Do you know what's almost as good as reading a really good book?
Eating a really good chocolate!
And there's definitely nothing better than doing both at the same time...
Not only do we have a huge assortment of wonderful books (as always!) to pick out from for your valentine(s) (or... yourself), but our ever popular stock of locally made Berkshire Bark has recently expanded too! They've developed even more maddeningly delicious chocolate bar flavors, like our new favorite, Peppermint Crush (just kidding, we still think you're number 1, Pretzological, our love).
Check out our favorite book/chocolate pairings and find your (and your loved ones') happy place.
CocoaNutz & The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith
It may be cold and snowy out here, but in the pages of this novel by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, you'll be swinging in a hammock, enjoying the sun, the breeze, the surf, and-- let's not forget the only thing that can truly make the scene complete-- a lovely tropical coconut! This chocolate, laden with sea salt, roasted almonds, both milk and dark Belgian chocolate, and coconut chunks and chips, will have you leaving this cold dark world behind-- and diving right into this good book!
Jumpin' Java & Dancers Among Us by Jordan Matter
What's more everyday than a shot of caffeine and a burst of energy? Channel your inner dancer with this revitalizing chocolate while perusing Jordan Matter's gorgeous and inspirational photographs and stories of the dancers among us.
Tropical Heat & Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Hoffman fills the pages of her newest work with an island's magic and color in this stunning tale of what it means to walk the tightrope between tradition and independence, love and logic. This scrumptiously spicy chocolate will pair perfectly with this book's island setting and unforgettable love story.
White Lightning & Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Picture this: Grey skies pouring sheets of rain down upon the Scottish moors; horses, their riders pursued, pounding through the heather, sounding like rolling thunder; a flash of lightning illuminating, just for a second, tall, immovable, ancient standing stones; a gut-wrenching jolt and you appear... in the eighteenth century. Sound like fun? You'll feel positively wealthy being able to munch on some luxuriously white chocolate studded with lemon, cashew, and ginger while you read about Jamie and Claire's trials and tribulations during the the second Scottish uprising.
Midnight Harvest & A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Get ready for a delicious witching hour with Deborah Harness' bestseller and this melt-in-your-mouth dark, rich chocolate treat.
Peppermint Crush & These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This classy heroine is as cool as peppermint to her companion-- but can she really be blamed? After crash-landing on a mysterious planet and finding herself stuck there with just one taciturn guy for company, their quest for a way back to civilization (if they survive at all) is plagued by their haltingly evolving relationship. You'll need this Peppermint Crush as sustenance for this thought-provoking page-turner!
Mocha Buzz & The New York Times Presents Coffee Shop Crosswords
What could be more satisfying than sitting down with your morning hot mug of coffee, a great crossword puzzle, and a bite of coffee-infused chocolate on the side? Talk about a GOOD MORNING!
Kickn Nutz & Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Self explanatory. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.)
For the Birds & Birds of Pandemonium by Michele Raffin
Michele Raffin's story of rescuing exotic and endangered birds by turning her own home into an impromptu shelter (now markedly less impromptu as her project has evolved into a full-fledged organization) will feel all the sweeter for keeping this seed-filled chocolate to hand as you read. You won't sprout wings by the end of them, but you'll certainly walk away feeling, not only deliciously full and healthy to boot, but also enthralled by these incredible creatures. Don't miss out on Pandemonium Aviaries' live stream where you can see the breath-taking birds strutting about in all their multi-colored opalescence.
Pretzelogical & Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
There's something so compelling about a good Sherlock Holmes story, with it's twisty plot turns and the rich, sweet satisfaction of a mystery solved (and the desperate yearning for more, of course). Pair it with the most popular Berkshire Bark of them all, featuring salted pretzel and caramel in milk chocolate, and you'll never want to stop reading (or eating) again.
Sampler Box & The Best American Short Stories of 2016 edited by Lorrie Moore
For those who can't make up their mind, try a gift sampler pack which include four of our bestsellers: Midnight Harvest, Tropical Heat, White Lightning, and Pretzological. Pair it with the definitive short story sampler and you'll have a choice of flavors for every story!