March 2012

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playAround Town Snag a treat for any occasion, or for simply treating yourself Got a Hankering for Chocolate? When your sweet tooth will only be satisfi ed with the melt of chocolate in your mouth, look no further than the locally produced confections found at Candinas Chocolatier, DB Infusion Choco- lates, James J. Chocolate Shop, Maurie's Fine Chocolates and Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, who will be offering monthly tastings at its east side location beginning in March. Irresistible Bites occasion deserving of individual desserts, you don't have to go far in Madison to get your fi x. For specialty bakeries whose mottos cupcakes became the trendi- est treat on the block, these days they're a staple indulgence. And whether you've had a rough day that calls for a little sweet-tooth therapy or you're planning a special When it comes to sweet eats, you really can't go wrong with a cupcake—so rich, so decadent and oh-so-easy to devour. While it wasn't long ago that might just be "all cupcakes all the time," head to the west side. With a daily menu of fl avors ranging from Hunka Chunka Banana to Southern Comfort, Gigi's Cupcakes invites the adventurous to try something new each time. Meanwhile, Cupcakes A-Go-Go on Mineral Point Road celebrates the best of both worlds, offering cupcake purists traditional fl a- vors and more ambitious eaters seasonal selections. If you like your cupcakes with a side of other delicacies, plenty of local bakers have made cupcakes part of their daily delicious offerings. Treat yourself at Bloom Bake Shop in Middleton, where locally sourced ingredients are used to whip up tradition- al, seasonal, gluten-free and vegan baked goods. If you're heading downtown, stop by Madison Sweets for creative cupcakes served alongside homemade candy, choc- olates and popcorn. Hungry for more than just dessert? Daisy Café and Cupcakery on the east side treats patrons to a complete dining ex- perience, offering a menu of hearty meals from breakfast through dinner, as well as specialty cupcakes. Or try the Th e Rolling Pin Bake Shop in Fitchburg for breakfast or lunch before perusing a dessert case full of cupcakes, cookies, breads and more. From creative to classic, bite-sized to big and bold, there's a cupcake waiting for you just around the corner. March 2012 67 Photo courtesy of Gigi's Cupcakes

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