Simple, yet beautiful bonbons in delicate hand-painted shells and flavors as unfamiliar as lemon-hazelnut with milk chocolate or lavender-fig with bittersweet chocolate are reason enough to make a beeline toward Artisan Confections in Arlington. Local artisans and chocolatiers delicately paint these creations, which sell for $8 or 30 pieces for $46. Nice perk: Learn all the truffle how-tos. Enroll in classes to learn how to paint these intricate designs and embellishments. Any chocolate becomes your canvas.
4815-B Lee Hwy, Arlington
(703) 239-0616
www.artisanconfections.com