From Los Angels, to New York, Portland to Miami, our great US of A is chock full of treats. While we haven’t made it to some of the harder-to-hit spots, these sweets have us dreaming of bites gone by. A tip: pair with ice cream for best results.
Oh My Gaga, Los Angeles
Strawberry Banana Melt
If you find yourself on LA’s food truck row, it would be wise to indulge in the cheesy goodness that is Oh My Gaga’s Strawberry Banana Melt. Complete with strawberries, banana, Nutella, and, wait for it—cheese (Brie, to be exact).
Georgetown Cupcake, Washington D.C.
Cupcake of the Day
Turns out these treats live up to their hype! Here's a tip: pair them with a scoop of our Salted Caramel Core to take the sweetness to the next level.
Café Dulce, Los Angeles
Although they sell coffee, tarts, and pastries, we’re after one thing and one thing only at this LA staple: donuts. Whether you prefer the Cinnamon Toast Crunch, bacon, or green tea variety, Café Dulce’s got a taste for every tongue. We recommend the macadamia nut and red bean donuts.
Skip the cookies and cakes at Rosie’s and go for their rich, chocolatey squares of goodness, better known as boom booms. Never heard of a boom boom? Swirled with a cream cheese filling, these scrumptious bars offer the perfect compliment to the jam in our most adventurous Core flavor.
Baker & Spice, Portland
Flourless chocolate Cakelette
Baker & Spice uses high quality ingredients like Belgian chocolate, seasonal produce from organic farms, and coffee from local businesses to craft their confections. Step into the bakery and you’ll see rotating work from local artists, the recycled materials they used to renovate the space, and their large selection of satiating desserts. Grab a treat and a fair trade coffee from local partner, Cellar Door Coffee Roasters for the perfect afternoon snack.
Parts & Labor, Chicago
When we heard this Chicago restaurant was putting new twists on old junk food favorites, we had to give it a try. With menu items like the Green River Float and Curly Fries, this Logan Square establishment will have you feeling like you’re down at the county fair. Our recommendation: sit on the back patio and order the Fried Twinkie. Hostess might’ve done away with their version, but it’s safe to say Parts & Labor’s bringing it back (and better than ever).
Fuji Bakery, Seattle
DIY Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich
Our favorite indulgence here is one we made up with the help of Fuji’s Brioche Chocolat. Place one brioche in the freezer for a good hour. Once sufficiently frozen, take a sharp knife to cut lengthwise through the flakey pastry layers on the side. Scoop out a dollop or two of our Hazed & Confused Core ice cream and layer on the bottom pastry half. Top with the other half of the chocolate pastry, sit back, and enjoy what’s sure to be the best part of your day.
2 Sparrows, Chicago
With the option of sweet or savory, these poptarts will have you happily ditching that shiny, silver wrapper for the grown-up for version of your long-time favorite breakfast pastry. Bite into these childhood eats-turned-decadent treats, and channel your inner kiddo again.
Rice to Riches, NYC
Mascarpone Rice Pudding
Rice pudding is usually about as exciting as knitting circles, rocking chairs, and flip-up sunglasses (read: super dull), but not at this Nolita joint. Set aside your misconceptions about this often disregarded dessert, and treat yourself to the latest and greatest version with your choice of toppings.
The Pie Hole, Los Angeles
Located in LA’s hip Art District, The Pie Hole is a mecca for all things pie. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, Pie Hole offers a delicious array of baked goodies, all made from local, responsibly sourced ingredients. If you’re looking for a blissful way to spend a Saturday afternoon, stroll around the neighborhood, take in the artsy shop displays, and grab yourself a slice of pie.
Crumble & Flake Patisserie, Seattle
That’s My Jam Raspberry Chewie Sandwich (DIY)
Located in Capitol Hill, Crumble & Flake’s small interior houses big, bold, delicious flavors. This bakery prides itself on small batch baked goods made with dedication and attention. Just remember to stop by early for your favorites before they run out! To recreate our indulgence of choice, buy two of Crumble and Flake’s signature Raspberry Chewies—their take on a homemade Oreo. Cut a round pint-circumference’s worth of That’s My Jam Core and place in the middle. Enjoy right away.
Jacques Torres, Brooklyn
House made chocolates
You can’t go wrong with any of the chocolaty goodness here! Grab a frozen hot chocolate, a chocolate chip cookie, or a handful of house made truffles (we recommend nibbling on that week’s mystery flavor). Just make sure you pay due recognition to the designs before you snarf them down.
Bova’s Bakery, Boston
Bypass the lines at the North End’s more popular pastry shops and head down Prince Street for a real treat at Bova’s. Boasting cannoli and cookies galore, your need for something on the sweeter side will be met with some of the best traditional Italian desserts in Boston. Natives—forgive us for spilling this locals only secret! What can we say? Some gems are just too good to keep hidden.
Insomnia Cookies, New Haven
This New Haven establishment delivers until 3AM! Need we say more? For a late night study break or midnight snack, choose from a variety of classic cookie flavors including Oatmeal Raisin, Snickerdoodle and either the Single, Double, or Triple Chocolate Chunk. Don’t forget the milk for dipping!
Victoria Pastry Co., San Francisco
Victoria Pastry Co. has been serving up indulgent baked goods in the San Francisco area since 1914. With cases of cookies, cannoli, scones, pastries, and pretty much any other treat you can think of, Victoria makes it all. It was the giant creampuff that caught our eye—complete with two lightly sweetened biscuits loaded with a hearty serving of cream and fresh cut strawberries.
First and Last Bakery Cafe, Hartford
There’s nothing quite like finding a cookie the size of your face. It’s a dessert and a challenge all in one! Also home to one of South End Hartford’s busiest breakfast spots, we recommend swinging in for a meal and saving that cookie for later.
We’re always on the lookout for new bites! Where should we head next?