Founded by Michele Chirgwin in her kitchen in 1986, Michele's Chocolate Truffles has grown to a staff of 25 chocolate makers producing 35 varieties of truffles and more. The chocolatiers start at 6 every morning, using Guittard Chocolate and a host of other quality ingredients to craft their confections. Michele's most famous sweets, her truffles, come in flavors as varied as amaretto, lemon zest, and pistachio butterscotch (a truffle map can be seen here). Truffle boxes allow customers to mix and match desired chocolaty bites, from as few as four ($10.35) to as many as 20 ($47). Also available are candy bars ($2 apiece), with flavors such as almond coconut and walnut fudge, as well as assorted sweet morsels such as fudge ($3) and peanut brittle ($5.95)—all sure to make babies smile before weeping as adults greedily steal the irresistible candy away.
Wind Horse Coffee & Tea is a cozy, personable coffee cabana catering to caffeine connoisseurs. Bolster the break of day with an energy-charging chalice of Caffè Umbria brand coffee ($1.55 for 12 oz), or soothe shot nerves from a night interrupted by the boogieman show choir with a latte ($3.20 for 12 oz). Beard wearers can decorate facial hair with dollops of cream from a milky mocha ($3.30 for 12 oz), and pastry pundits can pepper their morning horoscopes with crumbs from a fresh, locally prepared muffin ($2.35). Wind Horse also provides eaters a menu of noshable breakfast and lunch items, including breakfast toasties ($4.50) and paninis ($5.95).
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Bakers mix fresh chopped peaches into a small batch of vanilla cupcake batter. After a quick trip to the oven, they slather each cupcake with brown-sugar cream-cheese frosting and sprinkle on a crumb topping. This handheld Peach Cobbler is just one of the many flavors that Monkeycakes Bakery creates from scratch every day. Their bakers frost each cupcake to-order, putting the finishing touches on lime-infused Cinco De Mayo or blueberry cheesecake: a moist pound cake with a blueberry-cheesecake center. Reaching out to as many sweet teeth as possible, Monkeycakes Bakery creates gluten-free and vegan options, and they'll deliver all treats directly to a customer's home drive-thru window.
Lattelicious, a drive-through coffee cart located in the Vineyard Plaza parking lot, supplies on-the-go customers with café drinks and baked treats such as chocolate-filled croissants. Baristas marry shots of espresso with steamed milk to make signature lattes, and also craft energizing drinks such as cappuccinos, frappés, and Red Bull beverages. Many drinks can also be made lactose-free.