Not all chocolates and pastries are created equal. Here’s a look at how master chocolatiers and pastry chefs do up Valentine’s Day, from brands like Pierre Hermé, to Patrick Roger, and La Maison du Chocolat.

Pierre Herme: Coeur Ispahan

Rose-flavored macaron biscuit, with rose petal cream, whole raspberries and lychees. Pastry chef Pierre Herme has boutiques in France, England and Japan.

Pierre Herme Coeur Ispahan

Pierre Herme: Envie macarons

Blackcurrant-flavored macarons with a vanilla-violet cream center.

valentines day macaroon Pierre Herme

Pierre Herme: Coeur Desire

A Brittany-style shortbread pastry with a strawberry and banana compote and lemon biscuit, topped with wild strawberries or raspberries according to the season.

Pierre Herme Coeur Desire

Patrick Roger: Something a little naughty

Parisian chocolatier Patrick Roger’s rather cheeky take on chocolate bonbons for Valentine’s Day involves solid, dark chocolate that’s meant to look like a ‘coconut derriere.’Patrick Roger stores can be found in France and Belgium.

valentines day Patrick Roger

Dalloyau: Valentine & Valentin

A pair of Valentine’s Day pastries from Dalloyau. For her, a raspberry Religieuse, made with choux pastry, lightly scented with violets and filled with a raspberry cream. For him, a caramel pastry filled with a rum vanilla cream. Dalloyau has locations in Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Dubai and Doha.

Dalloyau Valentine & Valentin


An assortment of bonbons from the 150-year-old gourmet Belgian chocolate boutique Neuhaus.

valentines day Neuhaus

La Maison du Chocolat

This year La Maison du Chocolat’s Valentine’s Day collection is inspired by the fruits and spices of India and Africa, including Cambodian pepper and passion fruit, and Madagascan vanilla. La Maison du Chocolat has locations in France, England, the US, Japan and Hong Kong.

valentines day 2012 La Maison du Chocolat

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