Love and Other Antioxidants

Say "Be mine" with the best design-conscious dark chocolates.

Boxes of bon bons never did anyone any favors. A better-for-you option than a chocolate-coated cliché? Solid artisan dark chocolate in designer wrapping.

"High-quality dark chocolate is healthier than most of the grocery store stuff, and definitely better for you than truffles" says Marissa Lippert, a registered dietitian in New York City. "When chocolate is made with good ingredients and not weighed down with fillers, like vegetable oil or tons of sugar, it has more antioxidants. Plus, good, pure chocolate tastes richer and more indulgent." In other words, exactly what chocolate should be.

Lippert recommends going for a bar that has a cacao content of at least 70 percent. And while it may be what’s on the inside that counts, these striking selections all look as good as they taste.