The one thing that woman and some men say they hate but always seem to love eating every year is Valentine sweets. There is nothing like sweets for sweets. Everyone is on a health kick each year but did you know that dark chocolate is good for your health. Occasional sweets can put you in a better mood.
Here are some great shops that offer a variety of sweets for Valentine’s Day.
Schurra’s Candy Factory
Schurra’s is located at 840 The Alameda in San Jose, California. The candy, fudge and ice cream has become a San Jose favorite to chocolate lovers in the bay area. If their chocolate is anything like their fudge, then I’m all for Schurra’s Candy Factory.
The current owner Brian Mundy says that Schurra’s is an unknown tradition. I can see why when I walk into Schurra’s for Valentine Candy. The shop sits along a quiet part of the main street that goes through San Jose. It does not use big signs like See’s candy to advertise itself. The chocolate sells itself when you walk through the door and the smell of cocoa greets you.
“A lot of people don’t know about us. And a lot of people who came here as kids don’t realize we’re still here.” Brian Mundy comments to The Rose Garden Resident.
Brian Mundy and his parents have been making chocolate and other sweet favorites in San Jose for the past 20 years.
The Mundy family is glad to hold onto a 91 year old tradition that started with Albert Schurra in 1912. The Mundy family still makes all its items in-house and will be happy to assist you with Valentine gift suggestions.
If chocolate is not your thing, how about having cake and eating it too. Roma Bakery is a baby compared to the history of Schurra’s, but the creations that come out of this bakery are wonderful.
Roma Bakery is located at 655 S. Almaden Avenue in San Jose, California. They have been creating sweet pastries, puffs and cakes for three years. When I use to live in the area, I would have my Starbucks coffee and then head over to Roma Bakery for one of their pastries.
I like the fact that everything that is sold at Roma Bakery is made at the shop. There is just something to homemade quality and care when it comes to foods like sweet pastries, puffs and cakes.
Just recently I stopped in to see if Roma Bakery was doing anything for Valentine’s Day. The shop looked cute with all its New Year decorations. Roma Bakery always decorates for the holiday and they will be decorating for Valentine’s Day. When I asked about what sweets to expect, I was told by the clerk to expect cute cookies of hearts and cupids. “Sounds great for kids” I said.
Don’t think that your Valentine would like candy or cake? How about something sweet and crunchy? How about twenty-two different flavors of Popcorn to tempt your Valentine’s taste buds?
HipPop is located at 12 S. First Street. In San Jose, California. They have been a popcorn favorite of San Jose, California for over five years. HipPop is always involved in the community. The smell of Kettle corn is in the air during Farmer’s Market and the summer movies. HipPop travels to the Gilroy Garlic Festival every year to show off Parmesan and Garlic Popcorn.
HipPop has the sweet and spicy taste of honey mustard. Every Friday and Saturday they have fruity flavors to choose from, along with other favorites. Cheese Extreme is cheddar popcorn with a Cajun kick. The most popular is the Ranch popcorn and the Cheddar popcorn.
If you’re like my fiancé and you like hot, then HipPop has for types of flavors for you to choose from. Cajun, Jalapeno, Nacho Cheese and Pico Limon. Mike’s favorite is the Pico Limon because the popcorn is spicy with a kick of lemon.
I like sweet popcorn. HipPop caramel popcorn is award-winning popcorn. HipPop makes caramel popcorn all day long and you can add neat mixtures of nuts, dried fruit, coconut and pretzels. If you want a little taste of Hawaii then try the Macadamia Nut Crunch. This is caramel popcorn with chopped macadamia nuts and a side of coconut.
So if you’re trying to get something sweet for your Valentine sweet, don’t go to the same old place. Try some of these local San Jose stores that offer great chocolate, cakes and popcorn.