Call me a snob but I’ve never been a fan of “drugstore” chocolate. (Because life is too short for mediocre confections.) I’ve never understood the appeal of Reese’s Pieces. So there’s peanut butter in there—who gives a hoot? The only kind thing I can say about Milky Way is that they finally come in “dark chocolate.” And don’t even get me started on Kisses.
But Valerie and Jean-Philippe Khodara—the husband and wife team behind zChocolat—are doing chocolate in all the right ways. First: All 26 flavors are delicious and worth every calorie. Second: The customizable packaging (in mosswood, mahogany, and beyond) is beautiful—and perfectly giftable. So if you're thinking of gifting chocolate this Valentine's, go for zChocolat. Friends with Love's victim? There's a Survial Kit. And when all the treats have been devoured there'll be a fine box to keep—and refill.