When topological surveys uncovered a richly flowing chocolate vein under Saratoga, a sure-footed band of chocolatiers set to work building a premium confectionarium on site. Wielding the united powers of local dairy and additive-free ingredients, these visionaries spawned a full line of noteworthy artistic chocolates that will remind your eyes what it's like to have taste buds and your mouth to have eyes. Stroll through an indulgent selection of truffles, bonbons, bars, and more, from sea-salted caramels ($8 for a box of four) to 12-piece assorted gift boxes ($23.50), and a mish-mash of exquisite apricot caramels, mint mojito bites, chili-spiced truffles, pumpkin-pie truffles, and more.
Powell's serves up freshly scooped servings shipped straight from Caffe Classico, a San Francisco–born gelatocatessen with truckloads of handcrafted Italian flavors. Although Powell's menu rotates, on any given day, 24 flavors will be on display from an extensive back catalogue comprised of 36 gelatos classicos (creamy, rich, Italian-style ice cream), seven sorbetto classicos (fat-free, dairy-free treat comprised of up to 90% fresh, imported fruit and up to 10% bee's knees), and six Belizza sorbets (low-fat, dairy-free, sadness-free superfruit purees rich in antioxidants). All sweet creations come coolly served in anything from a child's cup ($2.99) to an adult regular ($4.89) to straight into cupped hands (price negotiable). To-go pints are also available for picnics, birthdays, or igloo-oriented ribbon-cutting ceremonies ($7.95/pint).
Choosing the ideal drink to order from Quench's enormous menu of good-for-you sippables will result in a nutritious treat for your body, as well as a boosted reading level. Quench serves up more than 200 creative concoctions ($1.95–$3.95) to satisfy all brands of thirst—including 'ades, smoothies, mocktails, bubble-tea pearl drinks, ciders, hot chocolates, shakes and floats, coffee drinks, tea drinks, and more. Cool off as you recharge on a hot summer day with a frozen caramel latte ($2.95) or a refreshing guava Italian soda ($1.95), or unwind in the evening by blowing aromatic bubbles into a soothing lavender lemonade ($2.95). Abstinence on the Beach ($3.95) mixes grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, and coconut for a tempting mocktail that should inspire no guilt, while a wide variety of decadent shakes and floats such as the chocolate-cheesecake milkshake ($3.95) provides a straw-sized ticket to an indulgent escape.
Impress houseguests and nosy neighbors with the dominion you hold over baked goods by presenting these edible marvels on your serving plate. With an abundance of flavors for your taste buds, dessert fans can celebrate any occasion with a pet bundt by their side. Throw a party in honor of chocolate with chocolate-chocolate-chip and white-white-chocolate bundts, or kick-start a fruit-filled New Year's diet with January's flavor-of-the-month, lemon raspberry. Anniversaries are easily remembered with lovely cakey lumps topped with icing ribbons and silk flowers. Those with a steady confectionary companion can supplement hugs and kisses with sweet-natured red-velvet cakes on Valentine's Day. Cakes come in various sizes ranging from 8-inch cakes to tiered masterpieces ($18.50–$65.00), as well as single serving bundtlets that are more precious than the gold pans they're baked in ($3.99 each). Since they’re made only from pure ingredients and a love for the sweeter things in life, it’s easy to love your bundt for its radiant smile, can-do attitude, and perfect attendance this semester.
From bottom to top, Icing on the Cake lets you customize your own cake. Start by picking the type of cake—choose super chunky carrot, say, or Irish cream stout. Then, pick a filling such as raspberry or lemon, add icing, as well as a picture or message, and voila—custom dessert.
Fluer de Cocoa’s decadent mousse cakes, tarts, and chocolates come from French recipes and baking techniques. Try a small box of Breton handmade chocolates, made with soft caramel and sea salt from Brittany, or a single piece of the shop’s namesake treat, a rich and decadent portion of extra-dark chocolate ganache.