Coco’s Tropical Ice
Coco’s in Auburn offers over 45 soft serve, gelati and tropical ice flavors, so it’s sure to satisfy every visitor's sweet tooth. Looking to take the backyard hang out up a notch? Let Coco’s come to you! Coco’s party cart is available throughout the summer for special events, so there’s no excuse to miss out on all the deliciousness their team has to offer.
Francesco’s Italian Bakery
Francesco’s Italian Bakery has a sweet treat for every occasion, from breads and pastries to Italian cookies and specialty cakes. This historic family business began two decades ago and has become a staple of the Charlton community.
Quite Fetching Barkery
Furry friends rejoice at Quite Fetching Barkery, a full-service dog bakery and pet boutique specializing in custom pup cakes.
Cake Shop Cafe
Just a mile from The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley sits Cake Shop Cafe, a little haven for cake lovers. Need some pep in your step? This local favorite has some of the best coffee and espresso in town, as well as buttercream cakes, sheet cakes, “mother cuppers” (gourmet filled jumbo cakes), cupcakes, cake pops and more.
Rocco's Doughnut Company
Highly beloved among Central Massachusetts dessert mavens, Rocco’s offers a variety of doughnuts, generous in size and creative in flavors monthly. They’re in high demand and are known to run out quickly, so make sure to get there first thing in the morning.
Basic Batch Donuts
If you’re looking for that made-with-extra-love feel, Basic Batch Donuts is your place. Pastry chef Christina Larson carefully rolls, cuts, shapes, fries, dips and glazes her doughnuts by hand daily. They offer yeast raised and cake donuts, speciality flavors, freshly made cinnamon rolls and a few seasonally baked items. The menu changes monthly to compliment the change in seasons, but the classics are always in stock. Basic Batch Donuts has cultivated a warm and inviting space in their shop, and believes that eating should be an experience. They’re open every morning, Wednesday through Sunday, closing as soon as they’re sold out.
Peppers Artful Events
If you dream it, Peppers Artful Events can make it. Specializing in custom menus and gorgeous designs, Peppers’ cakes are renowned and beloved, winning several awards including one from The Knot Hall of Fame. From sophisticated to whimsical, Peppers can craft unforgettable cakes to complement your special event.
Visit Brookfield Orchards for some of their famous apple dumplings, pies, cider doughnuts, jellies, penny candy and more. Sweet Tip: Their cider doughnuts are delicious and a great way to keep a taste of the fall season with you all year long.
Baked is a dessert lover’s paradise, with cakes, cookies, cupcakes and cake pops galore. This local favorite is sure to please any sweet tooth, with gluten, soy and dairy free options, specialty packaging and convenient pickup options. These custom designed delights are sure to wow on any special occasion. From wedding cakes and homemade pastries to doggie birthday cakes, Baked has something for the whole crew.
Still Four Corners
A beloved Rutland landmark, Still Four Corners offers homemade ice cream, soft serve, yogurt and sherbet. And for the ultimate indulgence, be sure to try the fudge brownie delight, with your choice of two or three scoops of ice cream and over 15 toppings. Or if you’d prefer, you can take home a pint or quart of their homemade goodness.
Bean Counter Café & Pastry Shop
The Bean Counter, featured in The Knot, Boston Magazine and Wedding Wire, was also named Couple’s Choice for 2021. Delicious and diverse, Bean Counter offers numerous vegan and gluten free options, which are conveniently available at all locations. Stop by their bakery on Route 9 in Shrewsbury or 270 Grove St. in Worcester to satisfy your morning, afternoon, or evening cravings.
Hebert's Candy Mansion
Featuring their famous Genevas chocolates in a variety of flavors, Hebert’s Candy Mansion is a confectionary mainstay in Central Massachusetts. Crafted right in Shrewsbury, every bite of Hebert’s candies is sure to be fresh and delicious. The perfect place for a family trip, book your next event at Hebert’s. What kid doesn’t want to visit a mansion full of candy?
Don’t forget to ‘take the cannoli,’ or a dozen, from Gerardo’s Bakery in West Boylston. With an exceptional assortment of desserts, including chocolate dipped lobster tails, pistachio pignoli cookies, and cappuccino cannolis, Gerardo’s leaves no stone unturned, and no dessert neglected. Order a wedding cake or holiday pie and you’ll never look back!
Crust Artisan Bakeshop
Crust Bakeshop sweets are always made with love, which comes as no surprise, as owners Alexis and Nate Rossi met at the shop and it was love at first waffle. Together, they’re committed to making and sharing their talents. Treat yourself to their creations through a breakfast sandwich, croissant, banana muffins, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and much more.
Save room for a sweet treat from south-of-the-border. After enjoying their guacamole and salsa bar, taste a bite of Mezcal’s fried ice cream or tres leches cake. With its convenient location, Mezcal has become a local favorite.
Mrs. Moriconi's Ice Cream
Made from locally sourced dairy, Mrs. Moriconi's is a complete "farm to spoon" operation. You can find this coveted frozen treat at their brick & mortar shop, standing proud at 1116 Pleasant St. in Worcester, as well as at pop-up events at local businesses and other special dates announced on social media. It's important to note that Mrs. Moriconi's is not a scoop shop, in their devotion to total employee & consumer food safety. With ice cream sold in half pints and full, it's the perfect excuse to enjoy more.
On The Rise Baking
Using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in all their treats, On The Rise bakery offers seasonal and constantly-changing dessert options. Stop by in the morning for a breakfast pastry and mocha latte, or on your way home from work for a homemade Oreo. On The Rise Baking doesn’t miss a beat!
The Queen's Cups
The Queen’s Cups bakery is as delicious as it is thoughtful. With gluten-free and dairy-free options available, the Queen’s Cups is an award-winning bakery several years running, and for good reason! Stop in for one, or twelve!, of their delightfully unique, made-from-scratch cupcakes today.
Via Italian Table
Via Italian Table is known throughout Worcester for its authentic and rich Italian food, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their extensive dessert menu. For a cold treat, choose from several gelato flavors including peanut butter chocolate chip or salted caramel. If you’re feeling especially daring, indulge in Via’s “MichelanGelato” sampler, a combination of Italian gelati and sorbetti (your choice of five or 10 flavors)!
For top notch cannolis in Worcester, Wholly Cannoli is a must. This local bakery has over 40 cannoli flavors, including mocha almond chip, key lime and Butterfinger. Wholly Cannoli doesn't miss a detail.
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