Chocolate Exhibition - TheNAT

Visit Chocolate: The Exhibition now at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Valentine’s Day is a day for sweethearts and sweets. And while we can’t raffle off the former, here’s your chance to get your fill of San Diego’s finest sweets. In the comments below, tell us what sweet San Diego plans you have for Valentine’s Day to win this chocolate contest including a basket filled with sweets from Eclipse Chocolat and four (4) tickets to see the Chocolate: The Exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum through March 10, 2013.

Chocolate: The Exhibition at the NAT

Experience the complete story behind everyone’s favorite craving in the Chocolate Exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Discover the history of how the unique cacao bean transformed from a bitter drink of Mayan kings into the sweet indulgence we enjoy today.

To make the experience complete, visit the museum of February 24, 2013 for Chocolate Sundays at theNAT- Chocolate Tasting, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Tasting tickets are $1 each and showcase a variety of chocolatiers, including San Diego local Eclipse Chocolate.

Where: 1788 El Prado Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through March 10, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Chocolate at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Eclipse Chocolate

Eclipse Drinking Chocolate with Burnt Carmel & Lavender Sea Salt- Yum!

Eclipse Drinking Chocolate with Burnt Carmel & Lavender Sea Salt – Yum!

Eclipse Chocolat is a San Diego local company on a mission to provide premium artisan foods and confections with a unique culinary perspective while maintaining sustainable and ethical operations. Enjoy enticing flavor combinations such as blackberry sage chocolate bars, exotic smoked almond salted toffee and decadent drinking chocolate with burnt caramel and lavender sea salt.

If you can’t wait, make sure to check out their brand new digs opening up in South Park on February 2, 2013, just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For the full Eclipse experience, join them for an exclusive 4 course, cocoa-clad dinner on February 14, 2013. Seats are only $45 each with an optional 4-course wine pairing for an additional $20.  For reservations, call 619.578.2984.

Contest Rules:

  • Tell us in the comments below, what’s sweet San Diego plans do you have this Valentine’s Day? Duplicate entries will be filtered out and discarded, so adding additional comments won’t increase your likelihood of winning.
  • Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly. One winner will receive a four (4) tickets to Chocolate: The Exhibition, at the San Diego Natural History Museum through March 10, 2013 and a basket of chocolate from Eclipse Chocolate.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within one day of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • The full list of rules, in all its legalese glory, can be found here.
  • Entries (comments) can be submitted until February 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST. Good luck!

Entry period has closed!

53 Responses to Contest: Enter to Win the Sweetest San Diego Valentine (Entry Period Now Closed)

  1. My hubby and I will probably hit a happy hour somewhere and then head home for a snuggly night in (hopefully with some chocolate).

  2. Congratulations to our “Sweetest San Diego Valentine’s” winner, Chris! Enjoy your chocolate!

  3. Congratulations Chris! You’ve won the Sweetest San Diego Valentine! We hope your basket of Eclipse Chocolate and a tour of Chocolate: The Exhibition help enhance your already wonderful Valentine’s plans!

  4. staying in, making favorite dinner with a chocolate dessert & cuddling up to watch a great movie!

  5. I will (sadly) not be spending Valentine’s Day (or my birthday on the 15th) in San Diego with my sweetie because he works the winters in Alaska as a commercial fisherman. On a happier note, he does take me to San Diego at least twice a year when he is home! And, even better, he hopes to eventually get a job there…so, no more traveling AND I get to live in your beautiful city!

  6. My now husband quit his job and drove for 5 days across america in a terrible blizzard to start a new life with me and get here in time for Valentine’s day 3 years ago. We will be celebrating by spending the day walking on the beaches and remembering the best decision of our lives.

  7. At home, watching a movie and eating popcorn with my daughters and my husband. Sharing family time.

  8. Home made dinner with heart shaped food. Chocolate for dessert and a bubble bath full of bubbles.

  9. Enjoying a the sunset at the Beach with a good bottle of wine :)

  10. Spending the day with my sweetheart and taking in the beautiful views that make San Diego so beautiful to see! Maybe dinner in Old Town or dinner in the Gaslamp District.

  11. Nice relaxing dinner at home. Then some chocolate after or maybe before…

  12. having a lovely dinner in with lots of chocolate for dessert

  13. Picnic on the beach while watching the sunset!

  14. Dinner with my daughters and a movie. Hubby will be working.

  15. Start the day with getting her fresh flowers. Then make her chocolate crepes with powdered sugar for breakfast. For dinner I am going to make her an amazing prime rib with roasted rosemary red potatoes and a bottle of Silver Oak Cab. For dessert chocolate cover strawberries and a glass of champagne. End the evening with a full body massage and lots of candles. ;)

  16. Dining at Vigilucci’s in Encinitas w/hubby (where he proposed:)

  17. Taking my 87-year-old great aunt out for dinner at her favorite local restaurant, Nati’s in Ocean Beach. Girls night out!

  18. This is my 1st Valentine’s Day in San Diego, and I recently started dating this AMAZING guy . . . he takes me to so many nice places as it is, that I decided to make dinner for him for Valentine’s Day . . . and I do not cook, so this is a SUPER sweet gesture on my part ;) I love chocolate, btw ;)

  19. Making lasagna and sharing a bottle of red wine with my loved one.

  20. Sweet San Diego Valentine’s plans: staying up late, sleeping in and indulging in chocolate.

  21. making my boyfriend a cake shaped like ab ox of chocolates with homemade truffles on top and 12 cupcakes shaped like roses.

  22. Taking my husband to Jake’s for lunch and baking him an apple pie.

  23. i love to spend his with my 90+ year old grandma in san diego. And tell her stories about her 100+ grandchildren and 10 childrens

  24. Im making surf and turf for my fiancé! Can’t wait.. maybe some chocolate too, this post encouraged me to add a good dessert to my menu.

  25. Spending the afternoon with my kiddos making V-Day crafts and sweets. I will also be sitting for some friends so they can go out. My honey will be out to sea :-(

  26. I will be ordering some juicy steaks from one of our favorite steak houses, and eat them at home while watching a movie. My honey will most likely buy us a cookie-dough ice cream cake and tons of chocolates. He knows I have a major sweet tooth, and I am talking major here. Amazingly no cavities till this day! Sweet!

  27. I will be working most of the day…. and then the evening is a surprise ;) !

  28. This is such a special time of year… we celebrate our anniversary on Feb 16 so we have several days of special time together. This year, we are visiting your beautiful area from Montana – still trying to finalize some plans which will include chocolate! One year I bought 20 dozen red roses for my husband, they filled the house (reduced price after Valentine’s Day) – we’ll just have to see what this year brings – should be fun!!!

  29. We are new to the San Diego area and are wanting to discover new things to do. We will be spending Valentines with each other and our other sweethearts, our 3 boys; 4, 7 and 11. We will make each other valentine cards that have poems we make up. We will make sundaes with lots of CHOCOLATE! We LOVE chocolate! And then we will watch the Princess Bride.

  30. This will be our first Valentine’s Day in San Diego (just moved from the east coast)! After work we plan on enjoying a romantic dinner :) We have been wanting to go to the Chocolate Exhibit so this would be a great prize.

  31. My honey and I will go out for sushi and end with cuddle time on the couch with a movie

  32. I will go to theSeaWorld with my boy friend

  33. For our Valentine’s Day plans, my hubby and I WERE going out for a nice fondue dinner that is topped off with their Dark Chocolate Fondue, but I just read about the Eclipse dinner, so I think I’ll tell him about it and see what happens! :)

  34. My sweetheart and I are going to make a nice dinner together, watch a movie, and then gorge out on chocolate together! :-)

  35. My valentine is one of my best girl friends. I’m gonna make dinner, we’ll drink some wine, and we’ll pick silly girly movies to watch. Perfect Vday plans.

  36. I will be spending the day at Sea World with my little Valentine.

  37. SoCal Media Surfer

    Breakfast with Chocolate Muffins, Lunch with Chocolate Fondue, Dinner with, Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Ice Cream. Then come home and eat the box of Sees Creams that I have been saving since Christmas. Oh, and the fudge from Old Town Candy Store that I got from my BFF. After that, I will be in a Chocolate induced coma heaven for days,

  38. This is the 1st Vday for my boyfriend and I. I was planning on surprizing him in the morning with homemade cupcakes in a heart shape that will say “will u be my valentine?”, delivered by yours truly as I am dressed up to a T. Working during the afternoon. Then at night have a picnic dinner with blankets at a favorite spot near coronado over looking our favorite city skyline, San Diego. Hopefully he doesn’t see this cause then it won’t be a surprize. But it would be fantastic to win some sweets for my sweet!

  39. Heather Armstrong

    We are visiting San Diego for the first time ever(from the east coast), my new fiancé and I, with our wonderful children! It’s a family trip with the ones I love most! ( and a very expensive gift) We always here how nice it is, hope not to be disappointed! Adelaide241979@gmail.com

  40. Going to drive to San Diego from Nuevo Ca. to my daughter’s house and babysit her two babies so her husband and her can have a romantic dinner and date night. So winning this would give me a really Happy Valentines Day :)

  41. My adult son will be in town from Washington DC. A day at the zoo and then dinner out is in store for the two of us.

  42. I have Night class at SDSU class sadly but in the daytime I’m going to go to the Zoo to see the Pandas for the first time with my boyfriend who is coming from LA. Our two friends are also coming so we are going on a double date =)

  43. During the day on Valentine’s Day I’ll be working. Whatever else I do to celebrate will involve my sweet little granddaughters, both of whom are chocolate lovers too.

  44. We do not have plans sadly :( because he works that day but our tradition is to go to this nice Italian restaurant. Then go home and enjoy my baking. I am a pasty chef he is a Marine on Camp Pendleton so when he is home I try to just enjoy being with him. I hope we win!

  45. Valentine’s Day this year happens a few days after Chinese New Year, so we’ll probably be having a Chinese home-cooked meal with friends and family – which is my favorite day to celebrate love!

  46. So far we don’t have any plans, which is why I am hoping to win this great prize and explore the museum while eating chocolate with my sweetie! :)

  47. My husband and I are coming from Dallas to San Diego in Feb to see our sweet grandkids!

  48. I love to sit on the beach on Coronado with my honey, listening to the ocean, feeling the breeze and having a quite day just him and me. Chocolates would make the day all the better.

  49. My plans are to have a wonderful, romantic dinner at Vagabond in South Park with my husband (it has become a kind of tradition for us) followed up with drinks at the incredible Babcock & Story Bar at the Hotel Del

  50. well i was thinking of taking my wife to a restaurant here in san diego we’ve not tried yet. that can be tough on this holiday though of course. this chocolate exhibit sounds like a really cool alternative!

  51. My Valentine’s Day will be filled with the sound of children laughing all day in our garage as I teach them about the history of Valentine’s Day, we’ll probably take what we’ve learned about chocolate and the history of Mr. Valentine into our own kitchen and try some confections of our own….p.s. I’m secretly hoping their father brings their teacher a slice of something ‘extra special’ from Extraordinary Desserts!

  52. HWhile my husband is a true romantic he is also very forgetful and will let the holiday pass by..and at last minute get card flowers etc.. I however am planning a quiet evening sans no kids and his favorite romantic movie Star Wars. He loves me evry day not just VDAY-

  53. Since we live in San Diego, we might take a a cruise around Mission Bay on the Bahia Belle where my husband proposed to me 5 years ago. Of course, I accepted. :-) I love chocolate….who doesn’t?