Coupled-up or blissfully single, there is one thing we can definitely all agree on about Valentine’s Day: it gives chefs and bakers an excuse to make some really cute foods. We’re pretty obsessed with all these heart-shaped, pink-frosting-smeared, sprinkle-topped, glitter-dusted confections. So, while you certainly could show your Valentine how much you care with red roses or a gourmet meal, if you really want to up the “awwwww” factor, here’s what you need.
Yeah, it’s called “Cupid Poop.” It’s fine. A Valentine-only edition of FrankieLucy’s signature meringue dessert known as Unicorn Poop, these sweet, crunchy sugar treats are adorable and maybe a little weird, just like your love. (3116 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake)
Recently reopened after a restoration, the historic Brennan’s pub in Marina del Rey is baking up heart-shaped pizzas for the holiday, and offering them as part of a special date-night meal including two glasses of sparkling wine and a dessert to share. (4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey)
The reigning royalty of cute doughnuts in L.A. always does it up for Valentine’s and this year’s box is no exception. Trendy galaxy-marble frosting, gummy Xs and Os, confetti… What more could you desire? (3540 W. 3rd St., Koreatown)
Every bar of Compartés chocolate comes wrapped in a super-cute wrapper, but their Valentine-appropriate Roses and Rosé flavor shows that true beauty is on the inside. Once you’ve peeled away the Art Deco styled packaging, you’re left with a perfectly petal pink slab. (912 S. Barrington Ave., Brentwood)
Has your crush been a little flaky? Then send them an equally flaky (probably more delicious) pie-gram from Winston Pies. The bakery’s website allows you to send a custom message along with a certificate they can bring into the Brentwood shop to exchange for a heart-shaped hand pie, fresh from the oven. (11678 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood)
Macarons are adorable to begin with, plus they make us think of Paris, which is obviously romantic, right? Stop into one of French chain Ladurée’s three local locations and pick up a pre-made Valentine box or, make your own custom assortment. (189 The Grove Drive, Fairfax; 311 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; 889 Americana Way, Glendale)
You may never have stopped to wonder what would happen if a fancy chocolate-covered strawberry mingled with a Fudgie the Whale ice cream cake, but luckily the dessert geniuses at Magpies have done that for you. Roasted strawberry soft-serve ice cream layered with fudge, fresh strawberries, cookie piecrust, chocolate whipped cream, and a bright pink strawberry crumble. (2660 Griffith Park Blvd., Silver Lake; 18971 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana)
Butter Cake Shoppe is always whipping up cute and creative treats, and they’ve got several options to impress your sweetie. Options include: Pop-Tart hearts, Rice Krispie hearts, cookies, and cupcakes, all covered in hearts and sprinkles, of course. (1627 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz)
Saying “I love you” can be scary. What if you find yourself rejected? Well, nobody has ever rejected cupcakes, so why not let this cute little box from Sprinkles get to the heart of the matter on your behalf? (Multiple locations)
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