At How Sweet It Is Cupcake Company, every fistful of flavor is conceived, baked, and carefully decorated by resident baker Sandy Sapanaro, who places balanced emphasis on gourmet taste and couture aesthetics. Sandy’s menu sports both classic and seasonal sweets, the former represented by favorites such as red velvet, chocolate peanut butter, and coconut with meringue icing, and the latter currently featuring October-appropriate pumpkin varieties. Armed with today’s mix-and-match Groupon, cupcake cravers can load their belly weapon with twelve baked bullets of their choice, until they are shooting smiles left, right, and sideways to Paul Giamatti. To score your 12-rack, simply phone ahead, fill out an online order form through the How Sweet It Is website, or shout (politely) with vocal support from the diaphragm.
A crystal chandelier hangs over tables topped with crisp white tablecloths at this elegant restaurant, which transports Cherry HIll diners overseas via a menu of authentic Indian cuisine. You can scoop chicken curry onto homemade slices of airy, deep-fried puri bread, or savor a dish of lamb biryani atop a bed of basmati rice. Chefs use traditional clay ovens to charcoal-fire tandoori shrimp and cornish hens. For vegetarians, there's an extensive selection that ranges from aloo palak?a spicy mixture of chicken and potatoes?to mircha bhagara, jalape?o peppers infused with coconut and sesame sauce. The restaurant also offers American cuisine, such as fried flounder and grilled chicken. Diners can top off a savory meal with a sweet serving of gulab jamun?warm, nutty cheese balls drenched in syrup.
In 1937, something hot, delicious, and glazed rolled through the sleepy town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Seventy-seven years later, Vernon Rudolph's secret doughnut recipe lives on within the hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations scattered across the globe as well as within the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, where Krispy Kreme is heralded as a 20th-century American icon.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as chocolate ice Kreme, glazed raspberry, and glazed chocolate cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack easily tucked into a pocket or clown shoe.
The bakers and pastry chefs at Baked and Sconed are committed to creating mouthwatering treats. Just a quick look at the bakery's namesake scones makes that clear?cranberry-orange glazed, applesauce cinnamon-chip, maple bacon, and vanilla bean are just a few of the delicious possibilities. But the sweets here aren't limited to scones. Freshly baked goodness also comes in the form of cookies, muffins, cheesecakes, and seasonally inspired cupcakes.
When the original Philly Soft Pretzel Factory location had a line out the door, its founders knew they had a hit on their hands. That was in 1998; today, over 100 franchise locations serve their special-recipe soft pretzels. Each chewy treat is hand twisted, baked fresh, and served hot from the oven into the customer's waiting hands, or mouth if they're really hungry. Pretzels can be topped with traditional salt, or spiced up with garlic or sesame seeds, while a selection of dipping sauces ranging from cheddar cheese to sweet chocolate provide layers of dunking flavor. And for those who prefer their baked goods meaty, dough-wrapped dogs and cheesesteak-filled pretzels are available.
When German baker William Entenmann came to America in the late 1800s and landed his first job in a bread bakery, he probably didn’t realize that he’d soon create one of America’s favorite brands of freshly baked goods. He opened his first Entenmann’s in Brooklyn in 1898, lugging sweets from door to door by way of a horse-drawn wagon. Today, though the mode of transportation has changed, the bakery’s donuts, crumb cakes, dessert cakes, bite-size muffins, and other baked goods continue to perform their dessert duties from supermarkets and bakery outlets across the United States.