This Valentine's Day, Dean & DeLuca -- Purveyors of Fine Food, Wine and Kitchenware -- are offering an elaborate array of gourmet sweet treats for your sweetie.
FYI: There are only 9 days until Valentine's Day (mark your calendars: Thursday, February 14th )!
Are you ready?
Of course you are!
...but, in case you're not, why not try something different? Something thoughtful. Something decadent. Let's ditch the idea of the overdone, last-minute and run-of-the-mill drugstore gifts. It's 2013! Time for an upgrade. Time for something artisanal. Something chocolate. Something fine.
Here are quite a few original gift ideas for you to consider:
Iced Delights by Queen City Cookies
ONLY AT DEAN & DELUCA. In the finest European tradition, these buttery, all natural shortbread cookies from Queen City Cookies® are baked to tender-crisp perfection, then adorned with soft white icing imprinted with antique cookie molds.
Set of six, 2.5 lb total | Link | $75
Conversation Heart Cookies
ONLY AT DEAN & DELUCA. Inspired by old-fashioned conversation heart candies, the bakers at Amy’s Cookies put a fresh spin on an American classic. Made with flour, butter, sugar and fresh eggs, and hand-decorated with royal icing.
Eight cookies, 10.6 oz. total | Link | $55
Teddy Bear Cookie Box
A red and white polka dot box from Amy’s Cookies comes bearing heart- and bear-shaped cutout cookies for your Valentine. Collection includes two iced bears holding hearts, four iced bears dusted with sparkling colored sugar, eight sugar-dusted hearts, and eight chocolate hearts drizzled with tinted white chocolate stripes.
22 cookies, 15.6 oz. total | Link | $55
Chocolate Jewels by Christopher Norman **
ONLY AT DEAN & DELUCA. These “jewels” are cast in chocolate then hand painted in rich jewel tones by noted artist and chocolatier John Down. Several layers and levels of natural color enhance the visual depth, making each jewel daringly dramatic and one of a kind. Befittingly tucked into a luxurious ballotin box with pink vellum and ribbon.
Two jewels, 1 oz. total | Link | $35
Be My Valentine Collection by Knipschildt Chocolatier®
ONLY AT DEAN & DELUCA. 29 assorted truffles and bonbons made of the finest dark, milk and white chocolate, and filled with smooth and creamy ganache in flavors that include Nougatine, Pistachio, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Rose, Raspberry Chipotle, Caramel & Sea Salt, Strawberry & Basil, and Orange.
29 pieces, 10.5 oz. total | Link | $75
Sweets for the Sweet Tote
Our DEAN & DELUCA Red Canvas Tote comes filled with Meringue Kisses and Pink Mini Hearts by Knipschildt Chocolatier®, a Marshmallow Heart Quartet from Butter Baked Goods, and DEAN & DELUCA Valentine Malt Balls, Milk Chocolate Foil wrapped Hearts, Peachy Pink Hearts, Valentine Jelly Beans and Valentine Select Mix.
Set of nine | Link | $90
Elephants in Love
Charming Marzipan elephants from artist Rebecca Russell. Perfect for the Valentine's Day table or as a gift for your Valentine.
Set of two, 1.05 oz. total | Link | $24
Angel Wings by Chambre de Sucre
Meticulously handcrafted at Chambre de Sucre—a 270-year-old family-owned business in Nagoya, Japan, Angel Wings are made from the highest quality sugar and are designed to hook over the rim of your tea cup or coffee mug. Individually wrapped.
22 pcs., 1.8 oz. total | Link | $26
Candy Jewels by Two Hearts Bakery
Sparkly gemstone confections from Two Hearts Bakery. Handmade in small batches from pure cane sugar and natural melon and Champagne flavorings, they can be enjoyed individually or used as decorations on other sweet treats. Gemstones come in assorted jewel shapes.
28 jewels, 4.5 oz. total | Link | $36
Valentine’s Tote Cake by Cakework
ONLY AT DEAN & DELUCA. This tote from Cakework is made with dark chocolate cake layered with dark chocolate truffle frosting. The cake is sealed with dark chocolate mousse, frosted with fluffy vanilla butter cream, and entirely wrapped in white chocolate.
2.6 lb, 5½" x 6" x 2½", 12 to 14 servings | Link | $195
Valentine’s Cupcakes by MORE®
ONLY AT DEAN & DELUCA. Made especially for us by the artisan bakers at MORE, each of these decadent cupcakes features dark Belgian chocolate cake glazed with Valrhona® chocolate ganache. Six are filled with Valrhona mousse and kissed with a white chocolate heart, and the other six are filled with a light cream and iced with sweet messages.
12 cupcakes, 2.6 lb total | Link | $75
Mazie’s Smokin’ Hot Cashew Brittle
ONLY AT DEAN & DELUCA. A new twist on an old favorite. Rich, sweet, and salty, with a smokin’ hot finish. Handmade in Seattle with plump cashews, sweetness, and a devilish snap of habanero. Perfect for a quick hit of goodness or as a topping for your favorite ice cream.
12 oz. | Link | $24
Mysteries of Love White Chocolate Box
Hand-painted Valrhona® white chocolate hearts from Chocolat Moderne®. Collection includes two each of: Raspberry Rendezvous, filled with 64% dark chocolate ganache and raspberries; Madame ‘X’Tasy, a soft caramel with sea salt, Illy espresso and dark chocolate; The Lover, filled with soft caramel, passion fruit and cardamom; The Player, filled with 72% Venezuelan cacao ganache flavored with smoky single malt Scotch; Caramel Caresse, a soft caramel with Poire Williams Pear and Eau de Vie; and Don Juan, filled with 72% Venezuelan cacao ganache.
12 pcs., 6 oz. total | Link | $45
Any of these are sure to put a smile on your Valentine's face.
Prices start at $24. All items are available for purchase online.
Remider: There are only 9 days until Valentine's Day (Thursday, February 14th )!
Happy Valentine's Day, sweethearts!
**Sample provided by Michelle Lehmann Communications (New York, NY).
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