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The Only Valentine's Day Candies Our Editors Are Buying This Year

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It's time to think outside of the box when it comes to selecting the best Valentine's Day candy—literally. While there's nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned conversation heart or box of chocolates, there are far better options available in-store and online this year. To spread the love this February 14, we've gathered our 20 favorites of 2024.

From Sweetarts conversation hearts and Lindt Lindor truffles to festive cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries and mini cupcakes, there's no shortage of sugar (and love) in these Valentine's Day treats. Whether you're shopping for date night desserts, Valentine's Day gifts for a candy lover or a TikTok-worthy treat for your Galentine's Day brunch spread, we've got all your candy needs covered—and then some!

Of course, you can stick to classics like Hershey's Kisses and Reese's hearts, but isn't the hallmark of any good relationship novelty and variety? Nothing says "I love you" to someone with a sweet tooth like a bouquet of buttercream-frosted Cheryl's Cookies or petit fours with a sweet Valentine's Day message written on top.

Conversation Hearts

Don't be fooled into thinking these Sweetarts conversation hearts are anything like the chalky, flavorless ones that come in a box. They're tart and crunchy, and the sayings are just as festive as the original!

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$3.48

Sweet and Sour Hearts

The happy world of Haribo has plenty of tasty Valentine's Day candy to enjoy this year, including these heart-shaped sweet-and-sour strawberry gummies.

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$3.98

Sweet Heart Tasting Collection

Valentine's Day gift shopping for someone with a certified sweet tooth? Nothing says "I love you" like this special-edition Sugarfina candy-tasting collection that includes sixteen Valentine's Day candies like champagne bears and rose gelées.

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Wine & Chocolate Pairing Collection Box

This collaboration between master chocolatiers and sommeliers is unlike any box of chocolates you've had before. Each Belgian chocolate included is designed to be paired with a different wine variety, making for a fun date night activity.

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Hugs and Kisses

Why stop with a Hershey's kiss when you can have a Hershey's hug, too? Shaped just like Hershey's original kisses, they've got a rich milk chocolate center "hugged" by a white chocolate exterior.

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$19.99

Hearts and Minatures

When it comes to crowd-pleasing Valentine's Day candy, nothing beats a good old-fashioned Reese's peanut butter cup. This sharable assortment includes heart-shaped chocolates to give and classic mini cups to keep for yourself.

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$19.99

Breakable Chocolate Heart

Your Galentine's Day party just got a whole lot more fun thanks to this breakable chocolate heart from Harry & David. Inside the hollow Belgian chocolate heart you'll find a medley of chocolates and Valentine's Day candies for everyone to enjoy.

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Assorted Chocolates Valentine's Day Heart Tin

Packed with three Dove favorites, this assorted Valentine's Day chocolate heart is undoubtedly one of the best boxes of chocolate you'll find at your local grocery store.

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February Fix Cupcakes

Whether it's an office Valentine's Day party or a Galentine's Day get-together, Baked by Melissa's bite-size cupcakes are guaranteed to please. This heart-filled 25-pack includes six limited-edition flavors that'll make everyone's taste buds happy.

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Valentine's Day Variety Tackle Box

Packed with eight types of Valentine's Day candy (ranging from sour watermelon gummy bears to chocolate hearts), this colorful tackle box from Dylan's Candy Bar makes an excellent gift for a party host.

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Strawberry Cupcake Glitter Lollipops

Brach's individually-wrapped heart-shaped strawberry cupcake glitter lollipops will please every one of your kid's classmates this Valentine's Day (they're easy to slip inside Valentines, too).

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Long-Stem Buttercream-Frosted Cookie Flowers

Why send a bouquet of roses when you can send a bouquet of buttercream-frosted cookies? This twelve-cookie bunch includes traditional sugar cookies and seasonal strawberry chocolate cookies tied up with a pretty satin bow.

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Love Belgian Chocolate Covered Berry Gram

This year, instead of sending flowers, send a fresh box of chocolate-covered strawberries. The artisans at the Chocolate Covered Company hand-dip each berry in Belgian chocolate and ship them overnight to ensure optimal freshness.

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Personalizable Heart Shaped Candy Box

Nestled inside a reusable heart-shaped box, this festive mix of personalized M&M's will make your sweetheart feel extra special this Valentine's Day.

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Pink and Red Chocolate Bar Collection

Why buy the chocolate lover in your life a box of chocolates when you can buy them a box of chocolate bars? This festive pink-and-red collection from Compartes features unconventional flavors like strawberry shortcake, raspberry rose and frosted animal cookie.

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Heart-Shaped Salted Caramel Bonbons

Handmade by world-renowned chocolatier Knipschildt, these salted caramel bonbons are a delight to eat and to look at. Each white chocolate heart comes filled with gooey salted caramel and is finished with a hand-painted shell.

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Chocolate Petit Fours

These decadent, French-inspired petit fours feature layers of moist chocolate cake filled with rich buttercream and coated in white or dark chocolate icing.

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Lindor Strawberries and Cream White Chocolate Truffles

Packaged inside a heart-shaped box, these strawberries and cream Lindt Lindor truffles make a great little Valentine's Day gift for a white chocolate fan.

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Valentine's Collection

Once you've had your fill of Valentine's Day candy, satisfy your sugar cravings with Maya's Cookies' Valentine's collection. While the classic chocolate chip and double-chocolate flavors are guaranteed crowd-pleasers, the chocolate-covered strawberry cookie is the stand-out.

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$38.00

Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles

A hint of strawberry and Marc de Champagne elevate these white chocolate truffles from ordinary to extraordinary. Good luck trying not to eat them all in one sitting!

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