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Sweets for the Sweet: L.A. Valentine Dessert Roundup

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Looking to get your sweetie something better than the usual boring box o' chocolates this Valentine's Day? Surprise your Valentine and secure some V-day night sugar of your own (wink, wink) when you present them with the following goodies which range in price from the very affordable $2 chocolate strawberry to a $90 sweets extravaganza.

To really blow your Valentine away, present them with a L'Amour Hatbox from Boule. This decadent gift ($90) contains every sweet tooth's heart desire -- a limited edition Valentine six-piece box of chocolates that includes two guava pink peppercorn, two rose caramel and two honey lavender chocolates; a box of vanilla Sables or Korova Sables; 20 handmade fleur de sel caramels; a bag of pink chocolate dusted and enrobed almonds....deep breath...a box of milk or dark chocolate rochers; two strawberry violet dark chocolate truffle pops; and even a personalized note made of chocolate. Whew!

Mmmm, Lovvvve Nuts. You're probably going to want to keep these gourmet goodies for yourself because they sound too good to give away or even share. Compartes Chocolatier's Love Nuts are nuts hand-roasted with real Tahitian vanilla beans, sprinkled with sea salt, layered with Venezuelan chocolate and then covered with French cocoa powder. Drooling yet? $9.95 for a bag of pecan, macadamia, almond or cashews; $21 for gift set.