Without the promise of sweets, mouths would never have the patience to stay open during dentist’s appointments or closed during beekeeping demonstrations. Keep mouths copacetic with today’s Groupon for a fall-themed basket of baked goods from Divine De-lites. Today’s deal includes shipping within the state of Ohio. Choose between the following options:
- For $23, you get a small basket of baked goods including two dozen cookies, pumpkin bread, banana bread, and granola (a $46.50 value).
- For $28 you get a large basket of baked goods including three dozen cookies, pumpkin bread, granola, and a half-dozen chocolates (a $58 value).
The bakers at Divine De-lites create tempting treats with a health-conscious spin, crafting chocolates, sweet breads, and flourless cookies from local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Baskets of fall-themed snacks help usher in the harvest season and make a sweeter seasonal gift than a sweater knitted from dried cornhusks. The shop’s signature flourless cookies arrive in one of more than eight flavors, such as oatmeal apricot filled with crunchy nuts and organic apricots, or rich almond butter with fig. Homemade granola combines flavors of almond, cherry, and pomegranate into crunchy clusters, and aromatic loaves of moist pumpkin or banana bread can be sliced and served among friends. Chocolates may be saved for unexpected guests or an Easter Bunny strike. Though today’s deal covers shipping within the state of Ohio, shipping is available elsewhere for an extra fee, and many of Divine De-lites’ treats are available sugar-free by request or heartfelt poem.
Divine De-lites owner Kim Herring didn’t set out to become full-time baker. “I was really more of a cook,” she says, “but then whenever we had family functions I always baked stuff.” But not just any "stuff"––breads and cookies that had family and friends raving. For nearly 10 years, others tried to convince her to turn her part-time passion into a career, and when the economic downturn led her to leave her job in the corporate arena, she decided to do exactly that.
To craft her treats, Herring employs family recipes––including one for a much-lauded banana bread––and formulations she developed herself using organic and local products whenever possible. Cookies are her No. 1 specialty, which she whips up in flavors such as oatmeal apricot, peanut butter, and almond butter with fig, and can be made gluten-free, sugar-free, or disguised as salads to suit a range of dietary concerns. But it’s her chocolate-chip cookies that are the real crowd pleaser. “They’re kinda crispy on the outside, but when you break ‘em open they’re real soft on the inside. And [there are] lots of chocolate chips.”