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10 Desserts to Eat for Valentine's Day

Customizable Valentine's Day cakes are available by special-order at Niko Niko's.
Customizable Valentine's Day cakes are available by special-order at Niko Niko's. Photo by Erika Kwee
click to enlarge Customizable Valentine's Day cakes are available by special-order at Niko Niko's. - PHOTO BY ERIKA KWEE
Customizable Valentine's Day cakes are available by special-order at Niko Niko's.
Photo by Erika Kwee

Love or hate Valentine's Day, it's hard to deny the prime excuse to consume sugar that is February 14. From special edition ice cream flavors to truffles to smoked chocolate cake, if romance = sugar, we've got you covered.

click to enlarge Fat Cat Creamery is releasing new flavor "Catentine's Day" just in time for Valentine's Day — a sweet cream ice cream with rum-soaked strawberries and milk chocolate chips. - PHOTO BY FAT CAT CREAMERY
Fat Cat Creamery is releasing new flavor "Catentine's Day" just in time for Valentine's Day — a sweet cream ice cream with rum-soaked strawberries and milk chocolate chips.
Photo by Fat Cat Creamery

Catentine's Day from Fat Cat Creamery: If you've never had a sundae from Fat Cat Creamery, now is the time to start. The creamery is releasing a new flavor at the start of February just in time for Valentine's Day— Catentine's Day is sweet cream ice cream swirled with rum-soaked strawberries and milk chocolate chips. Bring your favorite person in with you to try it in a cone or on top of a warm, house-baked brownie or cookie, or make your own sundae (pictured with house-made whipped cream and house-candied cherries). Sundaes start at $5.75 and include a scoop of your choice of ice cream, three toppings, whipped cream and a cherry. Each additional scoop is $1 more.

click to enlarge Classic strawberry shortcake waffle from Seabook Waffle Company. - PHOTO BY TRINA WALTENBAUGH
Classic strawberry shortcake waffle from Seabook Waffle Company.
Photo by Trina Waltenbaugh

Liege waffles
from Seabrook Waffle Company: If you can't quite handle a romantic breakfast in bed, making the trek over to Seabrook for a hot, caramelized liege waffle from the Seabrook Waffle Company may be even better. The waffles, made with brioche dough and studded with thick pearls of pearl sugar, are yeasty, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The shop offers both sweet (think Nutella, ice cream and sprinkles) and savory (think Eggs Benedict, Monte Cristo and more) waffles for romance on both sides of the sweet and salty spectrum.

click to enlarge These adorable lovebirds are chocolate ganache-filled cherry vanilla macarons from home baker Nicole Kannenberg. - PHOTO BY NICOLE KANNENBERG
These adorable lovebirds are chocolate ganache-filled cherry vanilla macarons from home baker Nicole Kannenberg.
Photo by Nicole Kannenberg

Lovebird macarons from Monchou Sweets: Home baker Nicole Kannenberg is known for her elegant, pastel-forward baked goods. For Valentine's Day, she's running a special-edition macaron package. The "How Tweet It Is to Be Loved by You" special features chocolate ganache-filled cherry vanilla macarons. A gift box of two oversized lovebird macarons along with three mini macaron hearts is $16. You can place an order with Nicole via email at monchousweets@gmail.com or via the website: www.monchousweets.com.


click to enlarge Who can resist adorable fondant emojis on top of Crave's delicious cupcakes? - PHOTO BY ERIKA KWEE
Who can resist adorable fondant emojis on top of Crave's delicious cupcakes?
Photo by Erika Kwee

Valentine's Day treats
from Crave Cupcakes: Trust the Houston-founded cupcake empire to take the (cup)cake with the most adorable Valentine's Day treats. Special edition treats include frosted sugar cookies and white chocolate-dipped marshmallow treats and cupcakes topped with frosting rosettes or fondant designs. Fondant options include handcrafted love birds in the shape of a heart, "LOVE," and the heart eyes or kiss-blowing emoji. To sweeten the deal, the Uptown Park location will have a pop-up drive-through on Valentine's Day so you won't even have to get out of your car! You can place pre-orders starting 1/31 through 2/13, or bakeshop treats will be available 2/1 through 2/14 in-store while supplies last.

click to enlarge Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free cookie cakes from Awesome Bites Co. that are made with beans (and actually taste delicious). - PHOTO BY AWESOME BITES CO.
Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free cookie cakes from Awesome Bites Co. that are made with beans (and actually taste delicious).
Photo by Awesome Bites Co.

Allergen-free cookie cakes from Awesome Bites Co.: Got a loved one in your life with a pesky food intolerance? The folks behind the allergy-friendly treats at Awesome Bites Co. have you covered with muffins, blondies and more that are all vegan and made without refined sugar, GMO ingredients, preservatives or artificial ingredients. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Awesome Bites is rolling out two brand-new 9" cookie cakes: beanie brownie (with chocolate ganache and naturally colored sprinkles) and chocolate chip blondie (topped with beet juice-tinted pink buttercream frosting). Both cakes are gluten-free, vegan, and high in fiber and protein thanks to a bean base (trust me, you'd never guess they're made out of beans). Cakes serve ten people, run $30 and can be ordered for local pickup at www.awesomebitesco.com.

click to enlarge Pick up some special-edition Valentine's Day truffles from Niko Niko's. - PHOTO BY ERIKA KWEE
Pick up some special-edition Valentine's Day truffles from Niko Niko's.
Photo by Erika Kwee

Valentine's Day truffles from Niko Niko's: Kill two birds with one stone by picking up a delicious meal AND dessert at Niko Niko's. The relatively new location on Katy Freeway features a huge display case of house-made desserts, with the dessert program directed by a pastry chef straight from Greece. Post-Super Bowl, special Valentine's Day treats will be made available at all locations. Purchase truffles by the box at the Montrose location or from a pop-up dessert stand at the Katy Freeway location. For special occasions, you can special order a beautiful Valentine's Day cake from any of the locations. Savory-inclined people can also take advantage of their Valentine's Day meal special: two gyros and two drinks for $20.

click to enlarge SweetCup debuts two new flavors for Valentine's Day: Rose Milk (left) and Dark Chocolate Truffle Vino (right). - PHOTO BY SWEETCUP GELATO
SweetCup debuts two new flavors for Valentine's Day: Rose Milk (left) and Dark Chocolate Truffle Vino (right).
Photo by SweetCup Gelato

Dark Chocolate Truffle Vino gelato
from SweetCup: Get your spoon ready: SweetCup is debuting two fresh flavors in time for Valentine's Day. For a more floral, delicate palate, the Rose Milk is made with Chantilly cream and rose water. Those who love chocolate and wine (um, who doesn't) will love the Dark Chocolate Truffle Vino, which has a Valrhona chocolate base infused with butter, cream and Cabernet Sauvignon.


click to enlarge Red velvet macarons, heart-shaped Rice Krispie treats and more are available at Sweet for Valentine's Day. - PHOTO BY SWEET
Red velvet macarons, heart-shaped Rice Krispie treats and more are available at Sweet for Valentine's Day.
Photo by Sweet
Valentine's Day cookies from Sweet: Besides the usual array of Instagram-worthy treats, the City Centre-based sister bakery to Tout Suit will be offering a special variety of treats for Valentine's Day. Vanilla, strawberry and red velvet heart-shaped macarons ($3), heart-shaped marshmallow treats ($3.50), packages of iced mini cookies (12 for $7) and Texas-shaped iced cookies ($3.50) will all be available to purchase alongside the usual cakes, cupcakes and house-made signature drinks. All macarons are gluten-free.

click to enlarge Pick up a special chocolate strawberry baked doughnut at the Ripe Cuisine food truck at the Eastside Farmers Market the Saturday before Valentine's Day. - PHOTO BY RIPE CUISINE
Pick up a special chocolate strawberry baked doughnut at the Ripe Cuisine food truck at the Eastside Farmers Market the Saturday before Valentine's Day.
Photo by Ripe Cuisine

Vegan strawberry chocolate doughnuts from Ripe Cuisine: Like many of the dishes that emerge from the Ripe Cuisine food truck, you'd never know these perfectly soft and sweet baked doughnuts are vegan. For Valentine's Day, Ripe Cuisine will bring back the chocolate strawberry doughnuts from last year, garnished with fresh strawberries. Doughnuts will be available the Saturday before Valentine's Day, when the Ripe truck resides at the Eastside Farmers Market.

Bonus: For a non-vegan option, Hugs and Donuts is offering a berries and cream doughnut for Valentine's Day. It will also host a kid's Valentine's Day-themed party the afternoon before; kids can decorate their own doughnuts and valentines.


click to enlarge The chocolate cake at Killen's STQ is smoked under a cloche. - PHOTO BY KIMBERLY PARK
The chocolate cake at Killen's STQ is smoked under a cloche.
Photo by Kimberly Park

Smoked chocolate cake
from Killen's STQ: If you've scored a reservation at Ronnie Killen's newest restaurant, you're probably going for more than dessert...but make sure to save room because Killen's take on chocolate cake transcends the average cake. The moist, cherry-infused creation is smoked under a cloche; once the cloche is removed, smoke plumes out at the table. It's like a smoky taste of the outdoors captured in the sweetest of ways, and Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to indulge.
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Erika Kwee is a freelance food writer, photographer and contributor to the Houston Press who particularly enjoys exploring the many unique sweet spots around Houston. She is constantly on the hunt for exceptional pad thai, vegetarian dumplings and pancakes.