With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, there's no better solution to the gift quandary than chocolate. Want to support your local businesses but afraid there aren't enough options to suit your sweetheart's palate? Think again. Whether you're looking for fudge, truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit or cupcakes, your only problem will be finding the perfect gifts without sampling a few for yourself.
Davidson Chocolate Co.
Located on Jetton Street in Davidson, Davidson Chocolate Co. specializes in truffles, fudge, nut clusters, cremes and chocolate-dipped fruit all made on site by head chocolatier John Elliott, Sr. For something a little different, try the popporazzi, freshly-popped corn drizzled with caramel and dark or milk chocolate or one of the nine decadent brownie options.
610 Jetton St. #150
La Parisienne Chocolate
For a selection of chocolates that are almost too pretty to eat, visit La Parisienne Chocolate in Cornelius. Each truffle is hand-painted by an artist-in-residence and filled by a pastry chef. Truffle varieties include port wine, marzipan, Lebanese vanilla mint and raspberry saffron. mix and match boxes of truffles from four to 50. La Parisienne also offers French and international wine by the glass to accompany the truffles, as well as eclectic artwork on the walls and free wi-fi.
20700 N. Main St.
Located in the Rosedale Commons shopping center, Sweet Tooth, owned by Sean and Diane Cox, has a variety of items sure to please everyone on your gift list. The shop offers ice cream, coffee, truffles, and homemade fudge in flavors such as raspberry, cappuccino salted nut roll and turtle, with fresh flavors offered daily. Order a custom-made basket of gourmet treats starting at 410 and browse through other gift selections offered in the store. For Valentine's Day, pre-order chocolate-covered strawberries by Feb. 10 and get 20 percent off the delicacies.
12905 Rosedale Hill Ave.
Just Baked Cupcakes and Coffeehouse
Just Baked Cupcakes recently introduced a line of flavors specifically for Valentine's Day, including chocolate dipped strawberry, valentine sugar cookie, red heart velvet, chocolate raspberry kiss and be mine chocolate cream. Located inside the Carolina Art Garden at The Oak Street Mill in Cornelius, the shop offers cupcakes, coffee, an art gallery and free wi-fi access. Stop by 5-7 p.m. Feb. 9 for a cupcake and wine tasting event at $5 per person. Visit their Web site for to see which variety of cupcakes are offered each day.
19725 Oak St., Suite 3
If your loved one craves cupcakes, SweetCakes is offering custom-ordered valentine's bouquets in honor of the holiday that are beautifully presented as well as tasty. Owners Brenda Lord and Heather Allen mix up the daily offerings, with more than 10 flavors of cupcakes offered daily. Flavors include . Cupcake sizes come in both standard and mini cupcake versions. Standard cupcake prices range from $2.75 each to $30.00 for a dozen.
20017 N. Main St.,
Killingtons Dinner for Two Special
Sweets aside, Killingtons Restaurant & Pub in Rosedale Commons is offering a dinner package Feb. 12-14 beginning at 5 p.m. each day. The price is $69.99 per couple, and includes an appetizer to share, soup or salad, a choice of entrée including prime rib, ahi tuna, chicken roulade or mushroom ravioli, one bottle of wine and a dessert to share. Call for reservations.
10010 Rose Commons Drive