If you believe the adage that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, consider us kindred spirits. Because while long-stemmed roses and sparkling jewelry is certainly nice, the items on our edible Valentine’s Day gift guide are directly geared towards the certifiably food obsessed. Seriously, Lafayette, you had us at Conversation Heart Macarons.
Lafayette: Award-winning patissiere, Jennifer Yee, has created a special collection of sweets just for the holiday, such as clever “Conversation Heart” Macarons, flavored with creme de cassis, raspberry-rose, orange and green tea, which run rings around those chalky retro candies. You’ll also find sugary sayings like, “Be Mine,” “Kiss Me,” and “Je T’aime,” lining a selection of raspberry-strawberry Éclairs, although V-Day naysayers will likely be drawn to the Blue Valentine Eclairs instead, piped with “Stop Texting,” “I’d Rather Be Single,” and “It’s Not You, It’s Me.
Dominique Ansel Kitchen: Is your sweetie the peanut butter to your jelly? Tell them so with these tongue-in-cheek treats from the inimitable Dominique Ansel. Just introduced this year, the “We Go Together” butter cookie sets sell for $12.50 per pair, honoring some of the most beloved duos in the food world, from eggs and bacon to wine and cheese.
Farm to People: Why draw the line at a single box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day? The curated grocery delivery service, Farm to People — which partners exclusively with small-batch artisanal producers — has put together three extra-special packages for the holiday. There’s the $55 “Puppy Love” (including NY Whiskey Truffles and Sugared Gummy Roses), the “It’s Getting Serious” (featuring Fine & Raw bars and Mike’s Hot Honey), and the $100 “Golden Years;” a serious spread with Red Raspberry Meringues, Peach Sriracha, Lychee Cocktail Mix and more.
Petrossian: Show your sweetheart how much you really care (again and again and again), with this three-day, $375 Valentine’s package from the luxe caviar landmark, Petrossian. Start your celebration on the 13th with a box of gourmet chocolates, then head to the midtown restaurant on the 14th for a three-course dinner revolving around caviar and seafood, and go home with a basket of Petrossian’s breakfast treats to enjoy the morning after. All you’ll need to add is coffee (or whatever else comes to mind!).
Mini Melanie: Can’t quite afford to put a rock on her finger (or neck, or wrist) this Valentine’s Day? The bite-sized pastries at Mini Melanie — crafted by a Babbo and Blue Hill at Stone Barns alum — are actually directly inspired by jewelry; from diamond, emerald, sapphire and ruby Truffles, to chocolate or salted caramel-coated Jewel Box Cakes (ok, it probably wouldn’t hurt if you hid a real stone inside).
City Winery: This combination winery/music and events venue has got you covered for every stage of the relationship. If you’ve just begun dating, start with the dark fruit and violet-scented Cabernet Sauvignon, bearing a special Valentine’s Day label, for $35, and add in a sultry candle, packaged in a repurposed wine bottle, if things are getting steamy ($45) or a pair of elegant crystal Riedel goblets, if you intend to clink glasses together for the long haul ($75).