7 Valentine treats to try in Suffolk - from pink hot chocolate to the M&S Love Sausage

PUBLISHED: 18:26 06 February 2020 | UPDATED: 11:08 11 February 2020

A Valentine's chocolate treat in Marks & Spencer Picture: JUDY RIMMER

A Valentine's chocolate treat in Marks & Spencer Picture: JUDY RIMMER


Love is in the air... and sweet and savoury treats with a Valentine’s flavour are in shops and cafes in Suffolk.

Ruby Cocoa hot chocolate is the latest delight at Costa Picture: JUDY RIMMERRuby Cocoa hot chocolate is the latest delight at Costa Picture: JUDY RIMMER

From sweets and cakes to drinks, chocolate hearts and even "Love Sausages", there should be something to melt every heart.

Costa Ruby Hot Chocolate

The popular coffee shop chain, which has many branches across Suffolk, has come up with a new Ruby Hot Chocolate, which is perfect for Valentine's Day. It is infused with sweet berry flavours and topped off with a swirl of cream and red shimmer chocolate curls. It has already met with an enthusiastic reception on social media, with one Twitter user saying: "Not sure this Costa hot chocolate could be any more pink... It's lovely though!"

A Valentine-themed croissant at Caffe Nero Picture: JUDY RIMMERA Valentine-themed croissant at Caffe Nero Picture: JUDY RIMMER

Caffe Nero Vegan Raspberry Croissant

Rival high street coffee shop Caffe Nero has also chosen a pink theme for its latest offering, a vegan raspberry croissant, carrying on the Veganuary vibe into February.

While it obviously doesn't contain butter, the tempting pastry does contain raspberry jam and it is also finished off with a raspberry sugar glaze.

New desserts coming soon to Patisserie Valerie Picture: JUDY RIMMERNew desserts coming soon to Patisserie Valerie Picture: JUDY RIMMER

Patisserie Valerie Raspberry Bombe

This strictly time-limited seasonal cake is on the Valentine's menu at the patisserie chain, which has branches in Ipswich and Colchester. The all-butter chocolate tartlet boasts a dark chocolate raspberry ganache filling and is finished with a shimmery red glaze and raspberry pieces. The Bombe is only available until February 16.

The Willows Suffolk treat boxes

Baker and cake maker The Willows Suffolk is offering lovely local Valentine's Day treat boxes for collection or delivery in Ipswich, Woodbridge and Felixstowe, but you need to order by February 9. You'll get 3 giant love heart jammie dodgers and three heart-shaped chocolate brownies for £10.

Pump Street Bakery's heart lollies

The bakery in Orford has also launched a selection of lovable Valentine's treats, including heart lollies made from creamy Madagascar milk 58% chocolate, which are wrapped in burgundy foil, for £3.50 each. It is offering various Valentine's gift boxes, with prices varying.

Marks & Spencer Love Button

This year's Valentine offerings from Marks & Spencer include the Love Button, a giant hand-decorated heart made from both dark and milk chocolate, with raspberry pieces, priced at £5.

... and Love Sausage

The store will also be bringing back its cheeky heart-shaped Love Sausage, which will be available in its stores from Friday, priced at £6.

Last year, the sausage, which is infused with truffles, sold out in minutes, so this year the store is also launching a Give a Little Love twin-pack of smaller sausages for £5.

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