For the sweet tooth

For some of us, Valentine’s Day is all about the box of chocolates — and other things pleasantly sugar-laden. Here are a few honeyed offerings to please both your sweet tooth and your sweetheart.

City Bakery

Heart-shaped sugar cookies are available all week at City Bakery, by the piece and prepackaged in festive bags. The bakery’s three locations are also offering chocolate-dipped strawberries Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14. 60 Biltmore Ave. and 88 Charlotte St. in Asheville; 18 N. Main St. in Waynesville

Short Street Cakes

Enchant a loved one with Short Street Cakes’ Sweetheart Cake delivery special. For $25, your beloved will receive one 4-inch Sweetheart Cake (choose from strawberry, Mexican chocolate, sweet-potato spice, salted caramel or triple-chocolate ganache in regular or gluten-free); a single fresh stem flower from Flora Asheville; a personalized, handmade note card and free delivery within the 28801 or 28806 zip codes. Delivery available Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14. Orders must be placed by 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Call 505-4822. 225 Haywood Road.

Dobra Tea

Stop by any of the three Dobra tearooms on Valentine’s weekend and savor a sweet chocolate and tea collaboration. All weekend, $10 will buy you two truffles by Lulu’s Chocolate and a pot of rose-infused black tea or jasmine pearls. 78 N. Lexington Ave. and 707 Haywood Road in Asheville and 120 Broadway Ave. in Black Mountain.

The Chocolate Lab

The Chocolate Lab is offering Valentine’s Day gift boxes featuring combinations of any of the Woodfin shop’s chocolates and truffles in an assortment of sizes. Prices from $4-$32. Advance orders are encouraged due to the popularity of the boxes. To order, call 774-5589. 2 Weaverville Road, Suite 201, Woodfin

The Chocolate Fetish

The award-winning downtown shop will offer its usual wide selection of chocolates to fill various-sized heart-shaped boxes, which hold between one and 100 candies. In addition, in keeping with this year’s theme at The Chocolate Fetish, “Hearts on Fire,” an assortment of spicy chocolates will be available by the piece or as a collection. Flavors include the dark-chocolate and cayenne Ancient Pleasures truffle, habanero sea salt caramels and the new spicy pecan caramels. Also, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14, The Chocolate Fetish will offer freshly dipped chocolate-covered strawberries. 36 Haywood St.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

For Valentine’s weekend, guests at French Broad Chocolate Lounge may choose one of three couples’ specials for $20: Two glasses of wine paired with either one raspberry-chocolate truffle torte or two truffles, or two glasses of prosecco paired with two lavender mini-eclairs. Also up for grabs are heart-shaped French macaroons, new chocolate bars straight from the factory, as well as a special truffle collection. 10 S. Pack Square

True Confections

True Confections in the Grove Arcade is featuring an array of valentine-themed treats, including chocolate-dipped heart cookies, chocolate-raspberry heart-shaped tarts, chocolate-dipped strawberries and bittersweet chocolate truffles. 1 Page Ave.

Well-Bred Bakery and Café

Strawberry eclairs, pink Champagne cake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, decorated shortbread hearts, raspberry swirl cheesecake, tiramisu, 5-inch decorated sweetheart cakes and decorated cupcakes are all on the menu at both locations of Well-Bred Bakery and Café. 6 Boston Way., Asheville, and 26 N. Main St., Weaverville

About Jacqui Castle
Jacqui Castle is a freelance writer who began contributing to Mountain Xpress in 2014. When she is not writing, she is living it up in the Fairview mountains with her family of four.

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