Happy Valentine’s Day from your favorite vegan city guide crew! Nothing quite says “I love you” like vegan treats for your sweetie. We’ve compiled a mix of locally-produced chocolates, ice creams, and baked goods in addition to a few store-bought vegan goodies to make your Vday planning a breeze.
Whether you’re going traditional with truffles, healthy with raw date balls, or extravagant with decadent custom cakes, Kalamazoo has got the hook-up on all things sweet. Here are some of our local Kzoo favs that help make Valentine’s Day celebrations complete.
116 W Crosstown Pkwy
Winner of VegOut Best of Kalamazoo Awards Sweet Treat category.
Stopping in to create a vegan chocolate sampler for your sweetie is a no-brainer. This fair trade chocolate shop offers several vegan truffles and caramels. The Miso, Roasted Sesame, and Coconut Milk Truffle is a VegOut favorite.
Orders available via their social media
Are you looking for handcrafted vegan sweets delivered to your door? The folks of Water and Wheat have you covered. As the physical space remains closed, the vegan masterminds behind it are teaming up with other local vegan chefs to bring you Valentine’s Day-themed cakes, cookies, and more.
245 S Kalamazoo Mall
Where a love for chocolate and art came together beautifully. Cherri offers several cruelty-free chocolate varieties. Many of the dark chocolate varieties are vegan, so opt for offerings like Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters, Dark Chocolate Covered Oreos (yes, Oreos are vegan), and Dark Chocolate Haystacks.
Available at Bank St. Market
This home-based business brings healthy snack options to farmers’ markets around Kalamazoo, including the Kalamazoo Winter Market. While we enjoy all of Kahoona’s vegan treats, Vday-inspired offerings like Date Dips and Low Carb Vegan Brownies will be available February 10th, the Saturday prior to Valentine's Day. If you are looking for a healthy Vday treat, Kahoona’s Kitchen is your place!
Note: while you’re shopping, stop by Wow Vegan Cupcakes as this new cupcake shop debuts its goodies.
Select varieties available at Sawalls, NHC. Can also be purchased online.
This local company provides a way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” with vegan, gluten-free cookies made with organic ingredients. Ope’s has rolled out a special Valentine label to cover their Outlaw cookie, a double chocolate, peanut butter dream.
316 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 104
In addition to cold-pressed juices that your special someone will adore, Juicy Leaf offers another sweet treat: Raw Date Balls. These little gems will set your heart-shaped box apart from the rest.
Whether you’re looking to score some chocolate for your vegan sweetie or just need an excuse to treat yo’ self this Valentine’s Day, Grand Rapids has all your vegan chocolate needs covered.
638 Wealthy St SE
This is hands down the best place to find vegan chocolate that is (almost) too pretty to eat. Their gift box of vegan chocolate truffles is sure to impress your Valentine. While vegan varieties tend to rotate, a cruelty-free option can always be found on the menu.
This vegan, gluten-free bakery offers everything from blueberry muffins and decadent chocolate tarts to cake pops and Vday-approved truffles. While they don’t have a storefront at this time, goodies are always available for pickup and delivery.
Get your chocolate on for Valentine’s Day! These adorable little Cake Pops are available to be customized in any of our healthy cake and frosting flavors: Chocolate? Check. Vanilla? Check. Also, marble, peanut butter, and funfetti! We'd love to hear from you about tasty healthy treats for your Valentine’s celebration. Send us a message by February 7 to reserve your treats ❤️ #dessertforbreakfast #healthydessert #puremichigan #realfood #wholefoods #glutenfree #cleaneating #healthyfood #glutenfreevegan #bakery #grandrapids #grandrapidsmi #iheartgr #vegan #vegangr #experiencegr #grmi #grandrapidsfoodies #grmichigan #healthyfood #healthy #puremittigan #westmi #michigan #dessert #desserts #valentinesday
958 Cherry St SE
Another great choice for after dinner sweets, Furniture City Creamery has all of your vegan ice cream needs covered. The creamery rotates vegan flavors and also offers shakes, floats and our personal favorite, brownie ice cream sandwiches.
1001-1003 Lake Dr SE
Among Marie Catrib’s many vegan menu items, they often have at least one vegan pastry or sweet treat to choose from in their bakery case. Past favorites include vegan cheesecake, double chocolate chip cookie and blueberry poppy seed cupcakes. They rotate their selections daily so if you stop by for brunch, make sure you snag a treat while you can!
Goodies can be purchased online
Rise does not have a brick and mortar store, but their delicious vegan treats can be found at coffee shops around Grand Rapids such as The Sparrows, Ferris Coffee and Lantern. If you somehow can’t find what you’re looking for between their all vegan doughnuts, cupcakes and cookies, they also do custom orders-just make sure you order a week in advance.
435 Ionia Avenue SW Stall 106
If you’re more of an “in the moment” type of Valentine, stop by Love’s located in the downtown market. They have an extensive selection of vegan gelato that includes classic flavors and more adventurous selections like lavender blueberry. Plus, hello, their name is Love’s!
Planning isn’t your thing? Stop for a last minute bag of Trader Joe’s Gummy X’s and O’s, an Ocho Coconut Candy Bar, or opt for a pint of vegan ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s or Halo Top.
See something we missed? Let us know in the comments. And most of all, have a Happy Valentine's Day full of vegan sweetness.
Feature photo credit: Burly Bison Bakery
By: ANJA GROMMONS
Editor for VegOut Kalamazoo, Anja is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Masters Degree from Western Michigan University. Growing up in her parents' restaurant in Northern Michigan instilled in her a lifelong passion for nutrition and cooking. Anja has completed the T. Colin Campbell Plant-Based Nutrition certification and keeps a personal blog at vegcentricdietitian.com full of plant-based recipes and nutrition information.
By: SARA SOUDERS
Born and raised in West Michigan, Sara has been a vegetarian for the last seven years (plant based for the most recent two).
When she’s not corralling her infant daughter and infant-at-heart beagle, she enjoys traveling, writing, and eating all the vegan food. Sara is an art school graduate with a BFA in Fashion.