The finest Irish chocolates and flowers to spoil your other half with this Valentine’s Day
Along with a bottle of bubbly and charmingly cheeky greeting cards, flowers and chocolates are truly emblematic of Valentine’s Day. Here are the best Irish businesses to get yours from this year…
Whether it’s indulging in a box of rich Irish chocolates with your other half, or surprising someone special with a bouquet of beautiful blooms, sometimes the old reliables are just what you need.
A household name on the Irish chocolate scene, Lily O’Brien’s have been levelling up their offerings since it all began in Mary Ann O’Brien’s Kildare kitchen back in 1992. This year, their Valentine’s gift selection is top tier, featuring a mix of small little treats to more extravagant selections. They’ve event got the option of a personalised keepsake box, so you can get a photo of your other half on a box of 16, 30, or 60 chocolates.
Much more than a box of humble chocolates, the delights from Bon Chocolatiers are truly exceptional miniature works of edible art. This ‘with love’ offering is perfect for Valentine’s day, and features 12 beautiful pieces filled with romantic flavours. Made by hand, these flavours include Ballymore Honey Caramel & Biscotti, Strawberries & Cream, Hazelnut Poppin’ Candy, and Rosewater & Cacao Nib.
Made with love by Galway girl Gráinne Mullins, Grá Chocolates are a perfect way to show some love this year. Their ‘sweet love’ — or ‘Grá Milis’ — selection is filled with stunning colours and gorgeous flavours that will set your other half’s heart a-flutter. From a silky-smooth Hot Stuff to an uplifting and zesty Fineapple, there’s a little something to suit every taste.
Hazel Mountain Chocolate
Operating in small batches, this family-run business are all about finding beautiful in simplicity, and making it absolutely delicious. Their Vegan Valentine Truffle Collection contains a rich and indulgent collection of six meticulously hand painted truffles filled with creamy and smooth plant based ganache enrobed in our mellow single origin Mexican chocolate. There’s earl grey lavender truffles and coffee and cardamon caramels.
It’s impossible to go wrong with a true heritage brand, and Butlers have been in the business since 1932. Offering an extensive range of decadent delights for you to choose from, their Valentine’s collection has everything from heart-shaped treats and Champagne truffles to scented candles and cocktail-inspired selections.
An award-winning floral studio in Dublin 8, Flowerpop are renowned for their bold blooms and whopper wreaths, and their ever-changing selection beautifully reflect the absolute best of what’s in season. Specialising in unique stems and vibrant colours, their Valentine’s offering is no different. Picking a different pop icon to inspire their range each year, 2023’s diva of choice is none other than Madonna so go on, get into the groove and justify your love.
In the business of making someone’s day with a beautiful selection of flowers, The Crate are making sure you get the most thoughtfully curated flowers for and from your most precious people this year. This year, they’ve designed one beautiful Valentine’s bunch of seasonal spring flowers arranged in their branded cone, packed in a recyclable gift box, and available in two sizes.
Taking their responsibility in providing some of the most beautiful blooms imaginable very seriously, The Garden have put together an eclectic collection of Valentine’s flowers and plants to suit everyone. From classic roses and blousy blooms, to boxes of plants and jars of seasonal favourites, you can choose from a traditional 12 rose bouquet, or an elegant orchid to make that special someone’s day.
If your other half loves flowers, but hates having to part with them, an order from Silk Prestige should definitely be on the cards. From full bouquets of high quality, natural looking flowers and leaves to floral diffusers complete with a gorgeous mist fragrance, they’ll serve as a testament to your love much longer than the alternative.
Boasting the title of highest rated florist in Ireland, Flowers.ie deliver to all 32 counties and stock pretty much everything you could hope for. Long stem roses, lilies and lavender, and exquisite tulips, a surprise delivery of these fragrant blossoms might just take their breath away.
Adonis Flower Designers
Ranging from ‘just a little something’ to more elaborate gift sets that include blankets, candles and mugs, Adonis Flowers are bound to have precisely what it is you’re looking for. One of the oldest trading flower shops in Dublin city centre, they’ve got over 30 years of experience under their belt, and each bouquet is living proof.
Feature image via Grá Chocolates