We’ve got the sweet, the bitter and the baked for your Valentine.
Scones from Seven Sisters Scones
John’s Creek café Seven Sisters Kitchen has been baking just for your sweetheart. Would they enjoy a scone with a cup of tea? Or do they want to nibble on a scone while sipping a cup of coffee? Or maybe a scone would be just the right accompaniment for a glass of milk or a long drink of water? Scones go with every beverage and are delicious at any time of day. Just for Valentine’s day café owners Hala Yassine and Farrah Haidar have created three flavors: Strawberry Champagne, Raspberry White Chocolate and Triple Chocolate. We sampled them all. The frosted scones have just the right ratio of scone to icing, and the Triple Chocolate scone packed with three varieties of chocolate chips needed no embellishment. There are also cake pops and hot chocolate on a stick if you want to really indulge your honey’s sweet tooth. And no matter where that honey is, Seven Sisters can ship their scones anywhere in the country.
$27 for a Valentine dozen box of mini-scones, $57 for a dozen large scones. Available at the Saturday morning Marietta Square Farmers Market, in the cafe at 6955 McGinnnis Ferry Road, Johns Creek, or online at shop.sevensistersscones.com/.
Sugarfina Love Letters from Collier Candy Company
Forget those chalky conversation hearts. Surprise your sweetheart with a Valentine’s candy cube from Sugarfina. Available from Collier Candy Company, a shop tucked inside a little alcove off Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall, these acrylic cubes are packed with treats and labeled with a sweet message. “You’re a peach” exclaims the box filled with peach bellini gummies. The candy tastes just like fresh peaches, with a light sweetness and the bit of tartness you want in a perfect peach. Champagne bears are labeled “Cheers to us” and the bears are made with brut and rosé champagne. The “Kiss me” box is filled with strawberry, cherry and watermelon sweet and sour gummy lips. “Love you choc-alot” breaks away from the gummy theme with dark chocolate sea salt caramels. But our favorite was the “You’re my sweetheart” filled with ombré pink strawberry daiquiri hearts. Like the peach bellini flavor, these taste of real fruit and they’re not sticky sweet like gummy candies you’re used to.
$12.50 to $14.50 per cube ranging from 2.7 to 3.9 ounces. Available at Collier Candy Company, Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta. facebook.com/colliercandyco/
Cocktail bitters from 18.21 Bitters
Does your sweetheart have a favorite cocktail? Then you want to make a trip to 18.21 Bitters at Ponce City Market where the staff can advise you on which of their housemade cocktail bitters, shrubs, syrups, tonic, ginger beer and bottled cocktail mixes will turn that cocktail from good to great. We love that everything they make has layers of flavor and a bounty of suggested uses. Take for example the latest bitter we tried, Earl Grey. The bergamot of the Earl Grey tea is definitely there along with a bit of vanilla. They recommend it for cocktails using gin, bourbon, whiskey or amaro, or using it to enhance classics like an Old Fashioned or Negroni. It’s only one of the 30 flavors they produce, some of which are seasonal. The staff at the tiny shop are happy to have you sample everything there so you can choose exactly the right gift.
$9.99 per 4-ounce bottle. Available at 18.21 Bitters, 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta or online at 1821bitters.com/.
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