By Marni Marx
It doesn’t take long to see why Miami is world renown for having some of the most beautiful people on earth, as gorgeous and glamorous Miamians grace the beaches, streets and cafes. Keeping your body looking great is something akin to a full time job for most locals, so filling a craving for sweet treats can be a gasp (and guilt) inducing event. However, if you find yourself longing to satiate that sweet tooth, here are some scrumptious spots for making that delectable (and kosher) splurge worth the calorie fest.
A hidden find, but totally worth scavenging for, this delicious sweet spot is nestled in a quaint row of nicely landscaped shops one block north of 163rd St. Walking into Le Chocolatier is like walking into a sweet-smelling, sugar-coated dream. As soon as you enter, you’re able to see the factory through the windows, which will definitely inspire a Willy Wonka flashback. Display cases are filled with freshly prepared chocolates, nicely presented by type — white, milk and dark — and by an assortment of fillings and flavors ranging from cherries and sliced oranges to hazelnut, tequila, ganaches of all sorts and truffles, truffles and more truffles. Also available are chocolate-covered pretzels, biscotti and graham crackers. Each piece of chocolate has a beautiful colored design that adds to the decadence of the noshing experience.
For those watching their sugar intake, Le Chocolatier also has a nice selection of sugar-free snacks; as a bonus for all of those lactose-intolerant folks who thought they couldn’t partake in this type of revelry, there’s also have a wide selection of non-dairy (Parve) indulgences, too. If that weren’t enough, Le Chocolatier also hosts chocolate-making birthday parties during which you can create your very own delights. Invited to a get-together or looking for a unique gift? They specialize in chocolate moldings of everything from baby carriages and pianos to footballs and solid heart boxes – a fun and surprising way to escape bringing over the obligatory "box of chocolates."
Le Chocolatier, 1840 NE 164th St.; 305-944-3020
Looking for a yummy delight while shopping? Stop by Kron Chocolatier located in the Aventura Mall. These hand-dipped little pieces of heaven are like no other. Chocolates, truffles, brownies or cookies — Kron manages to smother any kind sweet tooth with their cosmic array of goodies. Try a Key lime cookie, twice-dipped chocolate pretzels or to-die-for marzipan. For our lactose-intolerant (and glatt kosher keeping) friends, Parve/non-dairy sweets are available, too. Going to a party or need a holiday gift? Load up with one of their designer baskets filled with treats like chocolate dipping fudge, chocolate-dipped fruits and holiday-themed sweets (think dreidels, turkeys, pilgrims). Need to score some brownie points with the boss? Have Kron create a corporate gift basket using your logo or name.
Featured in In Style Magazine, Kron boasts celeb fans such as P. Diddy, Madonna, Tori Spelling and Gloria Estefan, who order custom made chocolate casts of baby carousels and sports equipment and spoil lucky friends with fancy apples, s’more-making kits and edible handbags and Porsches. Carrying a box of Kron or catering your affair with their scrumptious delights will make partaking in the sweet stuff sinfully stylish.
Kron Chocolatier, Aventura Mall, 19575 Biscayne Blvd; 1-800-229-KRON(5766)
Extravaganza Pastry Shop
Everyone says you eat first with your eyes, then with your mouth. This couldn’t be truer of the experience at Extravaganza. Extravaganza – which it really is – boasts the most scrumptious French European pastries in town. From cheesecakes and mousse cakes to cookies, muffins, croissants, Danishes, Bourikas and rugalach, this bakery covers all of its decadent bases. Try the chocolate raspberry mousse cake or the wild kids cookies.
Pastry Chef David Levy, who creates these unique pastries with designer presentation, spent 15 years in the finest hotels around Israel and Europe, earning awards for his modern presentations on desserts, cakes, wedding cakes and buffets for special events. Lucky for us he has brought his talents to our neck of the woods. Feel like you’re going into sugar shock? Extravaganza also has sandwiches, wraps, quiches, soups and paninis to take the edge off of that sugar high. Visiting this pastry shop may not remind you of France, but it sure tastes like it.
Extravaganza Pastry Shop, 12117 Biscayne Blvd; 305-899-8998
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