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.
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 recipes — we’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.
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.