Sweets for Your Sweet

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Photo of Aphrodite’s Delight chocolate collection from Socola.

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Photo from Lila B. Design.

A bunch of local bakers and chocolatiers are making some heartfelt options for you and your sweetie to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Here are a few that caught our fancy.

The babes of ~THREE BABES BAKESHOP~ are holding a special V-Day pop-up, offering chocolate cream pies in jars from 10am-4pm. They’ve teamed up with Lila B. Design so you can also pick up a fresh, beautiful bouquet while you’re visiting the LSC (Little Shipping Container, outside of Stable Café, 2128 Folsom St. at 17th St.) Pre-order by email or drop by next Tuesday.

Dessert café ~DELISE~ launches their Valentine lineup this Friday February 10th, including special macarons (Dragon’s Passion, Szechuan pepper macaron filled with passion fruit milk chocolate truffle, and Perfect Pear, lavender macaron filled with white chocolate Pear William truffle). Their popular lychee-rose frozen yogurt will be back, plus a spiced chocolate sorbet made with a blend of aphrodisiac spices and cayenne. They’ll also have brownies with raspberry ganache frosting, heart-shaped shortbread with honey and black truffle, and vanilla Meyer lemon cheesecake with pine nut-rosemary crust. Feel free to pre-order. 327 Bay St. at Powell, 415-399-9694.

The bakery at ~BAKER & BANKER~ has quite a few specials lined up too. Choose from cakes like a conversation heart cake (says Hugs or Kisses), red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, and dark chocolate cake with ganache frosting (6” $50, 10” $85); passion fruit cheesecake with guava caramel (6” $30, 10” $50); or cupcakes like strawberry-Champagne (4 for $14). A box of coconut salted caramel chocolates are $15 for a set of 6. Order by 5pm Sunday February 12th.

Throughout February, you can order the special Valentine’s Day chocolate collection from ~SOCOLA CHOCOLATIER~: Aphrodite’s Delight features the word “love” in several languages on the chocolates, and includes flavors like burnt caramel with sea salt, and their Hot Lava with raspberry pâte de fruit and Champagne ganache. Purchase online; comes in 4, 12, or 24 pieces.