Valentine's Day gift guide for foodies

Sweet Treats


Making your own cake can seem like a daunting task, even for the most accomplished of foodies, but Brooklyn-based Cakest takes the guess work out of the entire process with their complete do-it-yourself cake kits that are mailed to you.  The kit includes all non-perishable ingredients  (gluten-free cake mix, fondant) and the essential baking tools (cake pan, cake board, offset spatula, rolling pin, decorating tools) you need to create a delicious and beautiful cake.  While Cakest has a special design for Valentine's Day, their other options are also very cute and user friendly. Check them out here.



Tate's Bake Shop

If you are looking for a sweet treat that has a little variety, then you'd love the cute Valentine's Day Tote from Tate's Bake Shop.  It cost's only $25 and it includes candy, cookies and some really tasty holiday-themed chocolate bark.


Tate's Bake Shop


Caramel lovers would delight in receiving some artisanal candies that come atypical flavors.  McCrea's has a Flavor Family runs only $14.95 and comes with some of the following yummy flavors Ginger Fusion, Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt, Single Malt Scotch, Black Lava Sea Salt, Tapped Maple and more.


Cartwright & Butler Strawberry Preserve

What's breakfast in bed without something decadent with real gold to put on your bread?   Cartwright & Butler's Strawberry Preserve with Edible 23 Carat Gold Flakes is beautiful to behold and it tastes fresh and amazing.  It can be found exclusively at Chocolate Stars USA for $29.99.

Strawberry Preserve with edible Gold Leaf - 9.88 OZ


Sense Ecuador Hoja Verde Chocolate Bars

Chocolate lovers are starting to appreciate how cocoa from different countries has different flavor properties.  Sense Ecuador has some boxed sets of chocolate bars from the Hoja Verde label that are delicious and a little different.  Their Superfoods Chocolate Pack with Chia, Quinoa, Golden Berries & Banana are tasty, responsibly sourced and unique and run around $35 with free domestic shipping for a set.

Sense Ecuador Chocolate Consumo Baras

Zemas Snack Packs

Who says a healthy cookie can't be romantic?  Zemas Snack Packs come individually, in boxes and in cases. These tasty cookies are  free from preservatives, gluten and are made with only the best ingredients.  The Mini Sweet Potato Spice Cookies are particularly good.  These cookies are reasonably priced and can be found here.



Beautiful sweet treats are always appreciated.  Ma-Ka-Rohn creates authentic French macarons and buyers can pick and choose which varieties of these tasty gems work for them.  There are plenty of terrific boxed options including their Sweet Heart Box for $27.99 that is perfect for Valentine's Day.

Sweet Heart Box


Tastykake Tender Loving and Sweetie Cakes

Tastykake's are yummy, convenient, thoughtful and easy to find.  They have a festive Tender Loving and Sweetie Cakes in time for Valentine's Day that feature sweet coconut cakes coated in a layer of smooth dark chocolate and cream filled chocolate cakes topped with sweet red icing and festive heart sprinkles respectively.  Find out where to get these delicious treats here.

Tastykake Sweetie Kake


Sometimes you just have to go traditional.  Gimbal's Cinnamon Lovers Hearts are festive and spicy.  However, they also offer their Cherry Lovers fruit chews, which are made with Real Cherry Juice and are High in Antioxidant Vitamin C.  Both are delicious heart-shaped options for you and your sweetie.  Bags of these delightful candies run at around $5 and can be found here.

Gimbal's Cinnamon Lovers

Emmy's Organics

Healthier cookie options in a lovely gift box is a new concept.  Emmy's Organics Gift Box is made with only the best ingredients, is vegan, gluten-free and organic and  comes with a selection of 9-pack bag of each flavor including Dark Cacao, Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Lemon Ginger and Raspberry and sells for $39.95.


Baked in Color

One of the newest trends in baked goods is cookies and cakes in bright colors.  New business Baked in Color has delicious and gorgeous chocolate chip cookies, in pink and red for Valentine’s Day.  They ship beautiful cookie tins and bite size cookie tubes across the country prices start at $15 and these yummy treats will be loved and enjoyed.


Baked in Color

Ethel M Chocolates

You can't have a Valentine's Gift Guide without some fabulous chocolates in festive holiday packaging.  Ethel M Chocolates are known for creating preservative-free chocolates that are each made by solar power energy produced by their 4-acre solar garden right on site. They have many lovely box options available for Valentine's Day.  Boxes can even be customized to only include the varieties you and your sweetie want. You can buy them here and on Amazon.


Ethel M Chocolates


Not all Valentine's Gifts need to be expensive.  In fact, a pack of Strawberry flavored Hi-Chew may be all it takes to put a smile on your loved one's face.  These chewy candies from Japan are delicious and tough to resist.  Find out where to buy Hi-Chew here.

Hi Chew Strawberry


Ice Cream is beloved and appreciated by most people and Japanese mochi is a cool, bite-sized way to enjoy this cool treat. The delicious Strawberry My/Mo tastes amazing and is perfect for sharing on Valentine's Day.  My/Mo is available at many supermarkets, but you can find out where to get them near you here.


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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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