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Attention All Festival-Loving Foodies

With so many yummy food vendors at Panorama Music Festival to steal the show this weekend (July 28th-30th), we’d buy a ticket just to try everything!

After all, we all know the real headliners are the ones that’ll have our taste buds cheering. Here are our picks for the sweet treats that’ll make you forget how much money you just spent for your weekend passes. 

  1. Sam’s Fried Ice Cream 
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Sam’s Fried Ice Cream/ @explorechinatown

Since 2011, Sam’s has been drawing crowds for the unique combination and of course, their insanely tasty ice cream. Usually at a stand in Chinatown, but now coming straight to your crowd on Randall’s Island, Friday through Sunday! This is the perfect festival food to keep you stay cool without getting super messy. PRO TIP: The fried crust can keep your ice cream safe and contained while you flail around to your favorite songs! You’re welcome, you crazy kids! 

       2. OddFellows

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OddFellows/ @chrismisskim

It’s not hard to figure out why this ice cream shop was deemed “wildly inventive” by the New York Times, with new takes on everything from ice cream sandwiches (the literal definition- ice cream in a brioche bun) to cotton candy cones. You’re already listening to the best music, why not top it off with the best snack?

        3. Ice and Vice

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Ice and VIce/ @feedyourgirlfriend

This Lower East Side shop prides itself on its experimental flavors and handcrafted ice cream, where there is no such thing as a boring flavor. With a wide range of praise to choose from, we think Gothamist puts it best: “These guys make vanilla seem like the most interesting flavor on the planet.” Nuff said.

        4. Eggloo

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Eggloo/ @nycfoodchaser

Known as one of the most Instagrammable desserts of the summer, you’ve probably seen pictures like this one floating around your trendy friend’s social media. Don’t be skeptical and self-conscious to try something so popular around those free spirits at the festival, the hype is very much deserved.

Be sure to try these sweet treats to keep your energy up and enjoy!

Aaaand if you’re bummed about missing Panorama this weekend, treat yourself to one of our faves, La NewYorkina, delivered straight to your door. See, staying home has its perks too!

https://www.sweetist.com/bakeries/la-newyorkina-west-village

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

5 Best Peanut Butter Desserts in NYC

In honor of National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day and the beginning of National Peanut Butter Month, we’ve compiled a list of the best peanut butter desserts in New York City.

1. Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip

With lines curling around the block, clearly everyone and their mother knows about Levain’s gooey fist-sized chocolate chip cookies. But did you know that they come in dark chocolate peanut butter, too? Nah didn’t think so.

Brave the line or get one delivered right to your doorstep here.

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Levain Bakery / @chow_chick


2. Doughnut Plant Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnut  

With its oozing, tart black berry jam center, eating one of these will definitely leave you with some shirt stains. But honestly, we’d eat Doughnut Plant’s pillowy peanut-studded yeast doughnuts plain, so we’re not going to complain. There’s also a banana cream filled version for all you Elvis lovers out there.

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Doughnut Plant / @mrsropersmusings


3. Billy’s Bakery Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

Pure peanut butter fluff in a graham cracker crust with a peanut rim, topped with peanut butter cups and a chocolate drizzle. It doesn’t get better than this.

Treat yourself to a slice (or five) for yourself here.

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Billys Bakery / @Mike Chau


4. Butter & Scotch Trifecta Pie

Oh wait, it might! Brooklyn’s boozy Butter & Scotch Bakery kicks it up a notch with the addition of salted pretzel to their dark chocolate peanut butter pie, lovingly dubbed the ‘Trifecta.’

Spare yourself the subway ride to Brooklyn and get a slice here.

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Butter & Scotch / @sweetistco


5. Peanut Butter & Co Peanut Butters

Okay, so it’s not technically a dessert, but nothing’s really stopping you from eating an entire jar of any of Peanut Butter & Co’s flavored peanut butters with a spoon. Our personal favorite is the Bee’s Knees, a peanut butter blended with honey (!!!). With flavors from chile to cinnamon raisin, and a slew of other nut butters, there’s something for everyone.

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Peanut Butter & Co / @ourcozy

NYC's Best Valentine's Desserts

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, whether it's the day to celebrate love or a single awareness day to you, delicious desserts are suitable in either of those situations! So let Sweetist help you make the day as sweet as can be with these wonderful desserts from our site!

Declare your love with this "Be Mine" cake from Sugar Sketch Cake Shop. Order Here

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Nothing says I love you quite like making a decadent chocolate cake together. Try this deliciously fun DIY kit from Red Velvet NYC. Order Here

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What could be a better way to tell your friends that you love them than these intense dark chocolate caneles from Canele by Celine. Order Here

The best 4 letters word! Order Here

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And, of course, how could we leave out Valentine's Cupcakes from Billy's Bakery! Order Here

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For those of you who would rather stay in and forget about the world for 24 hours. We highly recommend a pint of this decadent ice-cream made from coconut and 62% Valrhona chocolate from La Newyorkina. Order Here

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or a 4-pint pack of spiked ice-cream from Tipsy Scoop - how good does dark chocolate whiskey salted caramel sound? Order Here

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Thanksgiving Desserts Ideas

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Sweetist is here to make it as great as it can be! Don’t worry about making desserts for your meal; instead, order a few of these fall favorites from our site and enjoy more quality time with loved ones!

Double Crust Apple Pie

Double Crust Apple Pie

Traditional apple pie made with Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples topped with a double crust. Note: Available from 19th Nov till 24th Nov.

Black Bottom Pecan Pie

Black Bottom Pecan

Pumpkin IceBox Pie

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Creamy Pumpkin cream cheese filling in a gingernap crust with candied pecans. Note: Available from 19th Nov till 24th Nov.

Pecan Caramel Tart

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The perfect option for chocolate lovers - A crunchy tart filled with Valrhona chocolate ganache with light caramel and pecans.

Pumpkin Loaf with Vanilla Icing

Pumpkin Bread Loaf with Vanilla Icing

Not quite in the mood for pie? Enjoy mini slices of this delicious pumpkin loaf as a sweet treat after your meal.

Harvest Apple Cupcake

Harvest Apple Cupcake pack of 6

Made with fresh apples, cranberries, raisins and pecans and topped with a caramel meringue buttercream.

The Sweetist Pies

No other month is more perfect for pies than November. The holiday spirits, the changing leaves, and the crisp fall weather just call for a golden brown, freshly baked pie.  Little Pie Company is known for their scrumptious, made-from-scratch pies. And below are some of Sweetist's favorites. Also, don;t forget to scroll down to the bottom to learn how to win FREE PIES!!

Sweet Potato Pie (Order Here)

Sweet Potato Pie

A Traditional Southern Classic made from scratch using fresh Kentucky sweet potatoes, and a special blend of imported spices to create the creamiest autumn treat.

Pumpkin Pie (Order Here)

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According to an interview with Bon Appetit, Sarah Jessica Parker only trusts Little Pie Company for her Thanksgiving pies!

"really, really, really love pumpkin pie. I didn’t think I was a pie person, but we have been buying our pies at a place in New York called the Little Pie Company for 10 or 15 years. I have a niece who loves their sour cream apple walnut pie so we get that because we’re very fond of her, but the truth is we get way too many pumpkin pies and we can’t fit them anywhere. We put them on the floor of the laundry room or in the back of a minivan where it’s cold. We put them outside because they don’t fit in the fridge, and we eat the pies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My daughter, Tabitha, goes crazy for them."

Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie (Order Here)

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Southern Pecan Pie (Order Here)

A rich and tender crust is the perfect foil for this heavenly, not overly sweet, classic. The ratio of pecans to filling is generously balanced and a scoop of freshly whipped cream complements a warm slice.

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Win a Free Pie!!

Lastly, we are excited to announce our contest with Little Pie Company. Please go to our instagram @sweetistco for a chance to win free delicious pies! Here’s how it works:

1. Follow both accounts on Instagram @sweetistco and @littlepiecompany.
2. Post a pic of your favorite Little Pie Company's Pie with hashtag #LittlePieXSweetist
3. Tag (@sweetistco) and (@littlepiecompany).

That’s it! We will ship one fresh pie to 3 random winners on Nov 30th!

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We’re Screaming for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Ice Cream!

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August is literally the ice cream month. If you missed the ticket for the summer’s biggest food event - Museum of Ice Cream, don’t be sad! Melt Bakery is your local ice cream sandwich shop which located right at the Lower East Side!

In honor of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, we met Julian Plyter, cofounder of Melt Bakery, who has been in the food business for the last decade - transitioning from personnel manager to culinary chef to ice cream sandwich shop owner! With an eye for ice cream sandwiches and all things sugary, Julian combined forces with business partner Kareem Hamandy to create Melt. Find out what this iconic ice cream sandwich shop has planned for this magical day with us!

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Melt’s Ice Cream, Melt in Your Mouth.

We were really stumped on what we should name our company. We asked a whole bunch of friends, and I believe a young mom suggested “Melt”: it was a play on the idea that ice cream will melt, but also captures the savory part too like how it melts in your mouth. Once we heard it, we knew we were on to something.

From Street Cart to Brick and Mortar, It’s Been Six Years!

Melt Bakery has grown steadily since 2010 from a street cart, and it has been really cool to see the process. It used to be just me, and now its a business with 40+ employees. As we grow, we continue to remain committed to our self-propelled theology that everything is made by ourselves. Rather than add machinery, I’ve added more people. 

Every Flavor Has Its Story.

As far as the sandwiches go, I initially chose the things that seem to go well together. For instance, peanut butter and banana is an easy combination, and we called that the Elvis because that was [Elvis Presley’s] favorite kind of sandwich. The Big Deb is a riff on the Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies, it’s a essentially oatmeal cookies with vanilla ice cream. Thick mint is a riff on Girl Scout thin mint cookies, but a little thicker. Morticia is a homage to the first lady of the Addams family because it’s a little elegant and black, with almonds.

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My Mom Is My Biggest Inspiration.

My mom is my biggest inspiration. She’s an ice cream-eating inspiration to everyone. She’s a size 0, but she’ll eat ice cream before dinner to make sure that she fills up on dessert. It’s endlessly enjoyable for me to know that my work is pleasing her because she is such a big, big inspiration to me. She was the one who taught me how to make these sandwiches, most particularly the chocolate chip walnut cookie. The recipe is actually hers!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day with Our New Flavors!

We’re launching two new flavors - RICO = Coconut Cookies + Dulce de Leche Ice Cream, and S'MOST = Graham Cracker Cookies + Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!! Stop by our cart at Washington Square Park on this day, we're giving $1 off all day to celebrate! 

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Living Life with Erin McKenna

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Every success story starts with a dream, and Erin McKenna has made hers into a reality. 

A couple of weeks ago, we spoke to Erin about her journey from fashion industry to the owner of the award-winning Bakery - Erin Mckenna’s Bakery. We distilled 5 secrets to her success below.

1. Live Your Passions

Erin has endured a lot to where she is today. She worked as a fashion magazine assistant after graduating from school. After working for one year, she quickly knew it was not what she desired to do. So she quit her job and switched gears to focus on what she really liked - DESSERTS.

“I have a sweet tooth, but I suffered from food allergies. At that time, there wasn't a single bakery that had gluten-free desserts, so I decided to start one.”

Later, she worked as a waitress at night to gain experience in food service and pay for baking materials she needed for practice. She clearly knew what she wanted and always made something out of it.

2. Meditate to Uncover Your Life Purpose

When Erin quit her fashion job, she was 27. She turned to meditation to transfer her unhappiness to connect with her life purpose. Meditation may seem like a simple breathing technique, but Erin attributes her success to it. 

During meditation, I started to look for something to make a change. Then I had a vision – I wanted to have my own business.

At that time, she created a business plan, and made her own recipes from scratch, which have laid the foundation of her business today.

3. Have A Support System

Managing a business is tough, especially when you are doing it alone. At beginning, Erin did not trust anyone and preferred to decide everything herself. 

“Learning to let go and not control everything was challenging for me, but I luckily found the right partner, Sabrina (a baker with BabyCakes since the beginning), who helps me operate the business.”

As for the personal life, like everyone else, work-life balance is also not an easy job for Erin. She said, “it’s challenging, but not that hard. I try as much as possible to connect with customers in the shop and spend my weekend with my family.”  image

4. Trust Yourself

Everyone has an opinion, and its tough to tune out the noise. 

“When I first started out, they tried to tell me what I should do. I just turn my ears down because whenever you take too much advice, it kind of clouds your vision.

In order to help young people trust themselves and not lose their path, Erin plans to speak to college students to help them with what they are doing in their lives. 

“I want to help young people to fulfill their goals in life.”

5. Listen To Your Customers

In such a customer driven industry, every opinion matters. As Erin Mckenna’s Bakery are located in NYC, LA, and Orlando, Erin aims to make sure that every one is taken care of.

“Whenever [customers] come to my bakery, they don’t need to worry about anything. They can trust us! Every branch [of Erin McKenna’s Bakery] is shaped by customer demand. People make it different.” image

We really feel that Erin Mckenna’s Bakery succeeds at making customers feel welcome and at providing delicious, gluten-free desserts. After talking to Erin, we now understand why!

Chocolate Gems from Mini Melanie

Down on the Lower East Side, a ways from the basketball courts, and in the basement kitchen of a pub on Allen Street is a delicious secret. During regular business hours, the Hill & Dale Bar functions as any normal bar would (ie:booths of patrons, booze, etc.), but during the day when the bar is closed to all, it’s a hub for the cake and truffle business Mini Melanie.

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It sounds like a covert operation for something so celebratory, but when we visited and spoke to Melanie Moss, founder and confectionary mind behind Mini Melanie, it made it feel more like a hidden gem.

“It’s brought us closer to our customers,” Moss said. “We’re able to hold tastings, meet clients, and it allows us to accommodate requests for larger orders— in business, you don’t want to say no to that, so that was a sign we needed a bigger space.”

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Take one bite of a truffle or a slice of cake, and there’s really no question as to why the business, which started in November 2014 in the famous Hot Bread Kitchen, has grown so fast, earning nods like a spot in the New York City 2016 Michelin Guide and a feature on NBC’s “New York Live.”

Everything’s made from scratch, even the graham crackers or Oreo cookies used in the recipes, and it all comes out in the cake, and the delectable truffles (you seriously can’t share these or people will take them all). The recipes are part of a real passion— celebratory and sweet, as Moss said.

“I wanted to create something different and new in New York.” she said.

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Like any small business starting off, Moss wears a lot of hats: fielding emails and appointments, testing recipes in the pub’s kitchen, doing her own social media and PR, and winding down the day at the open bar for a team powwow or even having a drink and a tasting with a client.

A lot of the business’ success comes from Moss and her team doing their own PR and social media— their Instagram has some delectably delicious shots of— but while her main experience is on the pastry side, Moss said that she’s sure to surround herself with the right people for legal or finance advice. But her best advice when it comes to owning your business?

“Never say no to anything. Whether it’s a job or whether you’re trying something new in marketing. Try new things— that’s the way you’re going to learn.”

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Speed Round Sweetist Questions

1) Coffe vs. tea? Make one in the morning at home that’s a capuccino and then I make iced coffees throughout the day. I don’t remember the last time I had tea.

2) Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate.

3) First food memory? Making plum tarts with my mom and my grandma.

4) Favorite childhood sweet? Hagen Dazs ice cream.

5) Dream food project: Life long goal to one day have my own cookbook. All of our recipes don’t have ingredients that you can’t find. It’s things you’ll have at home and that definitely comes across in our flavors— homemade. Ready for my cookbook.

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You can preorder a cake or truffle box from Mini Melanie through Sweetist.

A Look Inside BAKED Tribeca

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Walking inside BAKED in Tribeca is like walking straight into the famed Brooklyn bakers’ set of cookbooks. Everything looks delectable— like a hearty delectable I-could-replace-two-of-the-required-food-groups with their whoopie pies (verify that with a nutritionist)— and it feels like you’re walking into a bakery that your mom filled with her treats straight from your childhood. Oh and it smells so freaking good.

The baked treats are truly sink-your-teeth-into-this in nature, which lends to the down to earth, homey quality that makes us love the flavors, the texture, and the simple design. Founders Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito are seriously doing the world a service by spreading the word on dense desserts and coffees cookbook recipe or cookie at a time. 

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BAKED’s Tribeca location is an enormous evolution from their Red Hook location.

Not only do they have a cake pole (a lovely ode to the previous burlesque tenant) and not only do they have enough seating to encourage trying a slice of a decked-out sprinkles cake and a cupcake and The Brookster (half brownie, half cookie) but they have a larger kitchen in the basement and a large viewing wall along the seating area, where you can ogle the bakers decorate. They also have enough seating to offer breakfast, lunch, and brunch on the weekends, so you can ogle the bakers in real time while you sip your mimosa.

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During a walk through of the kitchens (we know, we know, we felt lucky too), the spaciousness was a testament to how many NYC fans love BAKED’s treats. Two large fridges were already stacked with prepared cakes, while two decorators put on the finishing touches to new orders. 

The basement kitchen had large work tables to spread out trays of cookie dough on sheets and to allow freshly made cake loaves to cool (seriously, best smell ever).

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We weren’t surprised when we heard that BAKED was looking into expanding into classes for decorating, baking, and for kids in this location (TBD of course, but we’re already antsy to see a sign-up list). And of course, they have tons of room to cater tastings on the weekends (and to build out recipes downstairs).

But in the mean time, while we wait, we’ll enjoy the Tribeca location (hope for a meet-cute run-in with Taylor Swift or Jay with Bey while we do so) and enjoy the treats as a spectator. Which is just fine by us and the pie, tarts, and cake we’ll use to solace ourselves.

But, seriously, as one sweet freak to another, good luck trying to figure out what you want from the cake pole. Just try.

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