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Pie On a Stick, Chocolate Fountain, and Old Fashioned Candy Bar at Sweet Tooth Soiree, April 12

As kiddos, our well-intentioned parents made us choke down our broccoli at dinner before we got a bite of the real evening attraction: dessert. And as grown ups, we inflict the same torture on ourselves, often without the sugary reward. After all, being an adult means swimsuit season, calorie-counting and rabbit food. Sigh.

But sometimes, you just gotta throw off the shackles of healthy living and let your kid flag fly. Hence the brilliance of Sweet Tooth Soiree, a dessert and drinks event coming to Gulfstream Park on April 12. Think pies on sticks, truffle-making demos and yummy cocktails, too.

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Attendees will get to nibble their way through a cornucopia of candy from the likes of Sugarman Candy, Cookies by Charles, Kilwin's, Cotton Candy Factory, Misha's Cupcakes, Fantasy Popcorn and 40-some odd other purveyors of sweetness.

There'll be chocolate dipping bar by Kilwin's; an old-fashioned candy buffet by Sugarman; pies on sticks by Sweet Pie-Fection; a giant cake by Unique Designer's Cake and every other sweet under the sun.

Plus, for those looking to get a little education out of the experience (in addition to some extra pounds), there'll be live crepe making, cake decorating and truffle-making demos.

DJ Supersede will be rocking the tunes, and sweet lovers will get a golden coin (inspired by Wonka's golden ticket) to cast for their favorite on site bite.

The good news is, your parents won't be around to stop your sweets smorgasboard. So you're free to make like Augustus Gloop till your stomach hurts.

Tickets run $40 for general admission, and $80 for VIP. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12 for VIP, 6 p.m. for GA and the event runs until 10 p.m. The event kicks off at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach. Visit sweettoothsoireemiami.com for tickets.

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