Still looking for a unique gift for your Brooklyn sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? I’ve picked out three of my favorite sweet treats that I think your valentine will love just as much as I do.
1. Hot and Bothered set from With Love From Brooklyn
Spice things up with this set from one of my favorite curated gift sites, With Love From Brooklyn. The four-pack includes Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate and Wicked Chocolate Bar, Nunu Chocolates Mezcal Chili Truffles, and Spoonable Chili Caramel. It’s sweet. It’s spicy; and it’s the perfect artisinal gift for the one you love. Use the code HOTSTUFF to get 20 percent off.
2. Knipschildt Strawberry Hazelnut Bark from The Chocolate Room
I have a deep connection with The Chocolate Room and any of their chocolates and baked goods. I’m loving this Knipschildt Strawberry Hazelnut Bark for Valentine’s Day. I like it’s festive and unique look– milk and pink colored white chocolate bark with hazelnuts and strawberry powder. Pair it with these pretty rosewater truffles for an extra sweet surprise.
3. Red Hook Red Hot Cupcakes from Baked
Who wouldn’t like red velvet cake with a hint of valrhona cocoa, layered and topped with your choice of vanilla cinnamon buttercream or classic cream cheese frosting? One of my favorite bakeries, Baked in Red Hook offers the Red Hook Red Hot cake in cupcake form, which I think is a little bit cuter than the whole cake. Contact the bakery soon to place your order.
My chocolate molten cake
I knew that The Chocolate Room is a great place to buy specialty chocolate bars and truffles, but I just discovered that it’s also a chocolate cafe. I couldn’t help but give it a try. So, I took a seat in the back and was greeted by a giant dessert menu filled with chocolate-centered dishes like Chocolate Layer Cake, Brownie Sundae, and Chocolate Fondue for Two.
I settled on one of the specials, a Chocolate Molten Cake served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a caramel sauce. If you can eat Heaven, I think I found it. Another feature of the menu is a wine pairing with each dessert, which only adds to the cafe’s divinity.
More good news! The Chocolate Room is devoted to helping rural farmers in Madagascar get more value for their crops. So not only are you eating for your own happiness, but you’re helping a good cause too. Visit The Chocolate Room at 269 Court Street (the Cobble Hill location that I visited), or in Park Slope at 86 5th Avenue.
Forget Kit-Kats, Milky Ways, and Butterfingers– the best chocolate is made right here in Brooklyn! Check out these three local chocolate shops with deliciously spooky options!
1. Jo-Mart Chocolates
Need some edible witches, ghosts or pumpkins? Jo-Mart Chocolates at 2917 Avenue R has ‘em all. For the ultimate ghastly treat, try the “Large Chocolate Pumpkin,” a TWO-POUND chocolate pumpkin available in dark, milk, or white chocolate. It makes the perfect edible table centerpiece!
2. Jacques Torres Chocolate
This Dumbo chocolate shop is one of my favorite spots for a chocolate fix! Right now get your “Spooky Goblin Eyes,” eye-like chocolates with a “bloody” raspberry caramel center, or Halloween chocolate-covered marshmallow peeps!
3. The Chocolate Room
For those of you who aren’t into the themed chocolate items, but still want to indulge for the holiday– try The Chocolate Room. With decadent bite-sized treats, like “The Francesca,” a port wine ganache with caramelized walnuts, or “The Valentina,” caramel & lavender enrobed in dark chocolate, the shop will not disappoint you.