Forget expensive flowers and jewellery. If there’s one gift that will surely not fail, it’s food. As how the saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach; so today we bring you three stores where you can get tasty treats for the day of the hearts. Even if you have no date this V-day, these sweets will keep you in a happy mood—just like the feeling of being in love.
Take your pick from the indulgent selection of delicious gifts from Chikalicious Dessert Club. This NYC favourite introduces mini versions of the classic dough’ssant as well as exclusive treats for yourself and for your loved ones. The treats include cake pops in variety of flavors, vanilla shortbread cookies, and a red velvet cake with strawberry sauce. Don’t forget to try their Swan Pâte à Choux for a unique Valentine’s day experience.
Price Range: Starts at AED 5
Available at: Chikalicious, The Village Mall, Jumeirah, from February 1-15.
2) Armani/Dolci Chocolates
Ahh, fashion, food, and love. Just for this Valentine’s, Armani/Dolci creates a delicate dark-chocolate heart with a Sicilian primofiore lemon cream filling. Sounds yummy, right? In addition to that luxurious treat, Armani/Dolci also brings a special Valentine’s package, containing hand-decorated pralines and classic Armani square pralines featuring an embossed ‘A’ letter inspired from the label’s famous logo. Get either six or 14 pralines in a heart-shaped container sealed with a gros grain red ribbon with Armani/Dolci logo in gold.
Price Range: Starts at AED 95
Available at: Armani/Dubai Café at The Dubai Mall, Emporio Armani Café at Mall of the Emirates, and The Galleria, Abu Dhabi,from February 12.
3) Cocosia Artisan Chocolate
Put your love in a box and give it to the best person in your life (in some cases, you!). Cocosia, Dubai’s luxury boutique artisan chocolatier, launches a handcrafted chocolate collection. Each of the finest Swiss chocolate pieces is bursting with sensational flavors. The Morello cherries are encased in white chocolate, and cayenne pepper spices up the smooth orange ganache. The red hearts are filled with raspberry cream, while the rose caramel is paired with a creamy cashew nut.
Price Range: AED 130 for the 16-piece collection and AED 150 for the eight-piece large chocolate heart.
Available at: Cocosia Artisan Chocolate in Al Barsha, Dubai,from February 5 to February 15.
4) Prestat Chocolates
One of England’s oldest chocolate masters offers a selection of the finest handcrafted artisan chocolates for this Valentine’s day. Give yourself or your loved one a box or two of their finest Red Velvet or Banoffee Truffle or choose from their wide array of selections. Everything looks and tastes delicious.
Price Range: AED 11 – 90
Available at: Prestat Chocolates pop-up shop, Level 2, Harvey Nichols – Dubai
5) Forrey & Galland
The fact that this is enclosed in a dainty black and pastel pink packaging is enough for this to be given as a Valentine’s gift. Forrest & Galland, the Haute Couture chocolate house with a Parisian touch, transforms everyone to a whimsical dreamland with every bite of their meticulously-handcrafted treats. Each of their offering is bursting with aromatic flavors, with each intricately-decorated box containing more than four pieces. From rose truffles to macarons to passion-fruit flavoured chocolates, these gift-worthy treats set themselves apart from the usual sweets. You can also adorn your gift box with flowers and jewels, so that’s a plus.
Price Range: AED 35-1290
Available at: La Boutique at The Dubai Mall, Le Macaron Kiosque at Dubai Festival City, Mercato Mall. and Abu Dhabi Mall
This is more targeted to the younger ones or of course, the young-at-hearts (aka everybody). UAE’s most-loved candy store comes up with a wide array of Valentine’s specials complete with chocolate roses, heart lollipops, teddy bears, and your favourite chocolate treats with a seasonal twist. To make your gift more personalized, you also have a choice to customise freshly-made candies at the live station, candies designed with hearts and love messages. You can also give these as gifts to the children in your life. They’ll love you more for it.
Available at: The Dubai Mall and YasMall, until February 21.