Valentine’s day is around the corner so if you’re feeling the crush of billions of marketing dollars telling you that you must get something red or heart-related for your partner–here are some suggestions.
**Updated February 8**
Scharffen Berger Chocolate is hosting a “Chocolate Bar” this Valentine’s Day (Tues., Feb. 14) from 8am-3pm at Chelsea Triangle (W 14th St & 9th Ave & Hudson St,) in the Meatpacking District. Activities/offers include: sampling flights of chocolate tasting squares, free hot chocolate, you can personalize “chocolate grams” (with a tasting square included!) to mail to friends across the country and purchase a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for the chocolate lover in your life.
Sweets you can order or pick up:
Chocolat Michel Cluizel is offering a heart-shaped dark chocolate box in two sizes ($16 & $22), filled with chocolate truffles wrapped in shiny pink and red foil. As a special add-on, on Valentine’s Day, the Michel Cluizel USA chef will be at the 5th Avenue boutique to customize these chocolate hearts in white chocolate with the message of your choice. They are also offering a beautiful Valentine’s Day raspberry tart for only $6! Two great deals from this 5th Ave boutique.
Spot Dessert Bar is featuring chocolate covered cake lollipops ($2.50), red velvet cupcakes ($2.75) and heart-shaped macarons in red velvet and raspberry rose ($2.25).
Junior’s is offering (what else?) a heart shaped cheesecake that’s covered with chocolate ganache and decorated with red pinstripes. $34.95 if you order online.
Vegan Divas vegan bakery is offering a heart-shaped red tin of vegan chocolate chip cookies ($35 on Opensky) endorsed by Alicia Silverstone. She says: “This makes a pretty groovy gift for your favorite animal-lover. After all, Valentine’s Day is all about Love”
Jacques Torres is selling chocolate heart-shaped lollipps called “Spankers” ($14) that say “Love” on one side and “Spank me” on the other. They are also selling cool red (think Rolling Stones) chocolate lips ($15). Where would Mr. Chocolate get the idea for such a lollipop? Check out this interview to find out.
Payard is selling a beautiful heart shaped box of macarons ($48) and champagne Pop Rock” truffles ($55). Schmancy! Take that Laduree!
For a sit down meal:
Kyotofu is offering a three-course dessert prix fixe ($30) that includes pink sparkling sake gelee, sweetheart red velvet cake, Valrhona dark chocolate mousse and also includes sake and champagne pairings!
Chocolat Michel Cluizel’s website is here. They are located at 584 Fifth Avenue (
Spot Dessert Bar’s website has their full menu. Spot is located at 13 St Mark’s Place.
Junior’s website is here. Junior’s has locations in Brooklyn, Grand Central and Times Square
Kyotofu is located at 705 9th Ave (48 and 49th St). Their website is here.
For simple, chocolate-centric Valentine’s Day ideas check out Kathy Chan’s recommended warm chocolate desserts on SeriousEats NY.
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