Ruby chocolate is bringing a little more color to Valentine's Day lately. After years of gifting milk, dark and white chocolate, you might jazz up the season of love with this decadent, naturally pink variety of the confectionary staple.


Local candy makers Chocolaterie Tessa (7425 Burnet Road, as well as at 11700 Rock Rose, Suite 140 in the Domain during the Valentine season) and Delysia Chocolatier (2000 Windy Terrace, Suite 2C) have long sold hand-crafted sweets for Valentine’s Day. This year, they’ve formulated holiday treats using ruby chocolate, too.


Ruby chocolate is made from the same cacao beans as milk and dark chocolate, but differences in processing give the variety its color and tart flavor. Chocolaterie Tessa owner Tessa Halstead says it first became available in the U.S. last year, and she started crafting with it then.


Halstead‘s shop has created its first ruby chocolate bon bon just for Valentine’s Day. They‘re selling a 12-piece box that features all four chocolate varieties — ruby, as well as milk, dark and white — shaped like hearts. Each bon bon is flavored differently: the milk with almond, the dark with pink peppercorn, the white with matcha and the ruby with a cheesecake flavor. Halstead says Chocolaterie Tessa is currently developing more creations with ruby chocolate, too.


Delysia Chocolatier touts itself as the first confectioner in the country to sell artisanal ruby chocolate truffles in October, according to a news release. While their initial collection of ruby chocolate is part of the permanent line, the shop recently launched a limited-edition Valentine-season offering. The collection was inspired by traditional aphrodisiacs that increase sexual desire. Chef and owner Nicole Patel says she researched scents and flavorings that stimulate senses of sexual attraction and arousal in both men and women.


Delysia‘s collection includes three flavors. The men’s flavor, decorated with a mustache, features a chipotle orange chocolate truffle, a mix of smoky and sweet. The women’s flavor, decorated with a corset, features a truffled honey ginger chocolate truffle, with earthy tones and a hint of zesty freshness. A flavor for both genders, decorated with hearts and arrows, features a merlot cherry and cream chocolate truffle.


Tried and true favorites


Not looking for ruby chocolate specifically? You can also find sweets for your sweetheart at these area candy shops.


Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co.: For the pecan lover, give chocolate-covered pecans from these area pecan experts. Valentine’s Day gift sets include a half-pound of fudge, 8-ounce bag of pecans and a stuffed animal. (2626 Texas 71, Cedar Creek. berdollpecanfarm.com)


Edis Chocolate: A little bit of everything can be found at Edis Chocolate. They have chocolate truffles, milk chocolate, heart cookies and red-velvet cake. (3808 Spicewood Springs Road. edischocolates.com.)


Lammes Candies: A beautiful traditional box of chocolates can be found at Lammes, offering boxes with up to 44 pieces of chocolate. They also sell pecan pralines and chocolate covered strawberries. (Multiple locations: 5330 Airport Blvd.; Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park; Barton Creek Square, 2901 Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway); 2927A W. Anderson Lane; and Market at Round Rock, 110 Interstate 35. lammes.com.)


Helene Park Chocolate: Get chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate truffles and fudge. (6800 Westgate Blvd., No. 117, heleneparkchocolates.com.)


Maggie Louise Confections: A personalized chocolate can be found at Maggie Louise Confections. These chocolates stray from the traditional sweets, molded into shapes and hand-painted to match the personality of your sweetheart. (1017 E. Sixth St. maggielouiseconfections.com.)


See’s Candies: Another traditional chocolate shop with an assortment of heart-shaped chocolate boxes. New this year is their "Happy Galentine’s" assortment. (10710 Research Blvd. sees.com.)


Srsly Chocolate: From bean to bar, Srsly Chocolate makes chocolate bars with infused ingredients from scratch. Their "love bar" features dark chocolate, rose petals and cranberry. (117 E. Third St., Taylor. srslychocolate.com.)


Yummi Joy: Yummi Joy has a variety of treats, but a Valentine‘s Day favorite is their chocolate truffles, including flavors like fudge love, butter pecan, sundae bash, birthday party, espresso and more. (409 W. Second St. yummijoy.com.)