Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - You may not be able to find a chocolate river in time for Valentines Day as the children did in the famous "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" movie, but there is not a shortage of the delicious sweet treat in Western New York.
"The City of Buffalo has a deep history with chocolate and confections. We find that confectioners were on the rolls as early as 1820," Food Editor for Buffalo Spree Magazine Christa Glennie Seychew said.
Whether it is a Buffalo original like sponge candy, or any other type of chocolate, people are hoping for a box on Valentine's Day, or year round.
"Our passion for chocolate here in Western New York has really helped our chocolatiers to weather the storm of economic times. Some of the families have been doing chocolate here for more than 100 years," Seychew said.
St. Valentine also brings a yearning for colorful and beautiful flowers. Employees at Maureen's Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market have been working overtime to get things ready for the most romantic day of the year.
"It's such an incredible thing to receive flowers. I think people really cherish giving and receiving flowers. For our dozen roses that we sell we have 600 packages waiting and thousands of more that we will put in vases and boxes," Owner of Maureen's Buffalo Wholesale Maureen Bartley said.
Tony Hughes has been buying his wife flowers and chocolates every Valentine's Day. He said that is one of the little secrets to his amazing marriage that has lasted 15 years and is going strong.
"I bought a dozens red roses and she loves me and I really like Valentine's Day. The romance is great, it is just a sweet day of the year," Hughes said.
Whether you are giving one rose or a dozen, Bartley has some great Valentine's Day advice.
"It's the thought that counts. As a child Valentine's Day was so important. It still is, so I hope that everyone gets involved with showing their love to someone," Bartley said.
If your choice is flowers, chocolate or maybe even both for your Valentine, be sure to make your gift is a heartfelt one.