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Big-City Inspiration: Chicago

  • Jun 22, 2015

Ever heard of Charles F. Gunther? Most Chicagoans have. He’s a confectioner who started his own Chicago-based candy company in 1868, and he’s sometimes credited with introducing caramel to the United States. Chicago has a reputation for its long history in the candy and dessert industry, one that still stands today. Here are three Chicago-area bakeries that are worth a visit. Let them serve as inspiration for your own home-baked desserts!

Alliance Bakery. Nestled in the unique Wicker Park neighborhood, Alliance Bakery will customize cupcakes or one of their artistic cakes to match any occasion. Stop in for an espresso and browse their extensive dessert selection. They offer fine European pastries and an outdoor cafe, the perfect picturesque setting to enjoy your goodies.

Bonjour Cafe Bakery. This Hyde Park establishment features all manner of scrumptious baked goods, including macaroons, croissants (try the apple or chocolate) and raisin wheels. Made-to-order cakes are available as well. Enjoy your baked treat with a cup of Metropolis coffee in the courtyard of this French eatery.

Delightful Pastries. With several Chicago locations to choose from, this Old-World pastry and bakery shop offers European style pastries, cakes and baked goods, including Polish doughnuts, tiramisu cake, Black Forest mini pastries and lemon curd moonshine cupcakes. Delightful Pastries, a family-owned business, is known for the fact that they do not add chemicals or preservatives—and that many of their pastries are made without much sugar. As it says on their web site, “Our best kept secret is that we let the all-natural tastes speak for themselves. Take a bite of our Black Forest Cake and actually taste the fresh Michigan cherries in every bite.”

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