No gift rings more cliché than a box of chocolate or candy for Valentine’s Day—except maybe in Seattle. Our city harbors a mind-blowing array of amazing boutique chocolate producers, from purveyors such as Fran Bigelow, whose famous brand Fran’s is now in its 30th year, to sourcing experts such as Theo Chocolate, which is now making single-varietal Congolese chocolate bars flavored with ingredients from the same cacao-growing region. Here, too, you’ll find a seriously creative candy culture. From nostalgia-inducing gummies and pillowy marshmallows to chipotle-spiced caramels and extreme-gourmet lollipops, our town has what it takes to satisfy a sweet tooth. Whether you’re going for crunchy, chewy, chocolaty, sip worthy or simply sweet, this month's cover story shows you exactly where to get your fix.
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