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When it comes to Valentine’s Day, many are likely to agree that while roses are great, baked goods are better. Though both may be only fleeting, sweet treats stay with us as lasting memories of a delicious goodie once thoroughly enjoyed. Next Valentine’s (or next week), you might find yourself reminiscing about that time you split that incredibly fudgy brownie with your incredibly caring partner. We’ve gone ahead and highlighted some of the best places to pick up a special Valentine’s treat for your number one, or hey, even for yourself.

Perth Pie Co

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Tell your cherry pie you love them by giving them a cherry pie. Perth Pie Company offers a variety of baked goods but specializes in – you guessed it – pie. Their special Valentine’s Day heart-shaped cherry handpies are the perfect little treat that won’t make you feel stuffed after a decadent meal. These adorable pies sold out quickly last year, so make sure you show up to this Perth-based bakery early to get your hands on this year’s Valentine’s special.

Cardinal Café and Shop

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Nestled in a converted church in the tiny little lakeside village of Sharbot Lake, Cardinal Café and Shop serves up delicious baked goods all year long. Take your pick of any goodies you think your loved one might enjoy, like doughnuts, squares, muffins, and giant cookies. Grab a box to go and load up to get your sugar fix all weekend.

C’est Tout Bakery

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Something about the pairing of chocolate and strawberries just screams Valentine’s and luckily, these are both at C’est Tout Bakery in Smiths Falls, where you can treat your Valentine to a satisfying dessert or even a full lunch. Dig into one of their sandwiches on fresh made bread, and split a treat or two like their chocolate tart with dipped strawberry to satisfy that pesky sweet tooth.

Baker Bob’s

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Baker Bob’s is an Almonte legend, serving up freshly baked bread, cookies, danishes, cupcakes, and pretty well anything else you could yearn for. Look for his signature red and white striped awning on scenic Little Bridge Street. For the ultimate romantic no frills date, simply bundle up, grab a treat, and take a stroll down the nearby Riverwalk with your partner. Easy as pie!

Wilkies Fresh Baked Bread

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The place to go in Pembroke for breads and beyond is Wilkies Fresh Baked Bread. We highly recommend picking up a treat or five for your Valentine, like their decadent red velvet mini cakes, sugar-coated “Sunrise Buns” made from croissant dough, or a slice of their daily bundt cake creation. Go one step further and pick up one of their sourdough breads, in mouth-watering flavours like dill pickle or onion Asiago, to go along with a special meal for two.

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