Sweet Treats: When You Need Something “Sweet”, Here’s What You Should Eat!

Looking for something sweet to nibble on? We have your back here and here are some interesting treats for you. We will start with 1 cookie from the east coast and a collection of French-inspired cookies that are delectable and then head heavily into chocolate which is last in this post! You can call me crazy to do that, but if you saw the chocolate first, you would never see anything else on this post!

From NYC, Richart Chocolates have created this killer LAVENDAR macaron flavor. This is a limited edition (for one month only) flavor and I would suggest that you order NOW to be able to order again before the end of the month. (OR just order 2 x 9 macaron boxes). It’s that simple. No one knows if they will make this flavor next year!

A very limited edition in August 2014, Michel RICHART’s latest creation adds a surprise at the core of a perfectly well executed classic citrus (blood orange / lime and lemon purée) French macaron: a thin white chocolate pod that contains wonderful aromas of lavender and lemon mint.


Discover this assortment available in 9-macaron boxes until the end of the month, and find out about our next aromatic prowess on September 1st!

**************** Donsuemor Cookies ***************

Perhaps you love cookies but not enough to order them from New York City. Instead order a fabulous assortment of cookies NOW from Donsuemor. Donsuemor introduces a twist on classic French sweets.. namely cookies. Made in Alameda, California, the only places that would approximate these cookies are based in France. Lucky for me, I was sent an array of cookies to try. I handed them out to family and friends and collected responses of .. “more please” and “where did you get these?”. That’s definitely a great response. (Text below drawn from the Donsuemor website is in italics)

A tiered cookie dish full of Donsuemor French cookies.

These tasty bites of French treats are absolutely what you should have stashed in your pantry, your handbag, your desk and your carry-on at the airport. When you need a treat, you should get something luxurious and tasty but not overly expensive. You don’t have to invest a ton of cash in acquiring these treats, you just need to find where they are sold or buy them from Donsuemor direct.

Dipped Madeleines (made with real chocolate)

Donsuemor madeleines are elegant little French cakes with distinctive shell shapes. Rich and buttery with a unique flavor and texture—soft and moist with lightly crisped edges—they are made with the finest quality ingredients. Donsuemor madeleines are available in three flavors, Traditional, Dipped, and Lemon Zest.

Traditional Madeleines

Lemon Zest Madeleines

The company that introduced the original Madeleine to the United States invites cookie lovers to test drive either or both of their two new additions.


The Nonnette is a classic French treat that is small in size but big in flavor. Each sweet Nonnette is a bite-sized indulgence featuring a hint of Meyer lemon, both inside and out, that makes it difficult to eat just one. The Nonnette’s delicate texture and handcrafted quality combine to create an indescribable sense of comfort that are a testament to Donsuemor’s uncompromising commitment to excellence. The Nonnettes are available for pre-order now in an elegant three-pack tray. (I didn’t try these!)


The Petit Gateau, or “little cake” as translated from French, is just that; a delicate, bite-sized cake featuring fanciful fluted edges that’s ideal as an after-dinner treat or even a mid-morning indulgence. Donsuemor adds extra delight to the Petite Gateau with a touch of orange for a surprising pop of flavor. Find the L’Orange Petite Gateau in two-packs that are perfect for sharing, also available now for pre-order.
These are the best tasting little cakes ever! Talk about heaven in an amazing 2-3 bite cake. This cake is worth nibbling on to make it last longer. The cake is tender and the flavor delish!

French Almond Cakes

French Almond Cakes are divine! These cookies are elegant little cakes with the rich and nutty taste of sweet almond. Soft and moist with crisp edges – a “Donsuemor signature” – these elegant treats are made with the finest quality ingredients.

Led by the drive and determination of our talented French pastry chef and dedicated team, inspired by the Parisian original, Donsuemor proudly launched the French Almond Cakes in September 2009. Although we had the desire to bake other products over the years, we committed to do so only if they could live up to the standards of the madeleine. The French Almond Cakes exceed our standard, and thus became the first new product Donsuemor developed since the first madeleine was baked in Berkeley in 1976.

“We are absolutely thrilled to add these delicious new treats to the Donsuemor family of products,” said Susan Davis, CEO of the California-based bakery. “The Nonnette and the Petit Gateau perfectly exemplify our commitment to creating something extraordinary that brings delight to everyday life.”

Where to buy Donsuemor
I tried it and found 10 different spots to purchase the product including 4 within a really reasonable drive (including less than 1 mile away!)
Buy direct from Donsuemor

************** Alcove Chocolate **************
Riding on the success of the Los Feliz restaurant, Alcove Cafe and Big Bar, Tom Trellis decided to immerse himself in the science of chocolate and figure out how to create some of the best chocolate Los Angeles had ever consumed.


Crafted chocolatier specialist and entrepreneur, Tom Trellis, talks about Alcove Chocolate’s diverse palate of tastes which incorporate various fruit zests and unconventional spices into 12 powerful chocolate combinations. These ingenious creations have placed Alcove Chocolate as the frontrunner of the Southern California boutique chocolate movement.

What is this chocolate blend and why is it so important?

“Alcove Chocolate’s cacao beans are sourced globally. In other words, they are not sourced from a single origin which some chocolate is. For chocolatiers, the alchemy comes in sourcing that perfect cacao to achieve the best flavor of chocolate whether it’s a blend or single-origin. Our blend is distinguished from other chocolatiers – not to mention the chocolate we use is GMO-free and Kosher-certified.

Going beyond our chocolate, though, it’s our achievement of balancing high quality and comfortable price point, as well as offering unique flavor profiles with compelling packaging, that truly distinguishes Alcove Chocolate from the rest. “

Trellis honed his expertise to focus on what would be and incorporated a European chocolate with blends of unique ingredients to produce 12 ingenious creations (six dark chocolate, six milk chocolate) that span a palate of sweet, savory, and everything in between.

Taste profiles include:
Red Velvet – a smooth milk chocolate layered with flavors of cheesecake frosting and chocolate cake,
Fleur de Sel – a dark chocolate temptation of 64% cacao complimented with sea salt,
Kung Pao Peanut – a creamy milk chocolate with roasted peanuts and an innovative touch of jalapeno.

“I was fascinated by how strongly people around the world revered chocolate,” comments Trellis. “That obsession, plus the unique prospect of chocolate as a new business venture, inspired my creation of Alcove Chocolate.”

Alcove Chocolate has not only defined itself as a confectionary powerhouse in Los Angeles, but also on a national scale for chocolate fanatics across America.

Try the 12 flavors of Alcove Chocolate’s bars:

red velvet
Red Velvet – Velvety, smooth milk chocolate layered with flavors of cheesecake frosting and chocolate cake.

banana creme
Banana Cream Crunch – Creamy milk chocolate fused with crisped rice and essence of bananas.

coconut mango
Coconut Mango – Milk chocolate with toasted coconut and mango

Mimosa – The ultimate “choctail” 64% dark chocolate with essences of fresh orange juice and sparkling champagne.

fleur de pretzel
Fleur de Pretzel – Rich milk chocolate paired with New York pretzels and enrobed in swirls of Fleur de Sel sea salt.

kung pao peanut
Kung Pao Peanut – Creamy milk chocolate landscaped with roasted peanuts and a touch of jalapeno

fleur de sel
Fleur de Sel – 65% cacao complimented with natural sea salt

brownie dark choc
Brownie – Dark milk chocolate blended with traditional fudge brownie

black forest
Black Forest – Dark chocolate incorporated with fresh tart bing cherries

chipotle chili
Chipotle Chili – 64% cacao blended with smoky sweet chipotle chili

pom choco
Pomegranate – 64% cacao infused with essence of pomegranate

deep dark choco
Deep Dark – An outstanding dark chocolate comprised of 64% cacao

You can find Alcove Chocolate at fine food purveyors and at the Alcove Cafe. If you want to find a store near you, hit the Alcove Cafe website here.

Now you have tons of choices of great treats for the rest of your summer! Find them in your local area and try them out. There are lots of choices here!

Stevie Wilson,

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