Stockbridge's Gourmet Cheesecakes & Café's more than 45 varieties of cheesecake have won Connecticut Magazine's Best Cheesecake in Connecticut award for nine consecutive years and been featured in The New York Times. But even though its vast number of cheesecake and its selection of scones, cookies, and pastries would suggest otherwise, Stockbridge's is not just a bakery. The eatery also offers dishes to sate appetites for every meal, such as omelets, sandwiches, salads, and burgers. And unlike traditional bakeries and DMVs, Stockbridge's has a BYOB policy.
At Frazzio Premium Frozen Yogurt Café, guests pour their own cool treats, blending frozen-yogurt flavors and customizing them with a selection of 33 toppings. Many of Frazzio's flavors are low fat or nonfat, including choices such as pomegranate raspberry, cake batter, dulce de leche, and key lime.
Darlene Delaney and Sue Bisesi are best friends and cousins who also describe themselves as the Lucy and Ethel of the cupcake industry. That's because they each bring a special skill set to SuzieCakes, the bakery they opened together after months of planning from opposite coasts. Darlene pilots the business side of the operation and researches new products, and Sue expertly mixes the batter and buttercream frosting for the shop’s signature cakes and cupcakes. Today, the team is united in their “neighborhood boutique cupcakery,” where customers can peruse a menu of nearly 100 flavors with deliciously creative twists. Examples include a chinese-five-spice cake with brown-butter frosting, and the Balsamic Blast, a cake that melds sweet strawberries and strawberry-balsamic buttercream with the gentle bite of a balsamic-reduction glaze. Cake pops, whoopee pies, and buttercream truffles are also ideal for commemorating special occasions, and frosting shots deliver sweet buttercream pick-me-ups perfect after hard days spent stealing John Wayne’s footprints.
Ladybug Cake & Candy Supply, LLC's shelves are piled high with all manner of colorful supplies for baking, adorning, and displaying sweets. Customers can snag hard-to-find provisions such as flavored sea salts, cupcake stands, Guittard chocolate, and edible images to create homemade masterpieces, or enlist the store’s helpful staff members to host kids’ birthday parties where guests can decorate their own cupcakes or cookies. During regular classes, the shop's sugar artisans tutor students in everything from making hard candies to advanced cake-decorating skills, such as creating flowers, adding borders, and disguising mistakes with well-placed action figures.:m]]
Middlebury's Best Yogurt, Smoothies, and Ice Cream fashions frozen treats of both the sensible and decadent variety, cooling palates with everything from nonfat, sugar-free frozen yogurt to rich cones of ice cream. Past a storefront decorated in neon lights and ice-cream ads, a freezer case lined with potted plants invites visitors to pick out their favorite flavor of frozen treat. Pineapple, banana, and berries add a splash of tropical flavor to smoothies, and ice-cream cakes celebrate birthdays better than playing pin-the-tail-on-Doug.