Special Occasion Chocolates has been handcrafting gourmet gifts for more than 13 years, carefully blending flavor, aesthetics, and charming candor into each scrumptious morsel. Redefine the concept of the word “vegetable” with a bag of chocolate-covered potato chips, or surprise well-behaved taste buds with a bag of white-chocolate or peanut-butter pretzel bites (ranging from $4.75 for a 1/4 lb. bag to $17.95 for 1 lb.). Fruit fans can enjoy nature’s candy ensconced in an edible outfit with a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries or peanut-butter banana gems ($26.95/dozen), or just remix the classics with chocolate-dipped Oreos, long pretzels, and brownies ($1.75 each).
Pure Bliss Yogurt cools tongues and calms rumbling tummies with a selection of sweet snacks and natural frozen yogurt. With cup in hand, patrons choose from a rotating selection of fro-yo flavors that includes cookies 'n' cream, pumpkin, plain tart, and blissful blends of cherry and chocolate. Yogurt mountains are then customized at the topping bar, where 35+ options such as fresh fruit, gummy bears, and cookie dough await to lend an added crunch or pop of color to each frosty spoonful. For fans of un-chilly eats, the shop also curates a fresh collection of cake balls and cupcakes each day with flavors that can include german chocolate, italian crème, and yellow cake hailing from somewhere outside Sheboygan.
Paciugo's Latin motto, Ante Lucrum Nomen, meaning "Reputation Before Profit," neatly summarizes its liberal three-scoops attitude. Its luscious cold creams contain 70% less fat than premium ice cream, thus making it 130% more okay to consume several consecutive pints' worth. Each of their Turin recipes employ fresh and all-natural ingredients coupled with the finest fruit, nuts, chocolates and more to churn up scrumptious orbs of sweet sustenance. The gelateria's menu ushers taste buds toward small piccolo cups ($3.77) with three scoops and up to three different flavors, such as black raspberry, amaretto chocolate chip, chocolate black-cherry swirl, black-pepper olive oil, Mediterranean sea-salt caramel, chocolate orange saffron, and many more.
Of Czech origin, Kenner’s Kolache Bakery's eponymous, oven-baked pastries come in delicious sweet or savory varieties, with fruit toppings and rich fillings. Batter down a boardroom door with a breakfast tray of fruit-topped kolaches in flavors ranging from apple to strawberry cream cheese ($0.80 each or $8.25 per dozen). Savory kolaches can pull double duty as hearty breakfast and anytime snacks, with varieties such as rodeo sausage ($1.09 each or $10.25 per dozen) and bacon rolls with cheese kolache ($1.09 each or $10.25 per dozen). Other edible indulgences include cinnamon rolls ($1.50 large or $1.09 mini) and Danish melt-a-ways ($1.65 each).
Owned by New Orleans expats forced out by hurricane Katrina, Pierre's Mardi Gras Café, featured on Fox 4, rekindles the Cajun spirit from within its kitchen, kicking out authentic New Orleans fare. Friends, romantic partners, or auditioning potato-sack teammates become temporarily obstructed from each other's view by the 12-inch Half & Half po' boy, a classic french-bread sandwich with somersaulting bites of fish, shrimp, and oysters accented by lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Philly steak po' boys sizzle and crunch in their edible envelopes, and surf 'n' turf po' boys squash appetites with steak- and shrimp-inspired stomps of the foot. Pairs take a break from open-jawed po' boy bites and ladle a spoonful of authentic jambalaya into their mouths, an alchemical elixir composed of two different sausages and shrimp in tomato sauce, or trade off spoonfuls of crawfish étouffée as they argue about whose taste buds would be more likely to guest star on reality TV. Cups of shrimp creole and crawfish étouffée boast flavors that slow-dance atop tongues in simmering revelry. Pierre's Mardi Gras Café will be open on Sunday, September 4, as well as on Labor Day.