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The Best Treats For Your Valentine When Chocolate Won't Do

The Best Treats For Your Valentine When Chocolate Won't Do

The Best Treats For Your Valentine When Chocolate Won't Do

Chocoholics, avert your eyes. Though February 14th is oft associated with the popular confection, not everyone is a fan. Some sweethearts prefer complex creations built from cake, buttercream and love. Others harbour covert cravings for sugary candies or savoury bites. Unsurprisingly, some merely want a sophisticated cocktail to warm their hands and hearts come Valentine's Day.

If only the best treats that aren't chocolates will do for your valentine, we've got you covered.

130 Eglinton Ave E

The Social Blend

The Social Blend

The Social Blend is celebrating the year's most amorous month with new flavours of their beloved macarons and dacquoises. From rose milk tea and pineapple macarons to yuzu black sesame and Lady Grey dacquoises, each box of nine includes an assortment of flavours you'll find hard to share -- even with your one true love.

552 Parliament St

Staij and Co

Staij and Co

Pretty in pink, Staij and Co.'s Sweetheart Snack Mix is a sweet and salty blend of popcorn, pretzels, sprinkles and blush-coloured melted white chocolate. You're sure to impress the snack-happy types with this one.

Salt Gourmet Foods

Salt Gourmet Foods

This year, Salt Gourmet Foods has two Valentine's Day sets, each brimming with local treats. Opt for the XOXO set, with pre-mixed Negronis from Mercatto, spiced nuts from La Palma and Hershey Kisses. Or, choose the Be My Valentine, and gift an array of treats ranging from Forno Cultura biscotti, to caramel corn from Comeback Snacks and a bottle of bubbly.

Pretty Little Layers

Pretty Little Layers

There's more than one way to take your lover's breath away this Valentine's Day. Present anyone with a Sweethearts cake from Pretty Little Layers and prepare for the cries of ecstasy sure to follow. Available for pre-order pickup, each entremet cake can be ordered in a range of flavours, from salted caramel to mango, raspberry dark chocolate, and more.

Love of Cocktails

Love of Cocktails

With three Valentine's Day kits on offer -- Grey Goose Vodka, Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Dillon's Gin -- Love of Cocktails has a set sure to please. Each includes ingredients and instructions for making three inspired cocktails, along with a selection of sweets from Acorn Chocolates.

Firebelly Tea

Firebelly Tea

For the simplest of comforts on a cold winter night, hug a mug of Firebelly Tea's After Dinner Mint herbal infusion. Like sipping a warm dark chocolate mint that's infused with valerian to help lull you to sleep, this cup is the perfect counterpoint to some of Valentine's Day more hedonistic pleasures.

128A Sterling Rd

Henderson Brewing

Henderson Brewing

If you've ever thought that your sweetheart would like nothing more than to sip on a liquid cookie in beer form, look no further. A collaboration between Henderson Brewing and the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies, new Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Porter, boasts chocolate, vanilla and molasses notes with a lingering roasted coffee finish.

3507 Bathurst St

Goûter

Goûter

There's nothing like a cookie the size of your loved one's head to let them know you care. Available for pre-order until February 10, these sizeable sweets will also be available in-store in limited quantities.

Drinks On Friday

Drinks On Friday

Just because Valentine's Day falls on a Monday this year doesn't mean you can't have a little fun. Order a Love Day Kit from Drinks On Friday and the trio of pre-made cocktails, can of Lambrusco, and sweet snacks are guaranteed to help chase away the Monday blues.

David's Tea

David's Tea

Warm your resident tea-lover's heart with the Love Collection Tea Sampler from David's Tea. Each cozy set includes five Valentine-themed teas and infusions -- from Pink Velvet Cake to Cherry Blossom and more.

Cured Catering

Cured Catering

Pamper those with a salty tooth to a Charcuterie Bouquet filled to bursting with an abundance of savoury nibbles. If your honey salivates for salami, and cherishes cheese served with all its best accompaniments, then this is the bouquet you'll want delivered come February 14.

Coterie 72

Coterie 72

Surprise the wine lover in your life with a monthly subscription of three or six curated bottles from Coterie 72. Or, opt for the new Love Potion No. 72 box, complete with two artisanal wines (a bubbly Parés Baltà Cava Rosé plus a Casa Conforto Chianti Superiore) and a dried bouquet from Thyme Studio.

Continental Noodles

Continental Noodles

Elevate your Valentine's Day menu with Continental Noodles' heart-shaped ricotta ravioli. All-natural, these fluffy bites pair beautifully with your favourite sauce, a fine bottle of wine and a quiet evening spent celebrating love.

120 Dundas St W

Butter Baker

Butter Baker

Garnished for the season with sweet pink chocolate hearts, Butter Baker's Strawberry Shortcake hits all the right Valentine's Day notes. Perfect for any duo, each cake features a sumptuous combination of pink vanilla chiffon cake, vanilla cream, house-made strawberry jam and fresh strawberry slices.

1121 Queen St E

Bobbette & Belle

Bobbette & Belle

Awash in pastels year-round, Bobbette & Belle is the perfect spot for gorgeous, delicious baked goods sure to impress your sweety. Order a Valentine's Day Cake in chocolate hazelnut, red velvet or vanilla with raspberry and lemon, and spend a quiet evening falling for each other between luscious bites.

Biscotti Queen

Biscotti Queen

New this year, Biscotti Queen is making a limited-edition biscookie (a hybrid biscotti cookie with a tender bite) just in time for Valentine's Day. Available as of February 1st, the "Be-scookie My Valentine" features buttery dough bursting with a trio of pink chocolate gems, mini white and dark chocolate chips.

Becked Goods

Becked Goods

Available for pre-order pickup and delivery on February 13, Becked Goods Valentine's Day sugar cookies are a colourful way to brighten anyone's day. Order a box for a friend, and one for yourself, because you won't want to miss out.

Bar From Afar

Bar From Afar

Bar From Afar's Valentine's Day Experience takes the guesswork out of mixology so you can spend the evening focused on love. With everything needed to make three different cocktails, along with a delightful truffle to match each sip, this kit has (almost) everything a successful Valentine's Day requires.

All The GRAZE

All The GRAZE

Order a Truffle in Paradise box from All The GRAZE and have enough savoury and sweet bites to see you and your sweetie through hours of Valentine's Day shenanigans. Nibble on one of four cheeses, including truffle Moliterno and cranberry goat, then sample biscotti, macarons and berries with abandon.

The Best Treats For Your Valentine When Chocolate Won't Do

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The Best Treats For Your Valentine When Chocolate Won't Do

Christine Peddie

Christine Peddie

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Chocoholics, avert your eyes. Though February 14th is oft associated with the popular confection, not everyone is a fan. Some sweethearts prefer complex creations built from cake, buttercream and love. Others harbour covert cravings for sugary candies or savoury bites. Unsurprisingly, some merely want a sophisticated cocktail to warm their hands and hearts come Valentine's Day.

If only the best treats that aren't chocolates will do for your valentine, we've got you covered.

Salt Gourmet Foods

Salt Gourmet Foods

This year, Salt Gourmet Foods has two Valentine's Day sets, each brimming with local treats. Opt for the XOXO set, with pre-mixed Negronis from Mercatto, spiced nuts from La Palma and Hershey Kisses. Or, choose the Be My Valentine, and gift an array of treats ranging from Forno Cultura biscotti, to caramel corn from Comeback Snacks and a bottle of bubbly.

Pretty Little Layers

Pretty Little Layers

There's more than one way to take your lover's breath away this Valentine's Day. Present anyone with a Sweethearts cake from Pretty Little Layers and prepare for the cries of ecstasy sure to follow. Available for pre-order pickup, each entremet cake can be ordered in a range of flavours, from salted caramel to mango, raspberry dark chocolate, and more.

Love of Cocktails

Love of Cocktails

With three Valentine's Day kits on offer -- Grey Goose Vodka, Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Dillon's Gin -- Love of Cocktails has a set sure to please. Each includes ingredients and instructions for making three inspired cocktails, along with a selection of sweets from Acorn Chocolates.

Firebelly Tea

Firebelly Tea

For the simplest of comforts on a cold winter night, hug a mug of Firebelly Tea's After Dinner Mint herbal infusion. Like sipping a warm dark chocolate mint that's infused with valerian to help lull you to sleep, this cup is the perfect counterpoint to some of Valentine's Day more hedonistic pleasures.

Drinks On Friday

Drinks On Friday

Just because Valentine's Day falls on a Monday this year doesn't mean you can't have a little fun. Order a Love Day Kit from Drinks On Friday and the trio of pre-made cocktails, can of Lambrusco, and sweet snacks are guaranteed to help chase away the Monday blues.

David's Tea

David's Tea

Warm your resident tea-lover's heart with the Love Collection Tea Sampler from David's Tea. Each cozy set includes five Valentine-themed teas and infusions -- from Pink Velvet Cake to Cherry Blossom and more.

Cured Catering

Cured Catering

Pamper those with a salty tooth to a Charcuterie Bouquet filled to bursting with an abundance of savoury nibbles. If your honey salivates for salami, and cherishes cheese served with all its best accompaniments, then this is the bouquet you'll want delivered come February 14.

Coterie 72

Coterie 72

Surprise the wine lover in your life with a monthly subscription of three or six curated bottles from Coterie 72. Or, opt for the new Love Potion No. 72 box, complete with two artisanal wines (a bubbly Parés Baltà Cava Rosé plus a Casa Conforto Chianti Superiore) and a dried bouquet from Thyme Studio.

Continental Noodles

Continental Noodles

Elevate your Valentine's Day menu with Continental Noodles' heart-shaped ricotta ravioli. All-natural, these fluffy bites pair beautifully with your favourite sauce, a fine bottle of wine and a quiet evening spent celebrating love.

Biscotti Queen

Biscotti Queen

New this year, Biscotti Queen is making a limited-edition biscookie (a hybrid biscotti cookie with a tender bite) just in time for Valentine's Day. Available as of February 1st, the "Be-scookie My Valentine" features buttery dough bursting with a trio of pink chocolate gems, mini white and dark chocolate chips.

Becked Goods

Becked Goods

Available for pre-order pickup and delivery on February 13, Becked Goods Valentine's Day sugar cookies are a colourful way to brighten anyone's day. Order a box for a friend, and one for yourself, because you won't want to miss out.

Bar From Afar

Bar From Afar

Bar From Afar's Valentine's Day Experience takes the guesswork out of mixology so you can spend the evening focused on love. With everything needed to make three different cocktails, along with a delightful truffle to match each sip, this kit has (almost) everything a successful Valentine's Day requires.

All The GRAZE

All The GRAZE

Order a Truffle in Paradise box from All The GRAZE and have enough savoury and sweet bites to see you and your sweetie through hours of Valentine's Day shenanigans. Nibble on one of four cheeses, including truffle Moliterno and cranberry goat, then sample biscotti, macarons and berries with abandon.