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Baltimore-area bakeries whip up unique Valentine's Day sweets

It's one of the busiest times for Baltimore's bakeries and chocolate shops, rolling out the red icing, heart-shaped sprinkles and buttercream roses for the most romantic of Hallmark holidays. And some of them are having fun with it, offering products like doughnuts topped with snarky sayings, over-the-top cheesecakes and mystery boxes filled with surprise fudges and goodies.

You can count on most bakeries to carry chocolate-dipped strawberries, cookies and boxes of chocolates. But many of the area's shops are going beyond the standard box of chocolates and getting creative to entice customers. Here are some of the more novel Valentine's Day treats from local shops in the Baltimore area.

Sarah Meehan
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