What better way to end a perfect meal than with a great dessert. For those of you looking for the great cakes, and sweets, here are some ideas for dessert this holiday season and any time, all at a store near you.
Not your typical supermarket bakery, the Waldbaum’s bake shop at 440 West Sunrise Highway in North Patchogue, reminds you of an old fashioned bake shop and is filled with hand decorated cakes, pies and cheesecakes, all baked and/or decorated by their in-house baker, Angelo Anatolino. “Angelo”, says one of his co-workers “is what makes this bakery different from other supermarkets”. Holiday items include, multi-colored turkey shaped cakes, pumpkin cheesecake and a wide assortment of fruit tarts. Specialty items are available such as cartoon character themed cakes. Waldbaum’s bakery will be open until 5pm on Thanksgiving Day.
Everyone loves ice cream and Baskin Robbins never disappoints. Choose from a variety of holiday theme cakes or build one according to your own tastes, selecting cake and ice cream varieties when placing an order. Select your favorite flavors or choose from a seleciton of additions for the holidays such as gingerbread, winter white chocolate, caramel, prailine cheesecake and looking ahead to Valentine’s Day, they’ve even got a love potion flavor. And for east enders on the South Fork, there’s a splish splash flavor sherbert. I’m already thinking of summer.
A family run business, Dolci Momenti features a variety of cakes, Italian pastries, holiday cookies, pies, breads, biscotti, and some sugar free items. “Everything is baked on the premises”, says store manager, Nora Calisi, “and we are open everyday; even Christmas Day and during those snow storms last winter.” Holiday items include pumpkin, apple and fruit pies, Thanksgiving themed Italian cookies and platters, and an assortment of cakes and cookies and individual turkey cookies which are a festive addition to place settings.
Dolci Momenti will be open until 3pm on Thanksgiving Day. The store is located at 717 Medford Avenue, Patchogue. For cake orders or for more information call (631) 758-8667. Dolci Momenti recently opened a Bakery & Cafe in Holbrook, N.Y.
Target carries a Cheesecake Factory sampler for $19.99 which includes slices of their original cheesecake, white chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake and chocolate mousse pecan cheesecake, all in one package. To add a variety of flavor choose from a variety of Ciao Bella gelatos such as key lime pie, chocolate hazelnut and Tahitian vanilla.
Holiday Ice Cream Flavors
This time of year, you can find your favorite ice cream in holiday flavors. Edy’s seasonal flavors include pumpkin, peppermint, apple pie and egg nog ice cream flavors. For a limited time, Turkey Hill has added caramel apple, egg nog and ginger snap flavors. Starbucks is featuring peppermint mocha and signature hot chocolate flavored ice cream for the holidays. But noone beats Ben & Jerry’s. Ben & Jerry’s carries an impressive and fun seasonal selection of holiday flavors including cake batter, maple blondie, pumpkin cheesecake, cookie dough and peppermint schtick. And for after the holidays, enjoy their chocolate therapy ice cream.
For a lighter, crisper taste Ciao Bella gelatos may be your choice. Seasonal flavors include egg nog, maple gingersnap, peaches and cream, pumpkin and spice, prickly pear and peach ginger. All these ice creams and gelatos can be found major groceries and superstores including King Kullen, Target, Whole Foods, Waldbaum’s and Stop and Shop.
Frozen Fruits & Berries
Finally for lighter and fresher flavor, don’t hesitate to include frozen fruits and berries to your homemade desserts. Great for cobblers or as toppings, frozen sweet cherries, pineapple, mixed fruit or berries may be just the light dessert you’ll want after a large holiday meal. A variety of frozen fruit can be found all the major food supermarkets.
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