Chocolate is a language we all understand. Use it to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day (or “I love me” whenever you want). This week, Yelp has a list of decadent bites and desserts worth swooning over in San Diego’s North County. Chocoholics, unite!
David Bacco Chocolatier (Online and at Select Farmer’s Markets)
Give your loved one the chance to eat a piece of art with a sweet treat from David Bacco Chocolatier. Trained by world-renowned European and domestic chefs, David Bacco creates bites that can only be described as mini masterpieces. Order the visually stunning Incantato, described as a “spritely passion fruit caramel and milk chocolate ganache” or captivate your lover with the Rio, featuring exotic fruits and tangy caramel. You’ll never see a prettier box of treats.
Dallman Fine Chocolates (Del Mar)
In 1954 Dallmann Fine Chocolates began operating in St. Gilgen, Austria, and now, you can get a taste of the tradition right in Del Mar. Stop in and have the chocolate shop create a beautiful, unique box of selections for your sweetheart. We suggest including the Rose Water Caramel, a mouthwatering morsel described as “sweet caramel infused with rose water sealed in a heart-shaped bittersweet chocolate shell, garnished with a dried organic rose petal.” You can taste the romance!
Carlsbad Chocolate Bar (Carlsbad)
In the Carlsbad Village there is nothing more lovely than a wine and chocolate-filled Valentine’s Day. For the perfect date night grab your darling and head to this café. Cuddle in a corner, order a glass of wine and pair it with the Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels or Chocolate Covered Oreos. We promise you, that item is a win and you’ll walk away with your sweet tooth satisfied. They can also box up several sweets that’ll have your cutie-pie in chocolate heaven.
Petite Madeline Bakery (Oceanside)
If your honey is into having more than just a bite, go the extra mile. Yelpers are in love with the Petite Madeline Bakery where the luscious the desserts have them raving. Favorites include the Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Domes topped with fresh fruit and the large selection of Petit Fours. And don’t forget the Chocolate Éclairs. This bistro boasts everything made from scratch and rooted in tradition, so if a delicious dessert is what you’re after, check it out.
Truly, Madly, Sweetly (Temecula)
Looking to break tradition? Get your cupcake, well, a cupcake! But make sure it’s chocolate and from this bakery in Temecula. The Blackout, a rich devils food cupcake with dark chocolate buttercream frosting, is a solid choice. Or, sticking with Valentine colors, you could try the red velvet with cream cheese. Either way, it’s an inventive alternate to your box o’ chocolates that’s sure to please your lover and score you all kinds of bonus points.
Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.