Chocolate sweets, beyond the box

Chocolate Bar buffet at The Langham Boston hotel.
the langham boston hotel
Chocolate Bar buffet at The Langham Boston hotel.

One of the most delectable ways to say “I love you” is with a gift of chocolate. But if a box of bonbons doesn’t feel special enough, here are some swankier options.

Dessert extravaganza  Treat your special someone to the Langham Boston’s Saturday afternoon Chocolate Bar offering 120-plus milk, white, and dark chocolate desserts. In addition to the hotel’s chocolate croissant bread pudding, the buffet features chocolate cakes, tortes, truffles, cotton candy, crepes, and seasonal sweets, like passion fruit chocolate mousse. The menu also includes cocktails such as the White Coco made with vanilla vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, white crème de cacao, and cream. Saturdays through June 11 a.m.-3 p.m., adult $40 (or $50 with two cocktails), children ages 5-12 $28, under 4 free. Café Fleuri, 250 Franklin

Bonbon lessons  Under the expertise of chocolatier Lee Napoli, owner of ChocoLee Chocolates in the South End, your favorite Willy Wonka can learn to craft chocolate bark, truffles, and Parisian-quality filled bonbons flavored with ingredients like cinnamon, lavender, and star anise. All students will leave with a box of chocolates and plenty of candy-making know-how. Chocolate Making classes Saturdays 10 a.m., $80; Truffle Making classes Wednesdays 6 p.m. and Saturdays 4 p.m., $80. All classes must be booked by e-mail:  23 Dartmouth St., 617-236-0606,  


Luxury hot chocolate and skating  Plan a romantic escape to Blantyre resort in

Gourmet hot chocolate at Blantyre to enjoy before, during, or after skating on the resort's shimmering rink.
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Lenox, where, as part of your stay, you and your loved one can enjoy a magical moment on the ice with rich hot chocolate. The resort floods its tennis courts to create a glassy rink surrounded by glowing lights. Sit at one of the cafe tables and warm up with one of the Hot Chocolate Menu’s eight offerings, each made with a different brand of chocolate. The Amedei Brown shaves this Italian milk chocolate into frothy milk, while the El Rey Caramel blends this Venezuelan semisweet chocolate with hot milk and housemade caramels. All hot chocolates come with homemade marshmallows, whipped cream, and slices of warm banana bread. Rooms from $600, hot chocolate $12. 16 Blantyre Road, Lenox, 413-

Chocolate trolley ride Did you know that the Baker Chocolate Co. in Dorchester was the first chocolate factory in the United States? Learn that factoid and more when you join your valentine on Boston’s Original Chocolate Tour. Tour conductors and onboard character chefs share chocolate trivia and facts on this three-hour trip, which stops for sweets at places like the Omni Parker House hotel, home of the original Boston cream pie. Additional chocolate goodies provided by Necco, Taza Chocolate, and Beacon Hill Chocolates. Saturdays 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Jan. 7-April 28; $80 per person. Old Town Trolley Tours, 617-

Head-to-toe chocolate treatments  For a calorie-free splurge, pamper someone special with

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Sweet bliss at Corbu Spa & Salon at The Charles Hotel.

a trio of chocolate treatments — a chocolate massage, facial, and manicure-pedicure at Corbu Spa & Salon at The Charles Hotel. Chocolate-infused oil helps boost circulation and revitalizes the skin during the massage, while the facial uses a cocoa powder exfoliator and chocolate mousse hydration mask to clean and plump the skin. For the mani-pedi, a blend of cocoa powder and coconut oil is used to slough the skin, while creamy chocolate shea butter adds moisture. Corbu’s Chocolate Trio, $200 (or each treatment $75). Five Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-661-5772,  

Victoria Abbott Riccardi can bereached at variccardi@rcn