A few weeks ago a new donut (doughnut? I never really know) shop opened in downtown Springfield, MO and people went NUTS. I mean, NUTS. It was lines out the door, front page news, donut PANDEMONIUM. So of course I had to check it out and see what all the fuss was about. We ventured downtown late one Saturday morning with stinker butt (that would be our daughter, Avery) and to our surprise there was no line out the door and hardly anyone inside. Apparently we had just missed the rush. Yay! So we got to swagger right up to the counter where we were greeted with a plethora of brightly decorated, candy and cereal crusted donuts.
The variety was pretty big….from your basic glazed yeast donut to maple bacon long johns and cake donuts dipped in frosting and covered with cereal, candy bars, sprinkles and almost anything else you could imagine. It reminded me of a place I had seen on Food Network years ago called VooDoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon.
So how were the donuts? Pretty tasty. I wasn’t a fan of the cake donuts with all the crazy toppings (cereal and candy on a donut just isn’t my thing) but the streusel yeast donut and glazed maple long john we had were quite delicious. I can definitely understand the appeal to so many people with all the variety they have. You’re bound to find something you like! At this point, they are open 24 hours a day so check them out if you are in the area. Hopefully this place will be around for awhile!
There’s a teeny little shop in our town that sells the most delicious treats. And when I say delicious treats I’m talking legit truffles, ice cream and serious baked goods. I had the pleasure of visiting Elle’s Patisserie a couple of weekends ago and was in love with the quaint little shop the moment we stepped inside. From the cute purple exterior to the lovely little patio outside, everything about Elle’s is perfection. The interior is relaxed and French inspired and tiny but the perfect size to display everything that comes out of the kitchen.
Per usual, I wanted to try one of everything and was in a sort of daze just looking at all the truffles. We sampled some ice cream (totally yummy) and then proceeded with the difficult task of deciding what we wanted to buy. We finally narrowed it down to a piece of Chocolate Covered Bacon, a Salted Caramel Coffee Macaron, a Dark Ganache Truffle with Cocoa Nibs, a Peanut Butter Ball and a Peanut Butter Ganache Brownie.
I won’t go into tons of detail about each one because they were all equally divine and if I wasn’t watching my girlish, post-pregnancy figure, I would have promptly bought one of each of everything else. My favorite thing was probably the macaron. Or maybe the dark ganache truffle. Definitely a toss-up. Suffice it to say, Elle knows what she’s doing in the kitchen.
My only regret is that we didn’t get there a little earlier in the day. By the time we arrived they were completely sold out of pastries. Bummer! But we’ll be back. Elle’s is definitely a must-visit little chocolate shop so be sure and check them out if you are in Springfield, MO!
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of helping my friend Robyn, of Red’s Cupcakes, hand out her amazing Chocolate Espresso cupcakes to hundreds of chocolate loving people at the Art and Romance of Chocolate event in downtown Springfield, MO. The event proceeds went to the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum and there were judging in certain categories. You can see the list of participants and who won what, here.
It was a fun event for a great cause and I was honored to be part of it. I did manage to make it around to all the vendors before the event started and snap some pictures with my phone (sorry for the poor pic quality!) of their amazing creations. I couldn’t even begin to tell you what everything was (except Red’s Cupcakes–first photo!) so just enjoy the pictures and give it your best guess! 😉
I saw this display the other night in the window of one of my favorite art galleries, Good Girl Art, when Jeremy and I were downtown at Artwalk a couple of weeks ago. I just thought it was too cute not to get a few pictures of it, despite having to use a camera phone in the dead of night. So not the best quality, but really, how cute is this?? Barbie, candy and cupcakes. I love it.