Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer and Sundaes and Sweets! Oh My!

Oh My! have I been slacking on my writing.

My sincerest apologies, but this summer has already been sweet - as well as lots of sweets to survive the suffering of finals week. So expect plenty of updates in the coming weeks, as well as any tastey news while I'm in Delaware from July 3rd to the 12th. I'm sure there will be lots of ice cream on the beach and babies devouring desserts with me - so stay tuned!

To catch myself up, today I'd like to focus on Windy City Sweets.

This candy shop has caught my eye various times with their window displays of chocolate turtles, chocolate covered strawberries, hello kitty plushies, and high stools beside tall tables against the window. I have to admit it, hello kitty alone made me sound like a 5 year old. "Guys! Helllo kittty! Do you see her? She's in the window! there!" But the fact that there was chocolate made me drool every time I walked by. Finally, after a date dinner at Noodle Company (we're classy), my boyfriend and I decided to stop in and check it out.

Now, walking in, the colors, counters covered in candy, and displays knock you right off your feet. I couldn't help a squee of delight. There was a rack of sale candy from Easter just inside the door, a tall display of stuffed animals, a whole wall to the left covered in Jelly Beans and other bins full of sugary sweets, a fudge bar, and counters where everything from chocolate covered sandwich cookies, chocolate covered cherries, and marzipan looked out at you, tempting you with their luscious looks.

I felt like a kid in a candy store.

In fact, I was.
Windy City Sweets is a candy store with gourmet chocolates, fudge, and ice cream. And the layout and chocolate turned me into a small child once again.

We had a small chocolate factory on the corner near my house that I frequented as a child, but it paled in comparison to this Lakeview luxury. We decided to split a brownie sundae that was just tempting us from their chalkboard sign above the wide selection of ice cream. It was a perfect, classic sundae. We choose the type of ice cream to top our large, warm brownie with. Then they disappeared with it and we received a classic little plastic boat as a bowl holding our brownie topped with ice cream, drizzled fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry.

I literally licked the boat by the end. The hot fudge wasn't your typical bottle of Hershey's from the grocery store. It was actually their gourmet nice chocolate drizzled atop. I wanted some of that fudge in every bite. The brownie too was soft, luscious, and melted nice with it's cold ice cream friend. It was the kind of sundae that you took your time enjoying every bite - rather than slurping down before it melts. My heart is almost a flutter at the thought of it.

If you haven't stopped in, give Windy City Sweets a peek and you won't want to go anywhere else for your chocolate fix. The best part is, the owners are always there and they're friendly and doing it all on their own. I wonder if they'd like an apprentice?

- Mollie

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