While chocolate is a noteworthy, year-round necessity, its finest season is February. Edible Valentine’s Day gifts are almost always iced, filled, baked or garnished with dark, milk or white chocolate. Here’s a sweet spotlight on eight of our favorite chocolate stops in the Mid-South.

Café Eclectic

Café Eclectic has amazing customer service and a knowledgeable staff. They serve a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties, but especially this time of year, make sure to stop into one of their three locations — Harbortown, Midtown or Highland Street — for the treat of your choice. Their chcocolate-peanut butter cookies are delightful, and they are 85 cents each or three for $2.29.

Chocolate peanut butter cookies at Café Eclectic | Image credit: Café Eclectic

Chocolate-peanut butter cookies at Café Eclectic: 85 cents each or three  for $2.29 | Image credit: Café Eclectic

Dinstuhl’s

Every February at Dinstuhl’s, all hands are on deck to prepare 5,000 pounds of chocolate strawberries in two days for the Valentine’s Day holiday! They have been making custom candies in Memphis since 1902, and they have expanded over the years to additional locations and a larger kitchen to meet high demand for their products.

SB Tip: Thinking about sending Dinstuhl’s famous chocolate-covered strawberries to your long-distance Valentine? They will be available beginning today (February 12) for shipping. The chocolate strawberries will be shipped Thursday for Friday arrival and must be shipped overnight. These delectable fruits are $26.50 for a pound, with a minimum of six in a box.

February is chocolate strawberry season at Dinstuhl’s. | Image credit: Dinstuhl’s

February is chocolate strawberry season at Dinstuhl’s. $26.50 a pound | Image credit: Dinstuhl’s

Frost Bake Shop

The Frost Bake Shop’s philosophy is that, like any Valentine, it’s what’s inside that truly matters. But their specialty cakes and desserts are pretty good looking on the outside, as well. All of their cakes are amazingly moist, tender and delicious. They say that there are no secret ingredients, simply the right equation of quality products. Their Frost Bites are a chocolate delicacy! They are $2 each or you can purchase four for $7 or a package of six for $10.

Frost Bites, strawberry cupcakes dipped in dark chocolate at the Frost Bake Shop | Image credit: Frost

Frost Bites, strawberry cupcakes dipped in dark chocolate at the Frost Bake Shop are $2 each. You can purchase four for  $7 or a package of six for $10. | Image credit: Frost

Phillip Ashley

Award-winning chocolatier and chef Phillip Ashley Rix believes “every chocolate should tell a story.” Self-trained in the difficult art of chocolate, he left his career in creative marketing with FedEx, UPS and Apple in 2012 to pursue his chocolate-making passion. Phillip Ashley has a 12-piece All-Heart collection for sale this week for $44.

Chef Phillip Ashley Rix believes "every chocolate should tell a story." | Image credit: Phillip Ashley

Chef Phillip Ashley Rix believes “every chocolate should tell a story.” For Valentine’s Day, Phillip Ashley is offering an All Heart collection of 12 chocolates for $44. | Image credit: Phillip Ashley

River Oaks

MoJo Cookies are made at River Oaks Restaurant in honor and memory of Joseph “JoJo” DePete by Colleen and Jolene, mother and sister to JoJo. To describe the name, Colleen and Jolene explain: “The moon is an ever-constant reminder of our love for JoJo. And thus, Moon+JoJo gives us MoJo.” These delicious, dark chocolate chip, walnut cookies are available to purchase at River Oaks Restaurant.

MoJo Cookies, available at River Oaks restaurant. $5 each or five minis for $5 | Photo credit: Jay Adkins

MoJo Cookies, available at River Oaks restaurant, are $5 each or five minis for $5. | Photo credit: Jay Adkins

Square Beans

Square Beans is a quaint hideaway located on Collierville’s historic town square. It is Collierville’s only independent coffeehouse, and in addition to fun coffee drinks, Square Beans is known for its homemade desserts, light lunch items and gelato. Their turtle brownies are decadently delicious and $2.95 each.

Turtle brownies at Square Beans | Image credit: Square Beans

Turtle brownies at Square Beans, $2.95 each | Image credit: Square Beans

Sweet Noshings

Sweet Noshings is an old-fashioned candy store in Overton Square. This sugary shop is brimming with all of the colorful charm and tasty treats you would expect in a traditional candy shop, plus a few surprises, such as gourmet popcorn, ice cream, coffee and a multitude of fudge and chocolate. Milk or dark chocolate turtles, one of their many chocolate options, are $3.99 each.

Sweet Noshings in Overton Square is brimming with chocolate treats. | Image credit: Sweet Noshings

Sweet Noshings in Overton Square is brimming with chocolate treats. Chocolate turtles, $3.99 each | Image credit: Sweet Noshings

Tart

There is a lot of chocolate at Tart! This chic neighborhood bakery, coffee shop and cafe in Midtown offers many dessert specialties and delicious French- and Cajun-inspired cuisine. Tart is much more than a cozy coffee shop, though. It’s a lovely place for breakfast, lunch or a late-night dessert on the weekend. There are many chocolate choices at this Midtown favorite! Try their famous pain au chocolat, $3 each. Miniatures are $1.50.

Pain au chocolat at Tart | Image credit: Tart

Pain au chocolat at Tart, $3 each; miniatures are $1.50 | Image credit: Tart

Have a delicious day!

From chocolate stops to coffee shops, fine cuisine and comfort foods, the SB Memphis Guide will point you in the right direction!