Valentine’s Day is nigh … here, Cupid-approved sweet treats from our favourite local pastry shops and chocolatiers. —Catherine Dunwoody
Laduree’s limited-edition Vénus mon Amour beautifully decorated macaron boxes (box of eight for $38; box of 18 for $70; from February 11th to 14th) can be custom filled with your choice of 16 different flavours of these melt-in-your-mouth delights. Since we can’t go to Paris, let’s bring a little Paris to us, oui? Available February 11-14.
Food Network Canada star and Temper Chocolate and Pastry chef Steve Hodge has done it again with this year’s lineup. Choose from heart-shaped Linzer cookies, heart showpieces filled with yuzu or champagne filling, a variety of chocolate boxes, strawberry cheesecake and more. Visit in person or pre-order for pick up at the West Van shop.
Rocky Mtn Chocolate’s collection includes chocolate bark bars infused with edible rose petals and dried strawberries, Pucker Up chocolate lips and Heart of Glass hard-candy suckers, plus a classic heart-shaped box of artisanal chocolates in pink and red.
It’s challenging to find gluten-free cakes this pretty, and this delicious, but here it is at last. Buttermere Patisserie’s Love Note cake made with flourless chocolate sponge, strawberry gelée, caramel chocolate mousse is available for pre-order for pick up now.
Bluebird Cakery went with an all-out 1990s theme in its treat box featuring classic back-then couples like JLo and P Diddy, Brittney and JT, plus a mixtape playlist on Spotify. Aiight.