Sweet Temptations, a sweet shop and ice-cream haven born on the summer boardwalk in 1985, serves homemade treats year-round. Ice cream mixed by resident dairy expert Ray tempts sweet teeth with 28 flavors, such as chocolate almond and french silk ($3.20+), that fill the deceptively sedate confines of a waffle cone ($0.50). Shape-shifting frozen desserts take the shape of shakes ($4+), malts ($4.50+), and sundaes ($3.50+), and ice-cream cakes and pies proffer benevolent group hypnosis. With texture variation in mind, Sweet Temptations handcrafts many-flavored caramel corn ($4+), fudge, peanut brittle, and other classic indulgences. A selection of old-fashioned candy increases cultural literacy among future aficionados and enables Proustian reveries.
Pekadill's serves up a carefully constructed menu featuring toppling towers of deli meats and cheeses in a structurally sound, garden-bound cottage. Budding with branches of lettuce, onion, and tomato, the Hambirder sandwich ($4.95–$6.95) features a cold cut combo of ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese, nestled inside finely sliced light rye. Sunflower seeds inside the veggie croissant brighten your dark, dreary insides, and come in a crusty cornucopia along with avocado, swiss cheese, cucumber, sprouts, and ranch dressing ($6.95). Starting April 1, Pekadill's starts serving ice cream, including a sweet peanut butter shake ($4.50) and a scoop of vanilla ice cream hand-packed into a house-made cone ($3.50).
Culling flavors from Austria, Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland, Alpenrose Restaurant treats tongues to dishes from a menu bursting with diverse Alpine cuisine. Weiner schnitzel and tuscan lamb rub elbows on the dinner menu, which ensures freshness by leveraging seasonal ingredients and local harvests, including duck from nearby Maple Leaf Farms. A glass or bottle selected from the extensive wine menu can help lubricate talk tubes, and a broad selection of pastries, including nine flavors of cheesecakes and tarts, supplies patrons with extensive options for indulging sweet teeth. The restaurant, which opened in 1991, beckons visitors to enter through a green, wrought-iron gate before traipsing down a birch-tree-lined cobblestone path. Inside, the dining rooms' massive windows, wood-paneled walls, and carved-wood columns evoke a warm, ski-lodge ambiance. The restaurant also boasts an enviable location; it's just minutes from Holland's famous Tulip Time Festival, whose 2013 edition welcomes the springtime sun May 4-11.
White mums, ripe apples, and chocolate-chip muffins are just a few of the goodies Posies & Pastries packs inside its colorful baskets designed to suit any occasion. The floral experts combine fresh-baked eats with fragrant blooms to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries or devise season-specific desserts such as autumnal candy-corn cupcakes and Christmas cookies flavored with a pinch of Santa’s after-shave. Each edible, sniffable treat is a product of the staff’s more than two decades of baking and floral-design experience. Beyond their flower and pastry specialties, the crew also provide event-planning services, event photography, and tuxedo rentals.
At her in-home bakery, Julie Couturier whips up more than 15 flavors of cup-size and miniature treats topped with puffs of flavored frostings. After perusing the menu, sink sweet teeth into two flavors of cupcakes that huddle inside boxes and bear flavors of such recipes as cookies and cream, red velvet, and lemon. More adventurous taste buds seek excitement within nibbles of peanut-butter-and-jelly, root-beer-float, and sea-salt-caramel cupcakes, which meld together salty and sweet like love songs penned by a sailor. Guests may order regular or mini cupcakes in any two flavors of their choice, and a 72-hour notice is required for all orders.