Valentine’s Day 2021: the best chocolates and food gifts to share with the ones you love

Don’t let shut restaurants pose a problem this Valentine’s Day. These incredible chocolates and delectable food hampers mean you can celebrate at home, be it with your one true love, or just the one you’re with. 

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 12:58 pm
Valentine’s Heart To Heart Cheese Gift Set
Valentine’s Heart To Heart Cheese Gift Set

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Truth be told, our favourite Valentine’s celebrations have taken place not out at restaurants or bars, but at home, having a cosy picnic in the living room. Our favourite LPs playing, chilled Champagne flowing, and a selection of delicious foodstuffs with the one we love: that’s a great time, regardless of whether you care for the celebration itself. 

Don’t concern yourself with notions of what you’re missing: from an ideal fry-up, to hampers that will form the perfect grazing lunch, to chocolates to languorously indulge in all day: whether you’re coupled-up, living with friends, or on your own, there are ample ways to treat yourself this Valentine’s Sunday. 

We took on the arduous task of trying some of the tastiest hampers and most exquisite chocolates in the UK. Here’s what to order now for a memorable Valentine’s feast.

Harvey Nichols Valentine’s Day Hamper

Harvey Nichols Valentine’s Day Hamper

If you’re lucky enough to have browsed the food halls of Harvey Nichols, and are currently missing their delectable delights, this hamper will remind you just how great their produce is. 

We love that it’s not too chocolate heavy - although the chocolate fudge is buttery and rich, the rest of the food is more off piste: we particularly love the lemon curd and clotted cream biscuits, and the salted nuts. 

All washed down with lashings of their dry, crisp, Brut Champagne. This is the perfect spread for a sexy picnic - there’s even a bag of delicious coffee for the morning after. 

Contents: 

Harvey Nichols Premier Cru Brut Champagne NV 750ml

2 x Harvey Nichols Salted Nut Selection 200g

Harvey Nichols Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Brittle 125g

Harvey Nichols Strawberry Hearts Jelly Box 75g

Harvey Nichols Lemon Curd & Clotted Cream Biscuits 200g

Harvey Nichols No.7 Really Chocolatey Fudge 125g

Harvey Nichols House Blend Coarse Ground Coffee 200g

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Harvey Nichols Premium Italian Collection Hamper

Harvey Nichols Premium Italian Collection Hamper

A gorgeous selection of Italian delicacies that will transport your taste buds in an instant. 

This is truly a feast. Start with a surprisingly palatable prosecco, while savouring the taste of pesto made with basil fresh from Liguria (you’ll never settle for Sacla again). 

There’s everything you need to make the pasta dishes of your dreams, with truffle infused salsa and brilliantly ferrous olive oil - make a giant bowl and eat with two forks, for maximum romance. 

The chianti is smooth and full, too - and, as a parentheses - made by an Italian rock star. Ooft. 

Contents: Harvey Nichols Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore NV 750ml

Harvey Nichols Chianti 2016 750ml

Harvey Nichols Pesto Alla Genovese 180g

Harvey Nichols Bruschetta di Peperoni 180g

Harvey Nichols Salsa Truffina 130g  

Harvey Nichols Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500ml

Harvey Nichols Balsamic Vinegar 55ml

Harvey Nichols Cantucci 170g

Harvey Nichols House Blend Fine Ground Coffee 200g

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Fortnum & Mason’s Utterly Smitten Hamper

Fortnum & Mason's Utterly Smitten Hamper

Seeking to seriously impress your other half this Valentine's? The Fortnum and Mason's Utterly Smitten Hamper is such a thing as audible gasps are made of. 

In a handsome wicker picnic basket – think the sort of hamper the aristocracy take on outings in a Jane Austen novel – you'll find a lovingly curated selection of Fortnum and Mason's finest delectables. 

The Blanc de Blanc Champagne is dry, biscuity, and premium. The confectionery is uniformly excellent, though we have a particular soft spot for the dark chocolate covered cherry biscuits – black forest in a tin. 

If we have one quibble it's that the selection feels small on first appraisal, but the extraordinary quality – and picnic basket keepsake – makes it worth the cost. 

Contents:

Chocolate & Macadamia Biscuits, 200g

Cherrilossus Biscuits, 600g

Strawberry & Gooseberry Preserve, 195g

Valentine's Chocolate Covered Raspberries, 120g

Fortnum's Personalised Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Hostomme, 75cl

Rose Pouchong Tea, 125g Loose Leaf Tin

Miniature Heart Chocolate Truffles Box, 40g

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Selfridges House of Dorchester Assortment 100g

Selfridges House of Dorchester Assortment 100g

A heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine's day may seem, to some, lacking in imagination, but for us, we say: you can't improve on the classics. 

All we will stipulate is that you should opt for the best chocolates, in which case this Dorchester selection will fit the bill. 

With milk, dark, and white chocolate coated truffles, we struggled to identify a favourite, though the milk salted caramel was especially seductive. That said, our seven year old was rapturous in response to the white chocolate raspberry truffle, so there's something for everyone. 

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The British Extravagance Hamper

The British Extravagance Hamper

Gosh, this hamper is good fun.

At first glance it may seem like a curious choice for Valentine's – no red hearts or cutesy touches. But that's one of the (many, many, many) reasons we love it – there's not a trace of cliché in sight.

Many people will be concerned that Valentine's might lack a sense of occasion, given we can't head to a restaurant or bar, or even out for a languorous picnic. Trust us, this hamper feels like a treat – one that will last for days.

With a diverse range of independently produced British delicacies, the quality of the produce in this hamper is exceptional. We adored the sweet, buttery Cornish fudge, the delightfully umami Worcester sauce flavoured Yorkshire crisps, the piquant Mexican sweet chilli nuts. What's lovely here is that you can enjoy a long, grazing feast on Valentine's Day itself, and then stock up your larder with the remaining spreads, biscuits and sweets for the week's ahead.

Contents: 

British Hamper Co. - Bespoke gift packaging

The Simply Delicious Cake Company - Apricot and Ginger Cake

Miller's Elements - Smoked Flour and Red Hot Chilli Crackers

Great British Biscotti Co - Cheddar & Fennel Biscotti

Willie's Cacao - Five Wonders of the World Luxury chocolate

Olives Et Al - Rosemary & Garlic Olives

Millers Toast - Cranberry & Raisin

Lincoln Tea & Coffee Co - Columbian Filter Blend Coffee

Hawkshead Relish - Seville Orange Marmalade

Hawkshead Relish - Traditional English Mustard

Sloane's of London - Drinking Chocolate

Mighty Fine - Dark Chocolate Coated Almonds

Lincoln Tea & Coffee Co - Traditional Breakfast Tea

All You Need - Red Onion Chutney

Perry Court Farm - Sweet Apple Crisps

Elegant and English - Strawberries & Cream Biscuits

Teoni's Cookies - All Butter Shortbread

The Natural Candy Shop - Jelly Beans

Galloway Lodge Preserves - Scottish Raspberry Jam

Cornish Artisan Confectionery - Caramel Sea Salt Crumbly Fudge

Mr Filberts - Mexican Sweet Chilli Mixed Nuts

Beech's Fine Chocolates - Dark Chocolate English Mint Creams

Yorkshire Crisps - Worcester Sauce flavour

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The Chocolate Society Dark Chocolate Salt Caramels

The Chocolate Society Dark Chocolate Salt Caramels

If you're lucky enough to subscribe to the Chocolate Society's box-of-the-month, you'll know all too well how glorious their small batches of seasonal chocolates are. Made by Valrhona-trained chocolatier Alasdair Garnsworthy, their subscription boxes are experimental, fun, and sophisticated.

For Valentine's, we trialled the dark chocolate salted caramel and – oh, my.

The flowing salted caramel is delicious, flowing and prepared to just shy of burnt – perfection, for us. The dark chocolate casing is thin and crisp, offering a perfect contrast. The chocolates come with a 'best by' date – so indulging in several at once is just following orders. And – delightfully for us – they're dusted in cocoa powder, a touch we like but was enough to put our chocolate-adoring child off, so they remained sole provenance of the adults in the house. 

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Marks and Spencer Valentine’s Breakfast in Bed

Marks and Spencer Valentine’s Breakfast in Bed

We confess, we haven't tried this selection, but it's simply too niche to exclude.

M&S have managed to rouse headlines two years running with their sale of a 'love sausage' at Valentine's – a heart-shaped pork sausage, wrapped in smoked bacon and laced with truffle.

For the full experience, you can try their cooked M&S breakfast hamper, with their heart-shaped crumpets, Rwandan coffee, cheery tomatoes, and refreshing Bellini (Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, so you can have a tipple early). Afterwards, there are chocolate hearts. If your other half likes their Valentine's celebrations cheeky, this will delight.

Contents: 

Love sausage (460g)

Piccolino cherry tomatoes on the vine (250g)

4 I love crumpets (300g)

Single origin Rwandan ground coffee (227g)

Go gooey hearts (110g)

Peach & passion fruit Bellini (750ml) (Alcohol Content- 4%)

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Charbonnel et Walker Milk Marc de Champagne Truffles

Charbonnel et Walker Milk Marc de Champagne Truffles

This pedigree brand is official chocolatier to the Queen, and it's immediately obvious why they meet with royal approval. 

Smooth, delectable truffled filling, wrapped in crisp melting chocolate – we're yet to find a Charbonnel et Walker truffle we don't adore, though we have singular affection for the particularly celebratory Milk Marc de Champagne Truffles. 

The pink iteration is ideal for anyone who need their Valentine's gifts thematically coloured, while the Salted Caramel Truffle Selection is a whopping half kilo of confection-perfection. 

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Rococo A Temptation of Truffles Box 190g

Rococo A Temptation of Truffles Box 190g

Award-winning London chocolate house Rococo offers delectable bon bons packaged in incredibly stylish packaging, and their Valentine's selection absolutely knocks it out of the park. On the one hand, it couldn't be more obvious: a gold embossed cupid atop a heart-shaped box. 

But, as with the chocolates within, they've taken something traditional and executed perfectly. It looks amazing, and the dark, milk, and salted caramels truffles within are meltingly perfect. If you have fantasies of lounging in fluffy pjs, eating chocolates from the box like you're a Doris Day heroine, these are the chocolates you need to make it happen. 

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Hotel Chocolat Way to your Heart Hamper

Hotel Chocolat Way to your Heart Hamper

Hotel Chocolat are such a popular brand that it behoves us to include them here, although this selection didn't quite hit the mark for us.

Don't let us dissuade you – we have no taste for prosecco (too sweet, the bubbles too fat), and we find their chocolate truffles to have a  curiously waxy mouthfeel.

That said, the creamed caramel puddles are deliciously moreish. If you have a sweetheart that favours the brand – and many do-  they'll be utterly delighted.

Contents:

200ml Prosecco

Creamed Caramel Puddles Ribbon Bag

Strawberry Smoothie Selector

Pillow Pack, Melting Hearts – Milk

Ultimate Caramel Nano Slab

Fruit & Nut Nano Slab. 

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