Don’t get caught empty-handed on February 13th. While there’s nothing wrong with that traditional (boring!) red, heart-shaped box of chocolates why not go above-and-beyond with these locally crafted, totally incredible, handmade chocolates and treats.

Ridge Runner Distillery

Can it get any better than Boozy Chocolates? No, it really doesn’t get any better than the Orange Dreamsicle Moonshine inside of Milk Chocolate or the Whiskey inside of Dark chocolates that you can find at Ridgerunner Distillery! They have now included additional flavors: Cherrybomb and Peach Pie! Visit Ridge Runner Distillery and get your Valentine’s Day treats while supplies last!

 Chocolate Moonshine Co.

Photo via Chocolate Moonshine Co.

Ever since Chocolate Moonshine Co. opened its doors in Lawrenceville, they’ve been a go-to for all our chocolate lovers! Each artisan chocolate is handcrafted with love. Prepare to be blown away with their large assortment of 30+ chocolates, fudges, and confections. Try building your own Custom Box or purchasing one of their limited Valentine’s Boxes!

La Gourmandine

Looking for something different this year? Tired of flowers and boxes of chocolate? Share something French and delicious with your loved one this year. La Gourmandine offers in stores and upon ordering from Feb 1 thru 14 a heart-shaped pastry made of dark chocolate mousse. The heart has a raspberry coulis center and lays on a flourless chocolate biscuit. It’s nut-free and gluten-free! All their delicious treats will guarantee you to feel as if you’ve transported right to France!

A519 Chocolates

Image via A519 Chocolate

Executive Chocolatier and co-founder of A519 Chocolate Amanda Wright takes chocolate crafting pretty seriously. She apprenticed under James Beard award chefs, the chief chocolatier for Team USA, and worked as sous chef underneath the Top 10 chocolatiers in North America. Chef Wright has paired her scientific acumen with her passion and creativity to produce word class, visually stunning chocolate truffles, featuring a variety of local ingredients.

Pastries A-la Carte

Pastries A-La Carte is the perfect one-stop-shop for any sweet tooth. This South Hills bakery has been specializing in custom cakes and decadent cookies since 2004. They’ve even created desserts for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Pirates! Treat your Valentine to chocolate-covered strawberries, handmade bonbons, heart-shaped patisseries, or one of their elegantly decorated Valentine’s Day cookies!.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Bryer Blumenschein

Digital Strategist, Made in PGH

Bryer is a born-and-raised Pittsburgher who is deeply entrenched in the local food and culture scene. When she's not checking out new galleries and shows, you can find her tasting some of the best dishes the city has to offer or hiking outside! Right now, Bryer lives in the South Side with her fiancé, Oscar, and their two dogs.

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