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Ten food and drink gift ideas for your Valentine

The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach. Here is a short round-up of some delicious options for your Valentine gift.

Match For Two from Japan House

Try the Matcha For Two set which includes two tea bowls, two matcha packets, two heart kaishi papers, two heart shaped sweets, and a bamboo chasen. It even comes with a link to a how-to video for you and your Valentine to follow. Shipping begins today, Monday, February 8th. Put your order in here

Photo from Brittany’s Sweet Spot Facebook page.

Valentine’s Chocolates from Brittany’s Sweet Spot

There are so many options from home-baker Brittany’s Sweet Spot for this lovely holiday. Choose from a dozen chocolate covered strawberries or decorated sugar cookies or cake jars or the snack pack which includes strawberries, dipped pretzels, chocolate heart cakes, and a flower. Message Brittany’s Sweet Spot on Facebook to put in an order or find her at the Winter Farmers’ Market at the Lincoln Square Mall this Saturday.

Meal for Two from Common Ground Food Co-op

Want to cook for your Valentine but don’t know what to cook and you don’t want to make a list? Common Ground has you covered. This Valentine’s Day, order a meal to make at home from CGFC. All you have to do is schedule a pick-up, and you can have all the ingredients needed for a home-cooked, romantic dinner including appetizer bread, salad, entrees, dessert, and wine that you select, each individually priced, and also pre-made Co-op sauces, herb rubs, and recipe card instructions. Pre-order yours here.

Valentine’s Box from Cool Bliss Pop Bliss

This year, give the gift of chocolate. Cool Bliss Pop Bliss is having Valentine Boxes with their signature turtles and other candy treats inside plus a chocolate caramel pretzel rod. If you want to add on some cheesy bacon popcorn, I don’t think your Valentine would be mad. Call 217-607-5397 to place your order.

Photo from Columbia Street Roastery website.

Gift Box from Columbia Street Roastery

Columbia Street Roastery has some fun gift boxes for Valentine’s Day. You can buy a Cupid’s Hit or Miss box which includes a half pound of Cupid’s Arrow coffee, one box of truffles, one monin of caramel syrup, three packets of tea, and a few Hershey’s kisses. Buy yours here.

Gift Basket from Punch! Bar

Want to get a little toasty this Valentine’s? Punch! has a gift basket that will get you there. It includes two All You Need is Love (and Bourbon) cocktails, one vanilla cream ale, one black cherry cream ale, one sparkling rosé, one bag of house-seasoned nuts, one chocolate bar. two ring pops, one box of conversation hearts, and one coupon for a future cocktail at Punch. You can see all the details and order yours here.

Sweets Box + Personalized Cookies from Tasty Tart + Polar’s Pastry

These two sweet shops teamed up to create a very, berry Valentine’s option. You can order Tasty Tart’s Sweets Box which features four tarts, two of which are special flavors just for Valentine’s Day, and you can order customized message cookies from Polar’s Pastry in the same order. If you buy from each, your order receives 20% off the total. Read about the collaboration here, and place your order here.

Photo from Sugga Shaii Sweets’ Facebook page.

Mini Breakable Hearts from Sugga Shaii Sweets

Want to break hearts? Sugga Shaii Sweets has these adorable chocolate hearts filled with candy that you can break — and she includes the mallet. How fun is that? Order through Sugga Shaii Sweets’ website.

Photo from Suzu’s Bakery Facebook page.

Cookie Box from Suzu’s Bakery

The newest bakery in town is baking these adorable cookies for Valentine’s Day. The Cookie Box comes with 18 cookies with a mix of flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. If cookies aren’t your thing, you might want the Dacquoise Cake for two which is a layered gluten-free meringue cookie cake with raspberries and custard.  Check out what’s available and put your order in here

Decorated Cookies from The New Sweet Indulgence

You can buy pretty cookies in packs of six or twelve. They would be a really cute treat for kids as well. There are also a variety of cakes available as well including Pretty in Pink (white and pink swirled butter cake with whipped cream and raspberry buttercream) and Chocolate Covered Strawberry (alternating layers of chocolate and red velvet cake with strawberry fudge filling with chocolate buttercream). Call 217-352-2433 to make your order.

Top image from Suzu’s Bakery’s Facebook page.

Food + Drink Editor

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