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Valentine's Day Treats In L.A.

Kelli Shiroma |
February 10, 2014 | 1:36 p.m. PST

Food Editor

Dylan’s Candy Bar has a variety of sweets for Valentine’s Day (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
Dylan’s Candy Bar has a variety of sweets for Valentine’s Day (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
Love is in the air all around L.A., and these Valentine’s Day-themed treats prove it. See where you can pick up some festive indulgences citywide on Feb. 14.

DYLAN’S CANDY BAR – A Sweet Ensemble 

There’s an assortment of Valentine’s Day goodies at Dylan’s Candy Bar. Whether it’s quaint chocolate squares wrapped in festive hot pink foil, a “Strawberry Kiss Bar,” which is the perfect pick-me-up, or perfectly decorated Valentine’s Day Oreos, there’s something for everyone at this candy emporium. 

SONIC DRIVE-IN – “Red Velvet Molten Cake Sundae”

The limited-time “Red Velvet Molten Cake Sundae” at SONIC Drive-In features a dreamy combination of moist red velvet cake and rich cheesecake. One taste of this treat and it’ll be love at first bite. 

85 DEGREE BAKERY AND CAFE – “Pink Valentine”

85 Degree Bakery and Café, known for its milk teas, fresh breads and assorted sweets, is featuring several decadent treats for Valentine’s Day. For example, “Pink Valentine” features traditional tiramisu covered with fresh strawberries and strawberry mousse.

The festive, sweet cookie at Panera Bread will definitely get you into the Valentine’s Day spirit (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
The festive, sweet cookie at Panera Bread will definitely get you into the Valentine’s Day spirit (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
PANERA BREAD – “Valentine Cookie”

The decorated, sweet “Valentine Cookie” currently available at Panera Bread features a freshly baked, heart-shaped shortbread cookie covered with vanilla frosting and pink sprinkles.

HAAGEN-DAZS – “Chocolate Heart” Cake

Surprise your sweetheart by giving them a piece of your heart … a heart-shaped cake, that is. The ice cream brand’sChocolate Heart” cake features a decadent heart-shaped cake filled with the customer’s choice of Haagen-Dazs ice cream and is complete with chocolate curls and a rich chocolate coating. 

PORTO’S BAKERY & CAFÉ – “Raspberry-Filled Heart Cookie”

The seasonal heart-shaped cookies featured at Porto’s include delicious raspberry jam and chocolate in the centers of buttery cookies.

Red, white and pink M&Ms are always present for Valentine’s Day (Kelli Shiroma).
Red, white and pink M&Ms are always present for Valentine’s Day (Kelli Shiroma).
M&MS – “Cherry Chocolate” and “Milk Chocolate Red Velvet”

Personalized M&Ms make romantic gifts, but you can find equal delight in the current M&Ms seasonal flavor this Feb. 14. “Cherry Chocolate” includes cherry-flavored candies this Valentine’s Day—think chocolate-dipped cherries in candy form—and “Milk Chocolate Red Velvet M&Ms” are also available. Want a more personal gift for that special someone? You can buy M&Ms with popular “Sweet Sayings” inscribed on them.

COOKIE CASA BAKERY – “Valentine Cupcakes” and “LOVE Cupcake Box”

Satisfy that special someone’s sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day with treats from Cookie Casa Bakery. “Valentine Cupcakes” feature any of the bakery’s fresh cupcake flavors topped with festive, light pink frosting and heart-shaped sprinkles. Meanwhile, the “LOVE Cupcake Box” features “Chocolate Chocolate Chip,” “Vanilla” and “Red Velvet” cupcakes frosted and decorated with love and care. “Heart Sprinkled Chocolate Chip” cookies are also available — festively decorated with heart-shaped sprinkles, of course.

Several different cupcake flavors at Sprinkles Cupcakes currently feature different Valentine’s decorations (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
Several different cupcake flavors at Sprinkles Cupcakes currently feature different Valentine’s decorations (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
SPRINKLES CUPCAKES – “Raspberry Chocolate Chip” and “XOX” Box

Every occasion can be celebrated in delicious ways at Sprinkles Cupcakes. For Valentine’s Day, customers can order “XOX” Boxes, which comprise a delicious assortment of “Red Velvet," “Chocolate Marshmallow,” “Dark Chocolate” and “Vanilla” cupcakes, which are topped with both heart and “XOX” fondant decorations. The featured seasonal flavor in honor of Valentine’s Day is “Raspberry Chocolate Chip,” which features a moist, chocolate chip-studded Belgian dark chocolate cake adorned with pink raspberry frosting and a pink heart fondant. This flavor—which only comes around once a year for the Feb. 14 occasion—will be featured from Jan. 31 to Feb. 27.

BASKIN-ROBBINS – “Love Potion #31: Dark Ice Cream”

Baskin-Robbins is featuring a new flavor of the month, and February brings “Love Potion #31: Dark Ice Cream.” This rich flavor features decadent chocolate ice cream mixed with white chocolate bits and sweet raspberry-filled hearts, with a raspberry ribbon woven throughout. “Love Potion #31” is also available in milkshake form. Baskin-Robbins also provides numerous options of ice cream cakes to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These “Conversation Heart Cakes” can be customized with personal messages and customers can choose their favorite ice cream flavors to be included in the cake (available in both small and large sizes). 

CRUMBS BAKE SHOP – Valentine’s Signature Cupcakes

Surprise that special someone this Valentine’s Day with something sweet from Crumbs Bake Shop. Special Valentine’s flavors include: “Chocolate Brownie Heart,” featuring a chocolate cake filled with chocolate fudge frosting and topped with a pink-tinted vanilla cream cheese frosting, a heart-shaped brownie and white nonpareils; “Red Rose,” a vanilla cake topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting and a red rose fashioned from frosting; and “Valentine Good Guy,” a vanilla cake mixed with pink and red sprinkles, filled with vanilla buttercream and topped with pink, red and white sprinkles and drizzles of white chocolate. These cupcakes are also available in gift packs, such as the “Valentine Signature Collection”—featuring “Valentine Candy,” “Valentine Good Guy,” “Chocolate Brownie Heart,” “Hugs and Kisses,” “Vanilla” and “Chocolate Valentine Sprinkle”—the “Dozen Roses Classic Collection,” featuring chocolate, vanilla and red velvet cupcakes complete with red- and pink-tinted frosting roses; “Romance Taste Pack,” which includes an elegant assortment of red velvet, vanilla and chocolate cupcakes topped with red or pink frosting rosettes or white sprinkles; and “I Heart You Taste Pack,” featuring a delicious assortment of vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes topped with vanilla and chocolate cream cheese and vanilla buttercream frosting and Valentine’s sprinkles. Want to send an extra big heaping of love this year? Check out the “Chocolate Brownie Heart Colossal,” featuring an extra large version of the regular-sized seasonal flavor.

See’s contains a plethora of Valentine’s Day gift boxes (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
See’s contains a plethora of Valentine’s Day gift boxes (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
SEE’S CANDIES – Various Valentine’s Day Goodies 

It’s hearts galore this season at See’s Candies. Varieties of chocolates in heart gift boxes are available, as are different treats like marshmallow hearts, single-sized milk chocolate peanut butter heart candies and decadent strawberry truffles.

DOVE – “Milk Chocolate Heart Promises”

Dove’s silky smooth “heart promises” will be simply irresistible this Feb. 14. Dove provides its chocolates in a variety of flavors, including “Milk Chocolate” and “Milk Chocolate & Strawberry Crème.” The latter is a limited-edition flavor, so get your hands on some while supplies last.

The “Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cookie” is sure to win over the hearts of many cookie lovers this Valentine’s Day (Photo Courtesy of Milk Jar Cookies).
The “Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cookie” is sure to win over the hearts of many cookie lovers this Valentine’s Day (Photo Courtesy of Milk Jar Cookies).
MILK JAR COOKIES – “Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cookie”

This seasonal treat at Milk Jar Cookies features a decadent, chewy chocolate cookie with a heart-shaped strawberry in its center. For all those cookie lovers out there, the “Milk Jar Cookies Gift Crate” is the perfect solution for a Valentine’s present. The Gift Crate includes a six cookies, two heart-shaped milk jars, two heart-shaped paper straws and one quart of Broguiere’s milk. For those who still love to indulge in cookies but don’t need the entire crate, any order of six cookies or more will come tied with the bakery’s festive, ruby red Valentine’s ribbon, adorned with hearts.

These heart-shaped brownies are the perfect Valentine’s Day indulgence (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
These heart-shaped brownies are the perfect Valentine’s Day indulgence (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
BEVERLY HILLS BROWNIE COMPANY – Most-Cherished Favorites 

Beverly Hills Brownie Company is offering up some sweet goodies for Valentine’s Day. The bakery’s classic “Black and White” has gone pink for Valentine’s Day—featuring shaved curls of pink and brunette colored chocolate atop a traditional icing on a vanilla brownie chockfull of vanilla and chocolate chips—and the “Red Velvet”—a smooth, chewy brownie made with Guittard cocoa, a vanilla cream filling and topped with butter-cream-cheese frosting—is always a hot V-Day commodity. For Valentine’s Day, the bakery is also featuring the “Simply Classic” brownie in heart shapes topped with milk chocolate ganache, tiny chocolate mosaics and edible heart decorations.

Want a brownie that looks even more gourmet? The Special Edition “Precious Metals” brownies feature the company’s “Simply Classic” brownies topped with an edible, pure silver or pure, 14-karat gold leaf for some extra decadence and shimmer. 

These special treats are available now thru Valentine’s Day and can be shipped all over the country. According to founder Bobbie Greenfield, Feb. 11 is the last day customers can ship brownies for regular prices.

“It’s a good idea to order early,” she confirms. “We’ll be shipping right until the day before Valentine’s Day, but it gets expensive if you’re doing it overnight."

MRS. FIELDS – Cookie Gift Boxes

Gift boxes filled with cookies abound this Valentines’ Day at Mrs. Fields. From “Bites” to “Valentine’s Day Tins,” Mrs. Fields provides all you’ll need for that cookie lover in your life. 

MAGNOLIA BAKERY – “Truffle” Cupcakes

The current flavor of the month at Magnolia Bakery is called “Truffle,” and appropriately features a chocolate cupcake filled with a chocolate or white truffle center and chocolate glaze. Different gift sets and combos are also available. For example, the “Love Cupcake Combo” features a mixture of two “Sweet Sayings” devil’s food cupcakes topped with chocolate ganache; two flourless chocolate cupcakes with pink vanilla bean meringue buttercream; and two red velvet cupcakes topped with whipped vanilla icing. The “Valentine’s Day Cupcakes” gift set features chocolate, red velvet and vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla or chocolate buttercream and sprinkles, Valentine picks or white and red hearts. Finally, the “Sweet Sayings Cupcakes” include devil’s food cupcakes topped with rich chocolate ganache and sweet sayings written decoratively on top. 

GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE – Assorted Valentine’s Day Flavors

Georgetown Cupcake features a variety of cheery, pink-hued cupcakes to commemorate all things lovely this Valentine’s Day. “Strawberry Lava Fudge” features a Valrhona chocolate cupcake with a fudgy chocolate center adorned with sweet strawberry icing and a fudge star drizzle. “Strawberry Cheesecake” includes a Madagascar bourbon vanilla cheesecake cupcake infused with fresh strawberries and topped with strawberry frosting and a fondant heart decoration. “Valentine’s Day ‘XO’ Chocolate” features a Valrhona chocolate cupcake with bright, baby pink buttercream frosting and a festive “XO” fondant decoration, while “Valentine’s Day ‘XO’ Vanilla” features the same cupcake but in vanilla form. 

SNICKERS – Candy Hearts

Bite-sized, heart-shaped Snickers candies will make not only Valentine’s Day, but the entire week, fun and tasty.

The “Lemon Shortbread Cookies” at DeLuscious Cookies + Milk come in heart shapes this Valentine’s Day (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
The “Lemon Shortbread Cookies” at DeLuscious Cookies + Milk come in heart shapes this Valentine’s Day (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
DELUSCIOUS COOKIES + MILK – Valentine’s Day Gifts 

DeLuscious Cookies + Milk, located in West Hollywood, is currently offering unique treats for Valentine’s Day. For instance, the festive, heart-shaped “Lemon Shortbread Cookie” features a tantalizing treat made with the zest and juice of fresh lemons and is completed with sparkling sugar. Meanwhile, the dainty “Red Velvet Cakette” features a heart-shaped, cake-like cookie filled with a unique cream cheese buttercream, a Belgian dark chocolate topping and a hand-carved white chocolate heart decoration. 

For those looking to order cookies for Valentine’s Day, founder Lydia Shayne recommends ordering in advance, but reassures customers that Valentine’s Day products will be available throughout the entire Feb. 14 weekend. Products are wrapped exquisitely in delicate heart-shaped boxes and delivery is definitely available.

“It’s not Valentine’s Day, it’s Valentine’s week!” she laughs. “Since Valentine’s Day is on a Friday, I recommend that customers let us know what time people are going to be leaving the office [if they’re ordering for delivery] — that’s critical to make sure that we don’t send it there when someone’s already left. Customers can call us, order online, email us or fax us.”

ISABELLA’S COOKIE COMPANY – Valentine’s Day Cookies

Valentine’s Day cookies galore can be found this month at Isabella’s Cookie Company. The “Chocolate Heart Sugar Rush” features a chocolate heart-shaped cookie covered with creamy chocolate frosting and pink sprinkles. Meanwhile, “Sweetheart Sugar Rush” features a heart-shaped sugar cookie topped with pink-hued vanilla frosting and white sprinkles. Numerous cookie gift boxes are also available, including “Baby I Love Your Way," “Crazy in Love,” “Juliet,” “Romeo,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Two of Hearts” and “You Complete Me."

DAIRY QUEEN – “Red Velvet Cake Blizzard” and Valentine’s Cakes

The featured “Blizzard of the Month” at Dairy Queen this February is the “Red Velvet Cake Blizzard.” This creamy soft serve is mixed with bite-sized pieces of red velvet cake and luscious cream cheese frosting. Dairy Queen also features Valentine-themed cakes. The “DQ Heart Cake” features chocolate and vanilla soft serve decorated with a design chosen by the customer, fudge and a crunchy center. Meanwhile, the “Red Velvet Cake Blizzard Cake” features the seasonal “Red Velvet Blizzard” flavor intermixed with layers of red velvet cake pieces and vanilla soft serve.

TCBY – "Red Velvet Mousse Cake"

Although it’s available year-round, the “Red Velvet Mousse Cake” at TCBY is an especially big hit around Valentine’s Day. This red velvet cake features a white chocolate mousse yogurt, white frosting and is sprinkled with red velvet cake crumbs. 

YUMMY CUPCAKES – Variety of Valentine’s Day Flavors

A variety of cupcakes are available for Valentine’s Day at Yummy Cupcakes. Some of the bakery’s featured flavors for the month of February include: “Chocolate Covered Strawberry,” a fresh strawberry cupcake filled with strawberry preserves, topped with a strawberry buttercream frosting and half-dipped in pure chocolate; “Chocolate Raspberry Cream,” featuring a chocolate cupcake filled with a raspberry whip, frosted with raspberry whipped cream frosting and topped with a fresh raspberry; and “Chocolate Strawberry,” including chocolate cupcake frosted with a strawberry buttercream dipped in a dark, rich, crunchy chocolate.

FROSTED CUPCAKERY – “Cherry Chocolate”

The February flavor of the month at Frosted Cupcakery is “Cherry Chocolate,” which features a moist, cherry chocolate cake topped with hearts and vanilla chocolate chip buttercream frosting. 

VANILLA BAKE SHOP – Valentine’s Day Goodies

Several different Valentine’s Day-themed treats are available at Vanilla Bake Shop. These treats include: “Valentine’s Sugar Cookies,” featuring buttery sugar cookies decorated with icing and sugar in cute, festive Valentine’s Day designs; “Valentine’s Day Ruffle Cake," a light-pink ruffle cake decorated with heart lollipops, “ruffle-style” vanilla bean buttercream frosting and a “sweet saying” plaque on top; and “Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars,” featuring the bakery’s classic cheesecake on top of the ever-popular Red Velvet cake. 

MCDONALD'S – “Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Frappe” 

McDonald's decadent indulgence features a trifecta of strawberry, chocolate and whipped cream. 

SPRINKLES ICE CREAM – “Raspberry Chocolate Chip”

The flavor of the month at Sprinkles Ice Cream for February is “Raspberry Chocolate Chip.” This flavor features silky raspberry ice cream with generous chunks of housemade, bittersweet tcho chocolate chips. 

SOUPLANTATION – “February Favorites” Menu

All February long, Souplantation is serving up a menu of guest favorites. Included on this menu are a variety of customer favorites, like “Chicken Pot Pie Stew,” “Garden Vegetable Hot Pasta,” “Red Velvet Lava Cake” and “Four Cheese Alfredo Pasta.”

REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS – Seasonal Peanut Butter Treats

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups features a decadent variety of chocolate-peanut butter treats for Feb. 14. Among these include a “Miniatures Heart Box," Giant “Peanut Butter Heart,” “King-Size Pack of Peanut Butter Hearts,” “Snack Size Bag of Peanut Butter Hearts," petite “Peanut Butter Filled Hearts” and festively foiled “Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures."

Hershey’s has some new flavors just in time for Valentine’s Day (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
Hershey’s has some new flavors just in time for Valentine’s Day (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
HERSHEY’S KISSES – “Raspberry Kisses”

Add a little romance to your day the Hershey’s Kisses way. The seasonal “Raspberry Kisses” feature a milk chocolate center with a raspberry-flavored, white crème exterior. Even some of the other Kisses flavors—like “Milk Chocolate Filled with Caramel”—are sporting cheery pink wrappers for Valentine’s Day.

HERSHEY’S – “Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Hearts”

Hershey’s Chocolates got a facelift of their own this Valentine’s Day, as these lovable candies are currently available in heart shapes. “Valentine’s Day Hershey’s Miniatures Chocolate Bars” are also available. 

YORK PEPPERMINT PATTIE – Heart-Shaped Candies

YORK Peppermint Patties got a face-lift just in time for Valentine’s Day. These heart-shaped candies, with their festive shapes, are even more fun to indulge in.  

DK’S DONUTS – “Special Valentine’s Edition Double Decker O-Nut”

For Valentine’s Day, DK’s Donuts is celebrating with a seasonal favorite—the “Special Valentine’s Edition Double Decker O-Nut.” The bakery—which includes a vast variety of donuts and pastries—specializes in “O-Nuts,” its unique twist on the trademarked Cronut. The “Valentine’s Edition Double Decker O-Nut” features the bakery’s signature house cream and diced strawberries. In addition, DK’s is selling its delicious strawberries dipped in hot Swiss chocolate for $2.

Other Valentines-y flavors popular at the bakery include the sweet “Strawberries N’ Nutella O-Nut”—featuring a layer of Nutella infused with fresh strawberries—the “Strawberries N’ Cream O-Nut," featuring a decadent combo of fresh strawberry jelly and DK’s special house cream, and the ever-popular “Red Velvet Double Decker O-Nut,” a modern take on the red velvet cake. Regular red velvet donuts are available at the bakery (plain, glazed or with cream cheese frosting). 

The special heart-shaped donuts available at DK’s are available in the following flavors: sprinkles, chocolate, vanilla and raspberry jelly. The bakery recommends that large orders should be placed online or should be emailed in at least 24 hours in advance. 

The following slideshow portrays the various Valentine's Day options at DK's Donuts (Photos Courtesy of DK’s Donuts):

KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS – Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts always provides a vast variety of seasonal doughnut flavors … and Valentine’s Day is no exception. For the special occasion, Krispy Kreme is launching several red, white and pink-hued doughnuts, including: “Sprinkled Heart,” a heart-shaped doughnut covered in white icing and red, pink and white sprinkles; “Valentine Sprinkles,” a traditional doughnut with a chocolate glaze and red, pink and white sprinkles; and “Chocolate Iced Heart,” a heart-shaped doughnut covered in chocolate icing and red drizzles. 

DUNKIN’ DONUTS – Heart-Shaped Donuts

On Jan. 28, heart-shaped donuts returned to Dunkin’ Donuts to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The two featured heart-shaped donuts include the “Cookie Dough Donut” and “Brownie Batter Donut.” The former features a heart-shaped donut with a sweet cookie dough buttercream-flavored filling, chocolate icing and chocolate chips, while the latter features a heart-shaped donut with a chocolatey brownie batter flavored buttercream filling, chocolate icing and heart-shaped sprinkles. These donuts will be available nationwide until the end of the month. 

GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE – Variety of Chocolate Treats

Customers will have their pick of chocolate gifts this Valentine’s Day at Ghirardelli Chocolate. Available treats range from “Valentine’s Day Milk & Caramel Filled Bar” and “Ghirardelli Sweetheart Truffles” to “Large Valentine’s Day Red Heart Gift Tin” and “Pink Sweetheart Gift Box.”

A variety of PEEPS will help you celebrate this Feb. 14 (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
A variety of PEEPS will help you celebrate this Feb. 14 (Kelli Shiroma / Neon Tommy).
PEEPS – Various Valentine’s Treats

These mouthwatering, marshmallow treats are sweeter than chocolate. For the Feb. 14 holiday, PEEPS offers an assortment of goodies, ranging from pink “Marshmallow Hearts” to “Vanilla Crème-” and “Strawberry Crème-” Flavored versions of these hearts. There’s even a sugar-free version of these hearts. Other Valentine’s Day treats include: “Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Crème Flavored Chicks,” “Chocolate Dipped Cherries Drizzled in Chocolate,” “Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Hearts” and “Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bears."

GODIVA – Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gifts

Valentine’s Day gifts at Godiva come in heart-shaped or elegantly wrapped, chocolate-hued boxes. Gift options include “Valentine’s Day Heart Box,” “Sweethearts Gift Tower,” “Valentine’s Day Truffle Flight,” “Valentine’s Day Mini Hearts” and “Milk Chocolate HUGS Hearts,” among many others. 

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