Valentine’s Day dessert: 5 honeyed treats from Shore bakeries


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Nothing says “I adore you” like a large cut of ooey, slimey chocolate cake. 

Except maybe a box of imagination truffles. Or a truly decadent pastry. Or a beautiful, over-the-top cupcake. 

See where we are going with this? 

Food is love, generally on Valentine’s Day. And special arise candy can make a day a truly poetic one. We asked 5 Shore bakeries and honeyed shops for their Valentine’s Day offerings, and while some should be systematic in advance, others will be accessible while reserve final on Thursday.

Most importantly, all will let your sweetie know we care. Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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Handcrafted chocolates from Coney Waffle

They might be famous for their towering, candy-covered milkshakes and brightly colored waffle cone creations, though for Valentine’s Day, Coney Waffle is going normal – during slightest a little.

Upgrade from a common heart-shaped box of chocolates to Coney Waffles’ candy box. Available during a ice cream shop’s Red Bank and Long Branch locations (Belmar and Asbury Park shops are sealed for a season), the boxes are filled with domestic divert chocolates, mini chocolate truffle-filled ice cream cones, fudge and gummi candies ($12.50).

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Coney Waffle, which will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, also will offer Valentine’s Day-inspired shakes, cones and cakes that day. If we devise ahead, sequence their heart-shaped ice cream cake ($54.95;; see a print in a gallery below). The cake, that comes in red or pinkish and feeds between dual and 4 people, is filled with dejected cookies and surfaced with churned cream, fondant and roses.

Go: 24 Centennial Drive in Long Branch, 732-556-6951, and 13 Broad St. in Red Bank; 732-556-6951;

Cupid’s Candy Boxes from The Flaky Tart, Atlantic Highlands

Holidays are large during this workman bakeshop, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Owners Laura Martelli and Matthew Rosenzweig are usurpation orders by Feb. 9, though Rosenzweig pronounced additional desserts will be available, along with other specials, on Valentine’s Day and by a following weekend. 

The Flaky Tart’s candy boxes embody an collection of treats, including dual any of their passion fruit macarons, chocolate cherry truffles, mini chocolate cupcakes, mini red velvet cupcakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, and macaroon kisses ($30). Specialty Valentine’s Day pastries embody a Sweetheart Tart, a heart-shaped smoke fritter bombard filled with vanilla bean custard and strawberries ($35); a pickled caramel and chocolate ganache tart, sprinkled with pinkish salt ($12); and a chocolate cherry cake done with Valrhona chocolate cake, vanilla bean churned cream and cherries ($35). 

Go: 145 1st Ave.; 732-291-2555,

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Chocolate croissants from 502 Baking Company, Brick

This is a initial Valentine’s Day for 502 Baking Company, that was non-stop Jan. 25 by longtime bakers Toni Marie, who sole her candy during Ocean County farmers markets, and Judy Celeste, before of All You Need Is Cake and Jersey Girls Macaroons in Ocean Grove.

Their new emporium sells pies, breads, cookies, chocolate eclairs, scones, danish – “a full bakery line,” Marie said. “And it’s blemish made, we don’t use any mixes. She’s an aged propagandize baker, I’m an aged school baker. It’s only something we trust in.”

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For Valentine’s Day, a offerings are plenty: chocolate cups filled with chocolate mousse ($3.75 each), sugarine cookies ($2 each), vegan chocolate cupcakes ($4.99 for two), chocolate croissants and chocolate-dipped strawberries. 

Go: 502 Brick Blvd.; 732-228-1030,

Chocolate doughnuts from Cake That!, Stafford

Sculpted cakes and specialty cupcakes are a large equipment during Cake That!, though for Valentine’s Day, copiousness of other honeyed treats will fill a cases. 

Owner Jess Bartlett pronounced that so far, her gluten-free, vegan options are proof many popular: chocolate doughnuts, chocolate peanut butter and red velvet whoopie pies, spirit cups, cakes and cookies ($4.25 to $15).

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She suggests business sequence in advance, though come Valentine’s Day, Bartlett skeleton to have long-stem chocolate-covered strawberries, boxes of mini cupcakes, red velvet whoopie pies filled with cream cheese frosting, and red booze cupcakes ($1.75 to $12.50).

Go: 657 E Bay Ave Unit 2 in a Manahawkin section; 609-713-9125,

Poached pears from Antoinette Boulangerie, Red Bank

This Red Bank emporium is a place to go for elegant, decadent baked goods, desirous by co-owner Zeynep Ozdemir’s adore of French pastry. 

“Our kitchen works 24 hours, it starts during midnight and by 6 a.m., all is ready,” pronounced Ozdemir, who owns a boulangerie with her sister, Ayca User.  “We bake daily, uninformed any day, and we do tiny quantities.”

For Valentine’s Day, Antoinette Boulangerie will offer tarts done from red wine-soaked pears wrapped in smoke fritter ($7.50); champagne rosé panna cotta in cups ($7 any and gluten free); a heart-shaped vanilla cake with hiss mousse and lavender cream ($7.50); a record cake done with flourless chocolate cake and divert chocolate mousse ($8 and gluten free); and heart-shaped Linzer cookies filled with hiss jam, ($3.50 each). 

Go: 32 Monmouth St.; 732-224-1118,

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