HOW SWEET IT IS: OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST DESSERTS AND CANDY SHOPS IN OUR REGION

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By Mia Myklebust

January 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for something luscious for your special someone?  We promise you’ll love our guide to the most delectable treats in town! Whether you’re seeking candies, cakes, crepes or gelatos, we’ve found an appetizing array of choices.  Or surprise your heart’s delight with a special gift—such as candy-making class or a gourmet chocolate-of-the-month club.

Scroll down for these delicious options, and more "sweet" surprises.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at San Diego Desserts:

Located west of College Avenue near San Diego State University, San Diego Desserts is the perfect place to treat your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. The extensive dessert menu includes cakes, tarts, cheesecakes, pastries and more. In addition to desserts, San Diego Desserts serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This year the restaurant is offering a four-course Valentine’s dinner, finishing with mini desserts and chocolate covered strawberries. The special, offered February 13 and 14, is $40 a person. This local spot fits the bill for decadent desserts and romantic ambiance. 5987 El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego. info@sandie

godesserts.net 619-287-8186

 

Sweet treats at Centifoni’s Restaurant in La Mesa: If you’re looking for something sweet, icy, and delicious this Valentine’s Day, look no further than Centifoni’s Restaurant. With 20 plus flavors of homemade gelato there is something for every palate. The restaurant uses natural ingredients from local growers to create exciting flavors ranging from blood orange to tiramisu. In addition, you and your loved one can enjoy a pie, cookies, fudge or select something sweet from a 12-foot long case of chocolate. Satisfy your sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day at Centifoni’s. 8365 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942 http://centifontis.com/index.html 619-461-4434

 

Hand-made confections at Wisteria Candy Cottage in Boulevard:  Home of hand-dipped chocolates since 1921, Wisteria Candy Cottage is nestled in the rural town of Boulevard. The charming store was once a schoolhouse but has since been transformed into the candy cottage that locals and visitors alike know and love. Located along the scenic Old Highway 80, a sunset drive to this charming cottage is the perfect Valentine’s excursion. If you prefer to stay at home the company will ship their chocolates anywhere in the country. What could be more sentimental than a box of locally hand-made chocolates showing up at your Valentine’s doorstep? With 180 chocolates to choose from Wisteria Candy Cottage is the ultimate chocolate escape. 399961 Old Highway 80, Boulevard, CA 91905 http://wisteriacandycottage.com/ 619-766-4453

 

Chocolates of the Month Club and candy-making classes from Dallmann Confections, El Cajon:  http://www.dallmannconfections.com/ :  Impress that special someone this Valentine’s Day with a subscription to Dallmann Confections’ chocolate of the month club. Choose a three month subscription for $90 or a nine month subscription for $175. In the club you will receive a different chocolate gift every month in addition to a 10 percent discount off all tastings at Dallmann’s Del Mar location. If you and your loved one are looking for a more hands on experience try taking a chocolate making class at Dallmann’s El Cajon facility. The classes are held once a month on Friday nights and are $60. Dallmann’s was started in Austria in 1954 and has continued to have a legacy of quality in San Diego since its opening here in 2006. The gourmet chocolates are made with high quality ingredients and impeccable presentation. 780 North 2nd Street, El Cajon, CA 92021 http://www.dallmannconfections.com/ 619- 808-1749

 

Nothing Bundt Cakes in Poway:  If you’re looking for a delicious treat this Valentine’s Day take your sweetie to Nothing Bundt Cakes in Poway. This highly regarded cake shop makes full size tiered cakes as well as cupcake sized “bundtlets” and bite sized “bundtinis.” The nostalgic yet innovative shop is the perfect sweet finish to a lovely night out with your Valentine. 12205 Scripps Poway Parkway #104 Poway, CA 92064 http://www.nothingbundtcakes.com/ 858-566-2863

 

Julian Candy Apple Pastry Shop: Go on a day trip with that special someone this Valentine’s Day to Julian Candy Apple Pastry Shop. Located just off the main drag in Julian, Calif., Julian Candy Apple Pastry shop is a hidden gem in a town famous for its pies. Take a romantic hike and then finish your day with a stop in this picturesque pastry shop. Known for its pies, candy apples and bread, this pastry shop will not disappoint.  2128 4th Street, Julian, CA 92036 http://www.candiedapplepastry.com/ 760-765-2655

 

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Alpine:  Do something decadent with your significant other and visit Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory this Valentine’s Day. If you’re feeling adventurous try the Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel, rolled in nuts, and then coated in chocolate. This enormous treat has rightly been dubbed “the monster apple.” Fudge, barks, bulk chocolates, dipped fruits are also among the wide selection available at Rocky Mountain. Viejas Outlet Center 5001 Willows Rd., Suite 301, Alpine, CA 91901 http://rmcf.com/CA/Alpine50450/  619-659-8104

 

Melt Gelato and Crepe Café in Otay: Looking for a healthy alternative for dessert this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Melt Gelato and Crepe Café.  The café offers Gelato, Sorbetto and Italian Yogurt in addition to sweet and savory crepes. If you’re trying to keep your New Year’s resolution fear not, Melt says it eliminates heavy fats, calories and salt in its recipes for a guilt free dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth. 2015 Birch Rd #1217 Chula Vista, CA 91915  http://www.meltgelato.com/index.php  619-397-388

 

Pubcakes Bakery: Beer and cupcakes, what could be better? A unique twist on the traditional cupcake, Pubcakes Bakery in the College area uses craft beers to create cupcakes with unique flavors. The Irish Carbomb is made with Guinness, Irish Cream frosting and chocolate whiskey ganache. Other flavors include Honey Nut Beerios and a local favorite, Punkin’ Vegan. Take your beer-loving partner here this Valentine’s Day for a one of its kind beer experience.  7229 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115 http://pubcakes.com/PubCakes/Home.html  619-741-0530