It's almost Valentine's Day, and if you haven't figured out where to buy chocolates for your vegan significant other, you may be starting to panic. Fortunately, I've been out shopping and can make a few recommendations.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op has a nice variety of Sjaak's vegan organic chocolates displayed on a shelf in front of the deli counter. I haven't seen them there before, so it may be that they're just carrying them for Valentine's Day. There are heart-shaped boxes full of fabulous truffles, small boxes of lavender chocolate hearts, four-packs of sea salted caramels, individually-wrapped chocolate hearts, and canisters of melty truffles. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them!
Ginger Elizabeth's, the popular chocolatier in midtown, has a few vegan items. I can personally vouch for the incredible dark chocolate bark with almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios. The Valrhona chocolate pearls and the bittersweet chocolate bars are also vegan. Don't wait till the last minute, though -- when I drove past Ginger Elizabeth's just before Christmas, the line was out the door and halfway down the block.
At Lyon Village in East Sacramento, Le Grand Confectionary offers one of my favorite vegan treats: orange or apricot fruit glaces half-dipped in dark chocolate. They sell out quickly, so you may want to call ahead. Le Grand Confectionary also has dark chocolate bark containing either almonds or cacao nibs.
Wishing you a sweet Valentine's Day!