Named Best Cupcake by Boston magazine in 2010, Five Bites Cupcakes sates voracious sweet teeth with a creative selection of petite pastries prepared with fresh ingredients. Simultaneously appease finicky uncles ravenous for red velvet and picky preschoolers pining for mint chocolate chip with a customized assortment of delectable treats, each one sporting a thick tam-o'-shanter of luscious and ornate frosting. Mouths homesick for native Massachusetts will find comfort in the boston-cream cupcake, a hand-sized dessert filled with sweet cream custard and basted with dark-chocolate ganache, and candy connoisseurs hungry enough to lick the wellington boots of a Candy Land cropper can sample the lemon-drop cupcake. Those with an irresolute palate can stay perched atop the fence with a marble cupcake, a treat that brings together the polarizing flavors of white and chocolate cake for a therapeutic hug before undergoing a healing session of delicious mastication.
Dorset Café caters to tea-lovers and coffee connoisseurs alike with a plethora of warm, caffeine-laced beverages, as well as flaky pastries and gourmet sandwiches. Replenish the energy zapped by rapid eye movement and sleepwaltzing with a hearty choice from the breakfast menu, such as whole-wheat waffles ($8.95) or a hot pizzette with chevre goat cheese, bartlett pear, and maple ($8.95). Sippers can soothe their mouths from the stress of early-morning chewing with a steamy beverage, such as a large cup of special-reserve, single-origin coffee ($2.35) or a personal pot of loose-leaf black tea ($3.50). The stomach’s midday grumblings turn into afternoon applause thanks to selections from Dorset's lunch menu, which includes vegetarian quiche ($8.95) and gourmet sandwiches (starting at $6.95) that allow diners to choose their bread, fillings, and toppings, creating a lunch as unique as the snowflake fingerprints snowmen leave at their icy crime scenes.
Baker Adie Sprague, who made a splash as a participant on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, showcases her meticulous dessert designs at Treat Cupcake Bar. She crafts at least a dozen flavors every day, including seasonal goodies such as candy apple—an apple cake smothered with cinnamon frosting. Adie also whips up separate batches for gluten-free and vegan patrons, such as chocolate cake crowned with mint cookies ‘n' cream frosting.
Rather than hog all the decorating fun for itself, Treat invites guests to make their very own creations at its namesake bar. There, you’ll find four varieties of both cake and frosting, plus more than 20 other toppings, such as Pop Rocks and chocolate-covered pretzels. To refine your decorating skills, sign up for one of Treat’s holiday-themed classes and learn to make seasonal shapes such as turkeys for Thanksgiving and smashed calculators for National Do Long Division by Hand Day.
Joel's at Needham Square proves that “penny candy” isn’t a myth, unlike $0.25 haircuts and dollar automobiles. The quarter-century-old cornucopia of gourmet sweets brims with buckets of bulk gummies, jellybeans, and hard candies that complement a selection of seasonal sweets and fine Vermont chocolates. Joel's latest owners took over the store in 2006 with the goal of upgrading and expanding its selection, resulting in the store’s gourmet candy baskets, as well as a collection of plush dolls, stationery, and kitchenware. Satiated sweet teeth can step aside for Joel's more savory selection of gourmet grilling sauces, fragrant teas, and hand-bottled jams.
Today's deal gets you the gift that can say everything from "Happy Birthday" to "I'm sorry I hugged your uncle, Mr. Tapdance." For $10, you send $20 worth of fine chocolates at Chocolate.com anywhere in the U.S., Canada, or 16 other countries. Along with its wide variety of chocolate, you can apply that $20 toward shipping and the site's Gifts on Sale section. There's a limit of one Groupon per checkout, but there's no limit to how many you can buy.
Chocolate.com is a network of chocolate shops across the USA and Canada, with one in nearly every major city. Start by browsing Chocolate.com's easy-to-navigate website. You can shop according to occasion, price, type of chocolate, and even ingredients if the next person on your list has dietary concerns. If you're seeking something that falls within your Groupon, check out the best-selling Gifts Under $25, such as dark-chocolate brownies ($15.50), premium truffle assortments ($17), and Ghirardelli Galore ($20). Once you've made your selection, Chocolate.com will send the order to the closest local shop—ensuring that your giftee gets fresh, handmade chocolate, and not some inedible brownish brick that's been sitting in a warehouse since the Carter administration decided to only travel on horseback. You can track your order online through every stage of delivery, including pre-natal, pupation, and Dr. Wily's stage in Megaman 2.
Business Week and Boston.com feature Chocolate.com:
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Pair up with a pal or loved one for an escape to the quaint and sunny L'Aroma Café, where skilled baristas steep imported teas and steam espressos with the level of care seen among ex-plumbers in belt shops. Glass-top tables fog up under mugs of freshly brewed drip coffee and espresso concoctions, and teas sourced from Sri Lanka fill the air with scents of jasmine, spiced chai, and mango. Other beverages range from hot chocolate and chai lattes to zesty apple cider, and L'Aroma can serve any coffee drink on ice, decaffeinated, or in a miniature replica of the local water tower. Fresh pastries and other desserts beckon tongues from behind the café's glass counter. French macaroons wave-down taste buds with buttercream icing and tea bread spells out invites with apricots and pecans.
As a professional dancer, Jonathan Kane consistently turned to tea when he needed help summoning stamina for his routines. These days, he channels that same passion into his shop, The Naked Leaf. Here, he dispenses a range of organic teas that are imported from around the world and free of preservatives and artificial flavours, and he even keeps free samples on hand for visitors to taste test. He also encourages his customers to decorate their tea canisters with customized labels crafted from their own art, photos, and text.
When he's not espousing the benefits of tea, Jonathan dedicates his time to supporting the creativity of his community. Each canister of tea he sells is plastered with a limited-edition label that showcases artwork from locals, whose pieces adorn the shop. The Naked Leaf also stocks handmade tea ware from local artisans, locally made chocolates, and tea leaves harvested from local caffeine trees.