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While kids might be
wondering what’s under the tree, others of us dream what’s under that pastry-box
lid. We’ve made a short list of select bakeries in Southwest Florida that bring
us delish holiday goodies.
LadyCakes Bakery, Cape Coral
This boutique bakery from mid-December through Christmas creates
batches of heavenly sugar and gingerbread cookies. Locals and returning snowbirds
will stop in for a fix of cookies, but also for the lush cupcakes, custom cakes
and gourmet baked goodies. “Great stocking stuffers or as a treat for Santa
Claus and his reindeer,” the bakery’s co-owner, Bess Charles, says of the
more than a dozen cookies, call a week ahead.
Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop, Naples
This establishment over
the year bakes delicious cookies, cakes and pies. But during the holidays there
are more tasty treats on the menu. “We have decorated
cookies, pumpkin cheesecakes, pumpkin pies, pecan pies and chocolate peppermint
cakes, just to name a few,” says co-owner Elizabeth Mikkelsen.
of the treats are ready-to-eat, and some serve as a centerpiece, such as the
shop’s Yule log surrounded by iced sugar cookies. Plan to order ahead.
Confections, Fort Myers (other locations)
Love has been producing delicious treats in Fort Myers since 2001, and was
named best premium chocolate company in the
United States six times since 2006. He is also known for his delicious holiday
treats that bring back the memories. “Often, taste is tied to tradition,
so it’s not surprising that our holiday flavors bring up cherished memories of
roasting s’mores around the fire with family or fresh-baked gingerbread,” says
Norman Love, the founder and owner of Norman Love Confections. “Every year, we
create holiday flavors that symbolize the season, with a Norman Love twist.
This year, the reindeer theme brings a fun, whimsical feel to our holiday
Look for everything from Santa and
his reindeer chocolates, to chocolate peppermint bark to holiday Yule logs. Plan
to order ahead.
Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream, Bonita Springs (other locations)
In Southwest Florida,
cooling off with a delicious homemade ice cream cone at Royal Scoop is something
that can be enjoyed year round. However, during holiday months we get such fun
treats as Georgia Pecan Sweet Potato Swirl, a creamy ice cream with a thick
marshmallow swirl and roasted pecans. “We also have a few other popular
favorites [such as] The Evidence of a Reindeer, which is a white mint flavored
ice cream with a yellow marshmallow swirl and fudge brownie chunk, and Christmas
Chimney Sweep, a peppermint-stick ice cream loaded with crushed Oreo cookies,”
says owner David Zimmerman.
Additionally, Royal Scoop also carries pumpkin ice cream
starting Oct. 1
through the holidays, along with creamy eggnog ice cream in late November. “We’ll
likely come up with a few more fun flavors before the holidays!” says Zimmermann.
Sanibel Sweet Shoppe, Sanibel
This family owned shop over the year
offers handmade Belgian
chocolates, homemade fresh fudge and baked goods—in-house and from scratch. During
the holiday season, there are more favorites. “We have peppermint bark that’s
made with milk/white chocolate or dark/white Belgian chocolate, along with a
variety of fudges like candy cane and pumpkin,” says co-owner Beth Musser.
“We also have buckeye candies that
are peanut-butter balls dipped in chocolate,” adds Tim Musser, also a co-owner.
In addition to their delicious
candies, the shop offers holiday yummies such as snowball, pumpkin and decorated
sugar cookies, as well as gingerbread men/women. Holiday cupcakes include
chocolate/peppermint, carrot cake, pumpkin and other seasonal flavors. Yum, yum
and more yum!
2924 Del Prado Blvd. S, Suite 7, Cape
Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop
1068 Business Lane, Suite 2, Naples
Norman Love Confections
Lindbergh Blvd. Fort Myers (Naples, Estero, Fort Myers/McGregor)
15 8th St., Suite D, Bonita Springs
(East/North Naples, Golden Gate, Fort Myers Beach)
Sanibel Sweet Shoppe
2330 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel
Written by Ann Marie O’Phelan, a Southwest Florida writer and a regular
contributor to TOTI Media.