I celebrated my birthday a couple weeks ago, and because I was still at home in Connecticut, my dad spoiled me with one of my favorite gifts - a delicious box of locally made Bridgewater Chocolates.

I love chocolate (who doesn't?) and among the basic American staples (hello Hershey kisses!) I've also sampled Mexican, German, and even South African... you name a chocolate, I've tried it.  I always gravitate to  Lindt or Teuscher as favorites, but leave it to Bridgewater's handmade confections to truly steal my heart.

You don't need a holiday like Valentine's Day to spoil your loved ones (or yourself!). While you're at it, check out National Geographic's picks for the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World. Yum!

Marie Frei

One Carry-On is a blog managed by Marie Frei, a travel expert and photographer with a passion for exploring off the beaten path locations. The blog covers honest and personal stories about living and traveling as an American abroad, shares her global appreciation for culture and design, and promotes traveling to far-flung destinations with a carry-on as fun, affordable, and easy.