The cookie artisans at Quintessential Cookies create colorful cookie creations for any occasion, whether it's a wedding, birthday, graduation, or a day you really want a cookie. Made from scratch, raspberry-filled linzer heart cookies and almond chocolate-chip biscotti are available by the half-dozen, and cake pops embed creative designs in the shapes of footballs, popcorn boxes, and tulips. Customers can bring in photos to be scanned and transformed into a 100% edible decorative photo cookie, and other cookie specialties, such as platters and cakes, divert attention from well-meaning veggie platters at office parties.
Every day, custardologists at Wolfies hand-mix 20 batches of creamy frozen treats, displaying their colorful creations for customers to stack into cones or sprinkle with toppings, earning the sweeterie a feature in the New York Times. Freshly churned custard has less fat than does ice cream and less air than a flat tire on Mars, helping to create Wolfies' signature ultracreamy scoop. Great filler for cones ($4.50/two scoops), pints ($6), and milk shakes ($4.50/16 oz.), Wolfies' 50 regularly appearing flavors include hazelnut, blueberry, and mango. The menu tempts sweet teeth by arranging the embellished custards in three-scoop banana splits ($5.53) and coffee-blended Wolf Caffes ($4.50/16 oz). The Screamwich ($3.50) realizes the dream sandwich of childhood with its filling of rich custard enclosed in chocolate-chip cookies with crusts cut off for optimum enjoyment.
There’s love in Fanny Cakes: love for baking, love for surprising the tongue, and love for family. As a young girl, chef Kristyn spent long days baking alongside her nana, Fanny. Those hours spent in flour and those moments waiting by the oven planted seeds in Kristyn that sprouted into a passion for baking and, eventually, the start of Fanny Cakes—named in honor of the woman who inspired her. Kristyn now relies on formal culinary training as well as the lessons learned from her nana while she crafts personalized treats for birthday parties, wedding receptions, and everything in between. She pays further homage to her nana as she works by using the sorts of ingredients Fanny loved—sweet creamery butter, belgian chocolate, and natural citrus zests—but finds inventive and eye-catching ways to showcase their flavors.
The fondant-draped tiers of Kristyn's full-size cakes conceal flavorful fillings such as lime curd or coconut custard. Cupcakes also feature inspired combinations, such as strawberry daiquiri with rum-spiked buttercream and snickerdoodle with a dusting of graham crackers and cinnamon sugar. Even with all of these flavors speaking for themselves, Kristyn still commits to presentation, designing cakes shaped like everything from a Gulfstream jet to an electric guitar. She also expands her menu beyond traditional bakery offerings by creating treats such as grown-up cake shots with doses of liqueur and cupcake push pops in plastic cylinders. She even shares her techniques with the public by leading classes that teach students how to decorate cupcakes without covering them in old two-cent stamps.
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.
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.
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).