Can’t get enough of our Valentine’s Day mania here at Manhattan Digest? Good, because we are still going strong with what I think is the best part of the day (or any day, quite frankly)- the sweets! And what better place to find sweets than in the best city in the world. So for all you cheapos out there that are going to run to your local drug store and pick up chocolate that has likely been sitting there for quite sometime- think again! We have found some fun and innovative places and ideas for you to show your honey how much you love them in the calorie and sweet department. Check out what we think will melt your loved one’s heart.
H Bake Shop- 601 West 57th Street
A couple of years ago I was recommended to try H Bake Shop out by a friend of mine and since then I have stated many times just how awesome this place is! Now the uber talented chef Huascar Aquino has some fun things going on for Valentine’s Day! Take a look and what he has to offer for delivery, starting today.
One Dozen Pink & Chocolate Valentine’s Day Cupcakes: 6 Chocolate (Supreme, German Chocolate, O My Guinness!, Scarlet Velvet, Chocolate Vanilla and Nutty Fella) AND 6 Pink Cupcakes (2 Pink Lemonade, 2 Pistachio-Rose, 2 Strawberry-Vanilla), $45
Half Dozen Chocolate Lover’s Cupcakes (Supreme, German Chocolate, O My Guinness!, Scarlet Velvet, Chocolate-Vanilla, and Nutty Fella), $23
Love Behind Bars! 3 Bars in a Box (Almond-Fudge Brownie, Sweet and Salty Oatmeal Bar, and Spicy-Toffee Brownie), $10
Half Dozen BIG Cookies (2 each of: Nutellava, Chocolate Chunk, and GF Gooey Chocolate Marshmallow), $19
Two Dozen Assorted Valentine’s Day Mini Cupcakes, $28
One Dozen Chocolate Lover’s Valentine’s Day Mini Cupcakes, $15
Chocolate Bars: Our artisanal chocolate bars are available in six flavors, including banana pudding, red velvet, lemon bar, toffee bar, 72% dark chocolate and PB&J. Available in-store or online. $5.25 ea.
Valentine’s Day Cupcakes: Available in vanilla, chocolate or red velvet with chocolate or vanilla buttercream and beautifully decorated with red and white hearts, Valentine picks and sprinkles. $3.75 ea.
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies: Vanilla buttercream sandwiched between two handmade mini red velvet cakes. $4.00 ea.
Luv Note Cupcakes: Our classic vanilla and chocolate cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream and a special message for the one you love. (Choose from six edible messages!) $5.50 ea.
Sweet Saying Cupcakes: A sinfully rich devil’s food cupcake, topped with chocolate ganache and a sweet saying inscribed on top. $3.75 ea.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes: A strawberry cupcake made with fresh strawberry puree and topped with a rich chocolate ganache. $3.75 ea.
Heart Cookies: Three heart-shaped buttery sugar cookies covered in red and pink sanding sugar. $6.00/bag
More info available on their website.
Fatty Sunday’s- Brooklyn
When you combine my two favorite loves of pretzels and chocolate, chances are you will find a fan in me. And that is exactly what you get with Fatty Sunday’s, who are based right outside Manhattan in the heart of Brooklyn. Run by sisters Ali Borowick Zmishlany and Lauren Borowick, Fatty Sunday’s concept is pretty simple- to make naturally flavored, gourmet chocolate and white chocolate covered pretzels. YUM! They have some great deals going on for Valentine’s Day that you should check out if you are a pretzel connoisseur like me!
Valentine’s Sprinkle: Drenched in dark chocolate and decorated with festive nonpareils, these indulgent treats are a recipe for love! ($8/box)
Be My Valentine? (I got you food.): Everyone knows that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Our Red Velvet custom pretzels make a sweet gift for any foodie. ($9/box)
I like you, but I LOVE my…: Tell them how you really feel this Valentine’s Day. Choose your true love and we will customize a delicious box of Cookies+Cream pretzels for you! ($9/box)
UR SWEET: Any sweetheart is sure to L-O-V-E these dark chocolate pretzels with red and hot pink nonpareils. ($9/box)
For Your Hot Date: The ultimate wrapped gift set for your Valentine’s Day date: Salty Toffee pretzels with cocktails, Red Velvet pretzels for a sweet dessert, and Cereal + Milk pretzels for the morning after. ($23.95/set)
For Your Valentine: Roses are red, These pretzel boxes are too, Send something sweet – Your Valentine will love you! A festive gift set including: Red Velvet, PB+J and Peppermint. ($23.95/set)
DIY Kit (First Picture Above)
Valentine’s Day Edition DIY Kit: A unique gift and fun activity for couples, friends or girls night! Each DIY Kit includes the ingredients and instructions to make 20 chocolate covered pretzels (plus a box of Red Velvet pretzels to enjoy while dipping!) ($29.95/kit)
For more information, check out their official site.
SOMETHING For Every Occasion
The idea of Something is actually good for not just Valentine’s Day, but a fantastic gift to give someone year round! Here is more information about this unique type of product:
Something started years ago when a friend of John Reid’s (Magician, Balloon Artist, and Founder of Epic Balloons) a sponge in the shape of the word “something.” He laughed for days thinking about the simplicity of this silly prop created for clowns. Not long after he’d purchased a box of somethings, he realized he didn’t have a gift for a housewarming party. In a pinch, the magician and balloon artist grabbed one and brought his host “something for the new house.” The reaction was outstanding and it was the hit of the party. He knew right then that he was going to give everybody “something” when they got a new house…when they had a baby…in fact, one year, everyone got a little “something” in their stockings for Christmas!
In an effort to share the fun and get this wonderful idea into the hands of more people, Reid decided to make a cookie cutter in the shape of “something.” Calling on his friend, fellow magician, and founder of Teach By Magic– Brian South, who he says is “one of the most creative people I know”, South immediately wanted to be a part of what he figured could really be “something” big! The two made a cookie cutter and then quickly realized that a silicon bake form would be even more versatile, and they also knew they had to include book of creative ideas and recipes that could be used with the mold. So–reaching out to friends and family for help, and the help of dozens of other new friends who shared their amazing ideas–they compiled the SOMETHING book with 365 ways to use…well, SOMETHING that they hope will create smiles for years to come!
The SOMETHING mold is made out of food-grade silicone, is dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe (up to 400°F)! With recipes that include homemade fudge, classic cake, homemade breads, homemade oatmeal, the homemade bath bomb and homemade soap for relaxation and bathing, chocolate chip SOMETHING, and even bird-feeder and homemade dog treat SOMETHING’s, there’s a SOMETHING for every occasion!
For more information, check out their official site.