mass.
In the downtown area and need a sugar fix? You can find special treats for your Valentine at Kilwins on Massachusetts Avenue. Our go-to desserts are the silky chocolate and peanut butter fudge and the rich chocolate truffles with a hint of nuttiness.