Whether you love it or loath it, the countdown to Valentine’s Day is on. That means loved-up couples eager to show their plus one just how much they care on Cupid’s day of love best start thinking about what they want to gift.
With dozens of locally-based chocolatiers, bakehouses, and candy stores, offering a range of tantalizing confections, we’ve rounded up the most delicious Valentine’s-themed treats available this year.
With hearts, lips, and special pink and red confections, Karameller Candy has put together the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. As always, Karameller Candy is free from GMOs, trans fats, and high-fructose corn syrup. Limited quantities of special cubes tied with a black and white twine, themed jars, and bags full of hearts, lips, pink and red or chocolate sweets are available until February 14, 2016. Customize your own cube choosing from the over 100 varieties of candy.
Address: 30-1020 Mainland Street
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Vancouver-based Thomas Haas Chocolates & Pâtisserie, has recently unveiled its latest collection of signature creations. The lineup includes a handcrafted pair of ornately decorated love birds ($55), a hand-painted chocolate heart airbrushed and decorated with 23-karat gold leaf containing an array of mouthwatering chocolates and truffles ($19.90, small or $25, large), a chocolate box filled with nine assorted dark, milk ,or white gourmet chocolate truffle hearts ($39), and an edible chocolate flowerpot, decorated with a selection of chocolates and truffles ($45). Chocolate lollipops, heart-shaped truffles, and chocolate and cookie boxes are also be available.
Address: 2539 West Broadway Avenue
Address: Unit 128, 998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
Marsh&Mallow, a local confectionary company making handmade gourmet mallows, has released their fluffy Valentine’s Day creations, available from January 25 until February 29. These raspberry flavoured marshmallows, made with organic fruit purée and premium dark chocolate swirled in, are sold 6 pieces to a pack and each pack is $15.
Butter Baked Goods has Valentine’s Day sweet treats covered. The charming bakehouse is offering beautifully decorated small cakes for two ranging in price from $25 to $28, Strawberry Chocolate Wagon Wheels (with strawberry marshmallow inside) $4.75, and decorated Sugar Cookies priced at $6 each, among other treats.
Address: 4907 MacKenzie Street
Soirette’s ‘Love Notes’ Collection for Valentine’s Day is sure to make your loved one swoon. Choose from Love Note Sugar Cookies, a Mini Heart Macaron Dessert for Two (complete with a matcha coconut truffle topped with gold leaf), Macaron Heart Pops, or a Box of Six Ombré Macarons. The collection will be available from February 1.
Address: 1433 West Pender Street
Phone Number: 604-558 3308
This artisanal chocolatier is offering a wide range of luxurious chocolates for Valentine’s Day, including the Oh Baby! Romance–a keepsake wooden gift box with six delectable chocolate bars, a mini silver heart box with three champagne and Kir Royale ganache filled lips, mojito ganache filled milk and dark chocolate hearts, and burnt caramel Valentine’s Bonbons.
Address: 863 West Hastings Street
French Made Baking’s love-themed sweets include heart-shaped macarons available in a selection of the bakeries most popular flavours (Earl Grey milk chocolate, Salted Caramel, Raspberry, Rose and Litchi, Pistachio, and Praliné), large macarons filled with whipped ganache and fresh fruits, heart-shaped vanilla bean cheesecake, and a gluten-free molten heart chocolate cake made with Cacao Barry dark chocolate.
Address: 81 Kingsway, Mount Pleasant
Phone: 604-558- 4880
Located in Crosstown, The Dirty Apron Delicatessen has created a handful of sweets to satisfy your Valentine. Specially-made truffles, macarons, and beautifully decorated heart-shaped cookies will be available from February 9.
Address: 540 Beatty Street
Treat your sweetheart to something sweet from Cadeaux Bakery this year. The Powell Street bakery will be offering heart-shaped double chocolate mini cakes ($9.99) and 6″ fruit mousse tarts for $12. Also available, house-made chocolate truffles and heart-shaped sugar cookies with special lovey-dovey messages. Drop into the shopfront or or call to pre-order your cakes and tarts.
Address: 172 Powell Street
Beaucoup Bakery’s Valentine’s-inspired Chocolate Lovers’ Box is filled with an assortment of chocolate goodies. For $35, customers who purchase this little treasure trove will receive two Salted Rosemary Chocolate Cookies, two Valrhona Chocolate Brownies, a Valrhona 64% Tainori Chocolate Tart, and an exclusive jar of White Velvet Hot Chocolate Mix. Those interested in this gift, must pre-order one day in advance, starting February 1.
Address: 2150 Fir Street
Giovane Café will be offering a Valentine’s twist on their signature sugar bun. The aptly named “Hot Bun” priced at $5 each, is sprinkled with cinnamon, heart-shaped, and infused with pastry cream. These moreish treats will be available at the café from February 7.
Address: 1038 Canada Place
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with some enticing chocolate confections from Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie in Burnaby Heights. Truffle heart-shaped gift boxes start at $39.95 and Chez Christophe’s “Key to My Heart” latticed chocolate sculpture with a hidden golden heart and bonbons start at $19.95 for a small, $29.95 for a medium (pictured), and a large for $39.95.
Address: 4712 Hastings Street, Burnaby
This Valentine’s Day local baker Anjan Kaur, who operates Cakes by Anjan, is sharing the love with a range of adorable sugar cookie creation sets. Decorated with royal icing these colourful and moreish cookies are priced at $12.50 per box.
Ganache Pâtisserie, the Yaletown bakehouse specializing in French-inspired hand-crafted desserts will offer a new gâteau for Valentine’s Day. The Saint Valentin Chocolat S’more 2016 ($28.95) is composed of dual layers of hazelnut graham cracker crust sandwiching layers of Bailey’s chocolate mousse, moist chocolate cake, and a vanilla guimauve center with a caramelized Italian meringue marshmallow topping. Ideal for sharing with that special someone, Saint Valentin Chocolat S’more will be available starting February 5 and pre-orders are strongly recommended.
Address: 1262 Homer Street
Thierry has a stack of treats to choose from for Valentine’s Day. Favourites include hand-crafted chocolates (Chef Thierry selects the finest ingredients and hand-crafts small batch chocolates in his chocolaterie) available individually or in small, medium or large boxes, and hand-crafted macarons, which are available individually or in a 7 or 12 pack, and come in flavours like Pink Praline (red), Lychee (pink), Casiss (maroon), and Vanilla (cream). Each year, Chef Thierry creates a pair of Romeo and Juliet cakes that are available on Valentine’s Day only. The cakes are sized for sharing.
Address: 1059 Alberni Street
Downtown’s Bel Café will be crafting a Petite Entremet of milk chocolate, passion fruit and almond praline in a heart-shaped decor for Valentine’s Day. Available from February 8, right through to February 14, this tantalizing treat is priced at $6.20.
Address: 801 West Georgia Street
Gem Chocolates has a variety of Valentine’s Day-inspired items on offer this year, from chocolate heart cases, which can be filled with chocolates, to individual chocolates (orange and almond, hazelnut and cherry, spiced hearts, and vibrant red lips). The chocolate-focused shop also has adorable chocolate boxes on sale too.
Address: 2029 West 41st Avenue, Kerrisdale
Sweet treats are bountiful at Vancouver’s Faubourg Paris. Head there for a coffee or tea date, and nibble on their signature pastries and confections, like their Macaron Heart with raspberries, dark chocolate, and salted caramel; their Valentine’s Day vanilla sponge cake with pineapple mousse, passionfruit curd, and chocolate; a jam-filled heart-shaped Linzer cookie; and Raspberry Rose and Strawberry Black Pepper macaron. These special treats are available from February 12 to 14. In Kerrisdale, check out their chic Pink Afternoon Tea service, too.