Valentine's Day brings chocolate-dipped treats to Bay Ridge

Who wants flowers for Valentine's Day when there are chocolate-dipped strawberries out there in the world, just waiting to be bought? Photo by Lore Croghan

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Love is a many-splendored thing. Especially when it involves chocolate - and strawberries.

Nothing says Valentine's Day like a gift of the succulent heart-shaped berries (nice work, Mother Nature) coated in the best treat in the universe.

At Charles Arnone's Bay Ridge shop Choc Oh Lot Plus, the strawberry-dipping is done on the Big Day itself, so the finished product will be super fresh. Cupid wouldn't want it any other way.

"It's a 35-year tradition," said Arnone, whose Fifth Avenue shop has been in business since 1979.

Charles Arnone, posing seen here with his mom Sandra, got 15 cases of berries for Cupid's favorite day.
He got to his store at 6 a.m. Friday to do his dipping in the kitchen in the back of the shop.

Back in the kitchen, the berries are cooling before the box lids come down.

Heart-shaped berries in a heart-shaped box for $21.99.
"We go by the pound - but give a little bit extra," Sandra said.

All decked out in ribbons (red, of course, for Saint Valentine).

So much candy, so little time .....

It's in the bag.... Hearts for the big day.

On the Good Ship Lollipop (RIP Shirley Temple Black).

If your sweetheart takes her chocolate-and-strawberries in cake form, at nearby Jean Danet Pastry there's chocolate cheesecake. Yes. It's as good as it looks.

Look at me, I'm perfect

Happy Valentine's Day, B'KLYN. (Seen at Jean Danet Pastry)

February 14, 2014 - 1:30pm



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