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Sugar for your sweetheart: Where to go for Valentine's treats

Sugar for your sweetheart: Where to go for Valentine's treats

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Triniti's chocolates come in rosewater, champagne and cherry.
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Think cupcakes are girly? Vanessa O'Donnell has a Guinness version for boys and other beer-lovers. Photo courtesy of Ooh La La
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Chocolate-covered strawberries and so, so much more at Central Market's Chocolate Festival. Courtesy of Central Market
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Look, guys (and girls): Valentine's Day just isn't that hard.

You don't have to think outside the box or order something like a pajamagram. (Seriously, do not ever order anyone a pajamagram. Unless the message you are sending is "I don't ever want to see you naked again.")

Flowers. Candy. Kisses. Boom. Done.

I'm going to leave you to your own devices on the kissing and I know better than to predict flower preferences, but here's a quick list of where to get some of the best sweet treats in town.

Fluff Bake Bar

Fluff and Fat Cat Creamery are teaming up on a Valentine's Day bake sale to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue, with cupcakes, cookies (including Rebecca Masson's famed fluffernutters) and vanilla ice cream with chocolate covered cherries. Pick-ups are available every day until Feb. 14, but orders must be placed ASAP.

Triniti

If you can't make it to the Aphrodisiac dinner, you can still snap up some treats from Triniti, with three flavors of handmade chocolates made with rosewater, champagne and cherry, in boxes of 6 ($12) or 12 ($24).

Chocolat du Monde

The best imported chocolates in Houston are at this tiny shop in Rice Village, which carries Neuhaus, Leonidas, an array of truffles and some of the best toffee in Houston.

Ooh La La Dessert Boutique

Desserts can sometimes seem overly feminized, but for a boy with a sweet tooth, check out Vanessa O'Donnell's Guinness stout cupcakes. Created just for the Super Bowl, the treats have been so popular that they'll be hanging around for beer-lovers through Valentine's Day.

Central Market

Look, it's no coincidence that Central Market's annual Chocolate Festival runs through Tuesday. It's more than candy though — head here for everything from cake to chocolate bread, chocolate-covered popcorn, chocolate chicken mole and even chocolate water.

Kegg's Candies

Native Houstonians have a unique love of this store, which has been around for over 65 years. The signature pecan crisp is a nuttier, less sticky version of peanut brittle, and the divinity is, well, divine.

Sweet

Colorful, sweet and sophisticated, there's nothing that makes some people happier than the delicate taste of a French macaron. Pick up bite-sized versions of the treat in six flavors including coffee, pistacio, raspberry and lemon. There's also mini cupcakes, whoopie pies and cookies, all made in-house.