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9 Best Valentine’s Day Dessert Spots in Orange County

What better way to celebrate your sweetheart than with a delicious sweet treat? Orange County has tons of instagrammable delights to choose from to amaze and impress your honey this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating love or just love to eat, you won’t want to miss these. 

Here are our top Orange County dessert picks: 

Hula Girls Shave Ice

If you can’t take your valentine to a tropical island, take them to the next best place – Hula Girls Shave Ice. Serving up authentic Hawaiian shave ice, Dole Whip, as well as this tropical POG Dole Whip Float, it’s a treat that will make you think you’re in the tropics.

Huntington Beach.

 

AFTERS Ice Cream

The couple that milky buns together stays together. AFTERS is known for their out of this world flavors like Cookie Monster, Cookie Butter, and Milk & Cereal, but if you really want to indulge, try a milky bun. It’s a delectable ice cream sandwich with the ice cream stuffed into a doughnut. If that doesn’t get your heart racing, we don’t know what will.

Multiple Orange County locations.

 

Sidecar Doughnuts

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Can you feel the love of NEW FLAVOR DAY?! ❤️🍩💜☕💛 It's February 1st, which means a whole buncha new goodness hits the menu today! This month, our flavors are inspired by the season of loooove: 🍷 Red Wine Chocolate 🍬 Butterscotch Crunch 🍾 Blueberries & Champagne 🍫 Vegan Chocolate Truffle 💕 Valentine's Cake 🙏 The Sprinkled Mamba, a celebration of the life & legacy of Kobe, Gigi, John, Keri, Alyssa, Christina, Payton, Sarah, and Ara, with a portion of all proceeds to the Mamba on Three Fund and the @mambasportsacademy Foundation. See you soon, lovely dough-nuts! 📷 @tawny #februaryflavors #seasonoflove #valentinesdaydoughnuts #doughnutscoffeelove #mambaonthree

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Speaking of doughnuts…don’t just say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day…say “hey babe, I woke up early and got your favorite doughnuts from Sidecar before everything sold out.” Sidecar Doughnuts is the must-have for every doughnut lover in OC, and their special Valentine’s Day event includes a flower shop pop-up for one-stop shopping to impress your sweetheart this weekend.

Costa Mesa.

 

SomiSomi

 

There’s no better place to ask your sweetie to make it Facebook o-fish-al than SomiSomi! They specialize in the Korean dessert ah-boong, which is a fish-shaped pastry filled with soft serve! They offer traditional flavors like black sesame and ube as well as chocolate, oreo, coffee, and more. They are as tasty as they are adorable.

Multiple Orange County locations

 

The Loop: Handcrafted Churros

They’re sweet, pretty look at, and twisted–kind of like your ex. But these tasty-as-they-are-gorgeous treats won’t break your heart! Go for a loop churro by itself, with a dip, or atop a delicious soft serve sundae. 

Multiple Orange County locations.

 

Eiswalt Gelato

For a treat that is truly an art, you can’t miss Eiswalt Gelato. First of all, it’s gelato and that should be reason enough to pay them a visit, but their fun, sculpted gelato creations are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. We’re sure you’ll find a way. 

Westminster.

 

Honey and Butter

Is it even legal to make a list of desserts and not include macarons? We weren’t sure, and we wouldn’t want to skip them anyway! The macaron creations at Honey and Butter are a feast for the eyes and your sweet tooth. 

Irvine and Garden Grove

 

The Pie Hole

Don’t you know pie love you so?! The Pie Hole boasts both sweet and savory pies in a variety of traditional and unusual flavors. Their Chocolate Covered Strawberry pie of the month for February would make the perfect bite for two on Valentine’s Day!

Orange

 

Coffee Dose

Sometimes life isn’t all flowers and hearts. So if you’re feeling a little anti- this year, Coffee Dose is just what you need. Simmer down, sip a cup, and maybe take the edge off with a cookie. You earned it.

Fun Things To Do in Orange County This Weekend, Jan 24-26

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Orange County is celebrating the Year of the Rat, with many different festivals to choose from. With so many options, you could attend a different festival every day. And don’t forget, free museum day is this weekend too!

 

All Weekend:

  • Both Saturday and Sunday have several different Farmers Markets to choose from all over OC! Check out a full list of Orange County weekend Farmers Markets. https://ocevents.co/farmersmarkets/
  • Celebrate Vietnamese culture with food, rides, lion dancers, and more while you welcome in the Year of the Rat at the OC Tet Festival, Friday through Sunday at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2vdp4g9 
  • Keep the celebration of culture and tradition going with the UVSA Tet Festival at the Orange County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday–the largest Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival in the nation! Tickets required. https://bit.ly/2tPe0FR  

 

Saturday:

  • The Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine is hosting a Lunar New Year event on Saturday 1/25. Experience Chinese history and culture through a variety of hands-on, kid-friendly activities. Museum admission required. https://bit.ly/2NRQq28 
  • The Annual SoCal Museum Free-for-All Day is Saturday 1/25. Over 30 museums in SoCal will be opening their doors for free, including the Bowers Museum and the Orange County Modern Art museum here in OC. View the full list of participating museums: http://ocevent.co/1ZOT8l9
  • The 2020 Westminster Tet Parade is Saturday 1/25. The parade starts at 8 am on Bolsa Ave., but we recommend arriving early to scope out a good spot. Free to attend. https://bit.ly/2ROaNhT 
  • The District in Tustin will host a Lunar New Year celebration from 12-2pm Saturday, featuring a lion dance performance, Taiko drummers, stilt walkers, and kids’ crafts. Free to attend. https://bit.ly/2tPeV9h 
  • Lion Dance performers will take the stage at Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center in the main rotunda area from 7-8pm. Free to attend. https://bit.ly/2NTW4Rc 
  • Snow? In Orange County?! Visit SnowFest 2020 at Pittsford Park in Lake Forest and hit the slopes on Saturday 1/25. Make sure to pre-register; small fee required. https://bit.ly/37tuW3q 

 

Sunday:

  • CalComicCon 2020 is Sunday, 1/26 at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The event features special guest comic artists and exhibitors from California and beyond! Tickets required. https://bit.ly/2NW0gQx  

14 Fun Things To Do in Orange County This Weekend

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There’s a lot of fun things to do this weekend in Orange County. Everything from Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Rancho Days Fiesta in Lake Forest, an International Festival in Aliso Viejo, a Citrus Fair in La Habra, Taste of Orange, Free Comic Book Day, Old Towne Tustin Home and Garden Tour, and more!

  • Rancho Days Fiesta is Saturday 5/4 from 11am-3pm at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest. Explore the rich history of Orange County’s Ranchos and Native American tribes. Take part in butter churning, candle dipping, piñata breaking & more! Admission is $5. http://bit.ly/2wMalHx
  • The 18th Annual International Festival is Saturday 5/4 at from 10:30am-5pm in Soka University in Aliso Viejo. Entertainment, food, shopping & more! FREE to attend. $10 parking on-site. http://ocevent.co/1T3Ah8j
  • The Annual San Clemente Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is Saturday 5/4 from 2pm-6pm in Max Berg Plaza Park. Live entertainment, games, food trucks, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2VeAf4C
  • The 23rd Annual Old Towne Tustin Home and Garden Tour is Saturday 5/4. Live music, vintage homes and gardens tour, quilt show & more. Tickets required. http://ocevent.co/1WbS8uz
  • Anaheim Cinco is all weekend La Palma Park in Anaheim. Carnival rides, games, entertainment, performances, food & more! FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2UYMdKv
  • Love ‘Em and Leash ‘Em Dog Day is Saturday 5/4 from 9am-3pm at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea. Events include a Pokey Pooch Hike, Moderate Mutt Hike, Hearty Hound Hike, dog costume contest, dog kissing contest, and more. There will also be rescue dogs available for adoption, vendors, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2Y7l5uR
  • Fiesta De Mayo Celebration is Saturday 5/4 from 1pm-3pm in the Oak Tree Court of the Outlets at San Clemente. Mariachis, actives for kids, and more. FREE. http://bit.ly/2skYGPE
  • La Habra Citrus Fair starts Friday night and runs all weekend on La Habra Blvd. Live music, food, games, carnival rides & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2qKcfT9
  • Mermaids Day 2019 is Sunday 5/5 at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Join fellow mermaid enthusiasts, merpeople, and sirens, for a themed day that takes you under the sea. Park admission required. http://bit.ly/2UxVvSo
  • The OC Running Festival, which includes the OC Marathon, and OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo is this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. http://bit.ly/2ZTUFhY
  • The Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk is Saturday 5/4 from 6pm-10pm. Food, shopping, performances & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2sYdu4d
  • Free Comic Book Day is Saturday 5/4. Comic book stores all over Orange County are participating including locations in Tustin, Orange, Irvine, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, and Westminster. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2qFQLrx
  • The Taste of Orange is Sunday 5/5 from 3-7pm in Old Towne Orange. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2VKTu57
  • The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Huntington Beach Open is all weekend. Watch world class athletes compete in beach volleyball. South side of the pier. FREE to attend, however VIP premium seating is available for purchase. http://bit.ly/2pbnYsJ
  • Visit one of the many weekend Farmers Markets in OC (some will not be happening on Easter so double check before you go)  http://bit.ly/2BdBcuQ

Outside of OC but worth the drive…

  • Renaissance Pleasure Faire starts this weekend in Irwindale and runs through 5/19. Live performances, jousting, shopping, food, and more. Admission required. http://bit.ly/2uPUtoh Ticket discount: http://bit.ly/2Vp8DFJ

 

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