Top Pick Of The Week

February 7, 2012


Close-up of Cakeslider gift basket, push-up pops of cake and buttercream. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Alternatives to Valentine’s Day chocolate candy.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Each is charming, special and delicious.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Fun fab food.
WHERE TO BUY IT: See individual listings.

5 Valentine Food Gifts That Aren’t Chocolate Candy:
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Cakeslider Creations

Fun for kids and adults alike, these push-up pops are layered with tasty, moist cake and velvety buttercream. Made by Rocky Mountain Cupcakes, they’re available in your choice of 10 different flavors: from Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Double Fudge, to Latte, Mint Chocolate Chip and Red Velvet.

There’s special Valentine packaging, including a reusable bucket or basket in your choice of 10 different quantity and design combinations. $21.95 to $44.95 (photo at left), at

Richart: Chocomacs Macarons

We fudged (pun intended) on just one thing: Richart’s Chocomacs, macarons filled with a scoop of ganache and topped with a thin disc of decorated chocolate. It’s an innovation that couldn’t be more delightful: macaron, truffle  and chocolate combined into one delicious confection. The chocolate is such a sliver that it made it onto the non-chocolate candy list. Boxes range from $25.00 to $67.00 at

Richart, one of the world’s great chocolatiers, was a previous NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week for its beautiful bonbons.

Richart Chocomacs

No, it isn’t chocolate candy: It’s macarons topped with a ball of ganache and the thinnest wafer of chocolate. Chocomac photos courtesy Richart.

Chocomac Macarons

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Two Hearts Bakery: Pie On A Stick

Made exclusively for Williams-Sonoma, these heart-shaped pie pops, about 3.5 inches wide, feature buttery, flaky pastry with a sweet-tart cherry pie filling.

Six pops are $29.95.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

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