Bakeries and chocolatiers in NoVA are gearing up for February 14, which means everywhere we look there are pink, heart-shaped sweets catching our eye. Buy them as a surprise for your valentine, the centerpiece to your Galentine’s Day gathering, or as a special treat for yourself — these Valentine’s Day desserts are too pretty to pass up.
What’s better than a dozen red roses? A dozen Valentine’s Day mini doughnuts from Astro. The $35 box comes with an assortment of flavors including vanilla with sprinkles, red berry cheesecake, chocolate candy bar, crème brûlée, and lemon meringue pie. Available February 9 to 18, by pre-order only. 7511 Leesburg Pk., Falls Church; 4001 Campbell Ave., Arlington
You can never go wrong with a classic box of chocolates, but this Vienna chocolatier has even more to offer in the way of romantic bites. Grab a box of fresh chocolate-covered strawberries or a novelty chocolate item like the chocolate teddy bear. 120 Church St. NE, Vienna
The festive chocolate strawberries from this home bakery can be made with a selection of chocolates, including white chocolate dyed pink or red to fit with the romantic theme. Other treats for sale include Valentine’s-themed chocolate pretzel rods, cupcakes, and curated boxes full of things like strawberries, pretzels, and cake pops. Pickup in Sterling
This bakery has a full menu of Valentine’s Day pastries, including rich cakes and decorated cookies. Try the strawberry chiffon cupcakes, topped with cream cheese frosting and a fresh chocolate-drizzled strawberry, or the decadent chocolate tarts with fresh berries. 430 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 14701 Flint Lee Rd., Chantilly
Old Town’s candy shop has classic, indulgent chocolate-covered strawberries. The sweets are available in milk, dark, or white chocolate (or a mix of all three) in either half-pound or full-pound boxes for pre-order. While you’re at it, grab some of the housemade fudge for a little something extra. 212 King St., Alexandria
For a cute, edible gift full of flair, go for the intricately decorated sugar cookies from The Dulce Duo. Send a sweet message with a cookie card or go for a personalized heart-shaped cookie adorned with your sweetheart’s name. Pickup in Springfield
Feature image courtesy The Dulce Duo
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