How Sweet It Is!
Decadent treats to lavish on your loved one this Valentine’s Day
STORIES: Lia Picard
Looking for a tasty tidbit to give to that special someone on Valentine’s Day? A box of chocolates may immediately spring to mind, but if you’re looking for something more original, we’ve rounded up some decadent alternatives sure to win your sweetheart’s affection.
Batter Bites Batter Cookie Dough Counter Ponce City Market’s cookie dough shop has brought trendy edible cookie dough to Atlanta, and a great way to treat your valentine is with an order of delectable Batter Bites. Choose any of the 12 flavors of cookie dough to be molded into 1-ounce truffles and then rolled in sprinkles (available individually or in packs of four).
100 Layer Doughnut
Five Daughters Bakery
Another PCM sugar oasis, Five Daughters Bakery opened its Atlanta outpost last summer. Of their treats, the most famous is the 100 Layer Doughnut, a cross between a croissant and a doughnut. It takes three days to make the dough, which is then infused with buttercream and topped with glazes, producing a doughnut that’s buttery, flaky and clearly made with love. Standout flavors include vanilla bean glaze, chocolate sea salt, maple cinnamon and vanilla cream.
The Westside location of the bakery known for its eclectic decor may serve a mean lunch, but it’s the pastries and cookies that really hit that sweet spot. There are multiple options to choose from, but the vanilla-filled Éclair Your Love can be personalized with a 1- to 12-character message that will make your beloved’s heart melt (requires 48 hours advance notice).
Originally a word-of-mouth operation run by mother and daughter team Maggie and Katie Sweeney, Cake Hag opened its brick-and-mortar location on Glenwood Avenue in 2016. Although they are best known for their Instagram-worthy decorated cakes, the pair also creates delicious, moist cupcakes in flavors such as Red Wine Velvet, Carolina Carrot and Mojito that you can customize with any decorations you want.
Our gluten-free honeys need love too, right? Thankfully, Hell Yeah Gluten Free! founder Alejandra Luaces whips up confections that even non-gluten-free folks will lust after. Currently baking in her home kitchen in Cabbagetown (a brick-and-mortar location is forthcoming), Luaces makes pretty pop tarts that are so bright and cheerful even the biggest curmudgeon will fall in love. The treats come in flavors such as brown sugar with a matcha glaze and blueberry-filled with a lemon-blueberry glaze. Order as early as you can, as the one-woman bakeshop books up quickly.