Valentine’s Day: Best Sweets in Austin
Satisfy sugar cravings with these heavenly, limited-edition baked goods
When picturing the top foodie holidays, most skip straight to the end of the year with thoughts of roast turkey, crispy latkes, dancing sugar plums and – you get it. But if you’ve got a sweet tooth like mine, you know that only one holiday truly dominates the dessert world, and that’s Valentine’s Day. Eateries across Austin have been eagerly preparing a wave of pink- and red-clad confections perfect for gifting friends, crushes or keeping all for yourself. From traditional chocolates to trendy hot cocoa bombs, this exceptional list of sugary treats will have you falling in love.
Despite its recent closure at the beginning of the year, boozy East Austin ice cream shop Prohibition Creamy is giving fans one more chance to try their unique creations – just in time for holiday celebrations. The team at Eberly is opening their kitchen to Chef Laura Aidan for a delicious collaboration featuring an ice cream flight made with inventive flavors like Prickly Pear Mezcal sorbet. Pints will also be available to-go throughout the pop-up, taking place from February 9th – 13th.
Upgrade your Valentine’s Day schedule from breakfast in bed to afternoon tea with this sophisticated set from Kristin Collins of Fluff Meringues. Choose from a selection of over 14 green, black, herbal and oolong teas – plus eight truly delicious sounding baked goods, a cheese board and a disposable three-tier display, ready for pick up on February 13th and 14th. To complete the fairytale, the sweet shop has teamed up with local florist The Little Posey to offer a stunning set of bouquet options. Order online or call 512 387 0605 for more information.
There’s plenty of love to go around with this 8-inch, heart-shaped ice cream cake. Starting with luscious dark chocolate gateau, the confection layers graham cracker crumble with Lick’s fresh Texas strawberry ice cream – all gluten-free. Whether picking up local or shipping nationwide, make sure to get your pre-order in by February 7th!
Variety is the spice of life at Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. Along with a limited edition selection of cupcakes, pink hot cocoa bombs, an incredible looking “Death By Chocolate Cake” and more, this South 1st Street bakery is transforming its Texas-sized sugar cookies into classic conversation hearts. The best part? They’re making them customizable, allowing Austin romantics to really wow their loved ones (in 12-characters). Available for delivery and pickup!
Leave it to Hill Country Galleria’s FoliePop’s to bring an added touch of flair to the holiday dessert game this year. This realistic set of cakes is made from silky vanilla mousse and filled with a bright pop of strawberry jelly. Looking for a more traditional route? The French pastry and coffee house is also offering heart-shaped boxes containing 12 signature chocolate hazelnut and strawberry tartelettes, available for online ordering.
Uchi Executive Pastry Chef, Ariana Quant, has crafted an elevated tasting experience that turns dessert into the main event. Some of the delightfully surprising flavors you’ll find inside include Passion Fruit Marshmallows, Strawberry Guava Pâte de Fruit and Blueberry Dragées (or Jordan almonds) with white chocolate and hibiscus. Pre-order by February 11th between 3:30 p.m. to close by calling 512 916 4808 to snag this lovely box.
Austin’s newest cookie company is celebrating the season of sweets with a brand new flavor: dark chocolate-dipped strawberry cheesecake, dusted in edible gold and layered with a whipped cream cheese filling and strawberry jam. These miniatures are now open for pre-order by scheduling local pickup or delivery from February 10th – 14th. Luckily if you can’t pick just one flavor, variety boxes are still available as well.
While South Austin’s Crema is offering an assortment of tempting scratch-made desserts for the holiday, you can never go wrong with tried-and-true chocolate-covered strawberries. This romantic set is dipped in varieties of Callebaut Belgian chocolate, with a premium option featuring added details like Oreo crumbs and edible glitter. Orders must be placed by February 7th for pick up between February 11th – 14th. Single strawberries are also available in-store along with the sweetest selection of cards, magnets and stickers from Kathy Phantastic.
With a location at the Domain NORTHSIDE, this boutique bakery has teamed up with San Antonio-based florist The Vintage Bouquet for a series of Valentine’s Day gift boxes, including beautifully assembled medleys of macaroons and flowers. For an extra festive touch, you can also add a half bottle of Champagne to any order, which must be placed by noon on February 10th. Only available for in-person pick up.
Give your chocolate-lover something unforgettable this Valentine’s Day with this decadent box of chocolates from See’s Candies. Coming out to an impressive 4 lbs., this is a full collection of their finest assortment of sweets, delivered in a beautiful sheet of gold wrapping paper with an organza bow. Make sure to place your online order early, or visit the chocolatier’s North Austin location for more gift inspiration.
Established in Austin by Guatemalan-born business owner-and-husband duo, Luis Gramajo and Hans Schrei, Wunderkeks is sharing a sweet surprise for Valentine’s. Alongside their usual cookie care packages, which include your choice of flavors, a tub of sprinkles, stickers and a customizable hand-written note, shoppers will also find a pair of pretty heart-shaped glasses, included in all orders scheduled for delivery from now until February 14th. For an extra perk, get free shipping nationwide with code PINKBOX.
Perfect for gifting your Galentine’s crew, this four-pack of white, dark and peanut butter candy milk chocolates will send all the sentiment while still keeping a safe distance with a gold-dusted “X” and “O.” More hand-painted designs are also available online with premium shipping just in time for Valentine’s.
Artisanal Italian gelateria Dolce Neve has prepared a special treat for your Valentine. Serving up to four, this heart-shaped cake is made from raw pistachio gelato, white chocolate, strawberry crumble and pistachio powder. Place your order online two days in advance for pick up at the South 1st Street flagship or newer East 5th Street location.
Let the pastry do the talking with Tiny Pies’ creative love letter-shaped pies, brimming with tart cherry filling. These cute golden bites will be available for pickup at the family-owned pastry shop from February 12th – 14th, next to more Valentine’s-specific selections like creme brûlée hearts, chocolate tarts and a DIY pie kit.
While chocolate is known to have romantic properties on its own, Delysia has kicked things up a notch this Valentine’s with these handcrafted ruby chocolate truffles. Inspired by common aphrodisiacs, the collection aims to add desire to dessert, making a deliciously unique gift that gets straight to the point.