Here in the Hudson Valley, Lucky Chocolates in Saugerties is known as the go-to chocolate specialty shop and home of the most unique-flavored and tasting truffles. And, in case you didn’t know, truffles are the number one romantic chocolate Valentine gift and a classic Valentine tradition. Passion fruit, strawberry balsamic, strawberry and cream, and cherry almond are just some of the 40 truffle flavors available for Valentine's Day.
Lucky Chocolates shop owner, Rae Stang, looks forward to the ultimate chocolate gift giving holiday every year. She admits the majority of her Valentine customers are men buying chocolate gifts for their sweetheart. She says, "The guys really care about what they purchase. Some have lists they made or received from their loved ones, while others don't. It's cute to see them care and show so much consideration for what their sweetheart wants. It's really the one time of year that you get to see how they express their love and care."
The ultimate aphrodisiac may be chocolate, but Rae thinks eating chocolate actually mimics the same feelings you feel when you are in love. Whatever the philosophy, in Ulster County and the surrounding area, Lucky Chocolate is also the local name and brand known for organic chocolate. Rae takes pride in the fact that using fair-trade, organically made chocolate protects and supports the planet. For those avoiding animal products, vegan chocolates are also available.
Candies are wrapped up in fancy, heart-shaped Valentine boxes with ribbons. Two box sizes are available for either ten or twenty truffles. Another favorite at this shop are chocolate-covered strawberries. They are available in white, dark, and milk chocolate (just like the truffles) and come with various toppings, sprinkles, and striping. Because it is a busy holiday, it is best to pre-order. You can order a few strawberries or a couple of dozen as a romantic gesture and pick them up fresh for Valentines Day. While you’re at it, the shop is also known for it cute, solid chocolate big dogs, as well as heart-shaped and animal lollipops, so be sure to check these out too.
The key here is to remember to pre-order for best availability! Whether you’re planning on cooking a home-cooked meal for your sweetheart or taking her out, be sure to make Lucky Chocolates a stop on your Valentine list before or on the big romance day. To pre-order sweets for your sweet, call 246-7337 or visit them online at luckychocolates.com. They also ship anywhere, so your loved ones around the U.S. can experience a taste of the Hudson Valley.