What are you planning to buy your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? The fastest way to the heart is through the stomach—but not if you’re planning on stopping by the local CVS and picking up a cardboard heart-shaped box filled with equally cardboard chocolates. Instead, show your valentine that you really care with these decadent desserts.
2107A Boston Post Rd, Larchmont
|This gem of a shop is known for its crave-inducing chocolate barks and, for Valentine’s Day, it’s offering a specialized heart-shaped bark ($15 per half pound). Cocoa also carries several chocolate heart molds with sweet nothings written on them such as “Be Mine,” “I Love You,” or a customized message ($2 to $25). Or, stick with what works: classic chocolate truffles and bonbons ($1.50 to $1.95 each).|
The Kneaded Bread
181 N Main St, Port Chester
Hearts are everywhere at this Port Chester bakery, which is offering heart-shaped brownies ($2.75), cupcakes with hearts ($2), chocolate dipped hearts ($2), and heart-shaped butter cookies ($1.25). The bakery also has delicious heart-shaped cakes ($15)—but, for some folks, the specialty Ring Dings are as romantic as any heart-shaped treat. To place an order, call two days in advance.
Provisions Café and Bake Shop
209 Wolf’s Ln, Pelham
Whoopie pies are all the rage, and, when you see Provisions’ heart-shaped version of the confection ($3.75 each), you’ll see they’re also the perfect sweetie pie. But why stop there? The café is loaded with hand-painted sugar cookies ($3.75 each) and red velvet cupcakes, which are always a Valentine’s Day favorite.
The Cupcake Kitchen
100 Main St, Irvington
Chocolate isn’t the only way to satisfy a sweet tooth. This year, The Cupcake Kitchen is super sweet with themed cupcakes ($2.50 each) and customizable heart-shaped cakes ($20 to $60).
607 E Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck
|Staying in on Valentine’s Day? Chocolations’ chocolate-covered strawberries ($24/pound) are a perfect way to set a romantic mood. On the off-chance that’s not enough, Chocolations will go over the top to satisfy your chocolate cravings with boxes that are made of chocolate and filled with chocolate ($30). Word to the wise: If you have your heart set on something specific, calling ahead is recommended.|
106 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville
|Show your honey the money: Topps’ sugar cookies ($2) come in all different shapes, including puzzle-piece cookies that read Jerry Maguire’s favorite chestnut, “You complete me.” With a sweet selection of pink and red sprinkled and frosted cupcakes ($3 each) and small butter cookies that can be arranged in a pink box ($20/lb) or a cookie tray ($20 to $50), this bakery knows how to be sweet with its sweets. The bakery also offers grab-and-go bags of candy that make quick, easy, and delicious gifts ($4.75 each or two for $8).|
157 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont
|Sweet Teez certainly lives up to its whimsical name, offering edible red lips filled with candy, as well as other hard candies with Valentine motifs ($15 range). The shop also offers chocolate heart and ribbon lollipops ($2.50 to $3) as well as new “Pick-Up” candy bars, which present a love story on each wrapper. (Can you say ice-breaker?) Cupcake marshmallows run 25 cents and decadent chocolate-covered X and O Oreos come two in a box for $9.|
575 N Main St, Armonk
French words are always romantic, but none as romantic as these: Jacques Torres. The bakery carries Torres’ chocolates as well as heart-shaped cakes with special Valentine’s Day messages (starting at $24.95; they can be custom made). Or, you can share the love by purchasing a dozen red velvet donuts for all your friends and family ($1 each).
La Tulipe Desserts
455 Lexington Ave, Mt. Kisco
|For a more creative truffle arrangement, try La Tulipe’s chocolate heart, filled with five assorted truffles ($18.50). If your sweetheart is a little more offbeat, go for the marzipan frog—a 100-percent edible green frog with a heart on its stomach ($15). They say you always have to kiss a few frogs…