The Esthetician’s Guide to Valentine’s Day Chocolates


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Thelma Golden's home in New York

The Esthetician’s Guide to Valentine’s Day Chocolates

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Thelma Golden, Chief Curator and Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem

Thelma Golden's home in New York
Thelma Golden’s home in New York © Makeda Sandford
Harlem Chocolate Factory Golden Brownstone Gift Set, $60
Harlem Chocolate Factory Golden Brownstone Gift Set, $60

The most recent “discovery” is the Artisan Harlem Chocolate Factory. Its golden brownstone gift sets include chocolate bars shaped like traditional brownstones and sprinkled with gold, reflecting the community’s rich history. harlemchocolatefactory.com


Lucas Zwirner, gallerist and publisher

Sprüngli Schokolade Grand Cru Noisette, €12.99
Sprüngli Schokolade Grand Cru Noisette, €12.99

Sprüngli chocolate is a really good noisette chocolate with whole toasted hazelnuts in it. I like to have it after dinner. spruengli.ch


Patrick Kinmonth, artist and designer

Devon-based artist and designer Patrick Kinmonth
Devon-based artist and designer Patrick Kinmonth © Tessa Traeger
Lakrids at Bülow A - Original Chocolate Coated Licorice, £16
Lakrids at Bülow A – Original Chocolate Licorice, £16

The best souvenir I brought home was a tube of Lakrids from Bülow in Copenhagen – I had licorice chocolate candies in my coffee. I love it. lakridsbybulow.co.uk


Rita Konig, interior designer and journalist

Chocolate at Dream Supermarket
Chocolate at Dream Supermarket

In my fridge you can always find a bar of Italian dark chocolate almonds from Dreams on Park Avenue Holland. instagram.com/supermarketofdreams


Marina Abramović, artist and filmmaker

Marina Abramović at home in upstate New York
Marina Abramović’s home in upstate New York © Weston Wells

My favorite chocolate is the Belgian white chocolate squares that Leonidas used to make, filled with nougat and almonds. This is a real weakness: I’m disciplined about a lot of things, but not this one. leonidasbelgiachocolate.co.uk


Lindsey Adelman, Sculpture Lighting Designer

Lindsay Adelman in Brooklyn's dining room
Lindsey Adelman at his Brooklyn dining room © Nicholas Calcott
Jacques Torres Dark Chocolate Bark, $11
Jacques Torres Dark Chocolate Bark, $11

I have zero interest in cooking, so my freezer is full of quick pick-me-up things like Jacques Torres dark chocolate and almonds. mrchocolate.com


Carolina Herrera Creative Director Wes Gordon

Wes Gordon's Connecticut home
Wes Gordon’s Connecticut home © Weston Wells
Toblerone, £15 for 6
Toblerone, £15 for 6

I love the high and low mix of milk chocolate. Fancy artisan chocolate is fine, but I love classic candies too. Toblerone is my favorite. toblerone.co.uk


Sylvia Furmanovich, jeweler

Marou Ben Tre 78%, £6.95
Marou Ben Tre 78%, £6.95

I love The Meadow, a store specializing in all kinds of salt, including Himalayan pink salt and the best chocolate in the world. They have a chocolate “library” from places like Madagascar, Vietnam and Iceland. I like a Vietnamese named Marou Ben Tre. theme net


Lauren Gurvich King, CEO, Lauren Gurvich Lifestyle

Lauren Gulwich King at home in London
Lauren Gurvich King’s London home © Rick Pushinsky

To satisfy my sweet tooth, I visited Confetteria Moriondo e Gariglio, one of Rome’s oldest chocolatiers, to indulge in their chestnut syrup. moriondoegariglio.com




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