Former New York bakery owners Tom and Patty Verri and their staff at Patty Cakes Bakery craft savory desserts and pastries using centuries-old Italian family recipes, including an array of cupcake flavors baked fresh daily. Set chompers loose on the M&M cupcakes crowned with candy-coated chocolate gems, or bite into a peanut-butter-cup confection as decadent as a life-size replica of the Statue of Liberty made entirely of cannoli cream filling. The Chocolate Craze cupcakes satisfy cocoa cravings with sweet decadence, and the Florida Snowball cupcakes satisfy sweet teeth and combat the inevitable brain freeze from consuming an entire snowman. After making 12 cupcakes disappear, diners can cleanse frosting-infused palates with sips of hot coffee ($1.79–$1.99), milk ($1.79), or seasonal hot cider ($1.79; beverages not included in this Groupon).
The chocolatesmiths at Fantastic Fudge meld together slabs of rich fudge in an old-fashioned copper kettle using a recipe that's more than a century old. Sink sweet teeth into chocolate and nuts with a half-pound slice ($6.50) of maple-walnut fudge. Rocky road, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate pecan also populate the roster of delectable convections. Delicious saltwater taffy ($4.91 for 3/4 lb. box), unlike a shoe full of baby flip-flops, pleasantly commemorates time spent on the beach. Fantastic Fudge also whips up tasty assortments, such as a half-pound bag of peanut brittle ($4.91) and a one-third pound bag of chocolate popcorn ($5).
The bakers at D & D Custom Cakes craft personalized cakes from scratch, adorning them with flowers, words, and colorful fondant. They also bake cupcakes in specialty flavors including banana's foster and Nutella or in cocktail flavors such as margarita and strawberry daiquiri, which are infused with real alcohol.
Every single day, the crew at Happy Cup crafts its frozen yogurt from scratch using organic milk, yogurt, and sugar, as well as all-natural flavors. Once customers fill their cups with their desired flavor, they spoon on toppings such as organic fruit and nuts, or candies and sprinkles. For dessert, they order wraps and baked goods, or a cup of organic coffee to give them the energy to have another cup of yogurt.
Pete Behringer's passion for sweets ignited at the age of 14, when his mother founded Peterbrooke Chocolatier, the site of his first job. Pete’s profession hasn’t changed in three decades, and his passion and talent for handcrafting artisan confections has flourished. His insistence on weaving together simple, all-natural ingredients with an artisan touch earned him the proud title of Chocolatier of the Year for his gourmet chocolate treats, many of which are gluten-free, at Jacksonville's 2012 Taste of Chocolate Challenge. Within his candy shop, a century-old picturesque Victorian nestled in historical Springfield, he displays rainbows of jellybeans, sour gummy bears, vegan and gluten-free products, and colorful lollipops shaped like animals, airplanes, and Rorschach blots. When he's not spinning natural cane sugar into edible masterpieces, Pete hosts candy-making classes, parties, and events in his candy shop or on location.
Amid a cozy green-and-white decor and hardwood floors, Tres Leches Desserts’ owners have created a familial closeness with customers with sweet treats and lunch items lovingly made from scratch. The kitchen’s cooling racks brim with large fruit tarts, sheet cakes, and cheesecakes, along with cookies much more complex than the original bite-sized treat—a plate bearing a single sugar granule. During weekday lunch hours, the shop also whips up midday feasts of quiche and empanadas, complemented by a daily rotation of specials.
This colorful parlor of non-fat treats allows you to enjoy your creamy dessert as you did in childhood: free from weighty worries and calmed by a steadfast belief in unicorns. Offering trivia games, sing-a-longs, and a question of the day, this fro-yo shop is a fun and sweet hangout for area teetotalers or a refreshing stop on your company pub crawl. Mr. Yogato offers two original flavors of yogurt (tangy and sweet) all the time, plus one or two flavors of the week and nearly 50 toppings, from fresh berries, mango, and melons to gummi bears, mochi, and Cracker Jacks. Yogurt ranges from $3 to $5, and toppings are $1 for one, $1.50 for two, and $1.75 for three, though some, including chocolate syrup, basil, and red-bean paste, are on the house. Cover your cooled cream in a cloak of coconut, Teddy Grahams, and blackberries, or mix up your mango with copious chocolate chips and a drizzle of complimentary olive oil.