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Don’t Give Us the Heart-Shaped Bedazzled Box: Four Southern Chocolate Alternatives


All of these bars have graced our pages at one time or another, but if you’re looking for chocolate for that special someone (and here’s your reminder to start looking), then these Southern-made sweeties are our faves. However, in the office, thoughts turned away from love and to dissenting opinions when we had to settle on a favorite flavor from each. So we’re suggesting a few, because when it comes to chocolate, we all know that more is more and more is good.

Olive & Sinclair
Nashville, TN

Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock
Olive & Sinclair / Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock
  • 75% Cacao Chocolate Bar Go big
  • Sea Salt Chocolate Bar One of the best we’ve ever had
  • Mexican-Style Cinnamon Chili Chocolate Bar Bring the heat
Sucré / Photo by Alice Wannamaker

Sucré New Orleans, LA

  • Candied Violet Chocolate Bar
    Floral and romantic
  • Sucré 65
    For the purist
  • Coconut and Toasted Almond Chocolate Bar
    Tropical sensation



Sweeteeth Chocolate
Charleston, SC

Photo by Christina Oxford
Sweeteeth Chocolate Bars / Photo by Christina Oxford
  • Call of the Wild Port wine caramel
  • O-Snap Gingersnaps included
  • Sea is for Caramel Salted vanilla caramel. Yes.
Photo by Alice Wannamaker
French Broad Chocolate / Photo by Alice Wannamaker

French Broad Chocolates
Asheville, NC

  • Coffee Dark Chocolate Bar
    Ground with Peruvian coffee
  • 45% Riverbend Malted Milk Chocolate
    Complex and not too sweet
  • 68% Matagalpa, Nicaragua bar
    Single-sourced deliciousness