Not only do you need love as an ingredient for Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), you need chocolate. Here are two samplings, one from a brick-and-mortar store, the other from an online retailer.
At Capital Confections, chocolatier and co-owner (with wife Teresa) Craig Higgins is making a line of hand-crafted Valentine sweets. Traditional heart-shaped boxes are filled with hand made truffles filled with the likes of liqueurs and chocolate decadence.
Solid chocolate boxes in two sizes are “great for the big engagement presentation,” said Teresa Higgins. “Bring in her ring and we’ll wrap it inside the box.”
The big novelty is chocolate handcuffs. “We’ve done a lot of them for bachelorette parties and retirement parties for law enforcement,” Teresa Higgins said, “but this year the handcuffs are about ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’” The movie, to be released Feb. 13, is based on E.L. James’ best-selling bondage trilogy.
Not to overlook the Rice Krispie Treats for the younger set, and strawberries triple-dipped in chocolate (Valentine’s Day only).
“We have confections for every age,” she said.
Meanwhile, the online About a Bite Bakery specializes in mini-chocolates, mini-candy bars and cookies, in delicious flavors and intriguing textures.
“We offer small-batch bite-sized treats in a wide variety of flavors to fulfill that desire for a bite or two of everything,” says founding baker Jennifer Kaye.
We tasted a bunch of product and especially liked the Salted Caramel Collection in six flavors, including ginger and rosemary.
Order at the website or drop by the kitchen at 11353 Pyrites Way, Rancho Cordova; (916) 638-8949, www.aboutabitebakery.com.
Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.