This Valentine’s Day, don’t bore your friends or significant other(s) with a box of conversation hearts from Rite Aid. For a couple dollars more, you can thrill them with a delicious treat from one of Middletown’s many sweet shops. Here is a list of some of our favorites:

Tschudin Chocolates

Who needs Russell Stover when you have an artisanal chocolate shop right down the street? For Valentine’s Day, Tschudin Chocolates is offering the classic, heart-shaped chocolate box, but theirs isn’t made of cardboard—it’s sculpted out of chocolate! The box can be filled with any of their classic chocolates, truffles, dipped fruit, or caramels. They also make heart-shaped chocolates that say “love,” pink roses made of candy, and distinctive chocolate shoe sculptures. There will be Valentine’s Day-themed shoes to purchase for your sweetheart, of course, as well as wedding shoes if things are getting really serious. So if you’re looking for a high-quality sweet to impress a love interest, Tschudin Chocolates has you covered (chocolate covered, that is).

NoRA Cupcake Company

NoRA is known for its wide variety of cupcakes, but for Valentine’s Day it’s pulling out all the stops. You can take your pick from options like “Bubbly,” which is champagne cake covered with a rich chocolate ganache, or “Bursting With Love,” a funfetti cake filled with marshmallow fluff and topped with tie-dye buttercream. Does your girl-/boy-/gender-neutral-friend have dietary restrictions? Never fear! NoRA is also offering vegan and gluten-free cupcakes for the special day. Phone orders accepted unil February 12th!

Fusion Bakery and Patisserie: Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade pastry artistically decorated by the bakers at Fusion Bakery. This Valentine’s Day, they’ll be offering cookie bouquets and lollipops, red velvet whoopee pies, heart-shaped cakes, cream puffs for two, chocolate-covered strawberries, and chocolate lollipops. You know where you’ll find us next Thursday.

Cold Stone Creamery 

Surprise your Valentine with a special Valentine’s Day cake from Cold Stone Creamery. This year the store is featuring a heart-shaped cake with strawberry ice cream and topped with chocolate ganache and chocolate shavings. Looking for a more intimate dessert to share? Cold Stone is also offering petite cakes that are sure to impress. Pre-order one in any flavor!

Froyo World

If you’re in the mood for a more casual treat with a lover or group of friends, Froyo World is your place. This Valentine’s Day, it’s featuring strawberry tart yogurt and several limited edition toppings including strawberry Oreos, cinnamon hearts, gummy hearts, jelly hearts, “love is in the air” sprinkles, and “pucker up” peppermint powder.

Lizzy B’s Sweet Celebrations

Lizzy B’s is the perfect place to get a variety of sweets with which to celebrate the holiday. They’ll be offering red velvet cupcakes, truffle cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate-dipped Rice Krispie treats, truffles with pink hearts on top, decorated marshmallows, butter almond cookies, and a special holiday ice cream flavor, Truthfully Cherry, which is delicious chocolate ice cream filled with chocolate covered cherries.

Whatever your sweet tooth or sweetheart desires this Valentine’s Day, you are bound to find it in downtown Middletown (after all, it is one of the most romantic main streets in America). From festive ice cream to homemade cakes to chocolate-covered anything, whatever you need to impress someone special can be found only a few blocks away!

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