Anatomically correct hearts, edible insects and other sweet Valentine's Day delights
February 13th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

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Residents of Knoxville, Tennessee, you are lucky this Valentine’s Day. Amazon.com just released a list of the 20 most romantic cities in the country, and you’re number one! Ranked second is Alexandria, Virginia; Springfield, Missouri, is third. This list is based on a mash-up of key signifiers, including sales of romance novels, romantic comedy DVDs and Barry White albums.

If you don’t live in any of those cities, and especially if you’re based in New York City, Paterson, New Jersey, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, or El Monte, California - ranked the country’s least romantic cities - you need to start thinking hard about extreme Valentine’s Day gifts. Here, then, is a sampling of super advanced chocolates that say I love you so, so, so, so much, even if we live in New York and aren’t buying enough Barry White albums.


Anatomically Correct Chocolate Heart
For those who want to seriously up their V-Day chocolate game. This anatomically correct heart, from pushingupdaisies.com, features aortas and valves and comes in milk or dark chocolate in 10 ounces (the reality-based size) or one pound (supersized).

As the website notes, this is an especially great Valentine for mortuary students, funeral directors, cardiologists, pathologists and embalmers. If your loved one is a psychiatrist, check out the anatomically correct chocolate human brain.

Chocolate Lace Eda-Bowl
When it comes to chocolate gift baskets, Choclat.com’s are king. Their specialty are Chocolate Eda-Bowls – goth-style bowls made of chocolate, which you can then fill with up to four pounds of candy Their recommended filling, however, is pretzels, popcorns and potato chips - all covered in chocolate of course. The Eda-Bowl is also super versatile; you can use it as a dinner party centerpiece or serve it for dessert, or both.

Chocolate Bugs
If you’re seeking a questionable way to say I love you, or looking for a Valentine for seven year old boys, here you go. On the plus side, bugs are one of the next good sustainable proteins to be eating, and coating them in chocolate can only make them taste better. Each pack of Hotlix Candy's Chocolate-Dipped Insects contains two worms and two crickets. Personally, I’d go for the organic chocolate Bug Bites instead, from the Endangered Species Chocolate, which contains no actual bugs but does come with groovy bug trading cards.

Chocolate Mail
Hong Kong-based graphic designer Toby Ng’s truly gorgeous stamps come in dark, milk and white chocolate, in an envelope with a color that matches the chocolate. These stamps are for licking purposes only; they obviously won’t get a letter anywhere within the U.S. postal service. But when was the last time you sent a letter anyway?

Chocolate Chess Set
More interactive than some chocolate gifts, Astor Chocolate's set includes both handmade white and milk chocolate chess pieces and squares to assemble your own board. This is probably not the best present for residents of hot climates.

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  1. Private personal training

    Anatomically Correct Chocolate Heart I love this I'm buying it for my wife such a great Gag-Gift!

    January 28, 2014 at 10:40 am |
  2. fngstore.com

    some nice tips here http://fngstore.con

    February 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
  3. Toccara Palko

    There's little better than romantic gifts for girls. There’s something about the clothes that brings out the soft femininity of a lady. Romantic gifts can change between conservative to flirty – all sorts are fun and both can make a lady feel sensual.There are numerous differing kinds of women’s lingerie and the styles range in numerous different fashions. Some lingerie is traditional, longer, and more classy. That style regularly draws more conservative girls or is commonly wedding night apparel. However , there are more sorts of lingerie that are more out-there, daring and fun. The styles come in several shapes, colors and even themes. Thanks to the more daring styles, some males and females are disinclined to buy the attire from a store and regularly choose to buy their lingerie on the web.^

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    February 5, 2013 at 12:18 am |
  4. yawn

    screww you she doesn't deserve shait. poosy is way overrated

    February 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  5. hmmmm

    O ya! I am Getting the whole list! Not just for my Valentine, but forme as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

    I think the sexxiest chocolate iis by far the kit-Kat bar. Mmmmm. How about the twix then? The warmth of a Hersheys choclolate seduced by melted marshmallows is certainly nothing more then the best "smore; however, a nice piece of American values.
    Happy Valentines People!

    February 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  6. Anchorite

    Y'know what chocolate is sexy to me? Anything not made with cocoa harvested by slaves. Pretty hard to find though.

    February 14, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Leonwilkeson

      Ohhh Snap! Save the whales! I am amazed that you aren't out letting your heart bleed all over the jungles of South America if you are concerned enough about the plight of farm workers to post your Debbie Downer rubbish.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  7. sockpuppet

    This list is hardly useful–it's either too expensive or ridiculous. The chocolate lace bowls aren't even available unless you live in Cleveland.

    February 13, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  8. Amy

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Amazon-com-Announces-Top-20-bw-1498174213.html

    February 13, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  9. Amy

    You might want to check your facts....Knoxville it number 1 this year

    February 13, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  10. AleeD®

    The chocolate chess set and board is cool. Thanks for the tips, Kate.

    February 13, 2012 at 7:29 am |
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