Five great Valentine treats in Denver

Find a chocolate-lover's dream
Lori Midson

Belvedere Belgian Chocolate Shop. Seashells, dark-chocolate treasure chests, and heart-shaped chocolate boxes filled with truffles are just a few of the handcrafted treats from the Belgium-born owners. Closed Sun–Mon. 231 Milwaukee St.; 303/771-0758. Call for other locations.

The Chocolate Foundry. Glass cases filled with fudge are reason enough to stop. But while picking up a heart-shaped box brimming with truffles to woo your sweetheart, treat yourself to a chile-chocolate bar. Closed Sun. 2625 E. Third Ave., Cherry Creek North; 303/388-7800.

5th Avenue Chocolatiere of Denver. The chic Cherry Creek North confectionary specializes in Belgian chocolates, including hand-dipped chocolate-coated fruits, Oreos, and potato chips. Sweets come in boxes with brightly colored tissue paper and tied with stylish bows.220 Steele St.; 303/331-0100.

Michelle's Chocolatiers Ice Cream & Restaurant. For more than 50 years, the family-run shop has made its own chocolates. Along with truffles and fudges, the confectionary whips up soft caramels and peanut butter crisps. 6880 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village; 720/482-8390.

Stephany's Chocolates. Since 1963 these shops ― there are eight boutiques throughout the Denver area ― have created cocoa concoctions like triple-layered mint, roasted nut clusters, and ganache-embedded truffles. 3000 E. First Ave. (Cherry Creek Mall); 303/377-7754. Call for other locations.