When I think of Valentine's Day, I tend to think of candy. Oh, who am I kidding - I associate ALL holidays with some sort of candy. :D Easter = Malted Robin's Eggs. Halloween = Candy Corn Valentine's Day = Boxes of chocolates. Specifically Chocolate Covered Cherries.
I found my first Chocolate covered Cherry box by accident - it was at a garage sale and I actually bought the contents of whatever was in it and only discovered it was a Chocolate Covered Cherry Box when I got home. That was the ROYALE box on the bottom right corner. The rest came from Etsy and a couple were Happy Mail Surprises. That's an old Brach's Chocolate Covered Cherry Ad in the back. I need to get it framed.
I also LOVE the old heart shaped Candy boxes with flowers and lace. And, I am NOT a flowers and lace kinda gal. I am always on the lookout for a big box chock full of vintage ones at a sale, but haven't been lucky enough to find ANY yet. I did find this one last week at Goodwill. It was missing the flowers, but thank God I am a hoarder so I dug around in my tacky plasticky flower bin and found those pink roses. I think it looks like it came that way now.
I've found several very old chocolate tins at various sales and thrifts. Love that purple Louis Sherry Confectionery tin. That's a Chocolate Treasure Chest on top.
This very old Whitman's Chocolate treasure chest is really neat. It's big and I think getting it as a gift would have been completely and totally awesome. I bet the chocolates were wrapped in gold paper.
Last year I was stalking the candy boxes at Walgreen's when I spotted a GIANT Whitman's Sampler box with two and half pounds of chocolates. Holey Moley! The holy grail of chocolates!
On Valentine's Day there was a knock on my door and there stood my Dad holding THAT giant box! All for me! On the rare occasion I have been gifted a box of chocolates, I tend to be a bit stingy with my sharing. I want the caramel. I want the little Postman. I want the Nougat. It's MINE. All mine!
*insert evil chocolate coated laughter here *
Well, did you know that it is virtually impossible to "hide" a candy box as big as the coffee table? Or to be able to sneak a chocolate when everyone an see you lifting the lid from across the room? :( I had to share. But, there was plenty to go around.
That box is now the crowning jewel to my Candy box collection. At Christmas, we had an open house at the Flea Market and someone brought one of these boxes of chocolates to sit out at the refreshment table. I coveted it for about a month until it was finally emptied out and asked about it.
"You want that? Take it!"
You don't have to tell me twice! Now I have TWO. They hold my Valentine's decorations perfectly, sit on a shelf nicely and look perfectly delicious all at once!
**PS. I think Chocolate Covered Cherries are loathesome and they do not cross my lips. Any other chocolate covered anything is fair game though......:)