Where to buy top-notch Valentine's Day treats on the North Shore
According to one legend, Valentine’s Day stems back to the third century when a Roman emperor outlawed marriage after he decided single men made better soldiers than those with families. St. Valentine, realizing the unfairness of the order, continued to marry young couples in secret. When the emperor discovered this, St. Valentine was killed. Today, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of his death in February.
Or, as others believe, the origin of Valentine’s Day goes back much further. They claim the Christian church decided to place the holiday in mid-February to draw attention away from a widely celebrated pagan fertility festival where young men would become paired with women for a year. These matches often resulted in marriage.
Either way, Canadians have been celebrating Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 since the early 1700s. The red heart-shaped box was invented in 1860 by Cadbury, starting the custom of giving chocolates to that special someone.
Here is a list of some the best gifts in North and West Vancouver:
Great with a glass of wine
Cinnamon’s Chocolates makes these milk chocolate-covered strawberries on Feb. 13 and 14 every year for a lineup of customers that goes all the way out the door.
Perfect to share on a romantic evening, warm chocolate seals the strawberry juice in and white chocolate is strung over top.
Location: 119 East Second St. off Lonsdale, North Van
Price: $36.50 a dozen, $19 hal f dozen
For a sweet Valentine
Is there better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with something sweet? Ellie’s Candy Lane has exclusive Valentine’s Day gift baskets filled with chocolate covered pretzels, red and pink gummies, saltwater taffy, cinnamon hearts and other goodies. It’s a perfect gift for a significant other or to treat the kids.
Location: 1931 Lonsdale Ave., North Van
Price: $10 for the basket
Flour Bakeshop’s Valentine quartet includes a coconut custard roll, a ganache heart, a strawberry cream tart and a chocolate eclair, all wrapped in a festive box. For an added touch of romance, this West Van bakery is also offering sugar cookie hearts and Valentine cakes to order.
Location: 6363 Bruce S t., Horseshoe Bay.
Price: $15 a box
Four pounds of chocolate!
This four-pound “I love you forever” chocolate box is sure to impress any Valentine. Containing milk, dark and white chocolate in a heart-shaped box covered in red velvet, this treat will likely take days to devour.
Location: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Park Royal North, across from London Drugs.
Price: Heart boxes start at $11.95. The four-pound box is $99.99