Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love in its various forms whether romantic, platonic or just for yourself. From chocolate hearts to matcha-chocolate liqueur, here are five of our favorite seasonal gifts for Valentine’s Day 2019 in Tokyo.
Chocolate Beer by Sankt Gallen
The Kanagawa-based brewery is releasing a selection of chocolate-flavored stouts just in time for Valentine’s Day. The series comes in four varieties: the Imperial Chocolate Stout, the Banana Chocolate Stout, Orange Chocolate Stout and Sweet Vanilla Stout using vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea. You can even add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a beer float.
¥2,490 (set of 4), sanktgallenbrewery.com/valentine
Compact Mendiant by Tokyo Marriott Hotel
Kiss and make up takes on a new meaning with these compact cases from Tokyo Marriott Hotel. Mendiant Noir is a dark chocolate sprinkled with nuts, lemon peel and cranberry, while Mendiant Snow features white chocolate, hints of raspberry and a smattering of edible flowers for an explosion of color.
¥800, available Feb 7-14 at Pastry & Bakery GGCo., tokyo-marriott.com/special/valentine2019
Spoon Chocolat by Bel Amer
In a mouth meltingly good move from Bel Amer, chocolate lovers can enjoy a spoonful of sugar without the medicine. Using five types of French honey, these chocolate ganache dessertspoons come in a range of flavors, including orange honey and bitter chocolate, and almond honey and milk chocolate.
¥2,160 (set of 5), www.belamer.jp
Matcha Chocolate Liqueur by Itohkyuemon
For the ultimate decadent treat, Itohkyuemon has taken its popular Uji-sourced matcha, mixed it with chocolate, and made it into a rich, fragrant liqueur. Drink it straight, on the rocks, with milk, or even warmed up! You can also drizzle it on top of vanilla ice cream. If you like a little more punch, add a touch of brandy.
¥3,175 (500ml, 6% alcohol), www.itohkyuemon.co.jp/fs/ujicha/094765
Amour en Cœur by Jean-Paul Hévin
This year, chocolatier Jean-Paul Hévin was inspired by travel, titling his Valentine collection “Love Island.” The environment may also have inspired him, as nothing goes to waste in this treat. Amour en Cœur features an edible chocolate heart with an assortment of six bonbons resting on a bed of chocolate pearls.
If you’re looking for the perfect date spot to go along with your treats, check out our Tokyo guide to wooing your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. If you need a little extra mojo, you can always follow some Japanese love superstitions to increase your chances, or to find out what to avoid doing so you don’t jinx it![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]