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Celebrate National Donut Day

The day is finally here: June 2nd is National Donut Day!

Donuts (or doughnuts, if you prefer the old school way) have become so quintessential American, and, we bet that for the doughnut lovers out there, you almost have a ritualistic approach to doughnut consumption. For some it’s a mindless morning routine, for others it’s your go-to indulgent. Still, we bet you haven’t tried all the best doughnuts that there is in New York.

Since there are so many different kinds of doughnuts, we know it could get a little overwhelming. To help you, we’ve made a list of the best places to get the best doughnuts from, for you to celebrate this special date the right way. And by that we mean eating every doughnut that the city has to offer! Enjoy!

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These are Ed’s, our co-founder, favorites! Before, you could only get these cakey pastries hidden inside a car wash, at the Underwest Donuts first shop, but now you can also find them at the Penn Plaza, waiting to be grabbed by you. So if you are feeling like having some fluffy Maple Waffle, Raspberry Yogurt, or Jasmine Tea donuts with delicious texture, go get’em!


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Sweet-and-savory creations are The Doughnut Project’s flagship. Flavors like Those Beetz are Dope, The Everything Doughnut, and Bacon Maple Bar have the perfect balance between salty and sweets!


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These bite-sized doughnuts come in delicious flavors like Paris Time (lavender and pistachio) and Urban Monkey (coffee, coconut and banana).

At their shop, customers can watch as Doughnuttery doughnuts are made, and then choose the sugar flavors they want on them.


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Cronuts. The name says it all. Dominique Ansel’s Bakery bakes the cross between croissant and doughnuts, and they taste just amazing. However, getting your hands on these delicious treats demands some time spent on a queue, as they always have people lining up in front of their store, craving for cronuts. Still, most people say that:

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Should you give the queue a chance?


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The big and famous Doughs doughnuts are everywhere in NY. Their empire is built from their airy and super sweet treats they make everyday. Our co-founder, Puja, is absolutely crazy about the Hibiscus donuts, her favorite.


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The Du’s Donuts coffee shop is in Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel, one of the coolest hotels in the neighborhood, where you can enjoy a doughnut (or ten) laying on the grass at their balcony, which is opened to the public. The chef, Wylie Dufresne, well known for his molecular gastronomy projects, now is back with this project. Flavors like pistachio pink lemonade, grapefruit chamomile, banana graham and mexican hot chocolate will make you want more!


If you feel like throwing a National Donut Day party, or celebrating by yourself, let Sweetist deliver from Dough, Erin McKenna, The Doughnut Project, Doughnuttery and more right to your door!

Don’t forget to wish everyone a Happy Donut Day!

An Interview with Leslie of Prohibition Bakery

We are so excited to welcome Prohibition Bakery to Sweetist! Their bite-sized cupcakes pack a boozy punch and come in so many fun flavors that remind us of our favorite cocktails!

 



Today, we sat down with Leslie Feinberg (right), whom, along with Brook Siem, co-owns Prohibition Bakery. Let's learn more about her story!



Please tell us a little bit about how you got started on your cupcake journey!



Well, the short answer is s bartender/baker and chef walk into a bakery…. The long answer requires a few beers to aid in the telling.

Prohibition Bakery is such a fun concept! How did you come up with the idea of making boozy cupcakes?



We wanted to take an idea that had been done six ways from sideways, and find a whole new way to approach it. Plus, it’s New York’s two favorite things!

 



How did you come up with the flavor combinations, and what’s your personal favorite?


The flavor combinations are largely based on classic cocktails, so we treat the cake as the mixer, and then fill and frost with the appropriate booze, add a cute little garnish, and voila!



Tell us a little about your cookbook.


The cookbook is so beautiful, which I can say because I had nothing to do with the actual design besides saying “YES!” It’s 50 boozy cupcake recipes, along with boozy filling recipes (ganache, caramel, jam, etc) and 9 cocktail recipes.

When you are not creating inventive cupcakes, what's the favorite thing you like to bake?


I’m kind of known for my chocolate chip cookies. I bake them a lot, and am always working on new variations. I also bake a lot of breads, and like to experiment with home-baking things you would buy in a store, like cheezits or oreos.

What’s your favorite New York guilty pleasure?


Mr. Softy. Really, any ice cream, but my boyfriend and I always get a Mr. Softy swirl with rainbow and chocolate sprinkles (called A TwoFace) when we’re out walking in spring and summer. If one of us gets on without the other present, we joke that we “cheated.”

What's your favorite restaurant in NYC?


There are so many incredible restaurants in New York, it would be impossible to pick a favorite. That being said, nothing makes me quite as happy as a cold McSorley’s Dark, and order of fries and a burger from Corner Bistro.

Any fun customer stories to share?


Oooooh, so many. There’ve been super awkward Twinder dates, there’s the occasional celebrity spotting, our favorite punk regulars who made us “cupcakes against fascism” patches, and of course there was the adorable old woman who came in with her granddaughter, and upon seeing that we were serving a cupcake called The Basic Bitch (this is last summer) proudly exclaimed, “That’s me! I’m a basic bitch!” Her granddaughter and I just about died laughing.



Surprise your mom with her favorite sweet!

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Mother’s Day is coming up and we know you are already feeling the pressure of picking the right present!

We have the perfect bundle for you here: deliver her favorite dessert with a beautiful bouquet in one simple order at our website. Customize your own bundle by picking a beautiful flower arrangement to pair with famed NYC's desserts from Magnolia Bakery, Ceci Cela, Eclair Bakery and Mille-Feuille Bakery!

Also, a good deal for you: use the code SHIPSFREE for free shipping and handling*!



And if your mom just cares about the desserts, no problem. Make her day unforgettable by surprising her with some of the best sweets in town! We've selected some options to be the perfect match to her!:



Make your mom feel the finest with the Rose & Basil’s chocolate truffles that are a beautiful and also delicious surprise. If you feel that she will need a little more than that, Lady M has the most delicate handmade Signature Mille Crêpes! And, If that is not enough, order the 9 inches instead of 6 to satisfy the whole family.



If your mom likes to have a fun time, why not giving her a happy hour with the Tipsy Scoop’s boozy ice cream? Or, for alcohol free, choose the Victory Garden’s Chocolate Gelato Cake decorated with edible flowers and freeze-dried raspberries!



Chocolate lover? Mah Ze Dahr Bakery makes this amazing cake called “The Devil in Ganache Cake”- Do you get how good it is?

If you are looking for a lighter dessert, Roni Sue’s chocolates are made from organic rainforest grown cacao and taste absolutely delicious!



Delicate sweet moms deserve delicate sweets. Silk Cake’s Sakura Blossom Cake is a stunning dessert with petals that remind of a cherry blossom flower. Also delicate and delicious are Unna’s Bakery cookies, not too sweet and with amazing texture. And they come in a beautiful box!

Make this Mother’s Day the best for your mom! Let us know what you think and don’t forget to use our code SHIPSFREE for free shipping and handling of our special bundles (with sweets from Magnolia Bakery, Ceci Cela, Eclair Bakery and Mille-Feuille Bakery)!

We wish you a great time with your family and if you are a mom yourself, Happy Mother’s Day

Make your doggie happy with bakeries treats!

If you are a dog lover, you agree that:

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If you have a best friend that makes sure to make you feel the most beloved and cherished human being on earth by leaving lots of saliva on your face (and we are talking about dogs here!!), you need know the best dog friendly bakeries in NY!

We selected the best bakeries that provide our furry friends some great treats, so why not show them that they mean the world to us too?

Huascar&Co and Milk&Cookies

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If you stop at Huascar & Co. or at Milk and Cookies with your doggie, your Tea Time can be enjoyed with a cupcake or cookie for yourself and a Bone treat biscuit for your pal.

by CHLOE

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The Peanut Butter Bones from By Chloe is vegan and made of 100% natural ingredients. Also, for every bag sold, $1 will be donated to The Humane Society, the nation’s largest animal protection organization! You’ll do good for your pooch and for others around the country!

Make sure to grab some dairy-free ice cream for yourself too!

Dog Cakes for Dogs

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If you wanna take the love demonstration to the next level, why not throwing your best friend a surprise birthday party with a cake by Dog Cakes for Dogs? They will love it and the party can go on all night!

Silk Cakes

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Silk Cakes makes the most beautiful cakes for humans! You and your best-pooch-forever can celebrate your birthday with a personalized cake! This one was inspired by Birthday Human’s best friend! Cute!

We hope you and your dog will have a great time together having some delicious treats ! Make sure to let us know which one is your favorite!

Post a picture of your pooch with dog treats and tag us for a change to be featured :)

An Interview with Melissa of Tipsy Scoop

Tipsy Scoop, our beloved partner known for their liquor-infused ice cream that will make you tipsy, will be opening up their first retail space in Manhattan this Spring!

Launching their “bar-lour” came at the request of their fans, who were showing up in crowds to

Tipsy Scoop’s East Harlem production facility on a quest to buy some boozy ice cream. Realizing that their factory couldn’t adequately host all those looking for a scoop of boozy bliss, Melissa Tavss and her team started working to find a retail location they could call home. Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Melissa about her Tipsy Scoop journey!



Tipsy Scoop is such a fun concept! How did you come up with the idea of mixing liquors with ice-cream? 

I started around three years ago. My great-grand mother was actually the former President of the Ice-Cream Alliance of Great Britain, so ice cream making runs in my family.  I also worked for over 5 years and have extensive experience with the liquor industry after having a career in marketing for various liquor brands. I was inspired to craft specialty ice-cream flavors after seeing clients request caterers to make different confections with their alcohol. A year into starting the business, I was joined by former co-worker from the Liquor PR biz, Lyz Nardo, and we started expanding the boozy ice-cream line, selling to stores, specialty retailers, and restaurants throughout the Northeast.



How did you come up with the flavor combinations, and what’s your personal favorite?
 

We are inspired by different flavors in the liquors we work with. My personal favorite is the spiked hazelnut coffee made with cold brew, Cafe Patron, and hazelnut liqueur.



Tell us a little about  the concept of the barlour. Will there be exciting, in store-only desserts?
 

Yes! We will have over 15 boozy ice-cream flavors available year-round and limited edition seasonal flavors each month that can only be found at our storefront.

When you are not creating fun ice-creams for

Tipsy Scoop, what's the favorite thing you like to make?

I like making pasta dishes! My favorite is orchiette, broccoli rabe, and spicy sausage.

What’s your favorite New York guilty pleasure? 

Boozy brunch

What's your favorite restaurant in NYC?

Right now I really love Patrizia's of 2nd Avenue and live right around the block- so that’s very dangerous!

Can’t wait for the

Tipsy Scoop store to open? Try the boozy ice-creams now on Sweetist!

Photo credit: Tipsy Scoop’s website and instagram

Egg-Cellent Easter Edibles

Besides great company and delicious food, Easter is such an eggcellent time to enjoy delicious desserts! From chocolate eggs to different types of cake, we know this holiday would not be complete without satisfying our sweet tooth. Below are some of Sweetist's favorite:



How cute are these birds nest cupcakes from Billy's Bakery?



Red Velvet gives you the ingredients and recipe (with easy to follow tips and pictures!) to make this Easter bunny's favorite. We think it's the perfect way to show your loved ones your baking skills!



The Easter pack by Jars by Dani make the perfect pastel gifts for any Easter gathering! Colorful and fun, they are different from the traditional chocolate eggs and come in delicious flavors like Easter Cake Batter, White Chocolate, and Fudge Brownie. 



Fun cupcakes are Yeh Cakes's specialities. We don’t know if you’ll have the courage to eat these cute chicks, but they sure will make your holiday more eggciting!



Easter themed Ballsy Bites are another fun and colorful treat to give your friends and family! Instead of egg hunting, what about hunting for some colorful cake balls? Fun and delicious, right?



And what Easter celebration would be complete without some Easter eggs? These beautiful sugar cookies from Tu-Lu's are delicious and also gluten free! Whatever your plans are for Easter, there’s always a sweet that will fit perfectly.

Have more Easter ideas? Share with us what desserts and sweets you’ll be having this holiday! Use the hashtag #sweetistco and get a chance to be featured on our Instagram!

Latin American Desserts

My name is Michaella, I'm part of the incredible marketing team of Sweetist.

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Before getting here, I was was living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I was born and raised. If all that comes to your mind is Carnival and Soccer, actually there’s so much more there to know and try, specially some delicious desserts. And not just Brazil’s, Latin American sweets are famous all over the world.

Whenever I get a little homesick, I find it so easy to have something that tastes like home. All my favorite cravings are here in NYC!

Brigadeiro:

Probably the most important thing on a brazilian birthday table, besides the cake. My mom used to spent the day making them before my birthday parties (thanks, mom!).

The traditional brigadeiro is a soft chocolate ball with chocolate sprinkles, made of condensed milk. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s something like this:

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Sounds good, uh?

The strawberry flavor brigadeiro is also very famous too, and Brazilians call it “Bicho de pé”, which literally means “foot bug”.

Hm...Yum!

Brigadeiro Bakery, a NYC based shop, makes traditional chocolate brigadeiros wrapped in beautiful boxes. There’s also some different gourmet flavors, like coconut, Almond and Honey and Pistachio.

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You can also choose to have happiness in a jar:

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Shop Brigadeiro here!

Churros:

Churros, originally from Spain but also common in the Latin America countries, are made of delicious fried dough sprinkled with sugar. You find them in different sizes, straight or curled and filled or dipped with nutella and dulce de leche.

In NYC, the best churros are at Sweet Churros, where they are handcrafted and freshly fried. Muy Sabrosos!

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Picture credit: Instagram @sweetchurrosnyc

Paletas:

From creamy to fruity, the paletas are a super refreshing Mexican dessert. We have said before that you can’t go wrong with La Newyorkina ’s paletas.

They are all made of natural ingredients and their names sound as delicious as they really taste: Cajeta-Canela (Mexican cinnamon filled with goats milk caramel), Fresa fields (Maria cookie with strawberries), Mango filled with Chamoy, Red Hook (Coffee from Chiapas with chocolate chip cookie dough).

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Shop La Newyorkina here.

Alfajor:

This South American traditional sweet is made of two round cookies with sweet fillings between them like dulce de leche.

Limanjar, a bakery that comes from Lima, Peru, does beautiful alfajores filled with manjarblanco, a caramel-like-filling, that is simply out of this world!

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Shop Limanjar here

Leaving my country has never been so easy! By the way, all this writing made me miss home...I might be going to grab some of these sweets right now…

Tchau!

Award-Winning Treats

We get it. It could be a little overwhelming when you first look at Sweetist with all the mouthwatering desserts just screaming "EAT ME, EAT ME!" at you.

So let's find a good starting point. How about you try these award-winning desserts first? We clearly love them, and now you can get a second opinion from a reputable source as well!

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Let's start off with the definite crowd pleaser - Levain's chocolate chip cookies. They were named the Best of NY by NY Daily News

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Little Pie Company's Pecan Pie is Rachael Ray's favorite mail order pie. Sarah Jessica Parker is also a big fan!

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Our beloved Dough & The Doughnut Project were both named The Absolute Best Doughnuts in NY by GrubStreet.

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These buttery croissants from Ceci Cela were voted Best Croissant in New York City by SeriousEats.com

So what are you waiting for?

Eat Cookies and Stay Fit!

There’s no one more excited for summer than this guy:

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This is Stephen. You may not know him (yet), but here are some things that you need to know about him:

  • He loves summer
  • His biggest role model is Madonna
  • He is a fitness instructor in one of the city’s top gyms
  • He’s got an incredible mustache
  • He’s got an incredible fit body
  • He eats LOTS of baked goods.
  • And he still get an incredible fit body


  • It may sound a little suspicious, but it’s all true!
    That is because he’s also the founder of The Protein Bakery, one of the healthiest bakeries in NY, according to Well and Good. All their cookies, brownies and blondies are gluten-free (made with mainly oat flour) and enriched with whey protein. Their recipes have only natural ingredients, they are trans-fat free, gluten-free, and preservative-free, wheat flour-free, and fiber-rich but still taste like cookies and brownies, and not like...well, paper.

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    Perfect for those who are fitness fanatics but love a sweet snack and the ones that are trying to get there!

    If now that you got to know a little more about Stephen, you really feel like having a nice chat with him about Madonna or mustaches, you can stop at The Protein Bakery’s shop, West 19th St, Chelsea, NY. Or, if you just feel like ordering their delicious healthy goods, head to the Sweetist website and let us deliver to you! :)

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    Here’s a picture of Stephen, his incredible mustache, and a nice lady <3

    The Protein Bakery: 144 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    5 Pies to Celebrate National Pi Day with in NYC

    Happy National Pi(e) Day! Sweetist is here to help you celebrate with some of the best pies in New York City. So without further ado, here’s our list of the best pies for you to shove in your piehole this National Pi Day.


    1. Little Pie Company Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie

    While none of the pies from Little Pie Company disappoint, our favorite (and their bestseller) is the Sour Cream Apple Walnut, layers of thinly sliced apple all topped with a crunchy, crumbly brown sugar walnut streusel.

    And for the entire week of Pi Day, if you buy a large pie in store, you’ll get a free sugar cookie shaped like the Pi symbol. So what are you waiting for? Go check them out!

    (or if you’re too lazy to move, get one delivered here)

    Little Pie Company / @eatdrinknomad


    2. Four & Twenty Blackbirds Salted Caramel Apple Pie

    Four and Twenty Blackbirds offers up a twist on the classic apple pie with their Salted Caramel Apple Pie. This slice features an apple filling with a barely there touch of caramel, topped with a flaky crust studded with coarse salt. Make sure to ask for some of their homemade whipped cream on the side!

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    3. Petee’s Pie Company Almond Chess Pie

    If fruity pies aren’t your thing, Petee’s Pie Company has got you covered. While their cherry crumb and blueberry pies are fantastic, that’s not what you’re here for. No, you’re here for a slice of one of their chess pies, available in almond, chocolate, salty (!) chocolate, lemon poppyseed, and even sesame varieties. Our favorite is the Almond Chess Pie, with a crisp top of layered almonds that gives way to a gooey, buttery custard. Here’s a tip: order it black bottom and get a thin layer of dark chocolate ganache at the bottom.

    Petee’s Pie Company / @fiery309fashionista


    4. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies Key Lime Pie (obviously)

    Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies takes it back to the basics with a key lime pie made from only five ingredients: fresh key lime, condensed milk, egg yolks, graham crackers, and butter. They don’t sell slices, so order a mini pie or bring some friends and split a whole one (or eat it by yourself, we won’t judge). When it gets warmer out, opt for a Swingle, a chocolate-dipped mini key lime pie served on a stick.

    Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie / @deargracie


    5. Butter & Scotch S’mores Pie

    Butter & Scotch’s S’mores Pie definitely lives up to its name. With its sticky scorched marshmallow, smooth chocolate custard, and graham cracker crust, it’s essentially just a giant s’more. Which isn’t a bad thing. If a slice isn’t enough, you can also order any slice of pie as a milkshake, blended with your choice of ice cream.

    Spare yourself the trek to Brooklyn and order one here.

    Butter & Scotch / @delicategodzilla