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Sweet! 5 High-end Valentine's Day candies

Lauren Fairbanks is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor who has penned for AOL, Young Money, and Eating Well Magazine, among others. She's also the founder and editor of LifeStyler, a NYC centric guide to budget living.

Better than a box of chocolates

Can we be the first to say it? Chocolate is a bit played out when it comes to Valentine's Day sweets. An $8 box of generic chocolates from the nearest supermarket isn't going to come close to satisfying the sweet tooth of the seasoned sweets connoisseur. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't look past their local grocer to find a good selection of interesting and higher-end Valentine's Day confections -- but we did! Here are five of our favorite must-savor Valentine's Day candies -- they are fun, unusual and will truly satisfy your Valentine's Day sweet tooth.

Giant Gummy Bear on a Stick1Giant Gummy Bear on a Stick

Now everybody's favorite gummy treat comes in a massive 1/2-pound size -- and on a stick. Each gummy bear is made from approximately 90 regular-size gummy bears melted down and morphed into one of these giant gummy behemoths. And yeah, it might take you a week to finish, but the bright colors and the sheer size are enough to put a smile on your face.

Cost:  $9.99

Cinnamon Lollypops2Cinnamon Lollypops

Few people will turn up their noses at a lollipop, but sprinkle some cinnamon on it and you've got something that most people (at least those in their right mind) won't turn away. See's Candies produces the scrumptious, fascinating mix all year 'round, and they come packaged in a cute little box.

Cost:  $5.35

Better than a box of chocolates3Homemade Bourbon Bacon Brittle

If the current bacon craze that's taking over the nation is just a fad, then consider me a boring trend-follower. Either way, this bourbon bacon brittle made by Etsy seller Po's Bag of Bones Bakery is absolutely amazing. Peanut brittle that incorporates a spritz of Jack Daniels and pieces of applewood bacon just can't be a bad thing.

Cost:  $18

Better than a box of chocolates4French Hazelnut Nougat Bars

These bars tally up to a whopping half-pound of hazelnut nougat goodness and come wrapped as two separate packages. They are made from all-natural ingredients, featuring hazelnuts from a farm in Oregon that was featured in the October 2010 issue of Martha Stewart.

Cost:  $12

Better than a box of chocolates5Romantic Fortune Cookies

These hand-dipped chocolate fortune cookies from the famed Dylan's Candy Bar in New York City are the perfect alternative candy for a delightful Valentine's Day treat. They come in dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate, and are adorned with tiny candy hearts and romantic fortunes inside.

Cost:  $25

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