The Boston Ice Cream Company’s staff scoops all-natural Emack and Bolio's ice cream into cones, onto cakes, and across its ice-cream pizzas. The story of Emack and Bolio's dates back to 1970s Boston, when a music lawyer wanted to create a space for musicians to hang out on late nights after shows. Like the first brave settler to farm Wisconsin, the small shop spawned an ice-cream empire from modest origins.
This Beantown tradition arrived in Livingston with a rotating roster of flavors that includes almond coconut bar, lemon sorbet, and key-lime pie. The shop's confection makers also use Emack and Bolio's ice cream to create custom cakes with housemade buttercream. They even prepare an ice-cream pizza, which has a brownie crust, vanilla-bean ice cream, fudge swirls, raspberry-filled chocolates, and a marshmallow topping. Their nonfrozen treats include handmade chocolates and cookies, as well as jellybeans, swedish fish, and enough sweets to decorate the set of a Candy Land movie.
Owned and operated by the Stolz family for more than 35 years, Supreme Bakery fills its shelves with a fresh-baked bounty of certified-kosher breads, cookies, pies, and pastries made from scratch each day. Earning accolades from Modern Baking for the store's “high quality products”, bakers handcraft a variety of artisan breads, including baguettes made with all-natural, unbleached, unbromated flour mixed with water, salt, and yeast ($2.40/loaf). Or try a loaf of homemade challah bread ($3.95), which may be enjoyed fresh, fried into french toast, or used to smuggle a pound of raspberry-filled butter cookies ($12.75) across state lines. Customers preparing for a celebration can carry out a 7-inch yellow cake with buttercream frosting ($20.75) or design a custom cake in any size using the online cake builder, and cupcakes featuring beloved Sesame Street characters delight youngsters and keep Big Bird’s headshot in circulation ($2.55).
At Pink Frosting Bakery, the bakers craft their vegan and gluten-free desserts from scratch. Each cupcake, two-layer cake, and infinitely layered tesseract brims with mostly organic ingredients that create more healthful but still rich-tasting treats. As finishing touches, bakers dust cinnamon sugar over a cream-cheese-topped pumpkin cake, mix crushed Oreos into cream-cheese frosting before slathering it onto chocolate cake, and fill vanilla cake with strawberry preserves finished with a strawberry frosting. Furthermore, Pink Frosting's confections are devoid of egg and dairy, and mostly free of soy, allowing customers to cater to guests with allergies when planning parties.
Tapping into the storied tradition of Lebanese baking, Zen Bakeries lets customers sample the fruits of a wood-fired brick oven in the form of artisanal flatbread and pita treats. Patrons can choose from either white or whole wheat for nearly all of the baked morsels. The shop's kitchen wizards mix and knead both varieties daily, ensuring that outdated dough such as yesterday's pita and two-dollar bills have no place in this world. Early risers can stop by for a freshly baked egg-and-cheese pita pie ($3.50) or side with sweet in its epic battle against savory by ordering an eye-opening Nutella-and-banana pita pie ($1.50–$3.50).
Whether putting cupcakes, ice cream, or creamy soft serve into their customer’s hands, the staff of Sprinkles Sweet Shop connects visitors with a wide world of sweet treats. On hot days, guests wander in to cool off with italian ice, fresh fruit cups for sorbet, or three-scoop banana splits with a toppings and whipped cream. Sprinkles staff also scoops ice cream into specialty cones that have chocolate chip cookies, pretzels, or M&Ms rolled into their crunchy walls. For special occasions, the bakers make custom cake pops, red and blue velvet cakes, and put together cups of sprinkles to throw at newlyweds.
Twist Frozen Yogurt treats guests to a self-serve spread of up to 24 different frozen desserts, with yogurts and sorbets in a wide variety of tastes and styles. Guests can cool off their palates by packing their cups with health-conscious dollops of nonfat or low-fat yogurt or non-dairy sorbet—available flavors include coffee, sea salt, caramel corn, cake batter, and coconut. They can then crown their creations with 90-plus toppings, including chocolate syrup or fresh fruit. Twist Frozen Yogurt proudly displays all nutritional info on the menu, with options for no-sugar-added and nonfat desserts as low as 80 calories—fewer calories than are burned while yawning through a bad novel or a well-written PC manual.
It's always flattering when your dessert is the party's favorite. Carousel Cakes—and its bite-size offshoot, Cupcakes by Carousel—knows this feeling well. The bakeries' creative confections have received commendations from every corner of the media, from Time Out New York and InStyle to The View and, perhaps most notably, Oprah, who featured their red-velvet cake in O Magazine and named their blue-velvet cake one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2012. "Gayle fell hard for this blue velvet cake with cream cheese icing and sugar snowflakes," the media icon gushed. "Just add coffee, milk, or a flute of champagne." The treats also sweeten meals at more than 1000 restaurants, including Zabar's and the American Museum of Natural History in New York and Aldo & Gianni Ristorante and Sear Restaurant in Closter, New Jersey.
As a sister company to the family bakery that Martin Lefkowitz opened in 1965, Cupcakes by Carousel specializes in handheld versions of the treats that won all this acclaim. Besides a mini adaptation of the famous red-velvet cake, the staff creates confections such as the Curious George—a vanilla cake filled with banana custard and topped with peanut butter buttercream frosting and chocolate ganache—and its version of Hostess’s Pink Snowball. All the shop's cakes and pies are certified kosher, and staff can even fill up glasses with swirls of their famous frostings and toppings for clients who like their cupcakes sans cake. Cupcakes by Carousel also lends its hand in local communities. Recently, the Englewood shop raised money for girls' education in developing nations through the nonprofit organization She's The First.