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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


Link: https://goo.gl/r3ofrD

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!


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.

Latin American Desserts

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


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!


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:


Sounds good, uh?

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


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:


Shop Brigadeiro here!


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


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.


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…


Eat Cookies and Stay Fit!

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


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.


    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! :)


    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!

    Four & Twenty Blackbirds / @shinyamadaaa

    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

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Peanut Butter & Co / @ourcozy

    La Newyorkina: Best Paletas in NYC

    This month’s Dessert Spotlight features a new addition to Sweetist: La Newyorkina, the Mexican paleteria/ice creamery/all things Mexican dessert shop run by Fany Gerson, also head of the Dough donut empire. While La Newyorkina’s carts and its refreshing paletas have been a feature of New York City summers since 2010, its first brick-and-mortar location in West Village has only been open a few months.

    The shop features an expanded menu, including not only its famed paletas, but also other frozen desserts, like handmade nieves de garrafa or helados, and other Mexican confections. And with a portion of their profits going to Crea, an organization based in Mexico that helps women from low-income households create and run small businesses, La Newyorkina is truly redefining the term “guilt-free dessert.”

    Head over to La Newyorkina to try some of these frozen treats, or learn how to make your own with Fany’s upcoming book, Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories (preorder here).

    Our Picks:

    Nieves de Garrafa

     Nieves de Garrafa is a hand-paddled water-based sorbet that Gerson describes as “custard in its purest form” is handmade in store daily. Flavors rotate everyday, but our favorites are the mango (pictured below) and the queso fresco, a soft Mexican cheese.


    La Newyorkina / @lycynthialy

    Horchata Ice Cream

    With flavors ranging from pumpkin seed brittle to corn, horchata might not be the most creative flavor on the menu, but does that really matter when it’s this good? La Newyorkina’s horchata is creamy, but not overly so, with bits of cinnamon and sugar providing some much needed grit (pictured below with scoops of the coco-choco, a fresh coconut cream with dark chocolate bits, and the Oaxacan chocolate).


    La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

    Available for delivery in hand-packed pints here.

    Paletas (duh)

    While you can’t go wrong with any of La Newyorkina’s paletas, from either fruity or creamy, or even a blend of both, our favorites are the canela and cajeta, a Mexican cinnamon ice encasing an oozing cajeta, or goat caramel, filling and the equally gooey fresa con crema (are you sensing a theme yet?), a strawberry paleta with a condensed milk center (both pictured below).

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    La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

    fresas con crema


    La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

    Available for delivery in packs of 12 in fruity, creamy, fruity & creamy, and classic flavored selections here.

    Learn more about La Newyorkina out here!

    5 Ways to Treat Yo' Self This Valentine's Day


    Valentine’s Day is stressful. We’re here to help.

    1. Take a breather

    Life is busy, but sometimes you’ve just got to take a moment and smell the roses (or some rose flavored macarons from Mille-feuille).


    Mille-feuille Bakery Cafe / @eatinggirl

    2. Get creative!

    Make something. Don’t just smell those rose flavored macarons, bake your own in Mille-feuille’s macaron-making classes.


    Mille-feuille Bakery Cafe / @daleborchiver

    3. Snuggle up.

    All you need is a fuzzy blanket and a warm drink. A sea salt chocolate chip cookie from Sweet Corner Bakeshop wouldn’t hurt either.


     Sweet Corner Bakeshop / @sweetcornernyc

    4. Literally treat yo’ self.

    Be a little sweet on yourself. With $5 off your first order and a selection of cookies, cupcakes, and other desserts from New York’s best bakeries delivered right to your door, Sweetist has got you covered.


    Magnolia Bakery / @magnoliabakery

    5. And finally, donut worry.

    Preferably with this toasted coconut donut from Dough. No one actually likes Valentine’s Day.


    Dough / @michellecircle

    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


    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


    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


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


    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


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