Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to surprise your partner than with some sweets.
You could go to a big grocery store and buy a box of chocolates. Or you can go further with sweets made locally or through a candy store.
Here’s a list of 13 stores in Knoxville where you can find all the sugar your sweetheart craves.
Sweet Nelly’s online candy store makes all kinds of baked goods. Specializes in cupcakes, cookies and specialty cakescycles. For Valentine’s Day, seasonal desserts are available for pre-order through February 10. These include chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-covered Oreo cookies, and cocoa bombs and shakers. These range from $20 to $35, so pre-order while you can!
Buttermilk Heaven Cake
If you’re looking to bring home a different kind of treat (or if your significant other loves cake), Buttermilk Sky Pie is a great choice. Started in Knoxville in 2012, it’s expanded to six other states, but the original one in Bearden is open for Valentine’s Day treats.
Until February 26, Buttermilk Sky has a cherry pie available that is perfect for the month of romance. You can pre-order for $26 for a 9-inch cake.
Although not a Knoxville-specific store, Kilwins specializes in large-scale sweets. The location at 408 S. Gay St. has an assortment of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates that range in size and price for the romantic holiday. Prices start at $16.99 and go up to $141.99.
Benefit your life Gluten Free Bakery
If your partner can’t eat gluten, Benefit Your Life specializes in creating gluten-free baked treats. The bakery at 10420 Kingston Pike has treats like cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and more. If you want to try it beforehand, you can get a Benefit Your Life baked good at Honeybee Coffee, Awaken Coffee, and Three Rivers Market, among other coffee shops.
Marble City Sweets
A gourmet custom bakery in Knoxville, Marble City Sweets at 9307 Kingston Pike has all kinds of amazing Valentine’s Day desserts. Available for pre-order, their holiday offerings include a heart cake, a breakable chocolate heart with treats inside, and a heart-shaped cookie tart. The full price range is between $16 and $281 depending on the size of the cake.
Magpies Bakery has been around for over 30 years and changed ownership in 2018 while remaining family owned. It has all kinds of goodies available at 846 N. Central St., including cakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, and cheesecake. This is another great local bakery to buy sweets for Valentine’s!
coffee and chocolate
Located between Market Square and Gay Street, Coffee & Chocolate has tons of chocolate, macarons, and specialty sweets to choose from behind a glass counter. A carefully curated assortment would be a big surprise, especially if you know your partner’s taste preferences.
Ham ‘n Goodies
With cookies galore, Ham ‘n Goodys has a complete Valentine’s Day menu for your sweetheart. For sale are heart-shaped red tea cakes, a dozen lemon cookies decorated with red and pink icing or a gourmet dozen, a heart-shaped red velvet cake, and a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries. The price ranges from $5 to $29.95.
If you’re looking for something non-traditional for Valentine’s Day, try Proper Popcorn. Located in Market Square, the business offers several sweet flavors of popcorn such as chocolate drizzle, vanilla, caramel, and toffee. You can get a gift set or make a tin, priced at around $45.
Bundt Cakes Nothing
Another one from out of Tennessee, Nothing Bundt Cakes, is too good to skip. For Valentine’s Day, the Knoxville location offers assorted bundtinis with roses, hearts or conversation hearts on top for $27.50, or a large “Love You to Pieces” cake for $35.
Schakolad Chocolate Factory
Schakolad Chocolate Factory has a Turkey Creek location at 10944 Parkside Drive. It has several offers for Valentine’s Day, such as assorted chocolates in heart-shaped velvet boxes, chocolate roses and even chocolate wives. Prices range from $5 to $70 depending on the item.
Moonshine Mountain Cookie Company
Moonshine Mountain Cookie Company has been baking gourmet cookies since 1988, now at two locations at 7343 and 10205 Kingston Pike. You can give your partner a variety of cookies, or you can pre-order a heart-shaped cookie cake with a personal message. Call 865-357-5722 or visit the store to start your order.
Sugar Queen Dairy
With a variety of desserts, The Sugar Queen Creamery offers some fruity desserts for Valentine’s Day. Options include chocolate covered strawberries, with strawberry cheesecake or pie, raspberry cheesecake, Oreo cheesecake and vanilla cheesecake. Two options even have flowers: 10 tulips and a strawberry shortcake or a Valentine’s vase with strawberry cheesecake. Prices range from $4 to $50.
Keenan Thomas reports for Knox News’ growth and business development coverage team. He can be reached via email at [email protected] Support strong local journalism and unlock premium benefits at knoxnews.com/subscribe.