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The 14 Best Valentine’s Day Sweets to Give With No Chocolate

The 14 Best Valentine's Day Sweets to Give With No Chocolate

We find it hard to believe, but there are actually some people out there who don’t like chocolate. What??? We can understand if you’re allergic. But just not really liking it? We don’t know what to say. However, many people have a beloved who may just not be feeling chocolate – the iconic sweet of Valentine’s Day. So what should you give them instead? Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the 14 best gourmet Valentine’s Day sweets to give your beloved this year if you’re looking for a treat with no chocolate, including candy, cookies, cupcakes, caramels and cakes. And marshmallows! And cookie fries!

The 14 best non-chocolate treats to celebrate this Valentine’s Day

With February 14th fast approaching, like us, you’ve probably got all things pink and red on the brain. Chief among them?  Valentine’s Day candies.  While chocolate confections tend to be the traditional pick, there’s a whole world of festive sweets out there beyond truffles and ganache-filled hearts to share with your loved ones.

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How about a box of 24 karat gold champagne marshmallows?  Or some Galentine’s Day shortbread “fries before guys” dripping with caramel sauce?  And who could say no to a beautiful bouquet of cupcakes?  No one, we think.

The 14 Best Valentine's Day Sweets to Give With No Chocolate

The 14 Best Valentine’s Day Sweets to Give With No Chocolate

Ahead, our roundup 14 of the best non-chocolate treats from leading patisseries, confectionaries and bake shops around the world perfect to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  From sweet gummies, hard candies and caramels to indulgent cakes, cookies and even ice cream, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth this year.  The only problem we foresee is choosing which ones to give and which to enjoy ourselves.

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The best non-chocolate treats to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Here’s our roundup of luxury gourmet candy, cookies, cupcakes, caramels and cakes for those on your Valentines gift list who are looking for a sweet treat with no chocolate.

1. dylan’s candy bar i chews you tackle box

Looking for a foolproof Valentine’s Day gift? Dylan’s Candy Bar’s 12-compartment I Chews You Tackle Box ($26) has gummy, sweet, sour and salty treats.

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A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Dylan’s Candy Bar. Courtesy Photo.

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2. sugarfina love letters candy tasting box

Sugarfina’s Love Letters Candy Tasting Box ($34) makes for a heartfelt special delivery. It features 16 “love letters” that open to reveal a sweet note and a corresponding limited edition candy.

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A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Sugarfina. Courtesy Photo.

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3. squish candy champagne bottle

Say cheers to each other with Squish Candy’s Champagne Bottle ($14) chock full of Cherry Watermelon Crush & Sour Peach Hearts gummies.

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A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Squish. Courtesy Photo.

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4. maison boissier parisian gummy hearts

The beautiful tin is almost reason enough to gift Maison Boissier’s Parisian Gummy Hearts ($64), but thankfully what’s inside is equally good. There’s a whole slew of gummy hearts in fruity flavors made with love in Paris, by a confectionery that’s been in business since 1827.

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A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Maison Boissiar Parisian. Courtesy Photo.

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5. wondermade gold champagne marshmallows

Luxury marshmallows?  Yes, they indeed are a thing.  Among the best are Wondermade’s Gold Champagne Marshmallows ($24) cooked with champagne, then hand covered with 24 karat edible gold.

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A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Wondermade. Courtesy Photo.

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6. joy macarons assorted gift box

An Assorted Gift Box ($65) of macarons from none other than Joy Macarons is always a good idea.

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A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Joy. Courtesy Photo.

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7. milk & brookies og brookie

Make their heart (and belly) smile with a delivery from Milk & Brookies.  Our pick is the OG Brookie ($24), composed of one part brownie and one part classic chocolate chip cookie.  It’s 100% delicious.

A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Milk & Brookies. Courtesy Photo.

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8. the cookie joint cookie fries before guys

This Galentine’s Day, put fries before guys with a Cookie Fries before Guys Gift Basket ($65).  The Cookie Joint’s signature Cookie Fries takes a typical shortbread cookie to a whole new level with its crinkle-cut French fry shape served with sides of dipping sauces.

A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Cookie Fries Before Guys. Courtesy Photo.

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9. williams-sonoma valentine’s day assorted cookie box

Crowned with royal icing and fondant decorations, William-Sonoma’s Valentine’s Day Assorted Cookie Box ($70) of vanilla sugar cookies look as sweet as they taste.

A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Williams – Sonoma. Courtesy Photo.

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10. we take the cake bouquet of cupcakes

The only thing better than an actual bouquet of flowers?  A Bouquet of Cupcakes ($65) from We Take the Cake, of course.

A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: We Take The Cake. Courtesy Photo.

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11. milk bar mini red velvet cake

We only have eyes for Milk Bar’s itty bitty 4 inch Mini Red Velvet Cake ($32) this Valentine’s Day.

A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Milk Bar. Courtesy Photo.

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12. blackbird doughnuts doughnut pie

Ensure they “do-nut” getaway by gifting them the one and only Blackbird Doughnuts Doughnut Pie ($34).  Because who wouldn’t want cider doughnuts baked in graham cracker crust with brown sugar filling topped with spice glaze + festive sprinkles?

A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Blackbird. Courtesy Photo.

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13. mccrea’s petite love and caramels valentine’s day gift box

You can never go wrong with a box of McCrea’s famous caramels.  The Cape Cod company’s Petite Love and Caramels Valentine’s Day Gift Box ($25) is brimming with the brand’s Sea Salt Caramels plus chocolate hearts from Lake Champlain Chocolates.

A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: McCrea. Courtesy Photo.

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14. crank & boom valentine’s day ice cream collection

Show them you think they’re the best by giving them Kentucky’s best ice cream.  For Valentine’s Day the husband and wife owned Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream is offering something any ice cream lover would love: an exclusive Valentine’s Day Ice Collection ($99).  Featuring 3 special holiday flavors and 3 classic flavors, it makes for an extra cool gift.

A non-chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day: Crank & Boom. Courtesy Photo.

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The best non-chocolate treats to celebrate Valentine’s Day

That’s it! 14 of the most delicious and indulgent non-chocolate Valentine’s Day treats that we could find, including luxury gourmet candy, cookies, cupcakes, caramels and cakes. All of us here at Dandelion Chandelier wish you a very sweet holiday!

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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