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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this month, USA Today’s pop-culture blog, Pop Candy, is featuring pop-culture love stories. If you didn’t know, the way Jeff and I met is like something out of a sappy movie, and it’s all because of a David Sedaris book. So, I wrote up our story, and it’s currently on the Pop Candy site. Check it out here!

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Chocolatier Blue

Ashley Walton —  January 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Even though I’m usually anti-chocolates on Valentine’s Day, just in case, I feel it is my duty as a good citizen to notify the world of the greatest boxed chocolates money can buy. They’re from Chocolatier Blue and be warned: they will ruin all other chocolates for you.

Our photo hardly does these beautiful, hand-crafted gifts justice, but pictured we have spiced apple, white Russian, spiked egg nog, peanut butter and strawberry jam, peanut butter crunch, and cookies and cream. We’ve also had the pleasure of consuming banana split and s’mores.

These are no ordinary chocolates. Each chocolate is gorgeous—with glossy luster, hand-painted accents, and even, occasionally, a hint of golden glitter. And they are made with some of the finest ingredients. Now, many cheap food companies say that phrase to the point that it becomes meaningless—“made with the finest ingredients”—but in this case, it’s true. We’re talking the world’s best butter, Fleur de Sel salt from France, and fresh ingredients. They are not kidding around.

The flavors are constantly in flux with the seasons. Some new flavors that have caught my eye: French toast, coffee and donuts, waffle cone and ice cream, cinnamon roll, and strawberry milkshake. So, if you insist on buying chocolates for Valentine’s or any other occasion, go with Chocolatier Blue. Order online, or if you’re in the Salt Lake area, stop by Caputo’s.

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Even when I was single, I loved Valentine’s Day. I used it as an excuse to go out to dinner with friends and buy myself something nice (after all, I was saving money not being in a relationship– so I figured I deserved it!). So whether you’re looking for a gift for a special someone, or you’re just looking to get gift for yourself (which I highly recommend), here are some geeky Valentine’s gift ideas, for men and women, the committed and single alike.

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