Need Valentine’s treats? Lots of Wichita bakeries can oblige

Some of the Valentine's Day treats at La Galette.

Some of the Valentine’s Day treats at La Galette.

Few days of the year offer a better excuse to gorge on cookies, chocolate, cake, chocolate, chocolate-covered strawberries and, of course chocolate than Valentine’s Day.

Several local bakeries are in full-on Valentine’s Day alert, and many say they will still have plenty of stock through the day Friday for last-minute treat buyers.

Among them:

La Galette, 1017 W. Douglas, 316-267-8541: The French bakery and restaurant is going Valentine’s Day crazy this year, said owner Michelle Abdayem. The display cases are overflowing with decorated heart-shaped cakes, heart-shaped cheesecakes, three different kinds of chocolate-dipped strawberries and delicate French macarons in a pastel rainbow of colors. Customers also can get a sampling of the treats in a pretty box for $14.99. La Galette will open early on Friday — at 8 a.m. — and will remain open until all the sweetness is sold.

J. Rae’s Bakery, 2357 N. Maize Road, 316-721-0090: This New Market Square bakery also is selling Valentine’s Day treats and will be fully stocked through Friday, selling 10-12 flavors of cupcakes, decorated cookies, cake balls, chocolate-covered strawberries and more. The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cravings Gluten Free Bakery, 3700 E. Douglas, 316-239-9853: You can treat your gluten-free Valentine, too, thanks to Cravings Gluten Free Bakery in Clifton Square. The bakery will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and will be serving heart-shaped cakes, cupcakes, cookies and cake balls.

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