When you need a sugar rush, or to satisfy a sweet tooth or a post-turkey dessert for Thanksgiving, there are plenty of options around Boston to satiate a need for confectionery delicacies. These bakeries, cafes and chocolate shops around town boast big flavors, expertly crafted pastries and, in time for Turkey Day, festive autumn-inspired creations that will have you going back for seconds.
Why We Love It: With donut flavors that change with the season, locally sourced ingredients and made-fresh-daily options, it’s no wonder this spot is one of Bostonian’s favorite places to start (or end) the day. Each delightful ring of dough is lovingly made with locally milled flour and farm-fresh eggs and topped with specialty ingredients like organic honey (from a local beekeeper) or freshly toasted coconut.
Fall Fix: Try the Maple Bacon donut frosted with Vermont maple syrup and generously heaped with cherry-wood smoked bacon.
Lady M. Cake Boutique
Why We Love It: Lady M. cakes have won over Boston as well as the world, with locations from New York to Singapore. The pastry chefs at this lauded shop expertly execute the delicate beauty and delicious taste that comprise every Lady M. cake. As good to look at as they are to eat, these cakes have become a must-have for weddings and celebrations.
Fall Fix: For a singularly elegant fall spread, be sure to order one of the Pumpkin Nuage cakes, which perfectly combine elements of pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the apple galette or apple tapestry, either.
Why We Love It: Whether you tour the factory and sample an array of stone-ground chocolates or you visit the chocolate bar at the Boston Public Market, you are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. The bold flavors of Taza chocolate shine thanks to minimal processing and organic, direct-trade ingredients. Every item, from the bars to the chocolate drinks, has a unique Taza flavor that’s bold and delicious.
Fall Fix: The Maple Pecan chocolate bar features 70 percent cacao, roasted pecans and a hint of maple to create a delightful autumnal flavor profile.
Why We Love It: Café Madeleine is the place to go for an incredible éclair, croque monsieur or macaron. This quaint shop brings Paris to Boston with the elegant, chic style of a French patisserie. And the quality, made-from-scratch baked goods are not to be missed.
Fall Fix: Heighten your holiday meal with an apple pie made with poached Granny Smith apples, Golden Delicious apple compote, buttery French crust and almond streusel atop. And the house-mulled apple cider is fall in a cup.
Why We Love It: With a motto that says, “Make life sweeter…eat dessert first!” you know you are in for a treat. Flour offers plenty of pastries, cakes, cookies and more along with salads and sandwiches. And the large gluten-free selection, as well as vegan options, means everyone can find something to enjoy.
Fall Fix: October brings pumpkin flavors galore with an assortment of pumpkin goodies, such as the popular pumpkin bread. But there’s more: apple-cinnamon vegan muffins, pecan pie, gingerbread, apple spice cake and others.
Beacon Hill Chocolate
Why We Love It: Sample flavors from around the world at this Beacon Hill staple. Hand-crafted truffles from Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil and the U.S. comprise each assorted box and make the taste buds dance with flavors like ginger, mint, blood orange, lavender and more.
Fall Fix: The popular Keepsake Boxes provide more than just a sweet treat, the boxes themselves feature charming, vintage scenes for all occasions. And each box can be customized with such festive truffles as the acorn-shaped, dark chocolate pfeffernusse spice, the ivory-chocolate-covered pumpkin pie truffle and many others.