Valentine’s Day is this weekend and if you’re still looking for a gift for your significant other, we suggest sugar. Everyone loves to get the sweet stuff for Valentine’s Day, right? You can go with your traditional box of candy, but in Vegas we also have some other unique sweets for your sweetie — everything from macarons to milkshakes.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory, 2 Cactus Dr. in Henderson
If you want a classic box of chocolates, Ethel M has what you’re looking for. For Valentine’s Day they have red heart-shaped boxes filled with solid white, milk and dark chocolate hearts alongside pieces filled with lemon, caramel, peanut butter and other Ethel M favorites. You can also get chocolate covered strawberries at the store.
While you’re out at Ethel M chocolate factory, be sure to take a romantic stroll in the adjacent cactus garden, which is featuring a stunning light display for Valentine’s Day. The three-acre garden will be lit with more than 200,000 pink, red, white and purple lights through Feb. 14. You can also bring your date to a chocolate tasting in Ethel M’s new tasting room. You’ll learn how chocolate is made and get to taste four different varieties for $9.99 per person.
F. Pigalle, 508 Fremont St.
If you want your chocolate in a more non-traditional way, head to F. Pigalle fondue restaurant downtown. The restaurant, themed after Paris’ red light district, has a sexy vibe and serves a delicious Belgian chocolate fondue perfect for sharing with that special someone. The chocolate fondue comes with fruit, Rice Krispie treats and pound cake to dip in it. Pair it with some wine and you’ve got the perfect Valentine’s Day date.
Le Macaron at The Venetian
For more French treats, try Le Macaron at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. As the name suggests, Le Macaron serves delicious macarons as well as other pastries and chocolates. The macarons come in flavors like salted caramel, Madagascar black vanilla, basil white chocolate, gingerbread, orange chocolate Grand Marnier and many more.
The charming shop overlooks the canal that runs through the mall and also sells chocolates, caramels, truffles and gelato. Bonus: You can order champagne to go along with your treats.
There’s also a selection of locally made chocolates by renowned Las Vegas chocolatier Jean-Marie Auboine and an assortment of imported French gelatos.
Alizé at the Palms
If you really want to wow your significant other or you’re planning to propose on Valentine’s Day, Alizé has a unique way to do it. The restaurant has special treasure chest boxes that come with a key. The guest opens the chest and inside is a small, beautifully decorated cake. You can also fit the ring in the box if you’re popping the big question.
Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ
Sprinkles has tons of sweet treats to choose from including cupcakes, cookies and ice cream. If your Valentine lives in another city, no worries – Sprinkles can ship homemade ice cream nationwide.
Want a totally unique proposal idea? If your loved one has a major sweet tooth, you can use the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM to deliver a cupcake and the ring to your sweetheart.
Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa
Both of these properties feature beautiful pastry cases at their Grand Café restaurants filled with creations handcrafted by the hotel pastry chefs.
At Green Valley Ranch you’ll find vanilla bean and Morello cherry macaron boxes for Valentine’s Day.
At Red Rock, the pastry case will be filled with red velvet cake pops and a chocolate box with vanilla dream, hazelnut praline, and dark chocolate and champagne truffles.
Shake Shack at New York – New York
Bring a date and get a shake at Shake Shack on Valentine’s Day. The restaurant serves delicious custard shakes and on Valentine’s Day, if you buy one, your date gets one free. Take advantage of the flavor of the week, banana caramel ($5.59 for two) or let Shake Shack whip up one of the many standard frozen custard flavors ($5.29 for two) including vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel, black & white, strawberry, peanut butter or coffee fair shake.
Jean Philippe Pâtisserie at Bellagio or Aria
You can always find amazing treats at Jean Philippe — especially during holidays — and Valentine’s Day is no exception. This year’s Valentine’s offerings include praline hearts, which are coated in white chocolate and hand decorated with red accents. You can also buy red heart boxes filled with truffles and bon bons, including chocolate and cognac truffles. The shop also has plenty of other chocolates, gelato, pastries and other goodies.
Ghirardelli at The LINQ
Ghirardelli knows a thing or two about chocolate and they know how to package it up nicely for Valentine’s Day. Buy your significant other a box of sweetheart truffles or a heart-shaped box or tin filled with different flavored chocolate squares. They also have assorted squares in gift bags and a teddy bear with a chocolate heart gift box.
HEXX Chocolate at Paris Las Vegas
If you want to woo someone with sweets on Valentine’s Day, HEXX is a good bet. You can eat a special prix-fixed Valentine’s Day dinner at the restaurant that concludes with rich strawberry panna cotta, topped with Madagascar dark chocolate ganache, made in-house from bean to bar chocolate created in HEXX’s chocolate kitchen, and a hazelnut crumble. In addition to the dessert course, guests will also be presented with a tasting selection of HEXX’s house-made chocolate. That’s right, HEXX makes their own chocolate. You can also take your date on a free chocolate kitchen tour and then end up in the retail shop, which of course sells the chocolate along with a wide variety of other candies.