8 Sweet Memphis Treats For Valentine’s Day (Or Anytime)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 13th 2015 1066 0

Wondering what sweet thing to get your sweet thing this Valentine's Day? Here are eight ideas for last-minute locally made treats that you can pick up to-go. 

1. Dinstuhl's Chocolate Covered Fruit

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Dinstuhl's is a Memphis institution, and so are their chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine's Day. The milk chocolate covered berries are $26.50 per pound (about six big berries). If you didn't order ahead, that's OK, you can still go by and pick up chocolate-covered strawberries, grapes, pineapple, and other candy. 

Germantown (7730 Poplar Avenue) and Laurelwood locations are open until 7 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14. The 5280 Pleasant View Road location is open until 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14. Read more about Dinstuhl's here.

2. Shotwell Candy Co.'s Caramels

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Shotwell Candy Co.'s handmade caramels come in adorable stamped boxes in flavors like espresso, spiced dark chocolate, beer and pretzel, or the classic salted caramels. A quarter pound box is $9.75 (about 11 – 13 pieces). Read more about Shotwell Candy Co. here.

You can pick them up at several locations in the Memphis area including A. Schwab, Porcellino's, Buster's, Social, and On a Whim. See the map of all U.S. retail locations here. 

3. Tart's Assorted Pastries 

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Tart whips up a case full of baked goods and sweet treats daily at their Cooper Young cafe. I'm not sure what exactly they'll have today and tomorrow, but I know that whatever it is, it will be amazing and only a few dollars. They often post their offerings and specials online on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Tart (820 S. Cooper St.) will open on Feb. 13 until and Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

4. Whimsy Cookie Company's Cookies

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In case you missed it, the bubblegum pink building on Poplar Avenue near Perkins is Whimsy Cookie Company, and it's worth going in just for the heavenly sweet smell. This adorable shop specializes in hand-decorated sugar cookies with detailed designs (seriously, they can put anything on a cookie). For Valentine's Day, pick out sugar cookies for $3 each or other assorted treats for around that much.

Whimsy Cookie Co's 4704 Poplar Avenue location is open the Feb. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

5. Sweet Noshings Popcorn

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Sweet Noshings in Overton Square has you totally covered in terms of all kinds of candies and treats, but I find their flavored popcorn to be completely irresistible. The Muddy Buddy Chocolate in particular is my favorite, but also try green apple, cherry, caramel, or honey (they also have savory flavors). You can get a bag for about $4; candy prices vary. Read more about Sweet Noshings here.

Sweet Noshings is at 2113 Madison Avenue near Babalu, and will be open Feb. 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

6. La Baguette's Cookies and Petit Fours

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French bakery and patisserie La Baguette has petit fours, cookies, and cupcakes all decorated Valentine's-style, all for a buck or two each. You really can't go wrong with anything from La Baguette – their eclairs, french breads, and biscotti are wonderful, and they may even have a King Cake or two in stock.

The Chickasaw Oaks Shopping Center bakery (3088 Poplar Avenue) will be open on Feb. 13 until 7 p.m. and on Feb. 14 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

7. Muddy's Bitter With Baggage Cupcake

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Photo via Muddy's Bake Shop on Facebook.

Go by Muddy's Bake Shop in Sanderlin or Muddy's Grind House in midtown to pick up the special edition "Bitter With Baggage" cupcake with chocolate cake, espresso icing, and a drizzle of bitter chocolate – while supplies last. Of course, there are other flavors of cupcakes, cookies, pies, and other treats. Read more about Muddy's Grind House here.

Muddy's Bake Shop (5101 Sanderlin) will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14. Muddy's Grind House (585 S. Cooper St.) will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14. 

8. Carol's Cheesecakes

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I haven't had a chance yet to write all about the wonderful, different, delicious cheesecakes that I had at Carol's the other week, but I will soon. In the meantime, trust me that the red velvet, cinnamon roll, and classic NY style cheesecakes are the bomb, and I'd bet the other flavors do not disappoint. It's $3.95 per slice. They also were showing off some vodka-soaked, chocolate-covered strawberries yesterday online.

You can pick from what's available in the bakery case at Carol's Cheesecakes (482 N Hollywood) on Feb. 13 until about 5 p.m. (you can call ahead at 901-323-2217 to make sure Chef Drew has what you need in stock) and on Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m

Of course these aren't the only places to pick up sweet treats in town. Where are your favorite places to get your sugar fix?


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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