In order to avoid universe-collapsing paradoxes, Cupcakes Gourmet uses only the finest ingredients, including Madagascar bourbon vanilla, Belgian dark chocolate, sweet-cream butter, organic milk, extra-virgin olive oil, and premium double-wet water to fashion its delectable miniature cake breeds. Cupcakes Gourmet's flavors change with the seasons—the carrot cake drifting from the trees while the chocolate vanilla snows down only to melt away and sprout anew as the zesty lime. When the sun is strongest, café mocha and coconut varietals ripen on the vine. Yearlong stalwarts include the chocolate vanilla, stoplight-bright red velvet, and lovely lemon. Cupcakes Gourmet also spouts out ganache noshers such as the triple chocolate, black and white, and double dark chocolate.
Warm aromas spill from Great Harvest Bread Co.’s bakery, as artisanal bakers craft whole-grain bread from Montana's hard red spring wheat that is stone ground each morning. They pack each loaf with hearty protein and nutrients, keeping the recipes as simple as possible to maintain the rich wheat flavor. In addition to their standard honey-whole-wheat loaves, the bakers create a variety of treats, including rosemary-garlic loaves, cinnamon pull-aparts, and asiago-pesto loaves. They also transform the bread into sandwiches, pairing the whole wheat with freshly sliced meats, cheeses, and ticklish pieces of lettuce.
Bagelicious's 20 varieties of dough wheels increase their edible utility by teaming up with 12 tasty gourmet cream cheeses and keeping an arsenal of pastries and lunchtime sandwiches close by. Silky sheets of vanilla-walnut-raisin and peach cream cheese ($7.25/lb.) blanket soft apple-cinnamon or whole-wheat bagel beds ($0.85/1, $4.15/6, or $8/13), offering taste buds a nutritious place to sleep. The bagel sandwich's two eggs and bacon ($3.50) sizzle melodiously, laying a beat for synchronized eating, and pizza trimmings tango atop midday bagels ($4.85). Meanwhile, mischievous apple fritters ($2.20) and muffins ($2.05) let tongues frolic through meadows of sweet flavor while they hot-wire the jaw and cruise away.
As Sweet As Can Be bundles together candy, chocolate, cookies, and an assortment of other edible sugar delivery systems to create customized gift packages ($20+) that sate even the most sprinkle-flecked of sweet-teeth. Chocolate-dipped Oreos, almond "moo" bark, and chocolate-dipped marshmallows ($16.95 per pound) intermingle with chocolate-covered pretzels ($14 for a box of 13) on the store's mouthwatering menu of confections, confits, and California sunshine, as well as non-traditional sweet eats such as chocolate-covered popcorn. If it can be dipped in fudge, drizzled with icing, or smothered in sprinkles, it can likely be found on As Sweet As Can Be's candy catalog. And if it can't, the store's candyteers will do their best to make it for you special.
After transitioning out of a career in the entertainment and record industries, owner Jan Marc Dorfman jokes that he began looking for a new way to “sell round things with holes in the middle.” He fully embraced this new opportunity when he founded Delancey Street Bagels in November of 1989, originally stocking his shelves with 18 bagel varieties and a coffee machine that could only brew two pots at a time. Since then, he has expanded the selection to feature 22 different bagels—including cinnamon raisin, sourdough, and asiago cheese—as well as a full espresso bar with roasted arabica beans from organic and international producers as far away as Guatemala and Kenya. The staff fills the rest of the menu with hot deli sandwiches and an array of baked goods that can include muffins, cinnamon rolls, and scones alongside seasonal items.
Based on Delancey Street in New York City’s lower east side, a bustling corridor for local sidewalk vendors and pushcarts, the shop emanates nostalgia for an old-school marketplace with exposed brickwork and sepia-tone exit signs above the doors.
Pudding Lane sweetens palates with fresh, gourmet pudding capped with creative toppings. Classic creamy flavors such as chocolate, tapioca, and rice settle smoothly onto spoons ($2.99/kids; $3.89/medium; $4.79/large). Pumpkin and maple-rice puddings impart tongues with autumnal seasoning, and fruity flavors such as peach, strawberry, and pineapple stir up sweet summertime memories of working as a migrant fruit picker. Toppings such as seasonal berries, mini marshmallows, and nuts crest each bite of goopy goodness ($0.59–$1.29). Pudding Lane also supplies cookies ($1.99), muffins ($1.99), cakes ($1.99), and fruit ($0.99) to sate those looking for a more solid bite.