Just in Time for Valentine’s Day — A Sweet Food Gal Giveaway

Win this lovely box of petits fours by Divine Delights. (Photo courtesy of the bakery)With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s never too early to contemplate sweet gifts for your sweetie.

Divine Delights, a small family bakery in San Rafael, has got you covered.

The company — which has been touted in the New York Times, Gourmet and Bon Appetit — offers a full line of cookies, cakes, tarts, and petits fours.

Among its offerings for Valentine’s Day, are red heart-shaped boxes filled with signature petits fours — miniature almond butter cake layered with truffle cream, fruit fillings or buttercream, then enrobed in chocolate, and decorated with hearts and roses.

One lucky Food Gal reader will win one of the small Valentine heart boxes of petits fours (pictured above; a $37.95 value). It will be delivered to you just before Valentine’s Day. You can give it to someone you love — or just hoard it all to yourself. I won’t tell; I promise.

Contest: Deadline to enter is midnight PST Feb. 5. Winner will be announced Feb. 7. Contest is open only to those in the continental United States.

How to win?

Just tell me about the most memorable Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever received. Best anecdote wins.

Here’s my own answer to that question:

“Since getting married, my husband and I no longer buy each other gifts except for our birthdays and Christmas. We’ll mark other occasions with cards to one another, though. One Valentine’s Day, my husband didn’t have time to run out to the store to buy one. Instead, he made a card by printing out a photo of George Clooney that he had found online, since he knows I have a thang for the Cloon-ster. On the card, in bright red letters, he printed the words, “My husband wanted me to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, George.” I still have it tacked to my bulletin board in my home office and to this day, it still makes me laugh. You gotta love a guy who will put another guy’s face on a Valentine’s Day card just because he knows it will make his wife will smile.”

Winner of the Last Contest: In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to reveal what foodstuff was your secret, guilty habit. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to use at any CSN online store.

Congrats to Allison, who wrote, “Gummy Bears are like my version of crack. Not just any old crack will doโ€ฆit has to be Haribo gummy bears AND they have to be from Europe. There is a HUGE difference between US tasteless Haribo gummies and sweet and fruity European versions. I recently came back from Amsterdam with over 10 lbs of gummies smuggled in my suitcase. We know it was 10 lbs because our luggage was over the weight limit and we had to remove them and carry them on or pay some ridiculous fee. It was slightly embarrassing removing bag after bag of gummies from our suitcase in front of an audience, but TOTALLY worth it.”

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  • Oh I just love petit fours, I wish I qualified for this competition!
    *kisses* HH

  • Every year in college I’d receive a care package full of homemade Valentine’s cookies and candy from the moms at our church. It’s memorable to me now but back then the box never failed to (blissfully) surprise me every year! They even sent them when I went back for business school. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m out of the running but I just had to say what a pretty box of chocolates! And lol yes glad you won’t tell if the winner eats it all themselves ๐Ÿ˜›

  • My most memorable Valentine’s gift was my marriage proposal!

    – it was not on valentine’d day . . . it was given early in case he needed to have a back up plan
    – it was presented when I was dog tired from returning from a business trip . . . he MADE me sit on the edge of the bed to pay attention to him while he was speaking / proposing to me
    – it was in the form of a gift certificate . . . he was afraid of getting an inappropriate ring!
    – it was so not what I had imagined and dreamed it would be as a little girl growing up . . . it was MINE; all MINE!

    how could anyone forget such a proposal ๐Ÿ˜‰

    it was 13 years ago and I feel that I was a very pampered / privileged / spoiled person to have such an unusual Valentine’s Gift that would last my entire life . . . and I was got to design & choose my own engagement ring & wedding band!

  • my best v day present ever was my now husband of 5 years proposing to me!

  • My most memorable Valentine’s was in 2004 when I discovered I was pregnant with my 2nd child. It was awesome news and better than any gift!

  • Every year when I was little, I would wake up on Valentine’s Day and find a small heart-shaped box of chocolates and a card at my seat in the dining room. My sister would get one too. These were always from my dad, and the cards would be unique and funny, picked out especially for us. (My mom always got “better” gifts, but we expected that.) In return, we always made sure that we got something special for our dad.

    Now that I live on my own, my parents still send a little package every year, with various goodies, a box of chocolates, and a card. Getting the card is so special to me because it has always shown me that my dad views me as an individual, and of course, that he loves me.

  • My husband for our first Valentine’s Day gave me a framed photo from our engagement shoot. It was so sweet of him to do that all on his own! Now 3 kids later I would just like a little peace and quiet and chocolate!

  • In college, My girlfriend wanted to make me chicken parmigiana for our first valentine’s day. She thought she could please this paisan with prego and kraft “parmesan” cheese. I politely showed her the error of her ways and made her an authentic italian dinner. We have now been married 10 years, and celebrate Valentine’s day every year with chicken parmigiana.

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