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Sweets Galore: What to get and what to ditch

Two Howler reporters, Montia Daniels and Isabela Mercer, traversed local dessert destinations to find the best places to satisfy any sweet tooth

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Sweet Spoons, Sweet Spoons: 10750 Wakefield Commons Dr, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Customize your fro-yo at Sweet Spoons!

If you’re looking for something sweet with many options, you may be impressed by the quality and selection at Sweet Spoons. Sweet Spoons is a frozen yogurt shop right next to Marquee Cinemas and at first sight it is a cute, well-organized shop. The inside is strikingly cozy, with a great number of positive notes hanging up on the walls from past customers.

The truly great thing about Sweet Spoons is the quality of the food and the variety of toppings which you can add to the type of frozen yogurt you choose. Tropical Sorbet, Cheesecake, Strawberry and Chocolate Chips were among the different flavours of frozen yogurts you could choose from .

The price for a good size of ice cream with a good amount of toppings was surprisingly cheap, below $5. The ambiance and service was great, good localization, great price and good dessert. The frozen yogurt had a sterile and cold atmosphere. It was quiet and unlively. The frozen yogurt itself was great but the atmosphere was flat.

Rating: 7.5/10

 

Chocolate BoutiqueChocolate Boutique: 8480 Honeycutt Rd,

Raleigh, NC 27615

This s’more covered in chocolate was scrumptious. Find it at Chocolate Boutique.

For the everyday chocolate lover, this chocolate galore will leave you speechless– especially when you see the price. Located in Lafayette Village, the Chocolate Boutique is a smaller shop with a great variety of unusual– but definitely quite interesting– kinds of chocolates.

Their variety of products range from truffles to Smores Chocolate. Although the chocolate is essentially quite delicious, they are also very expensive. Each individual truffle is $2.50 which is a lot to pay for such a small product. The chocolate is very high quality which explains the price, but you could only eat one.

It was extremely dense in favor and yummy! It’s an occasional treat but possibly not worth the money.

Rating: 6/10.

 

Premier Cakes, Premier Cakes: 6617 Falls of Neuse Rd #105, Raleigh, NC 27615

This cake is a sweet treat!

Premier Cakes offers a variety of savory and sweet cakes that feature a different flavor for every cake-lover. Premier Cakes was the first shop we went to review, and we were definitely impressed. The outside of the shop is quite bland and not very eye-catching but the inside is definitely much more comfortable and decorated.

Premier Cakes’ specialty is, as the name says, cakes. The amount of different flavors of cake that they offer is quite surprising. A good kind of surprise, definitely. They have flavors that range from Pineapple and Coconut cake all the way to Wedding cakes. The cakes are all already cut and kept in a refrigerator.

The price is also relatively expensive (ranges from about $3 to $6 dollars) but if you’re interested in good cakes, with a great amount of flavors to choose from in a smaller, cute environment with great service, then you might like Premier Cakes.

8/10

 

La Dolce VitaLa Dolce Vita: 14460 Falls of Neuse Rd #165, Raleigh, NC 27614

A wide variety of treats will greet you at La Dolce Vita!

This is a homey Italian-themed dessert place. There’s a wide variety of treats to enjoy. From cupcakes and cannolis to ice cream, this small place will satisfy your sweet tooth and won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

Many of the desserts were sold by the pound, but huge cupcakes are only $2 and ice cream is $2.50 a cone. Saving money didn’t mean sacrificing quality or quantity. You can eat all the sweets you want, and you’re more likely to break your belt than the bank.

It was very easy to enjoy the sweet and savory desserts in this undiscovered gem. La Dolce Vita is placed between a variety of restaurants and the Wakefield Movie theater. The bakery is across from Sweet Spoons and features a quaint outdoor setting that is nice to eat at on hot summer days. The only downside is that the interior was not very impressive. There were little to no chairs and awkward decorations. Overall we give the quality of food and price very high rankings, but it didn’t quite have the charm we were looking for.

7.5/10

 

Simply CrêpesSimply Crêpes: 8470 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

Simply Crepe’s presentation can’t be beat.

Simply Crêpes is a cute shop in Lafayette Village for when you have some more time to spare (it’s more of an hour-long stop rather than a quick in and out). It might take longer than all the other places so far, but it is definitely worth it. The shop is extremely well-decorated with a great ambiance, more on the fancy-ish side, and you can choose to sit on tables either inside or outside.

The menu offers a great variety, ranging from savory crêpes for more of a breakfast food all the way to a dessert crêpe with Nutella, banana or strawberries, chocolate sauce and vanilla bean ice cream (this one is called Nutella Fruit and is a special favorite of mine).

The portion is good, well-sized and the price range varies, since the options are very vast. The dessert crêpes are $9.75 for the regular size or $8 for the petite size. Their food is very high quality and they can make gluten-free ones if you need or want them too.

Rating: 8.5/10

 

 

 


 

 

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