Local Bounty: Cookies, Cupcakes, Candy—A Sweet Easter

Treats for all ages



Once you’ve enjoyed the roasted leg of lamb or thick sweet salty slices of baked ham—and all the trimmings like plump cross buns from Belen Bakery or Bread and Cie, well, what’s for dessert?

I guess I think of Easter from a kid’s perspective, sans the Peeps. These treats are easy for small hands and mouths to enjoy—and just as enjoyable for those of us who are still kids at heart.

Cookies from Champagne French Bakery Cafe

I love a good sugar cookie. Cover it in chocolate or sprinkle with brightly colored coarse sugar and I go straight back to childhood. Champagne, which launched back in 1997 in North County and now has more than a dozen locations in San Diego, Orange County, L.A., and Marin County, has tulip-  and daisy-shaped cookies ($1 each), as well as little bunnies ($1.50), lavishly decorated with those eye-popping coarse sugars. Then there are white and dark chocolate-dipped egg-shaped sugar cookies ($2 each). You can even have them customized with names spelled out on them. Add to the mix with chocolate-dipped strawberries ($2.75) to celebrate spring.

Cupcakes Squared

Just four years ago Robin Wisotsky opened Cupcakes Squared in Point Loma. Twenty-eight flavors later,  she continues to make unique square cupcakes and for Easter, they can come with a cute topping of hand-painted sugar shell eggs, colorful Cadbury eggs, or a clever next made up of chocolate-covered crunchy Chinese noodles with jelly bean eggs. Pick a flavor and your decoration and you’re good to go. $3.50 for large cupcakes, $1.90 for minis; $39 a dozen for the large or $21 a dozen for the minis.

Chuao Chocolatier

Is Easter really truly Easter without a chocolate bunny to nibble on? Forget those big hollow Peter Cottontails and get the good stuff. Chuao Chocolatier has a few choices. Their sweet little milk chocolate Baby Bunnies are $8.95 a package.  If you like Chuao’s popping candy, pick up a pair of their milk chocolate Hopping Popping Bunnies ($7.95).  Then there is the package of milk, dark, and white chocolate barnyard Easter pals ($7.95). For a big surprise, pick up their Easter Gift Bag, filled with a tin of their Abuela Hot Chocolate, four chocolate bars and four ChocoPods in a variety of flavors ($35).

Photos By Caron Golden

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