Sure, a generic card, a bouquet of flowers or a small gift of some kind can all be effective ways of communicating your affection for that special someone, but, to be honest, you can do so much better. How, you may ask? Well, for starters, you can pick up some of these delicious, personalized treats from the best bakeries in the Miami Valley. Unsure of where to start? These are the Valentine’s Day-themed sweet treats at a bakery near you:
💖The Valentine’s Day menu at La Puf Sweets
At La Puf Sweets in Dayton, attention to detail turns a simple cake or cookie into a sugary sweet masterpiece. If you’re unsure of what to get your honey (or friends and family members) this Valentine’s Day, La Puf Sweet’s Valentine’s Day menu is chock full of options that are sure to impress.
From the romantic Cake for Two (pictured above) to a DIY Cookie Kit for more of a hands-on approach, La Puf Sweets has it all. Prices range from $16-30. For more information and to see the full menu, visit squareup.com.
How to order: Pre-order at squareup.com. A two-day lead time is required for all orders. If you need something sooner, call the store at 937-963-2204.
💖Floral bouquets and conversational heart cookies at Simply Decadent, LLC.
Simply Decadent, LLC is serving up an assortment of treats just in time for Valentine’s Day, including floral bouquets, conversational heart cookies, heartbeat cookies and decorative cakes. Customization is possible and prices vary.
How to order: Pre-order online by visiting simplydecadentllc.com. Customers must pre-order by Feb. 8.
💖Specialty cookies and cakes from Ashley’s Pastry Shop
No matter what kind of love you’re celebrating on Valentine’s Day this year, a few specialty cookies or cake from Ashley’s Pastry Shop in Dayton will work hard to communicate your affection. For an example of what these Valentine’s Day treats might look like, pay a visit to ashleyspastries.com.
How to order: Pre-order by calling the store during normal business hours (Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday) at 937-293-1719. Delivery and shipping options are available.
💖An assortment of sampler packs from Twist Cupcakery
Local favorite Twist Cupcakery also has an assortment of Cupid-inspired sweets available for pickup on Valentine’s Day.
💖Cheeky sweet treats from AmyCakes & Cookies
Perhaps you’d like to deliver your Valentine’s Day message with a bit more sass and spunk? No problem. AmyCakes & Cookies has you covered. Ring in the special holiday with custom sweets, adorable box sets (like the one above) or pick from the vast selection of Valentine’s Day treats available in the store.
Unfortunately, the funny box sets, like the one above, will likely not be offered in the store. Further, many of the more popular specialty items will probably sell out quickly, so get yours while they’re still available.
The bakery will not be accepting any new custom orders on Feb. 13 -14 due to the high volume of walk-ins.
How to order: Order online by visiting loveamycakes.com or by calling 937-247-0708. All Valentine’s Day online orders must be completed by Feb. 8.
💖Decadent desserts from Ginniebug Creations
Chocolate covered strawberries (arguably, the most romantic concoction) are the name of the game at Ginniebug Creations, a home-based bakery in Dayton.
💖The Valentine’s Day Box from The Neighborhood Nest
Until Feb. 7, Valentine’s Treat Boxes are available to pre-order at The Neighborhood Nest, a gluten-free bakery in Fairborn. For $30, you can find three heart-shaped s’mores graham cookies, three sugar cookies, three cotton candy and dreamsicle-flavored macarons, six truffles (three flavors: lemon, chocolate and cookies and cream) and three lemon curd tartlets. A dairy-free version of this Valentine’s Treat Box is also available for $40.
To reduce any kind of confusion in the ordering process, the bakery asks that customers do not combine regular pre-orders with custom or specialty pre-orders.
Those who purchase one of the Valentine’s Treat Boxes from The Neighborhood Nest will be able to pick up their orders on Thursday, Feb. 13, and Friday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How to order: To order either box (or other specialty items), pay a visit to squareup.com/neighborhood-nest.
💖Chocolate covered strawberries at Dorothy Lane Market
Would you rather be a bit more hands-on when it comes to crafting the perfect gift for that special someone? If so, the chocolate-covered strawberry dipping event at all Dorothy Lane Market locations on Feb. 13 and 14 might just be the perfect fit for you.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., you’ll be able to dip your own Driscoll’s strawberries in both dark and white chocolate. Mini chocolate chips, colorful sprinkles and toffee pieces are all available as toppings for your labor of love.
For more information about the event, pay a visit to dorothylane.com.