Cupcake Royale
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Heart-shaped boxes of cheap chocolates abound as Valentine's Day nears, but don't let their waxy good looks fool you. We're firm believers in shopping locally (and deliciously) for any holiday, so here are some edible gifts—special favor given to non-chocolate treats, since you can find those on your own—to make your sweetie smile:

Cupcake Royale
Send the love from miles away with cupcake grams. Choose from a variety of backgrounds including mountain scenery, puppies, and a galactic keyboard all featuring cupcakes from this sweet shop. Then, choose a quirky headline and write a personal message. Grams are $4 and are good for one cupcake in any shop. Also, pre-order a dozen cupcakes by Valentine’s Day and get the next dozen for half price.

Hot Cakes
Autumn Martin and the crew are bringing warm and gooey love to the bake shop in Ballard for the entire month of February. The month’s special is a spicy molten cake made with rose caramel and house-made red hot candies. The gang is pairing up with the event planning business Sinclair and Moore to host a flower pop-up shop from 11-8 on Valentine’s Day. Couple Steve and Jamie Moore will be selling bouquets in the front, making it easy to shop for your sweetheart in one stop.

KuKuRuZa
This spot is getting (pop)corny for Valentine’s Day. Get a heart-shaped half-gallon tin and select any flavor (they recommend dark chocolate kettle corn, black raspberry, and tuxedo popcorn) to fill for $15. Go gung-ho and get the gallon tin decorated with hearts for $24. For you Seahawks lovers, Beast Corn is still available for filling.

Volunteer Park Cafe
Valentine’s Day gifts are made easy at this rustic cafe in Capitol Hill. Ericka Burke has selected a variety of treats for a Valentine’s Day pop-up shop. Get items such as soaps, candles, mugs, jams, sea salts, cheeses, and more. And for this week, the kitchen is getting festive with mini heart-shaped cookies, raspberry Linzer hearts, and chocolate hazelnut brittle. 

Fran’s Chocolates
Fran's may be an obvious choice, but for good reason. From truffles to caramels to figs and more, Fran’s Chocolates has got you covered with anything sweet. And they don’t all come in a heart-shaped boxed (in case you were worried). Try the coconut gold bars with white chocolate and a mixture of coconut and dark chocolate-covered almonds on top. The box contains seven bars and is available for $28. Or there’s the pink 20-piece assortment with a variety of caramels and truffles for $30.  

Nuflours
No flour, no problem. This gluten-free bakery is making the Red Hot Vanilla for the holiday. The vanilla cake has cinnamon filling, buttercream, and is topped with Red Hots. Pre-order yours by February 11 and your cake will be ready on Valentine’s Day at the Queen Anne shop.  Call 206-395-4623 or email info@nuflours.com.

Piroshky Piroshky
Start off your day on the sweet side with a Valentine’s Day Pastry Box that includes seven piroshkies for $24.50. Choose from a variety of different pastries, including the Moscow roll, coffee cinnamon roll, cherry white chocolate, and more. Order online and pick up in the popular Pike Place Market store. 

Chukar Cherries
This Northwest cherry vendor at Pike Place Market has dozens of options for your Valentine’s Day gifts in store and online. The crew has curated several different assortments of gift baskets equipped with everything Chukar. The Blushing Cherry gift basket for $45 includes raspberry cherry dessert sauce, raspberry truffles, chocolate cherry blossoms, and cherry blossom green tea.  For $35, try the Breakfast and Brunch Trio with three different cherry and raspberry preserves.

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