Satisfy your sweet tooth at these local businesses

Who wants a box of chocolates anymore? Level up your Valentine’s sweets at one of these local businesses in Lakeland, Florida.

A close-up of the 24Karrot Cake from Born & Bread Bakehouse

Add a slice of cake to your next Born & Bread order of cruffins.

Photo via @bornandbreadfl

Forrest Gump told us life was like a box of chocolates, but we’re telling you that your valentine deserves more than the store-bought box you pick up at the last minute. Check out this list of local sweets for your sweetheart.

Born and Bread Bakehouse, 1113 S. Florida Ave. | Stop by to load up on your favorites, like chocolate-covered strawberry cruffins.

A pink strawberry lemonade slush topped with whipped cream and heart sprinkles

We’re craving this strawberry lemonade slush with a kiss of whipped cream.

Photo by @cafezuppina

Cafe Zuppina, 4417 S. Florida Ave. | Step into The Market to try desserts like baklava and sweet seasonal sips.

Cake Makers Studio, 115 S. Kentucky Ave. | With a full candy case, ice cream, and professionally decorated cakes, this local spot has something for everyone.

Charlie’s Mini Donuts & Coffee, 1023 E. County Rd. 540A | Grab a $5 valentine’s box, which includes four donuts, now through Valentine’s Day.

Crumbles and Cream, 113 S. Evers St., Plant City | This bakery is known for traditional German recipeswe’re eyeing the heart-shaped strawberry cream cheese cake.

DOU Bakehouse, 830 N. Massachusetss Ave. | Get a taste of France with macarons and financier cake pops.

From Beverly Bakery, locations vary | Orders for allergy-friendly decorated cakes and cupcakes are booked through Feb. 18, but you can shop the bakery’s pop-up at Milk Mart in Orlando on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Honeycomb Bread Bakers, 140 6th St. SW, Winter Haven | Stop by the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market or the Winter Haven storefront to pick up fresh bread, cinnamon rolls, and cookies.

Meraki Bakehouse, locations vary | This bakehouse serves up colorful pastries like croissants, Danish, and muffins at the Farmers Curb Market on Saturdays.

A heart-shaped box full of Valentine's Day-themed macaron cookies

We’d take a box of these macarons over chocolate any day.

Milk and Honey Macarons, locations vary | Pick up a box of seasonal macarons at the Farmers Curb Market or the Valentine Night Market on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Victor & Mika’s Bakery, 371 Ave. D NW, Winter Haven | This vegan bakery’s sweet treats are so good you won’t believe that most of them are also gluten-free.

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