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Sweet Dreams Are Made of These

Valentine’s Day is a chocoholics’ wonderland. From the bitter to the sweet — and everything in between — savor a taste of the Coachella Valley’s most divine chocolate temptations.

Neal Turnage Current Guide, Restaurants

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Pomme Frite’s Belgian chocolate gateau.
Berry Valentines

Idyllwild’s El Buen Cacao bumps their house-made raspberry truffles with a delectable dash of the unexpected: handcrafted organic avocado ganache. Super creamy and filled into a 65 percent dark chocolate shell, El Buen Cacao gives you a melt-in-your-mouth Valentine swoon. elbuencacao.com

Candy Coated

Bertha Palmer and Fannie Farmer, two early pioneers of America’s go-to dessert, the brownie, probably never dreamed how Brandini Toffee in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage would interpret it 100 years later. Three inches in height, layered in fudge, and a generous coat of almond toffee take these goodies into the danger zone. brandinitoffee.com

Molten Magic

The baked-to-order warm Valrhona chocolate cake at Johannes in Palm Springs is a balancing act. The main ingredient in chef Johannes Bacher’s “slightly sweet” molten-center cakes is 61 percent Valrhona chocolate. That’s contrasted with vanilla bean ice cream placed on top after the cake has slightly cooled. johannespalmsprings.com

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Johannes’ Valrhona chocolate cake

Bon Mots

The jelly cheesecake bonbon from Palm Springs-based A&S Artisan Chocolate begins with a handmade white chocolate shell. Next, fresh raspberry and strawberry pureé is piped in. Underneath, there’s a layer of white chocolate cream cheese ganache, resulting in a delectable bite that’s both tart and smooth. artisanchocolateps.com

A Mousse Have

The gateau of Belgian chocolate has been on the menu for more than 20 years at Pomme Frite in Palm Springs. Each spoon-slicked bauble of decadent Callebaut chocolate mousse becomes celestial thanks to a generous puddle of crème Anglaise. The final touch of pistachio ignites both palate and passion. pommefrite.com

Devil’s Delight

The newfangled salted caramel chocolate soufflé cake at AC3 Restaurant + Bar in Palm Desert tweaks tradition with the nuance of a savory-spiked center. Lusciously “ooey gooey,” chef Andrew Copley drizzles this warm devil’s food extravaganza with macerated berries when finished — perfect foils to the toasty base notes. It’s delightfully elegant — and it would be a sin not to share. ac3palmdesert.com