Sweets for Your Sweet

Leticia Barr - Washington Dc
January 31, 2012

Where to go for sweet treats for your sweet on Valentine’s Day? It depends on their sweet tooth! Are they a fan of classic baked goods from a store evoking a feeling of yesteryear? Do they love artisanal chocolates with imported ingredients? Would they like to be whisked away to another country with a single bite? Are milkshakes their thing? Or do they prefer fresh fruit pies? This list of local treasures features sweets to put a smile on your loved ones faces and ones that you can feel great about supporting as small area businesses.

Woodmoor Pastry Shop

Stepping into Silver Spring’s Woodmoor Pastry Shop is like stepping back in time to an era where neighborhood pastry shops were the go-to places to purchase decorated sheet cakes for birthdays, coffee cakes, individual fruit danishes, light and springy doughnuts, decorated sugar cookies, sprinkled cupcakes, buttery Parker House rolls, and fresh breads. There’s a little bit of everything behind those glass cases at Woodmoor Pastry Shop, and the fact that every single thing is delicious and affordable makes it well worth the trip!

Leonidas Chocolates

Chocolate lovers are in for a treat when presented with a box of Leonidas chocolates carefully selected from their Georgetown location. Belgian chocolate and other ingredients imported from Brussels set these chocolates apart from the rest because they are crafted in small batches by expert chocolateirs. At $38 per pound, they are a special Valentine’s treat for your beloved chocolate connoisseur.

Cornucopia

If you’re planning to make dinner at home, treat yourself to delectable goodies from Bethesda's Cornucopia that will transport you to Italy the second you step in the shop. Crusty breads, fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced melt-in-your-mouth cured meats, and rustic pastas are perfect for a delicious at-home meal. While you’re there, select an amazing dessert for a sweet finish. Cannoli, cakes, and a mouth-watering assortment of Italian cookies and biscotti from the towering cake stands and platters will make you want to choose just a little bit of everything to take home to your sweethearts.

Good Stuff Eatery

If milkshakes melt the heart of your loved ones, Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery is the place to go. Located in Capitol Hill, Good Stuff features deliciously think milkshakes ($5.25) in flavors like the incredibly popular toasted marshamallow, chocolate malt, D-Lechable Leche, cookies and cream, and black and white are yummy accompaniments to your Valentine’s Day burger.

Mom's Apple Pie Company

You’ll be the apple of your loved one’s eye with a natural, preservative-free pie from Mom’s Apple Pie Company locations in Leesburg or Occoquan, Virginia. There are double crust fruit pies that use home grown or locally sourced fruit and open-faced pecan, custard, or chess pies that range in price from $13.99 to 16.99. There’s a giant list of pies to choose from but if your sweetheart has a favorite, it's best to order from their seasonal offerings ahead of time to ensure that you secure the one that will win their heart.

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