Your Cheat Sheet to a Vegan Valentine's Day in Erie, PA 2021
Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or Singles Awareness Day. Whatever you call it, it is usually a day filled with chocolate, sweets, and sugary goodies. This can be disappointing when you’re vegan, as it can be hard to find vegan versions of these wonderfully kitschy sweet things.
However, Lake Erie vegans are in luck because there are several Erie based companies that have taken the time and effort to include vegan options in their Valentine’s Day specials! So following are six places in Erie that have vegan options for Valentine's Day and information on how to get some your hands on some!
Sundae is an all vegan bakery in Erie that creates baked goods with sexy and creative names and donates 15% of her profits to various sanctuaries, shelters, and oceanic conservation organizations with every purchase. For Valentine’s Day, Sundae is offering a dessert box she’s calling, “Please Me” and believe me… you’ll be more than pleased with what’s inside!
What: “Please Me” dessert box includes:
- 6 Pieces of chocolate, peanut butter, and Oreo bark
- 2 Salted coconut chocolate chocolate cookies with pineapple buttercream filling (think whoopie pie meets ice cream sandwich)
- 4 Strawberry chocolate cupcakes
- 6 Raspberry chocolate chip cookies
When: Last day to order is 2/11 with pickups scheduled for 2/12
Price: $45 / box with $5 of every box going to Because You Care, an animal rescue group in McKean, PA.
How: To order, email Sundae at SundaeVeganSweetTreats@gmail.com
Nothing says “I love you” more than vegan desserts in biodegradable packaging with proceeds going to help rescue animals and finding their forever homes.
For the pizza lover in your life, you can go big this year with a huge vegan heart shaped pizza! Pizza Pete’s is one of the few places in Erie that actually offers vegan cheese for their pizzas and we love them for it! They also have vegan dough, sauce, and tons of veggie toppings so you’re able to meet the pizza of your dreams this Valentine’s. I’m not sure where to start the petition to have the heart shape available all year round, but I’m so in!
What: Vegan heart shaped pizza
When: Pre-orders can be made anytime until 2/13 for $2 off your order. You can also order on 2/14 for full price.
Price: $14.99 for pizza + $4.25 to make it vegan (cheese, dough, sauce, etc.). For normal vegan pies, there is an up-charge of $3 on small and mediums and $4.25 for large and extra large.
How: Pre-orders and regular orders can be made by calling 814.838.3535 for carryout and delivery.
We at Lake Erie Vegan happen to love gluten, but for those folks that have a love-hate relationship with it, Erie’s Choice 2019 and 2020 winners Icing on the Lake bakery has you covered for Valentine’s Day this year! They have a select few menu items that are vegan with gluten free options available as well!
What: Vegan chocolate or vanilla cupcakes (also available as vegan and gluten free), and vegan/gf almond raspberry thumbprint cookies
When: 24 hours notice needed for an order
Price: Cupcakes have a minimum requirement of 6. Price for an order of 6 is $18. Thumbprint cookies are 2 for $3
How: To order, call 814.464.0528
I feel very seen with The Juice Jar’s Valentine’s Day bundle as they have suggested their Love Potion #9 juice pairs nicely with Prosecco or vodka. You have won my heart and belly over, Juice Jar!
What: Valentine’s Day Bundle includes:
- 2 Love Potion #9 Juices
- 2 Vegan lemon raspberry muffins
- Optional add ons:
- Vegan chia fruit cup
- Vegan love bites (almond butter, gf oats, dried cherries, cacao nibs, chocolate, cinnamon, maple syrup, flax)
- Also available are various vegan baked goods and desserts like cheesecake, cookies, raspberry lemon no bake bars, and brownies
When: Pre-orders are accepted until 2/12 at 3p and pickup is 2/13. Closed on 2/14
Price: $18 for Valentine’s Bundle, +$5/each for chia fruit cup or love bites. Baked goods are $2.75-$5.25.
If you like to take the more traditional route with your Valentine, the Erie Whole Foods Cooperative has got you with their beautiful vegan chocolate covered strawberries!
What: Vegan chocolate covered strawberries made with vegan, organic, and gluten free ingredients
When: Pre-Orders can be made until 2/13 with pickup anytime on 2/14
How: Orders can be made by calling the Co-op’s Cafe and Bakery Dept. at 814.456.0282 ext. 102
The Original Popcorn House has some stinkin’ cute low waste Valentine’s themed metal tins for you to fill with your favorite vegan popcorns! They go fast, so you’ll have to order ASAP if you want one! But if you’re a procrastinator like me, they can still help you out with gift baskets, bags, and boxes so you can still ace Valentine’s Day.
What: Vegan popcorn flavors include: Valentine’s vanilla butternut, cotton candy, garden fresh, and kettle corn.
When: Pre-order by 2/13 or stop in on 2/14 for in store shopping
Price: Bags are available in 8, 24, and 36 cups with one flavor and start at $11.60, Sampler Boxes are available with 4, 6, and 12 sample sized bags and flavors and start at $16.50, Tins are available in .5-3.5 gallon sizes and can have 1-3 flavor combos and start at $20.
How: To order with Valentine’s themed packaging, call 814.920.4134 or for normal packaging order online. Bonus opportunity! The Flower Cart, a florist located in North East, PA, has bags of Original Popcorn House popcorn available as add-ons with orders of flowers from their shop! But please note that I have not confirmed that The Flower Cart knows which flavors are vegan; so if you are shopping there and aren’t sure if a flavor is vegan or not, give The Original Popcorn House a call to confirm!
Whether you celebrate with yourself, a partner, family, or friends on Valentine’s Day, Lake Erie Vegan wishes you a day filled with love and maybe a couple of these vegan treats these wonderful businesses are offering! :)
-Peace, Love, and Vegan
This post was written while listening to Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits on vinyl.