Wemrock Orchards, a decades-old family farm, immerses anyone who visits in the many sweet tastes of country life. It's easy to detect aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting from the country store, which is stocked with seasonal pies, apple cider donuts, jams, apple cider, and other harvest treats. There's also the Tomasello Winery tasting room on the grounds, where you can sample local wines grown from New Jersey grapes.
Back on the farmland, scenic hay rides carry groups down a dirt road and past a shimmering lake, offering many picturesque views of the area. In fall, the scene turns a little spooky when the five-acre corn maze opens and the old orchard is decorated with creepy creatures like witches, ghosts, and goblins. Other fall-themed activities include pumpkin picking, field games for kids, and a bounce house.
What began in Brooklyn as a personal affection for italian ice eventually bloomed into a multistate confection empire on the strength of frosty family recipes. Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices & Ice Cream crafts its treats from the same recipes founder Louie G used growing up in New York City, before the invention of robot-run ice creameries. The expansive menu now includes more than 40 flavors of italian ices and two dozen ice creams. Fresh maraschino cherries, Dole pineapple, and a variety of other candies imbue the shop's italian ice with a dazzling array of flavors and textures.
When visiting a frozen yogurt shop, one is typically prepared to encounter blinding, fruit-colored paint and undersized furniture. But, though it contains the requisite row of self-serve machines and toppings bar, Bliss Yogurt Cafe instead plays more of a resemblance to an upscale downtown cafe. Wood accents and earth tones form the groundwork of the decor, accompanied by intimate tables and comfy couches. And, in addition to cups of frozen yogurt and ice cream dappled with fresh fruits and candies, guests can opt for milk shakes, real 100% real fruit smoothies, baked goods, and gourmet coffee drinks such as caffe latte, cappuccino, and hot and cold flavored coffee.
Towne is an online cupcakery that takes freshness very seriously. Each confection is made from scratch and baked onsite daily using ingredients such as pure Madagascar vanilla, European butter, and Belgian Callebaut chocolate, as well as real fruit and organic milk and eggs. This attention to detail is also reflected in the diversity of seasonal flavors, which range from ginger peach and lemon fig in the spring and summer to autumnal offerings of gingerbread, pumpkin spice, and caramel-apple crumble.
Maria has spent the past 30 years trying to satisfy her sweet tooth (and the sweet teeth of others) with homemade cakes and cupcakes frosted in decadent buttercream. It was her penchant for sweets that led her to open Sensational Cakes by Maria, a bakery specializing in custom cakes with whimsical designs that incorporate fondant and colorful frostings. In addition to cakes and cupcakes, Maria also bakes apple, cherry, and other fruit pies topped with a double crust, crumble, or a tiny note warning the reader that you’re about to pie him in the face.
Once Sonam Sondhi—the dessert artist behind Chocal8kiss—graduated from The Culinary Institute of America she sought out the tutelage of acclaimed pastry Chef Thaddeus Dubois. After a stint with him, she spent some time crafting gourmet desserts for lauded fine-dining restaurant, The Manor. Today, Sondhi can be found designing sweets in the kitchen of her own confectionery. Her specialties include top-shelf wedding cakes, occasion cakes layered with rich ganache, and plated desserts with elegant garnishes.