Cupid’s arrows strike in February, but why should that stop us from indulging in the sweet life all year round? Celebrating the love we feel for significant others, dear pals and family members in our lives can be a daily affair with all the goodness Virginia has to offer. Nothing says “love at first bite” like these favorite cakes, cookies, candies, coffee and even Cabernet, so get inspired and start spreading the love.
There are cakes and then there are the amazing cakes from Sweet Fix in Richmond, with their from-scratch desserts, and beautifully unique designs. This company will delight any true love with their yummy and creative confections.
Why not pie? You’ll love Livin' the Pie Life in Arlington. Show your honey how much you care with a glorious pie. From brown-buttered coconut to key lime, this place will surely impress. More of a cookie person? For an unconventional take on traditional Valentines messaging, try Fresh Baked in Roanoke. Their sugar cookies have phrases like, “I love your stupid face.” Saying I love you doesn’t have to be so classic in words.
The Big Chill
Want to know how to warm a cold heart? How about with an icy cold treat for your chilly sweet? Trust us, it’s never too cold for some ice cream, gelato and popsicles. Our first frozen fave is Pleasant Pops in DC, a festive popsicle bar that mixes up fun flavors such as Pineapple Ginger, Blueberry Pancake and Mexican chocolate, in addition to offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee.
Still craving the cold? Gelati Celesti in Richmond, with their line of house favorites (Birthday Cake, Salted Caramel) and rotational options (Peanut Butter Chip, Cherry Almond Amaretto) is always sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Their cones and bowls are cheerfully served up from food carts and storefronts, and can be catered for special events (wedding, anyone?).
Sweeter Than Candy
Sugary confections will always be associated with Valentine’s Day and the season of love. We are living for and loving a modern take on spun sugar, by Fluffness in DC. Their decadent cotton candy comes in flavors such as S’mores, Queen Bee and Fruity Pebbles. Does your baby have a bit of an edge? Betty Rocker Sweets blurs the line between cake and candy, with macarons decorated with unique style and a dash of rock-roll.
Is there a better way to express your love than with donuts? We don’t think so. Give the gift of fried food with Carpe Donut in Charlottesville for an after-dinner V-Day date. Make your lover's heart pop with gourmet popcorn. If this sounds like something the foodie in your life would love, try Sugarbella’s Popcorn in Richmond, their selection of unique flavors is sure to woo.
Love Potion Libations
Oh, you thought we forgot about drinks? We would never do that! Nothing says love like a killer cocktail or a full-bodied latte. Morning coffee dates are becoming more popular for busy couples, so try Nomad Coffee Co, a coffee on-wheels establishment in Lynchburg, and make the most out of your morning. If the love in your life loves vino, try Pippin Hill Vineyards & Wine’s many red, white and pink options in North Garden. This vineyard setting could not be more romantic and has been the the backdrop for many beautiful weddings.
These are just some of the ways you can celebrate all things sweet. Add these ideas to your wedding menu, dinner-out options, or to-buy list for the foodie you love in your life, and be sure treat yourself too! And if we’ve missed any of your faves, be sure to tag us on social media with #VAfoodie.