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Sunny With a Chance of Sweets: Revue's Guide to Sinfully Delicious Summer Treats

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Le Bon Macaron. Le Bon Macaron. Courtesy photo

Nothing completes a summer night in The Mitten like a fresh, local, frozen treat sourced from the best Midwest cows and dairy farms.  But moo-ove over, ice cream! In West Michigan, there’s plenty more to explore when it comes to sweet summer treats. “Weird” Al Yankovic might love rocky road — as do we — but us natives are also here to explore our share of Parisian treats, cupcakes, chocolates, danishes and more. Summer is here and with it comes more hours in the day to walk, bike or drive on down to some of our favorite go-to local dessert destinations. 

Underground Cookie Club
undergroundcookieclub.com
5422 Division Ave. S, Kentwood
(616) 328-0285

When pop culture elements mix together with delicious cookies…it’s a match made in sweet-treat heaven. Underground Cookie Club, whose brick and mortar shop is a new addition to West Michigan, is known for its signature artisan ice cream sandwiches. Flavors include the Chubby Unicorn – a crowd-pleasing, bright, colorful rainbow cookie covered in unicorn sneezes (sprinkles) with Superman ice cream. The finishing touch is a roll through Fruity Pebbles cereal to top it off.

Owner Alan Stone searched high and low for shops making cookie ice cream sandwiches the way Underground Cookie Club does and has yet to find one. Their cookie sandwiches feature a huge hand-scooped mound of ice cream between two delicious baked cookies The scoop is so large it’s almost impossible to eat by hand. For Alan and the Underground Cookie Club team, they didn’t invent the ice cream sandwich…they’re just giving it the respect it deserves.

Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Le Bon Macaron
ilovemacarons.com951 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids
(616) 706-0183

Le Bon Macaron is a breath of fresh Parisian air and a star among the many storefronts along Cherry Street. The shop has a warm and welcoming space, one that makes you want to spend time with family while sipping on delicious lavender lattes, instead of typing away at your computer. And, for Le Bon Macaron, family plays an important role in the opening and maintenance of the shop. Before opening in Grand Rapids in 2015, Le Bon Macaron started as a side business run by owner Kelly Toland’s father. Today, it's expanded into three locations (Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Ann Arbor), each owned and managed by members of the family. 

Deliciously delicate macarons await within the displays of Le Bon Macaron. Salted Caramel is a classic go-to. However, the interesting and fun flavors like Marie Antoinette Cake Batter, which features a bright aqua shell and rainbow colored sprinkles, are a fan favorite. From the authentic atmosphere to the delicious variety of flavors, Le Bon Macaron is unlike any other sweet treat in West Michigan.

Hours:
Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Furniture City Creamery
Furniturecitycreamery.com
958 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids
(616) 920-0752

Ice cream — it’s the best summer treat around! Whether you’re nine or 90 years old, everyone enjoys an ice cream cone on a hot summer day. Named after the industry that made Grand Rapids “Grand,” Furniture City Creamery has been scooping handcrafted ice cream for almost five years. Here, you can expect flavors
ranging from traditional vanilla to their high-demand, ultra-popular Peanut Butter Oreo.

 At Furniture City Creamery, you may need more than one summer to taste all of their delicious flavors. But one you definitely don't want to miss out on is the Creme Brûlée ice cream. The flavor is released about once a month and takes more than three days to prepare. Crafted from homemade mascarpone and burnt sugar toppings, it's the real Creme Brûlée experience.

Hours:
Monday-Sunday, Noon-10 p.m.

Sugar Momma's Bakery & Cafe
sugarmommaspastries.com6504 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids
(616) 957-2122

Certified pastry chef Haley McNeil-Chapman has been the creative mind behind Sugar Momma’s Bakery and Cafe for more than seven years. The cafe, which prides itself on everything being made from scratch, specializes in croissants, pastries, authentic bagels, cakes, cookies and much more. A fan favorite is the indulgent peanut butter bar, a chocolate chip cookie bottom with peanut butter mousse filling and chopped peanut butter cups on top. If you’re not drooling yet, how about the key lime cheesecake, which features a creamy yet tart cheesecake batter with fresh, summer-filled lime zest on top of graham cracker crust. The latest addition is traditional “boiled” bagels with cherry-vanilla awesome cream cheese on top.

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Patricia's Chocolates
patriciaschocolate.com
1355 126 Washington Ave., Grand Haven
(616) 842-5999

Skip the flight to Paris and visit Grand Haven’s own Atelier du Chocolat, Patricia’s Chocolates. The family-owned chocolate shop is known for its artisan confections, all handmade in the French tradition, as well as pastries, macarons and shortbread cookies. Many of the sweets within the shop make excellent gifts, like the collections of ganache and caramel palets with truffle-like filings. They’re an indulgent treat that anyone can appreciate.

Feeling extra fancy? Try the Fortunato No.4. This delicacy is made from the rarest cacao bean in the world and is the genetic mother of all others. It’s also the first cacao bean on earth! It’s remarkable for its complete lack of bitterness and cocoa butter that lingers on the palate. Patricia’s is one of the only chocolatiers in the world entrusted with this precious chocolate. It’s truly an experience you can’t get anywhere else in West Michigan!

Hours:
Monday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

Saunders Family Bakery
saundersfamilybakery.com
102 S. River Ave., Holland
(616) 848-7677

Long gone are the days of limited sweet options for those with dietary restrictions. Saunders Family Bakery in Holland is known for its gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan treats. Owned by Kristine and Courtney Saunders, the business celebrated its first anniversary in March. Their top items include a gluten-free cinnamon roll hot and fresh from the oven and the “Down the Rabbit Hole” cookiewich, which features two carrot cake cookies with spiced cream cheese frosting in between. This Spring, Saunders Bakery will add gluten-free salads and smoothies to its menu, expanding its niche offering for those with food allergies.

Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Let's Swirl
letsswirlkzoo.com
5021 West Main St., Kalamazoo
(269) 903-2622

When it comes to summer sweets, frozen yogurt is your best bet for a healthy alternative that won’t stray from your diet. Perks of frozen yogurt include live active cultures, high calcium and protein, and lower cholesterol. But, Let’s Swirl is known for much more than being a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream. The shop features more than 50 toppings which include two varieties of eggless cookie dough — peanut butter with mini Reese’s Pieces and double chocolate with mini Hershey’s Kisses.

With more than seven years of business under their belt, Let’s Swirl continues to scoop up some of the best deals in town. Their “No Weigh Wednesday” offers a flat rate of just $3.50 per cup, out the door. Students can take advantage of a 40-percent discount with valid I.D on Mondays. Head in on your birthday for a free 8-oz. cup or have it delivered to your house via Uber Eats.

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday, 12-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 12-11 p.m.

Spoonlickers
spoonlickersgr.com1551 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
(616) 805-5502
616 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
(616) 591-2890
1971 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
(616) 570-0117

With three locations right here in West Michigan, Spoonlickers is the real deal when it comes to fresh, local, frozen treats. And, if three locations isn’t enough, you can have their delicious delights delivered via Uber Eats or GrubHub. Their fro-yo is produced with local fruits and real milk from local dairies, and contains live active cultures. The popular flavors include Tahitian Vanilla, Sea Salt Caramel, Chocolate Custard and Cookies & Cream. All of their flavors are all natural with no mixers, fillers or powders. 

The hardest part about a trip to Spoonlickers is deciding which of their 80-plus toppings and flavors you’ll enjoy. How about starting your mix with decadent homemade ganache or caramel and finish it off with chocolate chip cookie dough and whipped cream. 

Summer Hours:

Eastown
Sunday-Wednesday, 12:00-10 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Downtown
Monday-Sunday, 1:00-10:00 p.m.

Knapp’s Corner
Monday-Sunday, 1:00-10:00 p.m.

Sprinkles Donut Shop
sprinklesdonutshop.com
452 Ada Dr. SE, Ada
(616) 682-5417
5135 Lake Michigan Dr., Allendale
(616) 986-1413
6450 28th Ave., Hudsonville
(616) 797-4320
8467 Algoma Ave. NE, Rockford
(616) 951-7333

Nothing will start your day better than a doughnut with a cup of fresh-brewed coffee. Visit one of the four Sprinkles Donuts locations to enjoy yeast and cake doughnuts, cupcakes and muffins in a variety of flavors. Their doughnuts cover the basics like apple fritters and classic round glaze to newer flavors like Peanut Butter or Chocolate Nut Cinnamon Fry.

Sprinkles Donut shop, a family owned business, started in 2014. Owner Gary Vanderstelt's father has been baking and owning his own bakeries for more than 50 years. Their mission? To create doughnuts that are more than just flour, sugar and water. To the owners, a doughnut means family, community and love. Each doughnut is made with time and attention, using locally sourced and premium ingredients.

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, 6 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sunday, 6 a.m.–1 p.m.  

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