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The 10 Weirdest Chocolates for Your Valentine

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Pig Blood Xocolatl de David

Undoubtedly one of the best chocolatiers in the country, David Biggs of Xocolatl makes tamer chocolate bars like brown butter, sourdough, and olive oil and orangette, but his collection is better known for its weird chocolates such as Parmigiano-Reggiano and foie gras. And the craziest thing to ever come out of this Portland kitchen is a collection of pig truffles, including one infused with pig blood, which gives the ganache a "subtle iron flavor," according to The Mighty Gastropolis: Portland. Xocolatl makes more giftable pig varieties, too, including a bacon salted caramel bar ($9) and Bacon Raleigh Bar with pecan chocolate nougat ($3).

Sea Salt Shiitake Truffle Truffle! Lugusta's Luscious

The Wild Box ($18) has four unexpected flavors, including spicy, tart harissa, the sauce made from scratch, and Caramelized Onion and Chipotle. But what makes bacon chocolate such a winning combo? Umami. And you'll find it in the Sea Salt Shiitake Truffle Truffle, a unique chocolate confection that contains both organic shiitake mushrooms and truffle-infused sea salt for a double dose of earthy mushroom flavor. Another fun yet odd gift, the company also makes anatomically correct hearts of solid milk chocolate ($15 for 8) annually for Valentine's Day.

Goat Cheese & Pear Chuao Chocolatier

This California-based company makes fun bars like Pop Corn Pop, Honeycomb, and Salted Chocolate Crunch, but the creativity really runs wild in Chuao's collection of bonbons. There are even pairing boxes designed to match your favorite bottle, from red wine and dessert wine to craft beer and whisky. The wackiest chocolates, however, lurk in the dark chocolate collection. The most fun might be Firecracker filled with chipotle caramel fudge and popping candy (à la Pop Rocks). But we'd want to get our hands on Goat Cheese & Pear. Featuring tangy cheese, Pear Williams liqueur, and crushed black pepper buttercream, this odd truffle is only available in the 30- and 60-piece dark chocolate bonbon boxes ($49.95, $94.95). Ordering online? Sign up for the newsletter first to get a free bar.

Distillery Truffles Moonstruck Chocolates

Liquor lovers will get a kick (and a buzz) out of this collection of nine truffles, featuring five Oregon craft distillers. If there's a bartender you love in your life, this is a sweet way to show your affection. All truffles are filled with a blended ganache infused with spirits like Clear Creek Distillery Oregon Apple Brandy, Rogue Ale Dead Guy Whiskey, House Spirits' Aviation Gin, and Bendistillery's Crater Lake Pepper Vodka. Each flavor is available separately in a box of 20 truffles ($50), or can be purchased together as a complete nine-piece collection ($20).

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Dominique Chatterjee