Sweet teeth wave the sugary white flag of defeat at Richardson's Candy Kitchen, voted the Best Sweet Shop/Confectioner by the Valley Advocate in 2010. Like the tortoise, the dixie ($27.99/15 pieces) is inspired by the classic chocolate turtle, and its clandestine chocolate, nut, and caramel formula was recently lauded on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Fudge-friendly boxes can be customized with three choices from ten types of dixie, such as the dark-almond, milk-pecan, and milk-rice-crispy varieties. The sugar-free sampler ($20.99/24 pieces) offers tongues a guiltless way to enjoy chocolaty sensations, sweetened with maltitol and the powdered dreams of care bears. Any quantity of candies can be purchased within Richardson's Candy Kitchen's inviting store.
The talented roasters at Shelburne Falls Coffee—deemed Best of the Valley in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by Valley Advocate readers—percolate eight daily blends of organic, flavored, and single-origin coffees to entice tasters and nourish nostrils in a low-key, café environment. Guests can guzzle a regular cup of brewed coffee or add a splash of caramel-flavored milk, making sips as sweet and warming as a thank-you letter from a cupcake ($1.50–$3.21). After a hot cup of joe, cool off a piping-hot palate with the chai vanilla frozen blender—an enchanting swirl of homemade masala and exotic spices ($4.25). Acquire daily servings of fruits and breads without sneaking into the food pyramid with a fruit smoothie made of freshly squeezed orange juice ($4.50) and a bagel smeared with specialty olive or vegetable cream cheese ($3.30).
Stocked with more than 150 bins of sugary delicacies, Captain Candy services confection connoisseurs of every appetite. The variegated victuals include a multitude of gummies ($1.99 per 1/4-pound) and Jelly Belly jelly beans ($2.09 per 1/4-pound). Gnaw on gummy army men, brains, fried eggs, wild-caught swedish fish, freshly potted gummy lobsters, or eight different flavors of gummy bears. Candy Land expats include chocolate-covered almonds, peanuts, raisins, coffee beans, malt balls, and matzo balls, which are sure to mollify those who wish that they themselves were covered in chocolate. Licorice wheels,10 flavors of saltwater taffy, and three kinds of caramel help put the finishing touches on the candy kingdom.
This family owned doughnut shop is striving to change the way people think about their favorite morning indulgence by baking up its signature pastries fresh, each day from locally sourced and natural ingredients. Beyond the original glazed donuts, a handwritten specials board details 15–20 flavors on offer each day, which may include anything from a maple bacon bar or Boston crème stick, to a powdered sugar drenched beignet. They also serve up hand-roasted artisan coffee from the award-winning Esselon Cafe to compliment all of their inventive doughnut flavors. Those adhering to a strict no-circle diet will be pleased to discover that Glazed Doughnut Shop's quality ingredients are also used to create a lineup of fitters, muffins, and cinnamon buns, and the shop even bakes up an ever-changing selection of gluten-free snacks including brownies, blueberry muffins, and chocolate-chip cookies.
Since 1976, Bart’s Homemade has been a destination for ice-cream lovers of all ages. The shop scoops rich, 16% butterfat ice creams in an array of fun flavors, including chocolate Heath bar, mint chip, and Three Geeks and a Red Head—coconut ice cream with coconut flakes, chocolate chunks, fudge brownie, and a raspberry swirl. Local fruit makes appearances in many seasonal flavors, such as ginger peach, featuring ginger from Old Friends Farm and peaches from Franklin County orchards. Bart’s team also whips up batches of healthier treats, including five varieties of sorbet and three hard-serve frozen yogurt flavors.