Coffee & Treats in Park Ridge

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The sweets at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory taste all the sweeter after witnessing the hard and delicate work that goes into their creation. During engaging visits, staffers entertain guests by hand-dipping crisp apples into burbling vats of caramel or fashioning silky bricks of fudge atop traditional marble slabs. They don't just tease the eyes, though. They also treat tongues to free samples, and even lead chocolate-tasting classes in which they provide mint- and sea-salt-infused samples of chocolate from around the world.

In addition to tastings, chocolate-making classes encourage customer participation, with instructors offering up the fresh ingredients stored on site to students who wish to learn the fine art of chocolate making. During these classes, they walk guests through the delicate process of making clusters infused with nuts or fruit, or melting milk or dark chocolate to fill a mold.

31 S Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge,
IL
US

You can usually tell the season by the selection of frozen yogurts at Yourgurt. During the spring, fruity flavors such as pomegranate-energy-vitamin-boost reawaken palates from winter. But as the weather cools in fall, creamier, richer flavors such as pumpkin take the stage. Some flavors, however, such as cookies 'n' cream and triple chocolate, are popular enough to have a place in the shop year-round. All of these flavors can be customized with the house toppings, which combine sweet, salty, and chocolatey like a vending machine's food pyramid.

10 S Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge,
IL
US

If customers arrive at Mrs. A Cupcakes @ The Pickwick at the right time, they may meet the owner?s 5-year-old grandson, who greets them with a hello and an eager recitation of his favorite cupcakes. Mrs. A runs her namesake bakery along with her two youngest daughters, making it a true family-operated business. Each morning, they arrive bright and early to bake the day?s goods from scratch using fresh ingredients.

Although the bakers also make cookies and donuts, cupcakes are their specialty. Varieties change daily based on seasonal and available ingredients, such as the apple- pies and pumpkin- cream- cheese cupcakes they whip up in the fall. One mainstay, the red- velvet cupcake, is crafted using traditional Depression-era techniques, adding a smidge of cocoa to the batter and shredded stock certificates to the frosting. Other offerings echo the family?s Filipino heritage, such as the ube cupcake, made from purple yam, and the made-to-order buko- pandan cupcake, created from coconut meat, condensed milk, and the fragrant extract of pandan leaves.

6 S Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge,
IL
US

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