SWEET-TOOTH

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Make Any Occasion a Sweet Cupcasion


What better reason to venture out of the city than for gourmet cupcakes? Located in the quaint and charming downtown Milford, CT, Sweet Cupcasions is the perfect place to satisfy your sugary indulgences with a unique, beautifully decorated treat.

Joonbug visited this chic cupcake boutique over the weekend and completely fell in love. When craving a top-notch cupcake, Sweet Cupcasions has every foodie and cupcake connoisseur sinfully covered. Claiming fame from winning a divine victory on the Food Network's notorious show, "Cupcake Wars," this cupcakery never fails to delight and impress. From the trendy interior design of the shop and pretty cupcake pedestals lining the tables, to the fancy cupcakes and cakes, Sweet Cupcasions offers the best of the best to guests.

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Beat the Heat this Swim Week with Sorbet

Satisfy your sugar fix without sabotaging your bikini body. Just in time for Swim Week, Yogen Früz has released three scintillating summer flavors. At just 110 calories per serving, these mouthwatering mocktails are the perfect escape from Miami’s summer swelter.

The Mojito Sorbet is a refreshing medley of mint and lime that instantly cools your taste buds. The Strawberry Daiquiri Sorbet is a tropical tart perfect for stacking high with fresh fruit toppings. If you get caught in one of Florida’s infamous rainstorms, the Pina Colada Frozen Yogurt is a comforting creamy infusion of shredded coconut and pineapple.

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Chef Francois Payard's Newest Creation

One particular summer activity that is always enjoyable is camping. Who doesn’t like sitting by the campfire and making a perfect s’more?

Even if you actually hate the outdoors, but love s’mores, then you will be happy to know that Chef Francois Payard has turned this favorite outdoor sweet to an iconic French treat called the macaron s’mores.

We promise it is as delicious as it sounds, and if you love Chef Payard’s world renowned macarons (and we know you do), then you will love the macaron s’mores. This new treat incorporates everything you already love about a typical s’more but makes it five times better: golden brown marshmallow, chocolate ganache middle surrounded by a crisp graham cracker shell.

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Sad News for Cupcake Connoisseurs

Many of us woke up to crummy news this morning. Crumbs news, that is. Today is an incredibly gloomy day for all cupcake enthusiasts, connoisseurs and foodies. According to The Wall Street Journal, beloved Crumbs Bake Shop closed its doors at the end of Monday’s business day. In such a health-conscious society where weekly exercise is the norm and frozen yogurt is the go-to snack "indulgence," does this mean the beginning of the end of the cupcake trend as we know it?

Decadent, divine and immorally delicious: Crumbs was key to introducing the gourmet cupcake fad to the world. A staple in the industry, this favorite bake shop chain has been there for our good days, bad days and (sinful) sugary indulgences. We could always count on Crumbs for a scrumptious, beautifully decorated snack to brighten up our day. From the Pistachio cupcake garnished with crushed pistachios, to Banana Crunch and Girl Scout® Coconut Caramel Cookie, there was a unique cupcake to suit everyone’s palate. Crumbs even had their own version of Chef Dominique Ansel’s cronut, called the Crumbnut (a luscious ‘doughnut-croissant hybrid’).

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The Best And Worst Of The Donut-Hybrid Trend

Remember when the Cronut™ exploded into the world like a sugar-coated atomic bomb? Well, the “hybrid donut” trend didn’t end there! Donut creators across the country have spent the better half of the year working hard to produce America’s next big pastry fusion. This has resulted in an assortment of confections that either made our stomachs smile with delight or churn in confusion; here is our official list of the best and worst donut-hybrids from this heavenly craze.

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National Creative Ice Cream Day

If there was any day you were feeling adventurous and decided you are not going to eat standard ice cream flavors (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry), then tomorrow, July 1st is the day to get out of your comfort zone and celebrate National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day! Thankfully this fun day lands perfectly in the middle of summer. No matter where you live there make sure to try a new creative ice cream flavor on July 1st, and if you need help searching for a good flavor check out some of our favorites and most creative flavors below.

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The Newest Ice Cream Sandwich: Brioche Con Gelato

The concept of an “ice cream sandwich” is nothing new – a thick layer of ice cream is sealed between two cookies, resulting in a sweet dessert which almost every person loves. Now, what about the idea of a literal “ice cream sandwich”: ice cream and bread?

What might be one of the most unexpected dessert trends we’ve seen this year is stepping into the spotlight as restaurants across America are serving up the French/Italian ice cream sandwich, Brioche con Gelato. Using French brioche and Italian gelato, consumers have fallen in love with the pairing of creamy ice cream and buttery bread. As it turns out, this concept has made its way over from Sicily and is popping up more and more in the United States as people start tackling the hot summer months.

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Celebrate National Chocolate Eclair Day the Payard Way!

Everyone loves a sweet dessert, and especially that oblong pastry made with dough filled with a cream and topped with chocolate icing known as an éclair. So remember to celebrate National Chocolate Éclair Day on June 22nd by eating the sweetest and biggest éclair you can find!

The person we have to thank for these tasty desserts is Antonin Careme, a famous French pastry chef. Éclairs were created exclusively for the French royalty by Careme until the 19th century. Until 1850 it was commonly referred to as “pain a la duchesse,” and then the name éclair (French for “flash of lightning") came into the world. They acquired the nickname because they were devoured so quickly. It's a fitting name for such a delicious pastry!

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La Maison du Chocolat Unveils Their Holiday Chocolate Spectacular

La Maison du Chocolat is a relatively new French chocolate boutique that began in Paris in 1977 and expanded to its first New York location in 2008. Now, La Maison du Chocolat has become a feature of luxury shopping recognized from London to Hong Kong, and their seasonal specialties are marked on every chocoholic’s calendar, including ours. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the 2014 Holiday Collection, and what a collection it is.

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Where To Find The Best Fudge In Your City

Ever since it was immortalized in our repertoire of euphemisms by A Christmas Story, fudge is one of those special things we talk about almost as much as we enjoy it. Today, on National Fudge Day, we here at Joonbug.com want to focus on the “enjoying” part, and we want you to focus on it, too! So we made a list of the best places to get fudge in a city near you!

NYC: Li-Lac Chocolates