Easter is this Sunday, April 12, smack in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, reminding us to appreciate life's simple pleasures, including sweets.
Treating yourself and loved ones to scrumptious confections is made easy by ordering from local spots. You'll also be supporting their efforts to continue serving the community.
Available for pickup and delivery (call individual establishments for delivery areas and fees), the following list of sugary goodies ranges from adorable bunny-shaped cookies to decadent baskets, and all will brighten anyone's Easter Sunday.
Angelo Elia the Bakery Bar2104 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
What's better than chocolate for Easter? Chef Angelo Elia is offering Colomba, Italy's traditional Easter almond cake, for $22 and Pastiera Napoletana, a ricotta cake made with Neapolitan wheatberry, for $24. Call to order by Wednesday between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Bachour Bakery & Restaurant2020 Salzedo St., Coral Gables
If you're looking for a sophisticated Easter treat, pastry chef Antonio Bachour's whimsical renditions of Easter eggs will do the trick. The edible works of art are crafted with 70 percent Valrhona Guanaja chocolate and serve five to nine people ($55). Or opt for Bachour's Easter basket filled with five signature pastries ($20). Place your order by phone Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Exquisito Chocolates2606 SW Eighth St., Miami
The Little Havana shop's list of Easter selections includes housemade marshmallow bunnies dipped in single-origin dark chocolate ($8 for two) and chocolate bonbons shaped like bird eggs ($24). Order by phone or on the shop's website.
Fiola1500 San Ignacio Ave., Coral Gables
Celebrate Italian-style with Fiola's Easter basket, which holds not only sweets but also Fiola's cacio e pepe signature recipe and a bottle of olive oil. The feast also includes savory taralli treats, stuffed olives, and a copy of Fabio Trabocchi’s cookbook ($75). For an additional $20, add a celebratory bottle of wine or prosecco. Orders must be placed by Saturday at 4 p.m.
Garcia Nevett Chocolatier de Miami7312 Red Rd., Miami
Wake up to an Easter basket of Venezuelan confections. The South Miami chocolate shop is offering a large basket filled with a traditional nine-inch Easter bunny and a four-inch chocolate chick, along with a petite box of deluxe assorted Garcia Nevett bonbons, a bag of foil-wrapped mini Easter chocolates, and a tin of hot cocoa powder ($89). A smaller version includes a chocolate bunny, mini Easter chocolates, and a chocolate chick ($50). Kids will have a blast with a craft basket option filled with a chocolate bunny to paint using cacao butter, along with ingredients to make their own hand-rolled egg truffles. Nationwide shipping is available through Tuesday, and daily store pickup is available from 4 to 5 p.m. Place orders online.
Hoffman's ChocolatesVarious locations
Nibble on simple yet delectable treats such as 42-ounce milk chocolate Easter bunny ($39.95), dark chocolate peanut butter egg ($8.95), and precious white chocolate rabbits ($3.95 each). Made to satisfy any sweet tooth, Hoffman's Easter basket is filled with a milk chocolate bunny, dark chocolate coconut cream egg, a milk chocolate peanut butter egg, milk and dark chocolates, jelly beans, coconut cashew crunch, dark chocolate nonpareils, a gourmet pretzel snack, plus seasonal sweets of dark chocolate Grahams, milk chocolate s'mores, and Easter Oreos ($74.95). A smaller option comes with a plush bunny, a milk chocolate bunny, rainbow candy sticks, jelly beans, Oreos, a milk chocolate bunny pop, marshmallow chicks, a lemon duck, and a daisy lollipop. An especially whimsical assortment includes a chocolate motorcycle bunny, a milk chocolate marshmallow egg, and foil-wrapped chocolate eggs ($44.95). Order online.
Moises Bakery115 E Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach
7310 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Traditional Easter bread with colored eggs on top ($15 to $25) and boxes of bunny- and egg-shaped cookies ($2.25 to $3.25 per cookie) can be found at this Venezuelan bakery. Also for delivery are almond tarta de Santiago ($15), Easter dove bread ($10), and Easter cross buns ($15 per dozen). Orders must be placed by phone 48 hours in advance.
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Pastry chef Mikaela Barnes is making a slew of sweet pleasures that are almost too cute to eat. Choose from cakes ($8.95) and cupcakes ($21 per half-dozen) in chocolate, vanilla, carrot cake, or your favorite flavor combination. They'll be decorated with pastel flowers, chocolate bunny ears, or buttercream chicks. Made-to-order sugar cookies are shaped like eggs and topped with royal icing ($18 per half-dozen). Place orders by Wednesday by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to receive deliveries this Friday and Saturday.
OMG BrigadeirosVarious locations
Chocoholics will delight in Easter eggs in flavors such as Nutella and brigadeiro or a fusion of the two complemented with Oreo. Options also include the signature OMG egg, filled with condensed milk and covered with brigadeiro chocolate, as well as dulce de leche topped with brownie chocolate ($19.90 each). Place orders by Wednesday by emailing email@example.com or sending a WhatsApp message to 305-926-5989.
Sagrado Cafe900 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Imagine your favorite chocolate egg filled with carrot cake, classic Brazilian brigadeiro, or crunchy Oreo and buried in layers of Nutella or chocolate mousse and brigadeiro ($39 each). Sagrado Cafe also offers half-egg combinations of brownie and brigadeiro, as well as specialty honey cake and dulce de leche, for $26 each. Orders must be placed online by Wednesday.
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