American Dark Chocolate, Toldeo 76%: Subtle fruity flavors; deep rusty notes; smooth/y melts in the mouth.
Silk Dark Chocolate, Matagalpa 78%: Floral and tea flavors; slower to melt in mouth; rich and deep cocoa notes.
Bitter Dark Chocolate, Verapaz 86%: Deep dark with smooth bitter flavors; drying tannins in the finish. Price $5.25; www.smallbatchchocolate.com
Single Origin Belize, 80%: Rich fruit flavors, hint of pineapple as it melts smoothly, with a note of vanilla.
Single Origin Dominican Republic, 80%: Mild fruit flavors of cherries and orange, with a mild grittiness but clean note on the finish.
Single Origin Madagascar, 80%: Berry and fruit flavors with a smoother finish and rich dark note of cocoa. Price $7.50; 113 S. Benton St., Woodstock, www.etherealconfections
FRENCH BROAD CHOCOLATES
Malted Milk Chocolate, 44%: Rich flavor and smooth texture, with hints of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
Guatemala, 73% Dark Chocolate: A delightful clean chocolate flavor with less complexity but nice meltability. Price: $9 to $11
Truffles: Impossibly creamy and luscious truffles filled with the likes of lavender, smoked salt and masala chai, all crafted in small batches. Price: 12-piece assorted box: $29.95; www.frenchbroadchocolates.com
70% Dark with Salt: Flakes of salt surround the fruitier flavors of rich, dark berries and raisins.
San Martin, Peru 70%: Deep, bright cocoa flavors; earthy, slower meltability.
Upala, Costa Rica 85%: Rich, dark with tannins that dry on the finish. For the serious dark chocolate lover. Price: $8, www.potomachocolate.com.
Assorted truffles: Smooth confections rich in deep chocolate flavors, with each bite flavored slightly differently, from classic truffles and salted caramels to espresso truffles and hazelnut breezies. Price: $32; www.pottschocolate.com
Ecuador 75%: Nutty flavors of walnuts and hazelnuts, hint of toffee, with smooth but shorter melting.
Madagascar 75%: Higher acidity, rich with a citrus finish, slower melting on the tongue but smooth.
Peru 75%: Deep, rich, dusty cocoa flavors with a hint of coffee and cherry, amazing meltability in the mouth. Price: $8.50; www.ritualchocolate.com
Congo Coffee & Cream Milk Chocolate, 45%: Rich and creamy, with a delicate coffee accent, and gorgeous mouthfeel. $5
Organic Salted Almond, 70% Dark Chocolate: Creamy, deep chocolate flavors with a hint of toffee and smooth melting. $4
Organic 85% Dark Chocolate for Baking: While designated as a recipe additive, this dark bar has racy cherries, a touch of lovely acidity and the right bitter finish, yet few nuances. $5, www.theochocolate.com
Read Laura's feature article, Best Valentine's Day Chocolates: Bean-to-Bar Artisan Brands, here