Tuesday, February 10, 2009

foodie chat: not your usual Valentine's sweets...

Bored of giving (or receiving) generic chocolates and pretentious truffles? Here are some confectionery alternatives to spice up your lover (or possibly, your love life).

1. Rosy Vanilla Marshmallow Hearts from Whimsy and Spice

These homemade marshmallows are flavored with a hint of rose and are a perfect accompaniment to a cup of hot cocoa. Mark and Jenna, the husband-and-wife team behind the sweets, hand make everything with extra love out of their Brooklyn operation. They also have a special cookie gift box for Valentine's Day.

2. Sweet and Savory Hearts from Saxelby Cheesemongers
and Roni-Sue Chocolates

A unique pairing from two of the lovely Essex Street Market merchants: three fantastic cheeses from Saxelby (one of them aptly named Constant Bliss) paired with six decadent hand-rolled truffles from Roni-Sue chocolates. It is definitely a match made in heaven.

3. Miniature cupcakes from Kumquat Cupcakery -

The cupcakery is doing a Valentine's Day Special for its best-selling bite-sized cupcakes. Each one of them is so cute and addictive that even a dozen of them will leave your loved one wanting more (or more of your feeding).

4. Gourmet Pops by chef David Burke from Neiman Marcus

These adorable cocktail lollipops created by renowned chef David Burke are equal parts yummy and fun. The cheesecake pops and chocolate-covered pops come in different flavors, and are so colorful that they would have been approved by Marie Antoinette.

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