VALENTINE'S DAY SWEETS
Valley Forge & Montgomery County
Sweets for a sweetie are a Valentine's Day staple. The chocolatiers and candy makers in Montgomery County, however, lift the usual fare to gourmet standards.
80 Wambold Rd
Asher's Peanut Butter Hearts will make any sugar-salt fan swoon, as will the chocolate covered pretzels, each decorated with a drizzle of red and white for the holiday. The white chocolate crispy pop is deliciously eye-appealing, covered in a flurry of red candy hearts.
BRIDGE STREET CHOCOLATES
158 Bridge St
If truffles make your heart ruffle, see the wide selection at Bridge Street Chocolates. Varieties include caramel pecan, champagne, red velvet and white chocolate.
SWEET ASHLEY'S CHOCOLATE
343 Main St
Give the gift of candy that is as individual as your special someone is. Sweet Ashley's makes Schuylkill Mud, named for the river nearby in Royersford. It's a salty and sweet combination of buttery toffee, peanut butter, potato chips and pretzels.
EDWARDS-FREEMAN NUT COMPANY
441 East Hector St
Valentine's Day passion is all about heat, so a gift of Hot Tamales to your loved one may send just the right message, bursting with cinnamon. They are available - along with hundreds of other types of retro candy - at Edwards-Freeman Nut Company. Just think of the fun you can have this time of year with a pair of waxed lips.
THE PEPPERMINT STICK CANDY STORE
9 S. Washington St
Put some crackle into your love life while re-living one of the hottest candy trends of the 1970s. Pop Rocks, those a fizzy concoction that erupt with fruitful flavor, are amply available at The Peppermint Stick.
SKIPPACK SWEET SPOT
4019 Skippack Pk
Three worlds will simplify your Valentine's shopping from Skippack Sweet Spot: chocolate-covered bacon.
STUTZ CANDY COMPANY, INC.
400 S. Warminster Rd
Traditionalists who give those large cardboard hearts filled with candy often struggle because as beautiful as the presentation is, the candy inside is often sketchy. Get the outside and the inside right at Stutz, where Valentine's hearts are filled with primo buttercreams, milk-dark combos and cherry cordials.
ZWAHLEN'S ICE CREAM AND CHOCOLATE COMPANY
670 Shannondell Blvd
The apple of your eye will love a chocolate-enrobed Granny Smith from Zwahlen's. The thick layer of chocolate atop a tart apple is tempting enough as is, but it can be boosted to the next level by being rolled in peanut butter cup chips, chocolate cookie crumbs or even s'mores fixings.