‘Heart-y” Meals for Your Valentine’s Day

So, it’s Valentine’s Day, and every place you normally go is awash in red and pink and exploding with glitter and hearts. You can resist or embrace it, and if you’re going to embrace it, why not take that into the food you eat? It seems all sorts of local institutions are willing to reshape their eats in celebration of love, so we decided to give you a short list of heart-shaped culinary creations you can feast on this Valentine’s Day.


Photo via Stan’s Donuts website.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or so they say, and lucky for us there are some delicious heart-shaped donuts to be acquired before Valentine’s Day is done.

Start with Stan’s Donuts, where they’re featuring a delectable raspberry jelly donut with light pink cream frosting and sprinkles for Valentine’s Day.

If you don’t make it out to Stan’s, even Dunkin’ Donuts is in the mood, with several heart shaped treats that range from Brownie Batter to French vanilla with various degrees of decoration.

Photo via Lou Malnati’s website.

From there, proceed directly to pizza. You can get a heart-shaped pizza from an unexpectedly large number of Chicago’s pizzerias. Lou Malnati’s has heart shaped pizzas across all 50 locations, and heart-shaped deep dish cookies to really finish you off. But if Lou’s isn’t your speed, there’s Connie’s, My Pi, Pete’s, Giordano’s, and even Eataly, and some will deliver heart-shaped pies past today’s holiday. This is but a glimpse of the heart-shaped pizza you can acquire. It’d honestly be harder to find a place that doesn’t make heart-shaped pies for Valentine’s Day. For an even fuller list that includes suburban pizzerias, check out do312’s article.

Photo via Portillo’s website.

Life is uncertain, but Portillo’s chocolate cake is always pretty damn delicious, with its mayo-based moistness beckoning. Fortunately for you, this time of year you can have your cake heart-shaped and then eat your heart out. These beauties run about $20 and will be available with your beef and hot dogs til the 18th, and can be shipped far beyond the reach of Chicago for about $40.

Photo via Vosges website.

If you’re more into the hard stuff, one of our favorite indulgences are the exotic truffles at Vosges, and they’ve got a big selection of heart-shaped boxes full of delicious candy, though at press time, some of them were flying off shelves fast. You can’t go wrong with these, and they’ll challenge even refined palates.

Thus ends our Valentine’s Day heart-shaped food round-up. Do you know of any other strange heart-shaped eats in Chicago? Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter with your Valentine’s finds, and have a great Valentine’s Day.

Marielle Bokor
Marielle Bokor