Slinging sweet and creamy treats since 1949, Carvel's 5th Street site was one of the franchise's first freestanding locations, setting a supreme example for future Carvel locales by using top-quality ingredients and crafting its ice-cream cakes ($12.99+) daily. Dessert devotees with design aspirations can customize a cake based on serving size, flavor, and decoration; those averse to artistic pursuits due to traumatic glue-gun mishaps can paste their tongues to specialty ice creams and shakes. Each frosty ice-cream cup ($1.99+) or shake ($3.19) can be personalized with any combination of 12 different Flavor Shotz, which can be used to garnish special snacks or to leave a traceable trail of treats when wandering in witch-infested woods. Click here to learn more about Carvel's creations, including their history and how many angels can fit on a scoop of ice cream.
Kupkake Kouture, the brainchild of two cake-loving pals, specializes in creative cakefections. This Groupon gets dessert devotees a taste of the cupcake's miniature cousin, a moist ball of cake known as the mini cupcake ($1 each, $10/dozen). In all their spherical glory, mini cupcakes come in a range of mouth-mesmerizing flavors, from classic vanilla and chocolate fudge to lemon poppy seed, orange, and red velvet. After the sugary orbs receive a decadent dip in frosting, the shop's sweets specialists sprinkle the bite-sized cakes with an eclectic entourage of toppings—including sprinkles, pretzels, peanuts, and coconut—to prepare them for maximum deliciousness and wind resistance.
Pastry chefstrodinaire Michael Graham, who studied at The Culinary Institute of America, fills the bakery’s burly display case with sweet-laden and fruit-strewn delights. Tear into the sugar-crusted labyrinths of pastries such as linzer tarts ($2.50), chocolate-mocha boats ($2.75), and hamantaschen ($1.95). If you need a pie ($13.95–$19.95) to throw in the face of a tardy cable repairman, choose from black cherry, southern pecan, coconut custard, strawberry rhubarb, and eight others. Savory popovers ($2.75), scones ($1.95), and croissants ($1.95–$3.95) complete the bakery’s motley cornucopia. Cakes are available in 8- or 10-inch raspberry buttercream ($26.95/$32.95), decadent mocha nutella ($29.95/$34.95), and triple-tiered vanilla or chocolate ($24.95/$29.95).
Reppert's Candy doles out a bevy of fresh and delectable chocolate confections that begin their life as high-quality chocolate made from fresh milk and cream at the locally renowned Wilbur Chocolate Company of Lititz. Once the precious nectar arrives in the hands of the Schell family, owners and operators of Reppert's Candy since 1978, confectioners melt, whip, and mold it into fresh, creamy candies each day. Roam the aisles for dozens of varieties of decadent morsels, such as a 1-pound box of assorted chocolates ($12) or a 1-pound box of pecan turtles ($12.50), shuffling languidly toward waiting taste buds. Vanilla caramels ($12/lb.) twist sugary strands around tongues, and the no-sugar-added milk-chocolate almond bark ($13/lb.) beckons health-conscious customers to indulge and health-conscious bears to scratch their backs.
From its Victorian-era brick façade to its tiniest teacup, The Gilbertsville Tea Room is unapologetically pink. It’s a suitable hue for the oft-feminized tradition of teatime. In addition to the color scheme, the tearoom’s three parlors treat dining companions to dainty flourishes such as flowered wallpaper, tiny teacups hanging from hooks and chandeliers, and draping ivy. Teatime is a similarly dainty affair: chefs assemble finger sandwiches garnished with colored cream-cheese flowers and serve flaky scones with Devonshire cream. Thirty loose-leaf teas fill the china, giving upturned pinkies plenty of chances to look refined and signal to tablemates where you'll throw the cup when you're done.