The Best Events for Chocolate-Loving Valentines

Celebrate the holiday with sweets for your sweetie
photo by b. sisson
Find sweet treats of all kinds at the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation's Chocolate Festival

Sure, you could buy your Valentine a regular heart-shaped box of chocolates, but we recommend taking your sweetie out for a whole day of sweets. These chocolate-themed events are perfect for lovers — or for singletons looking to celebrate their love of truffles and tarts and fondue. Oh, my.

Chocolate: The Secret Indulgence
February 1, Auburn

Blind ‘em with science at this free lecture. Mike Cross comes to the Griffin Free Public Library from his post as a chemistry professor at Massachusetts’ Northern Essex Community College to explain the science of chocolate. Learn how the food gets your synapses firing to produce an emotional response, and find out how to tell the good stuff from the bad by taste alone.

The Art of Wine and Chocolate
February 2, Manchester

Once you’ve learned about the science of chocolate, head to this Currier After Hours event to learn about the sweet stuff’s artistic side. Richard Tango-Lowy of Dancing Lion Chocolate will lead a discussion, while the museum café will coordinate a full menu and wine tastings, and docents will lead tours of the Currier’s food-centric artworks. With wine, chocolate, art and a live jazz trio on hand, this may be your most romantic Valentine’s date yet.

Downtown Nashua Chocolate Stroll
February 10-11, Nashua

Spend your pre-V-Day weekend eating your way through one of New Hampshire’s finest downtowns. Participating shops and boutiques will be handing out free chocolates to visitors for a few hours each day, so sample and shop to your heart’s content. (Last year’s stroll stops included Cava de Vino, WineNot Boutique and the League of NH Craftsmen’s gallery.) Once you’ve filled up on desserts, you’re perfectly located for a romantic dinner at Surf or Stella Blu — where, if you order dessert again, your secret’s safe with us.

28th Annual Chocolate Festival
February 26, North Conway

This venerable tour de chocolate is the best fest of the year for lovers of chocolate and the White Mountains. North Conway inns and eateries will open their doors and offer up chocolate goodies from martinis to Vintage Baking Company pastries for visitors arriving by all kinds of transportation. You’re welcome to drive or take advantage of the complimentary festival shuttle, but the real fun comes from making your own transportation. The fest is a fundraiser for the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation, so tour stops are conveniently located along 45 km of cross-country paths. Strap on your snowshoes or skis and enjoy what locals call the Sweetest Day on the Trails.