Over the weekend, I was at C19 in Philadelphia, an Italian restaurant that follows the Slow Food philosophy. My friend Susan and I were there for a late dinner after the theater, so we had a light dinner — perfectly cooked gnocchi. I had to order small dessert when I saw that the restaurant offered John & Kira’s chocolates on the menu. They’re some of my favorites, and the few chocolates on the plate were the perfect ending to a light meal.


I look forward to returning to C19, trying more of their Venice-inspired menu, and introducing my husband to the place. But for now, my thoughts are turning to Valentine’s Day.


The John & Kira’s chocolates reminded me that Valentine’s Day is close, and everyone’s thoughts are turning to chocolates. Here are some of my favorite chocolates done right. Some are organic, some are fair trade, and some source locally.


  • John & Kira’s – I first introduced you to John & Kira’s chocolates last fall when I wrote about their Urban Garden bars. This is a Philadelphia-based artisan company that sources locally, gives back to the community, and creates to-die-for chocolates. The company offers a wide variety of assortments for Valentine’s Day, and I’d be happy with any of it. But, if my husband is reading this, a box of John & Kira’s Chocolate Figs would really make my Valentine’s Day.
  • Salzon Chocolate Co. – I discovered Salzon bars at my local Wegman’s, and my 9-year-old and I are crazy about the Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Organic Turbinado Cane Sugar bars. The company uses organic, fair trade ingredients to make a variety of chocolate bars.
  • Theo Chocolate – Theo is another company whose bars I love, particularly the milk chocolate Hazelnut Crunch bars that have the perfect amount of salt. They offer several special Valentine’s boxes. If you’re looking for a box of chocolates for your man, the four-piece Single Malt Scotch Ganache might be just what you’re looking for.

If I were presented with any of those chocolates on Valentine’s Day, I’d be one content girl. If you’re looking for even more options in organic or fair trade Valentine’s chocolates, here are a few other ideas.


Which organic or fair trade chocolates do you hope to get or give on Valentine’s Day this year? 

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