Hot Chocolate Mix From Mindy's Hot Chocolate
We've tried all the hot chocolates at this Chicago spot, and we can easily say we'd love to be able to make them at home. Luckily, the blends (which range from classic Medium to more unique blends like Malted Milk and Espresso) are available for purchase through the restaurant's website.
$20, available online
Heart Shaped King Cake
If you want to celebrate Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day together, Haydel's Bakery in New Orleans has the answer: a heart shaped King Cake.
$46, available online
Platinum Collection From Recchiuti
If you're really going all out this Valentine's Day, I can see no better way to do it than with the 88 piece, 2 plus pound box of Recchiuti chocolates. At $160 dollars, it's an expensive but impressive way to say I love you.
$160, available online
Love Birds from Eleni's
Normally I run the other direction from attractively frosted cookies, knowing that the taste will have suffered for appearance. But the cookies from New York-based bakery Eleni's are actually tasty and adorable, especially this collection of love birds. (They ship nationwide, to boot).
$24.50 for the Love Birds collection, available online and at Eleni's locations in NYC
Cast Iron Heart Cake Pan
It may seem cheesy, but I love having a heart-shaped cake pan in my arsenal. This cast iron version is great because really, who doesn't want more heart-shaped cornbread in their life?
$17, available online
Spicy Chocolates from Vosges Haut Chocolate
Everyone wants a little heat on Valentine's Day, and Vosges happens to excel at the chili-chocolate combination. Their Red Fire line (made from ancho chillies, Ceylon cinnamon, and 65% cacao Venezuelan dark chocolate) is one of my favorites, and comes as a truffle, toffee, pecans, or bar.
Available online or at Vosgues locations.
Heart Shaped Pancake Molds
Giving these pancake molds the night before might help ensure you get breakfast the next morning. Just saying.
$7, available online