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Treat House Falls Short

Treat House – 452 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan, New York

I wanted to love Treat House. I really did.

Treat House

This gourmet bakery on the Upper West Side specializes in creating small, marshmallow, rice crispy treats in 12 original flavors as well as seasonal and custom options. Treat House offers some delicious-sounding and creative flavors such as bubble gum, caramel sea salt and birthday cake. What’s not to love, right?

Treat House

While these rice crispy treats are filled some innovative ingredients, I just couldn’t get past the fact that at the end of the day they are still just rice crispy treats. After taking a bite into a few of the more innovative options, the flavors I anticipated just weren’t there and instead I was faced with the reality that I was simply tasting the same rice crispy treat I can make in my kitchen.

Treat House

Treat House definitely gears itself toward the younger population, with a mock tree house in the back of the shop. And for kids I’m sure these rice crispy treats are a tasty dessert. However, for me, Treat House failed to live up to my expectations and next time I’ll be headed to the nearest chocolate shop instead.

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Today! Free Cone Day at Carvel

What’s better than Nutella ice cream from Carvel? Free Nutella ice cream from Carvel!

Today, Carvel is celebrating Free Cone Day. From 3 to 8 p.m., Carvel is treating guests to a free junior cone filled with fresh vanilla, chocolate or the popular Nutella soft ice cream, which is only available until May 31.

Carvel will also raise funds for the American Red Cross by selling coupon books, and has already committed to donate a minimum of $20K for disaster relief efforts.

Find your nearest Carvel and grab your free cone today!

Carvel Free Cone Day

$1.31 Ice Cream at Baskin Robbins!

To celebrate 31 years of ice cream bliss, Baskin Robbins is knocking down prices on the 31st of each month… so, today. You can grab a scoop for $1.31. Find your local spot to take advantage of this deal. 


2015 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival

Yesterday, City Bakery kicked off its annual Hot Chocolate Festival. From February 1st through February 28th, City Bakery will be offering a variety of unique hot chocolate flavors. This is one of my favorite annual events so I highly recommend you go check it out. With options such as Banana Peel Hot Chocolate, Chili Pepper Hot Chocolate and On A Peanut Butter Barge, you can’t go wrong.

2015 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival

Cookie Recipes for Santa

Kids are counting down the hours until Santa arrives, so better make sure he has something to eat once he gets down the chimney! Check out the below delicious cookie recipes to put you on Santa’s “Nice” list. Shout out to the Peanut Butter Lava Cookies which look absolutely incredible. Peanut Butter Lava Cookies

These recipes are courtesy of SideChef, a step-by-step cooking app featuring recipes from top chefs, bloggers and foodies.

You’re Reading This Correctly… Hot Chocolate Served in a Chocolate-Dipped Waffle Cone

Brazilia Café – 684 Broadway, Manhattan, New York

As the temperature begins to drop and New Yorkers are craving a little extra warmth this winter, look no further than Brazilia Café’s hot chocolate menu!

Located at 684 Broadway (at the corner of Great Jones), Brazilia’s decadently rich flavors include a Peanut Butter flavor and Orange Spiced option giving patrons a unique twist on the classic steamy beverage. Malcolm Stogo, the man who introduced chocolate-dipped waffle cones to the world, brought his ingenuity (and love of chocolate) to the table with the addition of a few extra chocolate-y flavors.

Hot Chocolate in a Chocolate-Dipped Waffle Cone
Hot Chocolate in a Chocolate-Dipped Waffle Cone

Chocolate lovers will adore the Hazelnut, made with a dose of Nutella or the Black Bottom, ​a densely flavorful hot chocolate that will coat your palate with flavors and surprise you with a layer of fudge at the bottom. Guests can even order their hot chocolate to be served in a chocolate dipped waffle cone, because no hot chocolate experience should ever be ordinary.

Brazilia Cafe Original Hot Chocolate
Original Hot Chocolate

Of course, Brazilia Cafe, well known for their seed-to-cup coffee, also created the Espresso Italiano, ​which boasts a shot of espresso and a perfect complement of flavors. For those who prefer a traditional, yet good quality hot chocolate, Brazilia ​offers both an Original Hot Chocolate or one with a giant marshmallow.

Check them out and let me know what you think! Personally, if hot chocolate served in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone didn’t have you running there, I don’t know what will.

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Free Nutellasagna… Wait, What?

Today, from 4 – 6 p.m., Robicelli’s Bakery will be giving away free Nutellasagna at the Renaissance Hotel Times Square (7th Avenue and 48th Street). What is this delicious treat you ask? It’s layers of buttery lasagna noodles, cannoli custard, crunchy roasted hazelnuts, chopped Belgian chocolate and thick swirls of Nutella.

I’m guessing these won’t last that long, so get there early to grab a slice!


It’s National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut DayHappy National Doughnut Day! For those of you looking to grab a free treat today, check out my favorite coffee spot, Dunkin’ Donuts. Both Entemann’s and Krispy Kreme will also be handing out free doughnuts today.

Calling All Dessert Lovers – It’s Free Macaron Day!

Celebrate Macaron Day with free macarons all day today at select bakeries across New York City. Just stop by any of the participating locations and mention that you’re there for Macaron Day to receive your free dessert.

Macaron Day 2014

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