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I suppose it’s no coincidence that the last name of this chocolatier was a prophetic glimpse into his life’s work, creating “rich art.” Because they are undeniably both rich and a work of art.

Far superior to the likes of its confectionary sibling Godiva, who also began in the mid 1920’s, right next door in Brussels as opposed to Lyon. And while history definitely proved out who had the better marketing plan, they most certainly did not have the better chocolate.

This is not to say that Godiva is crap, it’s fine. But it’s also not even worthy of comparison to Richart. Richart is something truly special. A treat for the eyes and mouth alike. In fact, their chocolates are so beautiful it almost saddens you to eat them. Well, up until that moment when joy takes over because you’re tongue is doing the happy dance in your mouth.

And while Richart may be smaller and harder to come by (their stores have closed in the U.S.), it’s worth tracking down. It’s still family run, third generation and it’s one the best gifts under $50 on the face of the Earth. So if you truly want to impress your Valentine, skip the mall this year and shower her with “Riches” instead.

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