Valentine’s Day Collection, Ethel M Chocolates

Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Our local chocolatier offers the boxes in a variety of sizes with all hand-packed and preservative free goodies inside. The first to be devoured from any box should be the copper foil-wrapped almond butter krisp, followed by the almond cluster and then the peanut butter cup. Best part? You don’t have to bite into a chocolate to discover its contents—Ethel M provides a guide to their bonbons. $22-$60, multiple locations,

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