Indulge in a six-piece box of artisan chocolates ($16).
1. Fleur de Cocoa
Chef Julia Anderson crafts elegant, delicate small-batch chocolates and chocolate mousse cakes in the classic French style. Although located in the heart of Los Gatos, Fleur de Cocoa will transport you to a patisserie on the Rive Gauche. 39 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
2. Go To Chocolate
Michael Hohenthal has been handcrafting chocolates from the finest herbs, fruits, nuts and chocolate since 2005. Find his wide selection of confections and meet him in person at his local farmers market. College of San Mateo, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.
3. Mariette Chocolates
This charming family-run shop in the historic Willow Glen neighborhood is brimming with specialty truffles like milk sea salt caramel, Aztec gold and luscious lemon white chocolate. 1268 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
A hometown treasure since opening in 1912, Schurra’s cherishes flavor, quality and tradition. Longtime locals will remember the days when customers could peer into the kitchen and watch the staff dip chocolates by hand. 840 The Alameda, San Jose
5. Timothy Adams Chocolates
Timothy Woods and Adams Holland’s chic Palo Alto shop offers handmade truffles, bonbons and even gourmet drinking chocolate. Serious chocophiles can sign up for a two-hour, $75 workshop and craft their own bonbons. 539 Bryant St., Palo Alto
Originally published in the January issue of Silicon Valley