From bacon and beef jerky to breadsticks and pickles: Valentine’s Day bouquets go wacky

Forget traditional flowers.

Although roses continue to be one of the top-selling Valentine’s Day gifts, other bouquets are gaining in popularity: Think meaty ones made with bacon and beef jerky, sour ones with pickles or sweet ones with candy, cupcakes and doughnuts.

More edible and nontraditional bouquets like these have been sprouting up in recent years. “(It’s) allowing consumers to get their valentine a unique gift that still holds onto the tradition of Valentine’s Day,” said Sarah Hollenbeck, shopping and savings expert at Offers.com, a deals website. 

U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of about $162 on Valentine’s gifts and meals this year, up $18 from last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual holiday survey. Total spending is forecast at a record $20.7 billion, a 6 percent increase over last year. About 35 percent of those celebrating the holiday are expected to buy flowers and 52 percent will purchase candy, according to the survey.

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