If you are working on getting things together for Valentine's Day, don't forget to pick up some chocolate. Whether your boo loves dark, milk, or white chocolate, there's a candy store in Buffalo that has what you're looking for.

But why do we traditionally give our lovers chocolate on V-day? Well, the reason is pretty selfish actually - because it is supposed to make them want us, according to The Fact Site,

Chocolate is supposed to symbolize affection, attraction, deep love, luxury, passion, and sensuality. Some scientists have undertaken various studies and seen that chocolate is also an aphrodisiac. It increases the desire and energy levels. Endorphins are released.

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The great thing about Buffalo is that you can shop locally and get some amazing chocolate candies. There are quite a few highly-rated chocolatiers around town, here are 7 of them (ranked in no particular order):

1. Parkside Candy - 4.6 Stars

Parkside is located at 3208 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, and they even offer curbside pick-up on advance orders. If you're looking for chocolate, but don't want to do with a bar or truffle, why not try some chocolate-covered sponge candy. Parkside also offers more traditional fare like cherry cordials and chocolate creams. You can visit their product page here.

Parkside Candy has been a part of Buffalo’s history since the company was founded in 1927. Creators of homemade chocolates, old-fashioned lollipops, an infamous old fashion ice cream parlor, and their signature confection, sponge Candy – all bring a feeling of home and nostalgia with each delicious bite.


2. Ko-Ed Candies - 4.9 Stars

It is located at 285 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220. Ko-Ed offers chocolate suckers, chocolate miniatures, chocolate roses, and even chocolate-covered strawberries. You can take a look at its product page here.

Google local guide Fred Dains says in his review,

If somehow you're a Buffalo-native and you don't know about Ko-Ed Candies, what in the world have you been doing, living under a rock?! This is the single best candy store I've ever been in. The candy always looks awesome and tastes even better, and there's a darn-good reason they're famous for their sponge candy! It's simply the best around. We even go here just to get candy to send to family members in other states because they miss it so much. Seriously, if you haven't been there yet, get there YESTERDAY! You absolutely will not be disappointed!

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Photo by Jessica Loaiza on Unsplash

3. Chocolate Shop - 4.8 Stars

If you're on the west side, check out Chocolate Shop, located at 871 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213. It's not your ordinary candy store though. They do custom orders, but you can get a personalized chocolate box with your significant other's name and a message at no extra cost. That's definitely a classy touch. If you're willing to spend more, you can get a logo or insignia too. Check out the personalized box pricing page here.

4. Blue Table Chocolates - 4.9 Stars

Located at 44 Brayton Street, Suite B, Buffalo, NY 14213, Blue Table has a variety of truffles, including vegan options. You can shop its collection here.

Google local guide Nida Khawaja, who left a 5-star review, said,

Hands down the best chocolate shop in Buffalo and maybe the only one. High quality chocolate, beautiful boutique shop and great customer service. Completely obsessed with their gourmet selection of treats. Comes in an elegant box, very well packaged and so perfect for gifts. Highly recommend Blue Table Chocolates!!!!

5. Watson's Chocolates - 4.8 Stars

Its located at 738 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222. Watson's has chocolate caramels, chocolate turtles, and chocolate Buffalo bites. You'll find all of the options it offers here.

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6. Mike's Homemade Candies - 4.9 Stars

Mike's is located at 2110 Clinton Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14206. It has sponge candy, chocolate bark, chocolate coconut clusters, and more. Take a look at all of the options here.

In 1962, Mike saved enough money to rent and buy used equipment and furnishings for a candy shop/ice cream parlor in Buffalo. The store slowly grew through the1960's. During this time Mike perfected his various recipes for caramel, nougat, creams, marshmallow and his famous sponge candy. In 1969, Mike and Anna moved to a store in Cheektowaga, New York. They named it Mike's Candy Shop.

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Photo by Julia Zyablova on Unsplash

7. The Sweet Whisk - 4.9 Stars

It is located at 27 Chandler Street Suite 315, Buffalo, NY 14207. The Sweet Whisk has chocolate bonbons, including a cheesecake flavor option. You can take a look at the choices here.

Google local guide Jacob Wixom said in his review,

First time buyers and we didn't make it out of the parking lot without eating 4 of 6 candies. Theses are beautiful homemade chocolates with great flavors! The entire staff was friendly and very helpful. Highly recommend checking them out.

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