If you're still attempting to satisfy your chocolate cravings after Valentine's Day, try visiting one of these six local sweet shops in and around D.C.
This artisan chocolate shop, based in Alexandria, creates all-natural, high-quality sweets that are impeccably made. From tie-dyed Easter bunnies to chocolates in your loved one’s favorite color, there’s a piece of candy for all tastes here. Truffles are melt-in-your-mouth good, particularly the crème brulée one, as are their vanilla marshmallows. Grab some hot cocoa mix to make at home for the ultimate night in. 724 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA, 703-838-9055
Owner Jane Morris founded this chocolate shop over a decade ago. In 2009, J. Chocolatier was housed in Georgetown, but the older building and relentlessly hot D.C. summers didn’t mix, so she moved online. Today, Morris’ remaining shop is in Southeast D.C. She sells an absolutely delicious box of fleur de del caramels and a must-try mini fossil bar dusted in 14K gold. 321 7th St. SE, 2nd Floor, 202-333-4111
The Chocolate House is a collection of fine and artisan chocolate from around the world, which has been selling gourmet truffles, chocolate bars, and more for over eight years. Grab a coffee and cardamom chocolate bar for a decadent pick-me-up, or pop by for one of the spot's many chocolate tastings and truffle making classers. 1904 18th St. NW, 202-903-0346
Harper Macaw was founded by a Brazilian chocolate maker and a U.S. Marine Veteran. Their Bladensburg Road factory gives tours every Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., showing an in-depth overview of the company, its sourcing methods, and chocolate-making processes. There’s a chocolate tasting at the end of the tour. 3160 Bladensburg Rd. NE, 202-800-0351
This quirky shop has been serving Washingtonians for over 40 years. Noteworthy chocolates include a peanut butter lover’s fantasy cup, made with dark or milk chocolate and dusted with sea salt. There’s also a perfect chocolate pecan caramel cluster, or turtle for short. An assorted box of chocolates is an essential gift for your loved ones. Throw in one of Chocolate Moose’s bizarre toys such as a solar powered waving Pope or electronic keyboard for a unique touch. 1743 L St. NW, 202-463-0992
This well-known ice cream and sweets shop has taken on a newfound popularity thanks to a visit from former President Barack Obama, who took his daughters there for a cone on Father’s Day back in 2011. The shop mainly sells ice cream, but D.C. natives know that Thomas Sweet also has a secret chocolate that hits the spot. Try the salted caramel fudge or the spot's truffles, which are worth ordering a box of as a post-ice cream treat. 3214 P St. NW, 202-337-0616