The Dancing Deer Baking Co. story begins nearly two decades ago, when three Bostonians opened up a small bakery on a busy corner. The trio christened their company after an antique shop run by one of their grandmothers supplied them with a recipe for a dark-gingerbread cake. One afternoon, a food writer from Hollywood stumbled into the shop, hoping to find directions. After tasting one of their cakes, the captivated writer brought the bakery to the attention of the media, and soon their cookies, brownies, and cakes were being lauded by magazines, newspapers, and television programs throughout the country.
Today, Dancing Deer’s boldly colorful packages ship to households across the US and line the shelves of numerous gourmet and specialty retailers. Back at the bakery, chefs continue to whip all-natural, kosher ingredients into decadent cookies, brownies, and cakes. Committed to giving back to their local communities, Dancing Deer owns and operates The Sweet Home Project, which funds direct-action programs to help underprivileged families and the occasional one-legged gingerbread man.
Geoff & Drew's team of talented bakers excite the senses, enliven celebrations, and spoil dinners with rich, chewy gourmet cookies and brownies forged using generations-old recipes. The hardworking cookie crafters place a high value on freshness, shunning preservatives, trans fats, and decade-old play-dough, while only shipping right-out-of-the-oven treats that are made in small batches each day. Their tempting treats serenade sweet teeth of all kinds with varieties including their double-fudge cookies, which send endorphins rushing throughout bodies with their heavy doses of velvety chocolate. When they're not stuffing still-warm cookies and brownies into colorful, festive boxes, Geoff & Drew's owners and employees give back to the community through their support of nonprofits and charities such as Share Our Strength.
MyMMs.com turns an iconic candy-coated chocolate into a delicious greeting card and conversation piece by emblazoning M&M'S with everything from birthday wishes and wedding congratulations to graduation portraits and holiday messages. Customers upload photos, choose messages, and select clip art to be printed on the chocolate candies, which come in 25 different colors, including rare shades such as silver or electric green. They may print up to 18 characters on two lines of text on the reverse side of the M&M'S. MyMMs.com also creates M&M'S with team or corporate logos on them.
After years as a nurse in an ICU, Rachael Miller wanted a career change and the chance to run her own business. So, she traded in her scrubs for an apron and founded The Cupcake Shoppe. Rachael always loved to bake, and now it's the first thing she does every day; she rises early to prepare the batter for her cupcakes, which she bakes in seven signature flavors available every day. These always-available staples include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and red velvet. But Rachel also gets creative, adding two additional specialty cupcakes to her menu every morning. These more unusual recipes often borrow flavors from other desserts—Oreo and snickerdoodle cupcakes, for example, have bits of cookie infused into them, while Boston cream cupcakes evoke the flavors of the cream pies American revolutionaries once threw in the faces of colonial soldiers.
Close to the shores of Copano Bay, Crofutt's Sandwich Shop & Bakery has been slinging sandwiches in made-from-scratch buns alongside fresh-baked cookies and breads for more than 33 years. Sandwich selections come stacked with turkey and avocado ($5.95) or in a stately pile deemed the ham-and-swiss supreme ($5.95), and fresh garden salad ($4.95) dresses up in a stately robe of house dressing. The shrimp po boy ($6.40) makes for a hearty seafood lunch and disassembles into bun paddles for pickup games of shrimp pong. Crofutt’s also hosts a slew of fresh-baked goods, all made from whole-grain flours. Diners can nosh on cinnamon rolls of warm banana-nut bread, then exploit their sugar magic to dominate the fishing, crabbing, and boating activities that the nearby coast has to offer.
Under its cabana-style roof, Bron's Shaved Ice takes the edge off the summer swelter with frozen treats. Guests can cool down with more than 50 flavors of smooth shaved ice, from classics such as strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate to exotic spins including coconut cream pie and wedding cake.