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Valentines Day pastries

A chocolate-dipped strawberry is a colorful way to tell someone you love them, according to The Pastry Parlor's Iris Hammer. The strawberries, as well as mini-red velvet cakes, will be available the 16 16th St. bakery between now and Feb. 14.

Tim Hynds Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY -- If you're planning to eat out on Valentine's Day, you won't be alone. 

According to, Feb. 14 is traditionally the second busiest day for restaurants. Only Mother's Day beats it for the top honor.

In 2014, Americans spent around $7 million at restaurants with the average const being between $87 and $287 per couple. 

The Pastry Parlor's Iris Hammer is probably hoping lovebirds will still have money to spend on her bakery's gourmet heart-shaped, red velvet mini-cakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries. 

The Sioux City-based baker will be profiled in Wednesday's Sioux City Journal food section.

Want to have a few more statistics on how we divide our money come Valentine's Day? Check out this 2015 list from

On average, Americans spent $52.2 million on flowers and $50 million on jewelry. Clothing ($38.3 million) and specialty gifts ($18.6 million) also did well. Movies ($7.2 million) barely beat restaurants ($7.1 million) in dollars shelled out on Valentine's Day.

However, both did better than salons and spas, even though picking up $1.2 million doesn't seem shabby to us.

Of course, the big winners on Valentine's Day is certainly candy manufacturers. Americans will be about $1.7 billion on boxes of the sweet stuff.  


Food and Lifestyles reporter

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