Heart to heart: Spec­ial Valen­tine treats from Champagne­-filled choco­late to sugar-­free mars­hmallow

Sheila's Out Shopping: Heart-shaped candies

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Sheila's Out Shopping: Heart-shaped candies

Show the one you love you­r swe­et side on Vale­ntine’s Day by givi­ng a gift of cho­colate hea­rts. Tue­sday is the day wh­en rom­ance will be in the air, and a choco­late hea­rt giv­en with a kiss will set the sta­ge for it. Lo­cal cho­colatiers mak­e del­ectable tre­ats tha­t enco­mpass alm­ost all of our sen­ses: sig­ht, tast­e, sm­ell and ev­en to­uch. Som­e of the­se gourme­t cho­colates are mad­e wi­th flavors you never thought could melt in your mouth. (If you’re fussy, you even have the choice of dark, milk or white chocolate.) If you want to watch your budget, however — or if your favorite is peanut butter — then get the Reese’s peanut butter heart, a heart-shaped variation on the familiar peanut butter cup, or the favorite crunch by Nestle in the shape of a heart.

You don’t have to love chocolate. You also can get flavored sugar-candy hearts with the cute sayings that spell out your feelings.

There’s a treat suitable for everyone in flavor and price this Valentine’s Day.

Heart hunting

■ Godiva Boutique, Coastland Center mall, 1974 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-403-0055. Red Champagne heart and white chocolate praline with painted red heart, $50 per pound. Also available: Milk chocolate praline, passion fruit truffles in white or milk chocolate and dark chocolate with a ganache center. Gift boxes with satin bows start at $40.

■ Norman Love Confections, 3747 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-687-7215 and 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-561-7215. Valentine flavors of Bubbly Kiss, Caramel Charm, Coffee Caress, Dreamy Love, Fiery Love, Five-Spice Smitten and Red Berry Romance in an 18-piece heart-filled box, $45.50; Love & Kisses Collection in two-, four and eight-piece gift box starting at $6.25. Black collection (dark chocolate) in heart shapes start at $15 for a five-piece box. Individual heart-shaped confections are $1.50 each.

■ Olde Naples Chocolate, 945 Fifth Ave. N., Naples, 239-262-3975. Ganache-filled painted truffles, $8, four pieces; $16, nine pieces; and $30, 18 pieces. Milk chocolate red- or hot pink foil-wrapped heart, $1.50.

■ Sweet Hartz Confectionery, 3106 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-352-6800, dark chocolate truffle hearts made with Malbec wine and Bordeaux wine. A milk chocolate truffle with Champagne also is available. $39.50 per pound.

■ The Fresh Market, 4239 U. S. 41 N., Naples, 239-430-2444; 27251 Bay Landing Drive, Bonita Springs, 239-390-5948; and Bell Tower, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, 239-454-1053. Reese’s Peanut Butter Heart and Nestle’s Crunch Heart, 99 cents; Sweethearts, $. 49, 1 oz. box; Sugar-Free Marshmallow Peeps, 99 cents and Nancy’s Candy Co. Collection of three heart-shaped truffles, $6.99.

Connect with Sheila Mesulam at www.naplesnews.com/staff/sheila_mesulam

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