Both literally and figuratively, chocolate may just be the sweetest way to say Happy Valentine’s Day. Stop into any of these local area chocolate shops for homemade specialties and pick up a batch of your Valentine’s favorite chocolate. 

Whether you want to surprise your Valentine with a box of delectable truffles or are craving chocolate-covered strawberries for yourself, these chocolate shops have you covered.

Van Holten’s Chocolates was founded in 1904 and has been dedicated to bringing customers the highest quality ingredients and products ever since.

At the Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe, they believe that their homemade chocolate goodness makes every day sweeter. Owner Amy Berry opened the doors of this chocolate shop in June of 2000, but her love for the candy business started many years prior. According to the Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe’s site, Berry spent a great deal of time working for Matthew Magyar at the Third Avenue Chocolate Shoppe in Spring Lake. Stop in to the Red Bank shop for homemade chocolates or create your own custom gift ideas for any special occasion.

Candy maker Matt Magyar is behind Third Avenue Chocolate Shoppe, opening the Spring Lake shop in 1989 and the Manasquan location in 2005. Stop into either the Spring Lake or Manasquan location where Magyar is devoted to making the freshest and best chocolates for you.

Jean Louise Homemade Candies in Spring Lake has been family owned since 1947. According to the store’s website, Jean Louise offers 80 different varieties of chocolate candies and best sellers include Sea Salt Caramels and their famous Butter Crunch.

Another long standing candy favorite is none other than Old Monmouth Candies, all natural since 1939. Valentine’s Day at Old Monmouth means fresh dipped strawberries, beautifully packaged chocolate heart assortments and even more. Surprise your sweetheart with something sweet from Old Monmouth Candies.

Chocolate Carousel in Wall Township is a family owned and operated bakery and dessert shop. According to The Chocolate Carousel website, they are proud to offer a large selection of the finest quality pure chocolate confections.

Rich, creamy and delicious chocolates in various types, shapes and sizes are sure to sweeten your day. From milk chocolate almond bark to hand-dipped chocolate covered pretzels coated in more than 15 different toppings, Chocolate Carousel is sure to satisfy even the most giant of sweet tooths. Favors and custom chocolate work are also available as well as chocolate business cards.

VAN HOLTEN’S CHOCOLATE AND SWEET SHOPPE

1893 RTE. 88, BRICK

CASINO PIER, 802 OCEAN TERR., SEASIDE HEIGHTS

VANHOLTENSCHOCOLATES.COM

 

RED BANK CHOCOLATE SHOPPE

17 WHITE ST., RED BANK

REDBANKCHOCOLATESHOPPE.COM

 

THIRD AVENUE CHOCOLATE

MAIN STREET, MANASQUAN

THIRD AVENUE, SPRING LAKE

 

OLD MONMOUTH CANDIES

627 PARK AVE., FREEHOLD

OLDMONMOUTHCANDIES.COM

 

CHOCOLATE CAROUSEL

2510 BELMAR BLVD., WALL TOWNSHIP

732-280-0606