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Valentine's Day usually means a night out with a fancy dinner and chocolate-covered strawberries thrown somewhere into the mix, but like most things, it might look a bit different this year. If you're not ready to bundle up for dinner outside, you might be looking to stay in and get cozy for a date night at home.
If you've already made plans to whip up dinner together but can't decide on a sweet treat to celebrate the special holiday with, you won't have to head out to wait in line at the bakery or dedicate an extra few hours to perfecting a cake recipe.
Food expert Alejandra Ramos stopped by TODAY to share some of the best mail-order food gifts available for delivery this Valentine's Day. The best part? They're all from small businesses located across the country.
From coffee samplers to artisanal chocolates, read on for Ramos's tastiest picks, plus some Shop TODAY favorites.
Valentine's Day mail-order food gifts
Chef Fany Gerson is behind New York staples Dough and Fan Fan Doughnuts, but recently had to close her brick and mortar shop, La Newyorkina, due to the pandemic. Gerson is maintaining her Mexican sweet shop through mail orders, shipping delicacies like these churros across the country. Just for Valentine's Day, this combo includes heart-shaped churros and your choice of ice cream for a group of four to six people.
Whether you live somewhere warm enough or would prefer to imagine you're having a picnic by the Eiffel Tower from the warmth of your living room, Zingerman's French picnic basket is just one of the Valentine's Day–themed delicacies the Midwestern mail-order service is offering. It features French chocolate pralines from Angelina, crispy bread and other tasty essentials.
Ramos loves Daisy Cakes for their "gorgeous" four-layer cakes that ship straight to your door in a tin. This month's cake of the month is a decadent strawberry and white chocolate cake that can let loved ones far away know you are thinking of them.
Who can resist anything red velvet? This Daisy Cake is another pick from Ramos that will be festive from the first bite. It's coated with cream cheese icing and made from scratch from Daisy's kitchen in South Carolina.
This rich chocolate cake features ganache between each layer and is topped off with a signature daisy. Ramos says the cakes "arrive frozen and thaw to perfection," so they'll be ready to eat in no time.
Order a variety pack for the family or just a few for the kids, but everyone is going to end up wanting a bite of these molten lava cakes. Hot Cakes hand-pipes batter into mason jars to ship to your door in a variety of flavors including vegan brownie, peanut butter and strawberry. All you'll need to do is pop them in the oven.
Bread Basket NYC was born during the pandemic as a way to help local New York City bakeries that either shut down or lost customers. They curate baskets with items from different NYC bakeries and ship them all over the country. Their seasonal "Love Basket" is sold out for Valentine's Day, but there are many other options that will have you drooling.
Let them know you love them a latte with this sampler pack of 16 gourmet coffees from Bean Box. It includes beans from Latin America, Africa and everywhere in between, all roasted by some of Seattle's renowned coffee roasters. It's the perfect pick for anyone longing to travel right now (and for anyone who loves coffee). But don't wait — Bean Box is offering TODAY viewers 15% off their entire order using code TODAY15, and the promo code is only active until Feb. 8, 2021.
For a gift that will last longer than a few minutes, Lagusta's also offers subscription boxes full of $30 worth of their vegan chocolates. You can treat your recipient to a three- or six-month subscription to feed their sweet tooth.
More mail-order food gifts
Whether they're a carnivore, have a high spice tolerance or swoon for flavors of whiskey or bourbon, this jerky assortment is the way to their heart. It comes with 10 different jerky bits, including ghost pepper, honey bourbon and sesame ginger.
Man Crates is also offering 15% off orders $99 or more with the code HEART15, so you don't have to stop with one crate. There are a variety of holiday specials including the Exotic Meats Grand Bouquet, the Burning Love Mini Crate and the Date Night Crate.
This assortment from Milk Bar includes six of their classic cookies (including the iconic Compost Cookie). If they're not a cookie person, they also have plenty of seasonally appropriate cakes, pies and truffles.
A good olive oil can make all the difference in a dish — which is why Brightland prioritizes creating hand-crafted and authentic oils. This one is made from a blend of Coratina and Frantoio olives and pairs well with spinach, arugula, kale, hummus and baked goods. You can also drizzle it on sorbet or chocolate!
New York is famous for a few things — pizza, cheesecake and bagels. Zucker's offers plenty of options for mail-order bagels including their bagel brunch made for six. This package includes bagels, cream cheese, everything seasoning, nova lox and a cooler bag.
If your loved one is even remotely into making brews at home, they likely know about Blue Bottle's beans. The beloved coffee spot offers their three most popular blends in this gift box. More of a a cold brew person? They have a set for that as well.
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