This Valentine's Day, remember: Flowers are nice, but food is better.

Candy and other desserts are a hallmark of the romantic holiday, and there's no shortage of bakeries and sweets shops in the city looking to cater to your Valentine's Day needs.

Leave the chocolate sampler on the grocery store shelf and check out these more creative options.

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Some of the exquisite bonbons dreamed up by
Some of the exquisite bonbons dreamed up by pastry chef Marc Aumont include passion fruit caramel and Tahitian vanilla, concord grape yogurt, pear balsamic marmalade and pain d'epices, and bananas foster. (Prices vary; 43 W. 42nd St., 212-201-1985, kreutherchocolate.com) (Credit: Danielle Adams)

Cacao Prieto

Absinthe, orchid, mandarin and bergamot, and vanilla and
Absinthe, orchid, mandarin and bergamot, and vanilla and cassia, are just some of the bars concocted by this Red Hook chocolatier. ($8/bar; various retailers, cacaoprieto.com) (Credit: Cacao Prieto)

FIKA

The Swedish company has won awards for its
The Swedish company has won awards for its quinoa hazelnut, goat cheese, key lime pie, cinnamon tabasco, yuzu licorice and salted caramel chocolates -- all of which are in its Meet the Medals box. ($25/box of 12; various locations, fikanyc.com) (Credit: FIKA)

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Dominique Ansel Bakery/Kitchen

Show your BAE, BFF or BRO some love
Show your BAE, BFF or BRO some love this Valentine's Day with these fudgy chocolate brownies ($10/each), which are coated in rich dark chocolate. (Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St., dominiqueansel.com, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Ave. S., dominiqueanselkitchen.com) (Credit: Dominique Ansel Bakery/Kitchen)

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

The chocolate maker's Exotic Truffle Collection doesn't disappoint:
The chocolate maker's Exotic Truffle Collection doesn't disappoint: Ingredients like Kalocsa Hungarian paprika, wasabi, Chinese star anise, horseradish and Tuscan olive oil can be found in its chocolates. ($48/box of 16; 132 Spring St., 212-625-2929, vosgeschocolate.com) (Credit: Vosges Haut-Chocolat)

William Greenberg Desserts

Upper East Side institution William Greenberg Desserts is
Upper East Side institution William Greenberg Desserts is well-known for its black-and-white cookies, which will get a little Valentine's Day makeover as pink-and-white cookies for the holiday. They'll be $45 per dozen and $1.50 for individual mini cookies. The shop will also offer Valentine's-themed petit fours, Linzer tarts and heart-shaped shortbread cookies. (1100 Madison Ave., Manhattan, wmgreenbergdesserts.com) (Credit: William Greenberg Desserts)

Maman

French cafe and bakery Maman will be making
French cafe and bakery Maman will be making Valentine's-themed cookie boxes this month, with three options to choose from: a dozen nutty chocolate chip, a dozen white-chocolate cherry cranberry, or a box with a half-dozen of each. Each box is $45. (Maman, multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, mamannyc.com) (Credit: Victoria Morris)

L.A. Burdick

Forget the drug store candy boxes and head
Forget the drug store candy boxes and head to L.A. Burdick for a fancier version of the Valentine's Day classic -- inside you'll find about 38 chocolate bonbons, three heart mendiants and three adorable chocolate mice, for $52. (156 Prince St., Manhattan, burdickchocolate.com) (Credit: L.A. Burdick )

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Dana Confection

Roses are better when they're edible. Dana Confection
Roses are better when they're edible. Dana Confection in Brooklyn is using sugared rose petals to top calissons, a French treat made with candied fruit and almonds. Flavors include juneberry rose, cherry rose, rhubarb rose and black currant rose, starting at $8. The treats will be sold at select retailers -- you can find stores carrying Dana Confection items here -- or you can order them online. (Available in stores around the city, danaconfections.com) (Credit: Dana Confection Co./Carmen Ladipo)

Ladurée

These macarons talk -- well, kind of. Ladurée,
These macarons talk -- well, kind of. Ladurée, with locations in SoHo and the Upper East Side, is offering a pink box of eight macarons that allows you to record a voice message, which will play when the box is opened ($28). If you want lower-tech, consider heart-shaped macarons filled with ginger cream or the limited-edition Réve pastry. (864 Madison Ave. and 398 W. Broadway, Manhattan, laduree.com) (Credit: Ladurée)

Zac Young's PieCupen

Fresh off his PieCaken, Craveable Hospitality Group Pastry
Fresh off his PieCaken, Craveable Hospitality Group Pastry Director Zac Young has dreamed up a PieCupen -- a chocolate cream pie inside a red velvet cupcake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and a Champagne truffle on top. The decadent bite will be available at David Burke at Bloomingdales, or for shipping via FoodyDirect. It comes in a box of six for $44.95, or buy one for $7.95. (1000 Third Ave., Manhattan, foodydirect.com) (Credit: Craveable Hospitality Group )

Padoca Bakery

Head to Padoca for some romantic classics, like
Head to Padoca for some romantic classics, like mini chocolate cupcakes ($20 for a box of 12), decorated sugar cookies ($6 for a bag of three) and the more decadent heart-shaped red velvet brownies, pictured ($26 for a platter of nine). Order 48 hours in advance for boxed orders. (359 E. 68th St., padocabakery.com) (Credit: Padoca Bakery)

Black Tap

Cupcake meets shake this Valentine's Day at Black
Cupcake meets shake this Valentine's Day at Black Tap, with the Red Velvet Cake Shake, made in collaboration with Magnolia Bakery ($19). The red velvet cake batter shake has a vanilla frosted rim with sprinkle hearts and is topped with a slice of red velvet cake from Magnolia, garnished with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. (529 Broome St., Manhattan, blacktapnyc.com) (Credit: Black Tap)

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Mochidoki

Mochidoki -- which currently has a pop-up cart
Mochidoki -- which currently has a pop-up cart inside SoHo's Broadway Market Co. -- is a city-based purveyor of mochi ice cream that ships around the country. For Valentine's Day, they'll be selling a "Sweethearts Collection" ($15) of four mochi ice cream pieces in passion fruit, raspberry white chocolate crunch, strawberry and vanilla chip flavors, pictured. (Mochidoki, pop-up cart at 483 Broadway, Manhattan, www.mochidoki.com) (Credit: Mochidoki)

Baked by Melissa

Can't choose between cupcakes or macarons? You don't
Can't choose between cupcakes or macarons? You don't have to if you pick up The Perfect Pair gift box from Baked by Melissa -- which includes a 25 tiny Valentine's Day cupcakes and 6 little macarons ($44). Or consider The Crush, a six-cupcake box ($9), or The Flirty Macs, which contains 6 macarons ($15). (Multiple locations, bakedbymelissa.com) (Credit: Baked by Melissa)