Cupcakes? So 2000s. You need to be craving marshmallows. Doughnuts. Bars.
With the recent news of the demise of the gourmet cupcake — Crumbs Bake Shop dropped from more than $13 a share in mid-2011 to around $1.20 today! — we figured we should offer you a few alternatives. When it comes to desserts, you want to be on the cutting edge, right?
Here are five desserts — all local, and all retro enough to be trendy but not trendy enough to be ubiquitous. You’re welcome.
French Macarons, Patisserie Didier Dumas, Nyack. This French specialty is nothing short of divine. A delicate sandwich-style cookie is gently filled with creamy frosting, for a sweet melt-in-your-mouth confectionery experience. Available flavors are lemon, pistachio, raspberry, hazelnut, coffee, chocolate and passion fruit.163 Main Street, Nyack, 845-353-2031
Open Monday through Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dacquoise, La Tulipe Desserts, Mount Kisco. A light, layered cake that is just sweet enough to satisfy you after dinner. “I try to use as little sugar as possible,” says chef and owner Maarten Freeman. “Otherwise, you just make it overly sweet.” Hazelnut meringue and lemon mousse create a harmony of complex and exquisite flavors. Excellent for special occasions or impressing dinner guests, but personal sizes are also available for private happy moments. 455 Lexington Avenue, Mount Kisco, 914-242-4555
Open Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Closed Mondays Doughnuts, Gypsy Donut & Espresso Bar, Nyack. Here is one you can get away with early in the day. Gypsy Donuts serves Stumptown Coffee to pair with your homemade doughnut, which are thoughtfully prepared in some out-of-the-box flavors, including gluten-free. Maple bacon doughnut, anyone? 18 North Franklin Street, Nyack, 845-353-5300
Open daily 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
65 King Street, Chappaqua, 914-238-8300
Marshmallows, Sherry B Dessert Studio, Chappaqua. The jumbo bags available at your supermarket just simply do not compare. “The vanilla tastes fresher, but the big difference comes in the texture,” says owner and chef Sherry Blockinger. “It is not something that has been sitting in a plastic bag for a month.” Flavors are customizable and can be topped with sparkling sugar for a crunchy contrast to the fluffy, sticky inside. Blockinger recommends dropping them into a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, or just nibble and savor. Fair warning, the flavor list will make your mouth water: vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, peanut butter, bourbon vanilla, irish coffee, cosmo and dark rum. Look forward to s’mores kits, with homemade marshmallows, chocolate and graham cookies.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cookie Bars, Provisions Cafe and Bake Shop, Pelham. Known for putting a homemade spin on nostalgic treats like Twinkies and Pop-tarts, this bakery has an under the radar sweet: old fashioned cookie bars. Choose between raspberry pecan, Belgian chocolate brownie, lemon and the Magic bar, made with a layer of graham cracker crust, chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts. “It’s a very healthy size bar,” says owner Nannette Conners of the large, square cookies. Some of her customers have even cut them up into smaller squares to serve on platters, or just buy several at once to pack with lunches.209 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, 914-738-6622Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.