Honmei choco

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Honmei choco
Valentine's Day Tirol-Choco.jpg
Place of originJapan
Main ingredientsChocolate
VariationsGiri choco

Honmei choco (本命チョコ, "true feeling chocolate") in Japan is chocolate given by women on Valentine's Day to men whom the giver has romantic feelings for. This is often given to husbands, boyfriends, and desired partners. Honmei chocolate is usually higher-quality and more expensive than giri choco ("obligation chocolate"), which is given to male coworkers and other men the woman has no romantic attachment to.[1]

Homemade honmei choco is also popular.[2]

This is generally reciprocated on White Day, celebrated on March 14, when men buy candy and gifts for women.


  1. ^ Craft, Lucy (February 12, 2010). "Japanese Embrace Valentine's Day". National Public Radio. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  2. ^ Sekiguchi, Toko (February 14, 2007). "How Valentine's Day Conquered Japan". Time. Retrieved April 23, 2016.