Want something better to give on Valentine's Day than a last-minute heart-shaped box of mediocre chocolates from the drug store? Several local bakers are offering baked goods and other items that you can order in advance and pick up when the big day is closer.
Fluff Bake Bar and Fat Cat Creamery
One of Houston's best-known pastry chefs, Rebecca Mason of Fluff Bake Bar, has joined forces with Fat Cat Creamery to offer an array of goodies available for pick up. Rebecca's famous Fluffernutters are an option, as well as an intriguing Sweet Treat Gift Box that contains four each of brownies, cupcakes and cookies. Gorgeous French macarons are available, and Rebecca says her new chocolates are yummy.
Fat Cat Creamery is offering a special ice cream flavor as well: Vanilla with Chocolate Covered Cherry.
As an added bonus, when you indulge in these sweet treats, you're helping a good cause as well. Forty percent of sales go to Lucky Dog Rescue, a non-profit fostering organization that finds homes for stray and abandoned dogs. Altruism makes everything taste even better.
These are just a few of their offerings for the Valentine's Bake Sale, so check out the rest of menu at the Lucky Dog web site.
The Lil Baker Online
How's this for a unique idea? Pie for Valentine's Day!
The Lil Baker is offering chocolate crème or cherry pies for $25 each. They will be available for pickup from the Rice Village area (where they are baked at a commercial kitchen), or you can arrange for delivery. These pies look amazing in the photos, and if they taste half as good as they look, you will not be disappointed.
Bread and Batter
Not everyone likes sweets. Bread and Batter has an answer for these folks: heart-shaped, stuffed pretzels! You can order them stuffed with cheese and/or peppers. At only $3 each, these are a bargain.
For those who want to stick with the sweet side, they are offering vanilla cupcakes with chocolate wings, heart-shaped pastries that can be dipped in chocolate or berry-filled, and devil's food cupcakes with a "heart" of cherries or strawberries.
Chocolat d'Arte As reported earlier, Nancy Burke has started a chocolate truck. Not only has she developed an amazing assortment in time for Valentine's Day called "The Seven Sins of Chocolate (Plus Three)", but also this was posted on her Facebook page: "Milk chocolate candy bars and dark chocolate with blueberries, chocolate nibs, and cinnamon almonds are ready. Stock up for Valentine's Day!"
Last year, Jody Stevens offered heart-shaped cake delivery to your special someone, and she's doing it again this year. (I personally took advantage of the service, and she delivered a cake to my sweetheart at his office for me last year. In his words, "It was pretty awesome.")
On Twitter, she said: "Custom goodies along with a handwritten note and flowers delivered to their door!" so it sounds like there are additional fun options for an even bigger surprise gift.
Jody is well-known for her vegan and gluten-free baked goods, so she's a great vendor to select for people with these dietary restrictions. Check out her web site for contact information and other goodies year-round.
Now You're All Set
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This might be your easiest Valentine's Day ever, except for one problem: choosing which of these delectable-sounding treats to give. The only option, really, is to pick more than one; something for your loved one, and something for yourself. After all, don't you deserve a reward for such great planning? Of course you do.
What are you giving or doing for Valentine's Day? Let us know in the comments.