by | Nov 29, 2022 | Gift Ideas, Reviews, Z

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2022 @ 2:42 pm.

What are the best chocolate hearts? To find out, we tried 9 brands in a blind taste test. Which was the best gift idea? Best for variety? Here are the ones we think taste best.

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Finding The Best Chocolate Hearts: Our Tests & Tips . . . And A Recipe!

Let’s talk chocolate hearts.

Sure, we test all sorts of things here for our articles. And when it comes to chocolate, we can be rather picky!

Chocolate hearts are a popular gift and like most chocolate, you can choose between different types: dark, milk and white chocolate. (Yes, we know—white chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids . . . but for this article, we’ll include white chocolate for its overall popularity).

Milk chocolate is probably the best popular type of chocolate hearts.

For our research into the best chocolate hearts, we always do blind-taste tests. Why? Well, that way we aren’t influenced by fancy packaging or well-known brand names. That keeps it fair—and sometimes we are surprised that smaller brands can outshine the big chocolate names.

Before we get to the winners, here is a cookie recipe that uses chocolate hearts, which are popular for thumbprint-style cookies!

Recipe: Chocolate Amaretti Cookies

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MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 DOVE chocolate hearts, plus 6 to garnish 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1⁄4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup almond flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Finely grate six DOVE chocolate heart candies.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric whisk to blend the egg white and sugar until fluffy, adding the almond extract partway through.
  4. Gently mix in the almond flour, then gently fold in the grated chocolate.
  5. Roll the mixture into small balls, and place on a baking tray with plenty of space around them.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  7. As a finishing touch, place a DOVE chocolate heart in the center of each cookie.

Recipe and photo credit: Dove Chocolates

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Best Variety

So yummy!
Love the assortment here, with dark chocolate sea salt caramel as the standout! Great idea for gift baskets.
$24.45 ($1.59 / Ounce)

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Best For Peanut Lovers

Good quantity
So tasty! We're fans of these delicious heart candies and cups with that iconic peanut butter/chocolate taste.
$20.98 ($0.87 / Ounce)

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Best Milk Chocolate

So creamy!
These hearts won over our tasters with their smooth taste—and the red foil packaging is most impressive.

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Best Mix

Love the cute sayings inside
If you love both dark and milk chocolate, this choice is a good way to have both. We like the silky smooth texture. Also great for baking!
$9.99 ($0.51 / Ounce)

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About the Authors

Denise & Alan Fields are consumer advocates and best-selling authors. The Fields have authored 12 books with three million copies in print, including the best-selling guide to baby gear, Baby Bargains.

The Fields have been featured and quoted in the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

As consumer products experts, the Fields have been guests on the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America and ABC’s 20/20.

How We Pick Products To Recommend

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We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

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We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

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