Our Favorite Decadent Chocolate Desserts for Valentine's Day

January 28, 2016

Nothing says I love you quite like a homemade, decadent chocolate dessert. From spicy hot chocolate to gluten-free ricotta brownies with cherries, these indulgent treats are sure to score major points.


chocolate mousse
Photo by Teresa Floyd

Chocolate Mousse - Edible Kansas City 

A Valentine’s Day favorite, this creamy, silky, and airy mousse exudes romance. The technique used to combine the hot sugar syrup with the rich egg yolks and high quality chocolate creates a velvety, delicate texture that sets it apart from the rest. Dress it up or keep it simple with a spoonful of soft sweetened whipped cream on top. 

chocolate mocha cookies
Photo by Teresa Blackburn

Valentine's Chocolate Mocha Cookies - Edible Nashville

Straight from Music City, a bewitching chocolate cookie replete with Olive & Sinclair chocolate, Bongo Java’s “mystic” coffee and a touch of heat. Your sweetheart won’t be able to place the ingredients, making you all the more intriguing. A Valentine’s day for grown-ups. Music to our ears.

Photo by Jason Garcia

Champurrado - Edible Phoenix

Warm up your Valentine with this traditional Southwest take on sugar, spice and chocolate. Touches of vanilla, cinnamon and fennel seed add aromatic dimension to this creamy Mexican hot chocolate grain drink. 

gluten-free brownies with cherries
Photo by Jess Thompson

Gluten-free Ricotta Brownies with Cherries - Edible Seattle

Dense and deeply chocolaty, these brownies taste best when someone else makes them. Before cherry season, top them with macerated chopped strawberries; later in the summer, try raspberries or pears.

chocolate tart
Photo by Adriana Gallo

Chocolate and Ginger Tart with Thai Basil - Edible Rhody 

Nothing declares love more than a homemade chocolate tart with ginger and fresh Thai basil—sweet with a little savory, and subtle all at once. Flavored with basil from a local greenhouse grower and cream from a local dairy, this rich tart with its delicate crust is flavorful and sinfully delicious.

Photo by Jacob Pritchard

Fox’s U-Bet Chocolate Egg Cream - Edible Brooklyn 

This century-old sparkly sweet beverage is part of the collective soul of Brooklyn, where soda fountains could be found on every corner for the first half of the last century. All that’s needed to make this simple-yet-mythic refresher is U-bet chocolate syrup (or your favorite local chocolate syrup), whole milk and seltzer.

chocolate pots de creme
Photo by Kendra Lott

No-bake Chocolate Pots de Crème - Edible Orlando

Lighten this rich but not-too-sweet dessert by serving it with fresh strawberries, which happen to be in peak season in Florida throughout February.

chocolate pots de creme
Photo by Coco Morante

Chocolate Pots de Crème with Orange, Olive Oil, & Sea Salt - Edible Silicon Valley

Here’s a modern-day take on the dessert which incorporates seasonal flavors. The zest of a small navel orange becomes more prominent as the dessert sets up in the fridge. Your favorite olive oil adds a subtle bitterness and silky mouthfeel while a pinch of sea salt helps all of the flavors bloom.

chili chocolate cheesecake
Photo by Brooke Allen

Chili, Chocolate & Chèvre Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce - Edible Tulsa

This cheesecake has it all: sweet, savory, bitter, salty and spicy elements make it indulgent and satisfying without being cloyingly sweet. Local chili powders add an unexpected savory kick to spice up your Valentine’s Day.

spicy hot chocolate
Photo by Maya Parson

Spicy Hot Chocolate with Orange Zest and Whipped Cream — Edible Michiana

This recipe, from Cultured Grub, a blog from Edible Michiana editor Maya Parson, combines top-quality dark chocolate with orange zest, chipotle peppers and whipped cream. Maya recommends using your favorite artisanal chocolate, like Violet Sky, made in her hometown of South Bend, Indiana but a good grocery store brand like Lindt will also work.

chocolate cocktail
Photo by Chip Riegel

Chocolate cocktail - Edible Rhody
For a romantic getaway to Vienna, without the airfare, try this chocolate-laced cocktail, inspired by the Viennese Sachertorte. With a sprinkling of fair-trade dark chocolate on top, it’s just the right amount of sweet.




Dark Chocolate Pots de Crème  - Edible Aspen 
The satiny texture of pots de crème is the perfect follow up to a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. The combination of dark chocolate, brown sugar and maple syrup in this recipe offer an unforgettable blend for date night.