Peter Goldfarb sits watching his mother, who holds a textbook with one hand while churning cookie dough with the other. As she pulls double duty as a mom and graduate student, she unwittingly alters the course of her son's life. The young Peter will soon grow up, move to Los Angeles, and pursue a career in television production—but his friends won't care about his industry stories; they'll want to know where his shipments of ridiculously tasty cookies are coming from.
This true tale is what inspired Peter to eventually enroll in culinary school and coax his mom into cofounding Chip'n Dipped. Today, the duo and a crew of bakers make all-natural cookies, chocolates, and confections—including gluten- and dairy-free options—in full view of customers, as well as for impressed reporters from large publications such as the New York Times, Newsday, and the Candyland Gazette. Using kosher ingredients and minimally processed chocolates, the mom-and-son team creates treats loaded with bioflavonoids and free of hydrogenated oils and preservatives.
Staffers custom-blend clients’ choices of more than 80 flavors into frozen treats at The Lite Choice, a purveyor of kosher gluten- and corn-syrup-free desserts and drinks. Organic flavors and add-ins such as almond butter, caramel, mango, and Colombian coffee accessorize the outfits of all-natural soft-serve and organic frozen yogurt ($3.75–$7.75) more deliciously than bangles made of horseradish, and staff members can concoct custom shakes from soft-serve or frozen yogurt with fresh fruit and toppings ($4.50–$5.75). Choco-lite dalmatians are served with dark chocolate chips and dollops of organic frozen yogurt or soft serve, or guests can celebrate friends' nephews' teachers' birthdays by indulging in sundaes with hot fudge and nuts ($5).
With more than 100 rotating flavors, Cupcake Gourmet's tastes range from indulgent (red velvet, chocolate raspberry, chocospresso mocha, Boston cream pie) to inventive (rainbow-sprinkled funfetti served in a waffle cup) to imaginative (cakes modeled after puppies). Romantics can even woo the DMV clerk of their dreams with a cupcake bouquet with each "flower" delicately topped with pink and red roses and greenery, all made from frosting. New flavors are introduced into the cupcakery's purple and lime-green habitat every week, and you can mix and match however you choose with today's Groupon. Cupcakes cost $1.50 for a mini, $2.50 for a regular, and $3.50 for a jumbo. Call ahead for special flavor requests.
Reinwald's Bakery is the result of one family's passion for baking. For 4 generations the we have been creating the freshest breads, pastries and desserts on Long lsland —and it is a responsibility we take very seriously. You can taste commitment to our craft in every bite, From your daily bread to special occasion cakes!
Bon Bons serves up a large selection of carefully constructed treats that melt the hearts and please the palates of its patrons. Fill a half-pound box ($16 for about 16 chocolates) with raspberry-, champagne-, or rum-flavored truffles, or grab a 1-pound box ($32 for about 34 chocolates) and fill it with peanut butter cups](http://gr.pn/e5YEsV) and peppermint thin mints. Bon Bons’ handmade chocolates make great special-occasion gifts and popular rewards for stellar report cards or first-place finishes in underwater bench-pressing contests.
The masterminds behind Not Just Yoga aimed to create a calming, welcoming space that treats guests to the philosophy of yoga while offering a variety of services. Their yoga classes, led by expert instructors, flow through Vinyasa postures that focus on building strength and relaxing busy minds. In addition, the staff offers meditation, Pilates, and massage.