The chocolatesmiths at Fantastic Fudge meld together slabs of rich fudge in an old-fashioned copper kettle using a recipe that's more than a century old. Sink sweet teeth into chocolate and nuts with a half-pound slice ($6.50) of maple-walnut fudge. Rocky road, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate pecan also populate the roster of delectable convections. Delicious saltwater taffy ($4.91 for 3/4 lb. box), unlike a shoe full of baby flip-flops, pleasantly commemorates time spent on the beach. Fantastic Fudge also whips up tasty assortments, such as a half-pound bag of peanut brittle ($4.91) and a one-third pound bag of chocolate popcorn ($5).
Former New York bakery owners Tom and Patty Verri and their staff at Patty Cakes Bakery craft savory desserts and pastries using centuries-old Italian family recipes, including an array of cupcake flavors baked fresh daily. Set chompers loose on the M&M cupcakes crowned with candy-coated chocolate gems, or bite into a peanut-butter-cup confection as decadent as a life-size replica of the Statue of Liberty made entirely of cannoli cream filling. The Chocolate Craze cupcakes satisfy cocoa cravings with sweet decadence, and the Florida Snowball cupcakes satisfy sweet teeth and combat the inevitable brain freeze from consuming an entire snowman. After making 12 cupcakes disappear, diners can cleanse frosting-infused palates with sips of hot coffee ($1.79–$1.99), milk ($1.79), or seasonal hot cider ($1.79; beverages not included in this Groupon).
The bakers at D & D Custom Cakes craft personalized cakes from scratch, adorning them with flowers, words, and colorful fondant. They also bake cupcakes in specialty flavors including banana's foster and Nutella or in cocktail flavors such as margarita and strawberry daiquiri, which are infused with real alcohol.
Pete Behringer's passion for sweets ignited at the age of 14, when his mother founded Peterbrooke Chocolatier, the site of his first job. Pete’s profession hasn’t changed in three decades, and his passion and talent for handcrafting artisan confections has flourished. His insistence on weaving together simple, all-natural ingredients with an artisan touch earned him the proud title of Chocolatier of the Year for his gourmet chocolate treats, many of which are gluten-free, at Jacksonville's 2012 Taste of Chocolate Challenge. Within his candy shop, a century-old picturesque Victorian nestled in historical Springfield, he displays rainbows of jellybeans, sour gummy bears, vegan and gluten-free products, and colorful lollipops shaped like animals, airplanes, and Rorschach blots. When he's not spinning natural cane sugar into edible masterpieces, Pete hosts candy-making classes, parties, and events in his candy shop or on location.
Amid the unique atmosphere which includes lime green walls and stainless steel wine racks, Tres Leches Eatery’ owners have created a familial closeness with customers with savory meals and sweet treats inspired by the flavors of Spain. Every Thursday and Friday, tapas plates come alive with imported serrano ham and marinated olives, while aromatic pans of paella bring together five types of seafood in steamy saffron rice. Over candle-lit tables, diners can complement their meals with fruit-marinated sangria and local beer as well as a view that shows off the heart of Riverside.
Choux Designer Cakes & Pastries combines sweet-tooth-sating flavors with upscale, custom pastry design. Using only high-class ingredients such as Belgian chocolate, pure vanilla, and imported Swiss fondant, Choux's chefs handcraft each cupcake and dispense them by the flavor-full according to the customer's verbal request or series of oversized cue cards. Indulge cravings with a chocolate cupcake topped with gooey vanilla frosting, or rest chins comfortably in a pillowy-pink patisserie.