Whether you’re planning a date with your sweetheart or spending the day with friends, give your loved ones a delightful treat this Valentine’s Day.
From pies and cupcakes to bite-sized cheesecake, these sweet treats make the perfect gift — and an even better dessert!
Bird Bakery’s Cupid Valentine Box puts a cute, modern spin on the classic box of chocolates. Available for preorder, each box contains 12 mini cupcakes in flavors like red velvet and fresh strawberry.
Sweet Daze Dessert Bar offers an extensive collection of Valentine goodies. From artfully designed chocolate-covered strawberries to festive heart-shaped cake pops, you can preorder these handmade treats or limited quantities will be available in-store Feb. 10 through Feb. 14.
Dallas-favorite (and now a Fort Worth-fave, too) Val’s Cheesecake is offering the “It Takes Two” cheesecake cupcake box. Val suggests melting your beloved’s heart with two delicious cheesecake cupcakes topped with chocolate-covered strawberries — but there are two, so maybe your sweetie will share.
Emporium Pies is taking Valenpies preorders for delivery on Feb. 14. These delicious 7-inch pie brownies are available in Dr. Love, a red velvet chess pie, and Ebony & Ivory, a buttermilk chess pie with chocolate hazelnut spread. Delight even more knowing that a portion of the sales will go towards providing Valenpies for women at the Genesis Women’s Shelter.
Sweeter than a box of chocolates, Sprinkles suggests saying “I love you” with a custom XOX box through Feb. 18. Each box includes the perfect mix of cupcakes (think red velvet, raspberry chocolate chip and classics like dark chocolate and vanilla) topped with sugar hearts and sweet messages.
Who wouldn’t love adorable, bite-sized pies on a stick? Don’t miss The Pie Pop Company’s special edition Valentine’s Pie Pops, filled with dulce de leche or sweet cherry and available for delivery or pickup.
If you’re missing those traditional conversation hearts, say it with doughnuts instead. Available at participating Krispy Kreme shops through Feb. 14, the all-new Valentine Conversation Doughnuts are topped with edible phrases like “DM ME,” “ALL THE FEELS” and “BE MINE.”
A cheese board is a never-fail addition to any holiday gathering, whether it’s a small friendly get-together, or a large family celebration. With that in mind, we visited our friends at Scardello Artistan Cheese in Oak Lawn to learn how to create the perfect one. Watch the video below to see how you can ace your next cheese board.
Ace Your Cheese Board
• Include a combination of three firmnesses of cheese – soft, medium-firm and hard.
• Feature different animal milks (i.e. cow, goat, sheep).
• Add a twist by featuring different regions of the world.
• Include a variety of accompaniments like cornichons, dried fruits, nuts, olives or charcuterie.
• When displaying a cheese board, set out a knife for each cheese on the platter. This way, the flavors won’t be compromised.
• Set cheese out for at least 30 minutes to reach room temperature.
• Before any guests arrive, cut a few slices of cheese and arrange them on the board. Present each cheese with its own knife and allow your guests to continue to cut slices for themselves. These measures will prevent the cheese from drying out and allow the full flavors to emerge.
Still unsure of where to start? Don’t be afraid to venture into Scardello and ask for help. The knowledgable staff will work with you to create the perfect cheese board for your palate or gathering.
Mother’s Day is around the corner and we’ve rounded up a few items perfect for giving to someone special in your life.
1. French Lavender Hand Soap & Lotion – $44.95
Pamper your mom with this delightfully-scented and ultra-soothing hand soap, dish soap, and lotion set perfect for any sink or bathroom.
2. Brown Sugar Body Polish – $67.00
This natural sugar exfoliant promises to leave skin soft, silky, and glowing. The warm brown sugar scent is reminiscent of freshly-baked cookies. Need we say more?
3. Japanese Plum Bloom Candle – $26.00
This 16-ounce candle offers the scent of plum bloom petals and leaves, ripe plum fruit, and crushed currants. The jar is beautiful enough to be reused, too!
4. Faux Fur Robe – $69.95
Give the gift of luxury with this soft, plush robe. It’s even machine washable!
5. S’well® Water Bottle – $45.00
This double-walled, vacuum-sealed stainless-steel water bottle will keep any beverage hot or cold for an extended period of time. (Pro tip: The 25-ounce size holds an entire bottle of wine too…)
6. KitchenAid Stand Mixer – $569.99
This durable stand mixer is the perfect gift for the serious foodie. It offers 10 speeds to mix, knead, and whip ingredients quickly and easily.
7. iRobot® Roomba – $799.99
Give the gift of a smarter home with this Roomba® 980. With just the push of a button, it can seamlessly navigate and vacuum any floor clean of pet hair, crumbs, or random Cheerios.
8. Walnut Cookbook Holder – $49.95
Following recipes is now even easier with this gorgeous cookbook holder. Prop up cookbooks, Grandma’s recipes, or a tablet for perfect visibility.
T–3 days till the big holiday. If you’re a last-minute shopper (like most of us), don’t fret. We’ve rounded up a smorgasbord of items that can serve as great gifts for anyone. The best part? They can be found a hop, skip and a jump away from you.
Gräf & Lantz Duo Wine Carrier
Handcrafted with merino wool felt and Italian leather, this wine carrier keeps your wine chilled and safe during transit.
Make sure your pet is styled appropriately for holiday festivities or any chilly day. This fleece guarantees warmth, comfort and sophistication. Also, what’s Christmas without a Santa chew toy? This one incorporates chew guard technology to ensure durability.