The last time your boo opened that heart-shaped candy box on Valentine’s Day, they were disappointed, weren’t they? I mean, come on. How many of those ambiguous fruit nut clusters can one person eat?

Make sure you don’t repeat the same mistake this year by getting your sweetheart’s candy from Claude’s Chocolate in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra.

For many years, Claude Franques was one of America’s top fine French chefs, creating culinary masterpieces in the heart of Manhattan. But after falling in love with the European charm of historic St. Augustine, he moved south and opened his own chocolate business.

Claude and his crew have worked hard on perfecting distinctive flavors of fine artisan chocolates. And you won’t find these exotic flavors in your run-of-the-mill box of chocolates at the 7-Eleven down the street. Best of all, Claude lets you pick and choose what you want in the box.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite, must-try flavors.

Earl Grey Tea – Milk chocolate ganache infused with earl grey tea and bergamot

Colombian Coffee – Dark chocolate ganache with a rich coffee flavor

Port Wine – Dark chocolate ganache infused with Fonseca Bin 27 port wine

Fresh Ginger – Milk and dark chocolate ganache infused with fresh ground ginger

Shiny Mango – Milk chocolate ganache mixed with mango puree

Jack Daniel’s – Dark chocolate ganache infused with Jack Daniel’s whiskey

And our personal favorite…

Mayan Spicy – Dark chocolate ganache mixed with ancho and chipotle chili powder

The flavor profile of each one of these decadent treats actually fits its name. Claude points out on his website that “because of the intensity of the flavors and aromas, most people can easily be satisfied with one or two pieces.”

But why settle for one or two pieces when you really need to make up for those crappy chocolates you bought your sweety last year, and the year before that and the year before that?

Claude has two northeast Florida locations.

Historic Downtown
6 Granada Street
St Augustine, FL 32084
tel: (904) 808-8395

The Shoppes at St. Johns Oaks
145 Hilden Road
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
tel: (904) 829-5790