Americans spent some $2 billion on Valentine’s Day candy in 2021, with chocolate accounting for much of that total.
Groceries, drugstores and other retailers all are reliable sources for that sweet treat for your sweetheart.
But as the year’s most romantic holiday looms, here are some Peoria-area chocolate specialists ready to cater to your sweet tooth.
4203 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria
The Chicago-based chocolatier offers gift boxes of chocolates, Mint Meltaways and more online at fanniemay.com and at individual stores. For more information, call 309-681-0753 or visit facebook.com/Fannie-May-Chocolates-1339101499485064/.
Locally, a perennial Valentine’s Day favorite is Pixies — caramel and pecans covered in milk chocolate — in a heart-shaped box. A 1-pound box is $29.99.
Northwoods Mall, Peoria
The candy kiosk offers chocolates, cinnamon roasted nuts, fudge, popcorn and more. Its most popular Valentine’s Day item is strawberries covered in milk, dark or white chocolate, available for $2-$3 each, depending on size, said owner Jane Scott. For more information, call 309-678-9882 or visit facebook.com/Janessweetaddictions.
551 N. Chestnut St., Minonk
With recipes used since 1915, the Woodford County confectioner supplies chocolates, caramel apples and other candies to vendors throughout the state. Chocolate treats such as Snappers — milk chocolate dipped over caramel and pecans — are available at its retail space. For more information, visit facebook.com/Minonk-Chocolate-Company-252728514904372. To order, call 800-TASTE-EM (827-8336).
Its most popular Valentine’s Day item is a 1-pound collection of assorted chocolates in a heart-shaped box ($29.75) or a valentines print box ($24), said co-owner Christie Ruestman.
Extra: Minonk Chocolate Co. lets patrons watch the magic happen
311 Main St., Peoria
The downtown candy shop is a sister store to Jane’s Sweet Addictions. The Nut House offers chocolate-covered toffee, coffee beans, caramel pecan patties, cherries, assorted nuts and more online at thenuthousepeoria.com on in-store. For more information, call 309-673-4622 or visit facebook.com/thenuthousepeoria/.
4700 N. University St., Peoria
The international confectionery manufacturer and retail operator offers boxed chocolates, caramel apples, fudge and more online at rmcf.com and at its various locations. Individual stores prepare a variety of chocolate items and confections on-site in view of customers. For more information, call 309-689-2892 or visit facebook.com/RMCFpeoria/.
Locally, its most popular Valentine’s Day item is strawberries covered in milk, dark or white chocolate at $4.50 each or 12 for $49.95, said store manager Autumn Wolfe.
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