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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is Scooping Up Artisan Ice Cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is Scooping Up Artisan Ice Cream

Get Free Scoops on Your Birthday at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

St. Louis, MO/July 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you’re a fan of cool, creamy treats, then you might already be familiar with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, located at 389 N. Euclid Avenue in the Central West End.  If you have yet to indulge your sweet tooth by trying a scoop off of Jeni’s gourmet ice cream menu, fear not!  Summer is the perfect time to savor a sweet, frozen treat, especially since the hottest days of the year are upon us.  A one-of-a-kind scoop of Jeni’s gourmet ice cream might just be the perfect way for you to cool down during these hot, hot times.

One of the things that sets Jeni’s apart from other ice cream shops is their artisan approach to crafting delicious, natural ice creams.  Jeni Britton Bauer founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 using what she calls “the fellowship model.”  Her philosophy is simple: better ice cream comes from building relationships with growers, suppliers, makers, and customers.  It’s a process that she admits takes longer, but the results speak for themselves.  Everything at Jeni’s is made using whole ingredients and dairy from grass-pastured cows.  They don’t use any synthetic flavorings, dyes, or off-the-shelf mixes.  You won’t find the long lists of stabilizers and emulsifiers often found in other ice creams.  At Jeni’s they rely on their artisan processing techniques to achieve creamy, flavorful results without the additives.  Another secret to Jeni’s appeal is their dedication to outstanding service.

As a seasoned patron of Jeni’s, I’ve just got to say that I am always amazed and surprised by the creative flavor combinations available on the menu, and my taste buds have yet to be disappointed.  A few flavors I would recommend to newcomers are: Wildberry Lavender, Lemon & Blueberries Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Brambleberry Crisp, Gooey Butter Cake, and Churro.  Those are my personal favorites, but if you’re new to the gourmet ice cream scene and you want something a little more basic, Jeni’s also offers their version of popular ice cream classics such as: Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk, Cookies in Cream, Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean, and Darkest Chocolate.  Jeni’s is a versatile ice cream shop in that they have something for pretty much everyone—gourmet foodies and average ice cream eating joes alike leave as satisfied customers.

The new summer flavor at Jeni’s is Watermelon Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt, which sounds absolutely delicious to me (an avid fan of watermelon!), but this fresh option is not the only new thing happening at Jeni’s this summer.  Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has begun offering free ice cream on customers’ birthdays.  Talk about a delicious birthday gift!  Customers who visit Jeni’s on their birthday will be able to order any flavors of their choice in a single, standard, or trio size ice cream cup or cone—completely free of charge!  Adults will need a valid ID and kids will need an adult to verify it’s their birthday, but that’s not much to ask for up to three scoops of this creamy, dreamy artisan ice cream.  If you have a summer birthday coming up, (first of all, happy birthday!) you should really consider capitalizing on this free ice cream deal at Jeni’s.  In this heat, who wouldn’t take some free ice cream on their birthday?

Birthday or not, if you like ice cream, then you have got to give Jeni’s gourmet ice cream a try.  If you can’t get to the CWE scoop shop, fear not!  Jeni’s is also available at several grocery stores around St. Louis, including Dierbergs, Straub’s, Fresh Thyme, Whole Foods Markets, Lucky’s Market, and The Smokehouse Market.  Don’t feel like going out? No problem!  You can order a pint of frozen bliss on their website now.  It’s always the perfect time to enjoy ice cream, especially when it’s as creamy and delicious as Jeni’s ice cream.

Contact Information:

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
389 North Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 367-1700

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By Katie Smith

Gelato Di Riso is the Classic Italian Treat

Gelato Di Riso is the Classic Italian Treat

Italian Decadence on the Hill at Gelato Di Riso

St. Louis, MO/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Many people think of gelato as just the Italian word for ice cream, when it’s actually Italian-style ice cream.  The difference is significant.  American-style ice cream is made with heavy cream, a little whole milk, sugar, eggs, and flavorings like vanilla or strawberries.  It’s then churned during the freezing process to aerate it and prevent large ice crystals from forming.  American-style ice cream is delicious, yes, but it’s not gelato.  This Italian-style confection is made with a lot less cream, yet it’s more silky than ice cream.  That’s because it’s churned at a much slower rate, which still prevents ice crystals, but adds less air, so the gelato is denser and richer than ice cream.  It’s traditionally stored and served at a slightly warmer temperature too, meaning the flavors shine through.  Some of the very best gelato in St. Louis can be found at Gelato Di Riso, 5204 Wilson Ave. in the city’s historically Italian Hill neighborhood.

Gelato Di Riso is a charming gelateria offering classic Italian gelato, coffee drinks, and other sweet treats.  The gelato is made fresh daily right on the premises, and there are dozens to choose from.  There are dolce gelatos, which are made with milk, instead of high-fat cream, for a guiltless, ultra-creamy indulgence.  The dolce flavors range from simple chocolate and strawberry to classic Italian pistachio and stracciatella (chocolate chip), and modern twists like salted caramel and chili chocolate.  The water-based frutta gelatos are made with real fruit and come in luscious flavors like blackberry, peach, and green apple, plus seasonal specialties like strawberry chip watermelon.  They’re so creamy, it’s hard to tell there’s no milk in them!

This is seriously good stuff. Gelato Di Riso is one of St. Louis’ favorite stops for a cold, creamy treat.  Last July, they were #8 on our Top 10 Dessert Spots list, and earlier this month (June 4), they ranked 5th on our customer review-based Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in St. Louis.  With a 4.60 rating and 140 reviews, they were the top ranking gelateria in the St. Louis area!  Local restaurant critics have long sung their praises, and they’re not alone.  In a travel article about St. Louis published last summer, The Tennessean recommended Gelato Di Riso for a delicious treat the whole family will love.

Gelato Di Riso offers their frozen confections in sizes ranging from piccolo (a double scoop of 1-2 flavors) to grande (a double-double scoop with 1-4 flavors).  You can also get a shake in your favorite gelato flavor, as well as classic root beer floats and Italian sodas.  Or try a classic Italian dessert by ordering an affogato.  It’s a scoop of their creamy gelato “drowned” with a shot of espresso—è delizioso!  Since the shop is open early, it’s a great place to stop for a coffee and pastry too.  Indulge in a cinnamon roll or buttery scone (cinnamon, cheddar, cranberry-walnut) and an iced coffee or chai tea latte.  Be sure to pick up some authentic cannolis, biscotti, or fudge brownies to go.

You don’t necessarily have to visit Gelato Di Riso to enjoy their rich, creamy gelato.  You’ll find the Gelato Di Riso cart at fairs and festivals all over St. Louis.  It’s also at the Taubman Prestige Outlets’ Courtyard Eats & Treats every weekend this summer.  Gelato Di Riso is also available at several local restaurants, including Concetta’s Italian Restaurant (St. Charles), Napoli 2 (Town and Country), The Zodiac at Neiman Marcus (Frontenac) and Winslow’s Home (University City), along with several restaurants on the Hill. It’s also a great movie night treat offered at Landmark Theatres at Plaza Frontenac and the Tivoli Landmark Theatre in The Loop. Quarts and Pints can be found at the following local retail stores: Global Foods and Hanneke’s Westwood Grocery (Kirkwood), Ladue Market (Ladue), Local Harvest (Tower Grove South), Sweetheart Chocolates (Farmington), and Viviano’s Festa Italiano (Chesterfield and Fenton).  The Gelato Di Riso cart is available for special event (corporate or school picnic, wedding, bar- or bat- mitzvah, etc,) too.

Gelato Di Riso shuts down for two months each winter, January and February.  The rest of the year they are open daily: Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  With 20+ fresh flavors available inside the Gelato Di Riso shop on the Hill daily, every day is a great day to indulge in this classic Italian treat.

Contact Information:

Gelato Di Riso
Owner: Larry Fuse
5204 Wilson Avenue
The Hill
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 664-8488

The Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in St. Louis

The Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in St. Louis

St. Louis Diners’ Picks for Cold, Creamy Treats

St. Louis, MO/June 04, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Ice Cream Shops – Nothing cools off a warm summer day quite like a cold, creamy scoop of ice cream.  Well, nothing except maybe a cold, extra creamy scoop of frozen custard or a light, refreshing scoop of frozen yogurt!  St. Louis diners are in the enviable position of being able to choose exactly the kind of frozen confection they want.  Whether it’s a scoop of nutty, homemade rocky road, silky salted caramel gelato in a hand-pressed waffle cone, tangy froyo with boba, or a simple vanilla soft serve cone, St. Louis’ many ice cream shops have got you covered.  And we love it!

Americans consume more ice cream than anyone else in the world.  According to the International Dairy Food Association, the average American consumes almost 22 pounds of ice cream each year.  Summer is our favorite time of year to head out for a cold, creamy treat.  So with the start of summer, we wanted to know where St. Louisans go for their favorite ice cream excursion.  We looked at customer reviews to find the ice cream, frozen custard, frozen yogurt, and gelato shops that rated the highest.  We were a little surprised by some of the results.

It was no surprise that frozen custard purveyors dominated the list, taking the the top three spots.  The higher percentage of butterfat and egg yolk make it extra creamy.  It was a close race for the #1 spot, with just one-tenth of a point separating first from third.  We knew the shops that made the list were all going to be highly rated.  What we didn’t expect was to find two suburban frozen custard stands edging past St. Louis’ original frozen custard king, Ted Drewes.  Although to be fair to the south city icon, Ted Drewes had far more customer reviews than any other establishment—more than 3,000—and still maintained a 4.65 star rating.  That’s impressive.

Topping the list was Fritz’s Frozen Custard in Florissant.  This family-owned frozen custard stand opened in 1983 and quickly became a local favorite.  They offer classic vanilla, in original and lite 95-percent fat-free, or no-sugar added vanilla.  There’s also chocolate frozen custard and a rotating variety of “flavor of the day” selections like Mint Chip, Butter Pecan, Strawberry, Yellow Cake Batter, Chocolate Malt and seasonal favorites Pumpkin, eggnog, and Cinnamon to name just a few.  One of the things that sets Fritz’s apart is that these flavors are added while the frozen custard is being made, not mixed in later.  The flavor of the day as I was writing this was Cappuccino Almond.  Some of the upcoming flavors include Chocolate Malt, Brownie Batter, Salted Caramel Pecan, and Black Raspberry Lite.

Besides their famous Turtle Sundae, Fritz offers a whole menu of yummy treats.  Looking for something extra chocolaty?  Try the Dirt Cake; it’s a warm brownie with chocolate custard, oreos, and chocolate syrup. Or try the Tiramisu, made with sponge cake, cappuccino, vanilla custard, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle.  There are more than 45 toppings and mix-ins to choose from, so you can create the frozen treat of your dreams.  There are now five Fritz’s locations, but St. Louis’ favorite is the original in Florissant.

One of the other things we discovered while researching this Top 10 list is that there’s a great ice cream shop in every corner of the metro area.  So without further ado, here are St. Louis’ Top 10 ice cream shops:

1. Fritz’s Frozen Custard (4.75 stars/101 reviews) Old Town Florissant, 1055 Saint Catherine Street, Florissant, MO 63031, (314) 839-4100.
2. Bobby’s Frozen Custard (4.71 stars/163 reviews) Metro-east, 2525 North Center Street/IL-159, Maryville, IL 62062, (618) 345-3002.
3. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (4.65 stars/3300 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 6726 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-2652.
4. Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery (4.62 stars/359 reviews) Lafayette Square, 1637 South 18th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 596-9689.
5. Gelato Di Riso (4.60 stars/140 reviews) The Hill, 5204 Wilson Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 664-8488.
6. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (4.60 stars/174 reviews) Central West End, 389 North Euclid Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 367-1700.
7. The Fountain On Locust (4.48 stars/1124 reviews) Midtown, 3037 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 535-7800.
8. Skeeters Frozen Custard (4.46 stars/52 reviews) Overland, 9622 Lackland Road, Saint Louis, MO 63114, (314) 428-3575.
9. Crown Candy Kitchen (4.41 stars/1244 reviews) Old North St. Louis, 1401 Saint Louis Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63106, (314) 621-9650.
10. Gelateria Del Leone (4.36 stars/232 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3197 South Grand Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-3500.

Since we require at least 50 customer reviews in order to make the top ten, there are always a few places that are highly rated, but don’t have quite enough reviews to make the cut.  To these fine establishments, we offer Honorable Mentions:

S & J Sno-Ball & Custard Shop (4.74 stars/34 reviews) Arnold, 3857 West Outer Road, Arnold, MO 63010, (636) 296-7182.  This is a hometown, summertime ice cream stand with a straightforward walk-up window offering frozen custards and snow cones, plus a few picnic tables.

Silky’s Frozen Custard (4.71 stars/45 reviews) Ellisville, 16043 Manchester Road, Ellisville, MO 63011, (636) 230-8202.  There are three Silky’s custard stands, including St. Peters, Creve Coeur, and this one in Ellisville.

The Malt Shop (4.48 stars/29 reviews) Fenton, 1751 Smizer Station Road, Fenton, MO 63026, (636) 825-2121.  This is an old-fashioned malt shop, offering burgers, fries, and all the classic desserts, plus Hawaiian shaved ice sno-cones.

The Top 10 Donut Shops in St Louis

The Top 10 Donut Shops in St. Louis

Donuts or Doughnuts—These are the Best – Top 10 Donut Shops in St Louis

St. Louis, MO/May 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Whether it’s plain cake or chocolate-iced with sprinkles, a great doughnut is delicious—really, really delicious. Americans love doughnuts.  We eat more than 10 billion of these irresistible, fried confections in all their myriad of styles.  From crullers to creme filled, it seems there’s a doughnut flavor for every palate.  They are the perfect accompaniment to coffee or milk, and a fresh mixed-dozen is a welcome sight in the office break room.  Whether you spell it “doughnut” or “donut,” there’s no denying the appeal of these sweet treats.

St. Louis has lots of great places to buy doughnuts.  We wanted to know where to go to get the very best doughnuts in town.  So, we checked the customer reviews and found some of the highest scores we’ve seen in any top 10 list.  Maybe that’s indicative of St. Louis’ love of doughnuts in general.  Maybe it’s a sign that we have some of the best doughnut makers in the country right here.

That’s certainly true of St. Louis’ favorite doughnut shop.  According to customer reviews, the very best doughnuts can be found at The Donut Stop in Lemay.  Local doughnut fans and national food critics agree that this little shop makes some of the best doughnuts anywhere.  The Donut Stop was named one of America’s Best Donut shops by Food & Wine, and their legendary Cinnamon Glob was recognized as one of the 25 best doughnuts in the U.S. by The Daily Meal.  This is an old-fashioned doughnut shop at it’s best—glass cases filled with a seemingly endless variety of doughnuts, plus creme horns, fritters, and fried pies.  The yumminess is overwhelming, but then they’ve been making doughnuts in this shop since 1953.

There are lots of great doughnuts and great doughnut shops on our list of St. Louis’ Top 10.  So not only is there a doughnut for every appetite, it seems there’s a great place to get one in every neighborhood.  Here are the top 10 doughnut shops in St. Louis:

1. The Donut Stop (4.81 stars/85 reviews) Lemay, 1101 Lemay Ferry Road, Saint Louis, MO 63125, (314) 631-3333.
2. Tony’s Donuts (4.68 stars/59 reviews) Maryland Heights, 12218 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043, (314) 739-1388.
3. Old Town Donut Shop (4.67 stars/218 reviews) Florissant, 510 North New Florissant Road, Florissant, MO 63031, (314) 831-0907.
4. Pharoah’s Donuts (4.66 stars/145 reviews) Downtown, 200 North 7th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 351-0285.
5. Donut Drive-In (4.54 stars/224 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 6525 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 645-7714.
6. Sweet Spot Cafe (4.53 stars/64 reviews) St. Ann, 3586 Adie Road, Saint Ann, MO 63074, (314) 770-9977.
7. John’s Donut (4.50 stars/109 reviews) Kosciusko, 1618 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 241-3360.
8. Mario’s Donuts & Cafe (4.40 stars/129 reviews) St. Charles, 2786 Muegge Road, Saint Charles, MO 63303, (636) 447-4515.
9. World’s Fair Donuts (4.34 stars/245 reviews) Southwest Garden District, 1904 South Vandeventer Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 776-9975.
10. Vincent Van Doughnut (4.20 stars/132 reviews) Clayton, 40 North Central Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 899-9500.

The following doughnut shops had terrific scores, but not quite enough reviews (minimum 50) to make the top 10. Still, they are worth your attention when you want a great doughnut. Honorable Mentions go to:

St. Louis Hills Donut Shop (4.73 stars/48 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 6917 Hampton Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-6050.
Drew’s Donut Stop (4.72 stars/29 reviews) Arnold, 1600 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO 63010, (636) 548-8607.
Donuts and More (4.67 stars/27 reviews) St. Charles County, 810 O’Fallon Road, Weldon Spring, MO 63304, (636) 329-9535.

Make It a Sinfully Delicious Valentine’s Day – Jilly’s Cupcakes

Jilly’s Cupcakes, St. Louis, MO

Be Decadent with Jilly’s Cupcakes

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Jilly’s Cupcakes – Each year around Valentine’s Day, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “Valentine.”  It’s actually one of the most unoriginal holidays throughout the year.  And by that, I’m talking about the predictable gifts people give as a symbol of their affection.

So, if you’re seriously looking to impress and earn some serious Brownie points, here’s a great suggestion.

Give the gift of Jilly’s Gourmet Cupcakes during this month especially set aside for “love.”  Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Café is a 2 time winner and 3 time contestant on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, a winner of the American Culinary Federation Award of Excellence for 2014, and named by USA Today as one of the top 10 places to get a gourmet cupcake in the nation.

Each February Cupcake has its own special way of conveying affection, devotion, and passion and, yes, love.  The Coffee Toffee Gooey Butter expresses “have a weakness for”, Champagne and Roses- “to be devoted to”, Chocolate Covered Strawberry- “be in love with”, Brownie Love- “have a thing about”, Island Passion- “find irresistible”, and Grand Marnier Crème Brulee- “to hold dear”.

February Cupcakes of the Month:

Coffee Toffee Gooey Butter– Coffee Toffee Gooey Butter Cake topped with Espresso Buttercream & Dulce de Leche Caramel Swirl & Toffee Bits

Champagne and Roses– Vanilla Cake stuffed with Champagne Chocolate Ganache topped with White Chocolate Buttercream Rose

Chocolate Covered Strawberry– Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Mousse topped with Chocolate & Strawberry Buttercreams with Chocolate Curls & Fresh Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Brownie Love– Chocolate Cake stuffed with Chocolate Mousse & Chocolate Chips topped with Chocolate Fudge Icing Edged with Oreo Crumbs, Marshmallow Buttercream, Ganache Swirl & Chocolate Dipped Brownie

Island Passion– Coconut Cake stuffed with Brown Sugar Roasted Pineapple topped with Passion Fruit Cream Cheese Frosting with Coconut Shreds & White Chocolate Sunburst

Grand Marnier Crème Brulee– Almond Orange Cake stuffed with Grand Marnier Crème Brulee and topped with Vanilla Bean & Orange Buttercreams with a Caramelized Sugar Crunch & Candied Orange

Whether you’re looking for a “Specialty Holiday” cupcake, one of their famous “Everyday Delights” cupcakes, or a fanciful and inspired “Monthly Cupcake”- you won’t be disappointed!

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café

8509 Delmar Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63124

Phone: (314) 993-JILLY (5455)

Hours: Mon-Sat: Cupcakes 9 a.m. – 6-ish p.m. (while the cupcakes last)
Sunday: Cupcakes 9 a.m. – 4-ish p.m. (while the cupcakes last)
Lunch- Mon.-Sun. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

LET’S TALK CUPCAKES

Cupcakes

My Top Five Favorite St. Louis Cupcake Shops – Cupcakes

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) A cupcake is a cupcake is a cupcake…or so they say.  But is it?  After taking a look at some of the highest rated by Trip Advisor, and listening to several different friends opinions, I looked a little closer to see how each one differed from the rest.  And cupcakes are definitely one of my favorite topics, so I decided to write about my five favorite St. Louis Cupcakes!

Gourmet cupcakes have been all the rage across the country for some time.  Some 1/2-pound creations, can cost anywhere from $4.50 to $6.50, but can be considered a meal in itself.  There are excellent cupcakes out there that are a bit less expensive and will keep your sweet tooth craving for more.

Two of my favorite cupcake stops made our top 10 St Louis Bakery list back in September.  Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe came in at #4 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 142 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating and The Cup ranked #7 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 28 reviews resulting in a 5 Star rating.

1) Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Café, located at 8509 Delmar Blvd, is a 2 time winner and 3 time contestant on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.  They can also boast of winning the American Culinary Federation Award of Excellence for 2014.  And as if that wasn’t impressive enough, USA Today named them one of the top 10 places to get a gourmet cupcake in the nation.  So needless to say, their cupcakes ROCK!  Besides the obvious mouthwatering fresh rich taste, they come in different sizes and start around $4.75.  Jilly’s can create a special cupcake for any event, whether you’re looking for zoo animals, teddy bears or cartoon figures.  You can also now purchase their custom cupcakes at Dierbergs.  My personal favorite is none other than The Chocolate Thunder.  This masterpiece is chocolate cake, stuffed with dark chocolate ganache, with milk chocolate and vanilla buttercream, chocolate shavings and chocolate bark. No calories there…lol.

2) The Cup and the Cakery, located at 28 Maryland Plz, has won my heart for a very long time.  These cupcakes are moist and delicious and are iced with some of the best buttercream icing that I’ve ever had.  They are simply addicting!  Although the classic Red Velvet Cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting & red velvet crumble is right there at the top, in the fall, their Pumpkin Spice Cake with cinnamon buttercream & Kakao autumn bark is pretty hard to pass up.  Prices can range from $2-5 for a cupcake depending on the type ordered.  And best of all, no matter where you live, you won’t have to travel that far since they now operate two other locations, one in Chesterfield and one in Edwardsville.

3) The Sweet Divine, located at 1801 S 9th St., couldn’t have a better name to describe what they make.  These cupcakes melt in your mouth!  What’s really nice here is that if you’re on a diet and shouldn’t be buying a cupcake, you can purchase a mini cupcake and feel a little less guilty.  They sell minis, regular & jumbo sized cupcakes topped with either buttercream or fondant starting at $1.50 and going up to $5.00 for a jumbo treat.  I have a couple personal favorites here and it’s always so hard to decide between the two.  The first is their scrumptious White Chocolate Raspberry.  This beauty is a vanilla & white chocolate chip cupcake with a raspberry filling, raspberry buttercream, topped with white chocolate.  The second is the decadent Banana Split.  This is a banana cupcake with pineapple filling, strawberry buttercream, chocolate drizzle, topped with nuts & maraschino cherry on top. In 2011, the company launched a cupcake truck called “Georgie,” so if you’re lucky you can buy one of these jewels right out on the street.

4) Sweet Art, located at 2203 S 39th St, is another of my guiltiest pleasures.  This funky quaint south city cafe may not make cupcakes as fancy as some of the other shops, but they lack nothing in taste and are well worth every penny.  They’re made out of the same batter as their cakes.  No hard decision here on my favorite and when you try it, you’ll know what I mean.  It’s the Chocolate Salted Caramel.  It’s the perfect mix of their tantalizing chocolate cake topped with two different types of salted caramel buttercream frosting topped with a drizzle of house-made caramel and a sprinkle of fleur de sel. What I also especially like about this shop is that they also make a point out of catering to those with dietary restrictions.  You can celebrate cupcakes made without any transfats, artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup.  They usually always have 2-3 vegan cupcake flavors available daily and one gluten-free flavor.  The cost is $1.25 for a mini, $3 for a single and $33 for a dozen, $15 for a mini dozen, $4 for gluten-free and they’re baked from scratch every single day.

5) Cose Dolci Bakery, located at 425 S. Florissant Road, rounds out my top five favorite cupcake shops.  Cose Dolci, means “sweet things” in Italian, and is a boutique bakery specializing in desserts made the old-fashioned way…by using only the best natural ingredients.  Their cupcakes are rich and creamy and have an authentic taste.  For me, the Carrot Cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting wins hands down!  It is sinfully delicious.  And although some customers might think that a plain vanilla cupcake with vanilla icing might be seen as boring, they’ve got that recipe mastered to perfection.  Cupcakes at this shop are fairly inexpensive and, most important, deliciously light and fluffy.  They’re priced at $1.50 for a regular and $3.00 for a jumbo cupcake.

COLD, CREAMY COMPETITION – TED DREWES

Ted Drewes

Ted Drewes Tops the List

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – As if this news will come as a surprise to any of us that have lived anywhere in the St. Louis Metropolitan area for any length of time… Ted Drewes is running for the No. 1 ice cream destination worldwide! Where at you wonder, since it’s ALREADY No.1 in most all the locals hearts and minds!  Well, this is according to the annual SoolNua World Ice Cream Index Challenge.

SoolNua is a World Ice Cream Index that mainly exists because there are such an incredibly large number of ice cream lovers in the world!  It only makes sense that there’s a place to go at the click of the mouse, to celebrate the creamy, luscious comfort food of those childhood years!  Sort of a “One Stop Shop” for recognizing the very best of the best leading ice cream worldwide.

There were over 25,000 votes cast in the 2015 competition, and now it’s time to determine who gets the rich, smooth, scrumptious 2016 treat title.  Currently, Ted Drewes is in first place, but the voting is open through Aug. 31st, which means your vote will count to make sure it stays at the top.

So when you go online to place that vote…just keep thinking about that Hawaiian Concrete, made with pineapple, macadamia nuts, and coconut, or the Page Cookie Dough Concrete topped with whipped cream, or the Christy Concrete of hot fudge, caramel and brownies.  Let’s face it…Ted Drewes will ALWAYS be our No 1.

Top 10 Best Dessert Spots in St. Louis, MO for July 2016

Top 10 Dessert Spots

Top 10 Dessert Spots in St. Louis, MO

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – If you have a sweet tooth, St. Louis has all kinds of delicious options for desserts. You might prefer a local specialty like frozen custard, the newest addition such as the “Boozy Ice,” or a favorite specialty cupcake. Whatever you’re craving, St. Louis has it covered!

They’ve been dishing out and baking up some of the best traditional, and some of the most lavish and creative desserts around. They’ve also been destroying even the most determined dieters with a touch of decadent elegance.

So whether you’re “All Shook Up” with Ted Drewes peanut-butter cups and banana concrete, opt out for Crown Candy Kitchen’s, “Johnny Rabbit special” — banana malt with whipped cream, nuts and nutmeg, or simply want to sit back and chill out at Baileys’ Chocolate Bar with their “to die for” buttercream and chocolate ganache, paired with one of their many chocolate martinis, you CAN’T go wrong!

Our Top 10 Dessert Spots in St. Louis, MO for July 2016 are:

1. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard – 6726 Chippewa, Saint Louis, MO 63109
2. Fountain on Locust – 3037 Locust ST, Saint Louis, MO 63103
3. Crown Candy Kitchen – 1401 Saint Louis Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63106-3920
4. Bailey’s Chocolate Bar– 1915 Park Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2536
5. Piccone Pastry – 6197 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63112
6. Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe –8509 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63124-2110
7. Ices Plain & Fancy – 2256 S 39th St, Saint Louis, MO 63110-4020
8. Gelato Di Riso –5204 Wilson Ave, St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO 63110
9. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – 389 N. Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108
10. Andy’s Frozen Custard – 311 S Kirkwood Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63122

Our list is compiled based on scanning a public database of customer reviews and ratings using the St. Louis, MO area.  We believe that it is the customers opinion, not our opinion, that matters.  Our list is determined solely by public opinion.

Contributing Editor: Kara Savio