Treat Time

Here’s what’s making us happy this week.

Road trip to sugar.
Driving the windy, cliffside Highway 1 to Big Sur can be a bit nerve-racking. But we do it for the beauty, and for the baked goods at Big Sur Bakery. It’s a place that’s known for bear claws, croissants, and melt-in-your-mouth berry-chocolate breads. Better than any treat your neighbors used to dish out on Halloween night.

big sur bakery berry chocolate babkaPhoto courtesy of Big Sur Bakery

The school of Jelly Belly. Near Oakland, at Fairfield’s Jelly Belly University, you can earn a degree in Beanology. A diploma is granted by the Dean of the Bean after a 90-minute class at JBU, where the pros demonstrate the proper way to make the famous candies. Your graduation reward? A bag of sweet-and-sour Jelly Belly jelly beans. A haunted house and breakfast will take place on Halloween.

jelly belly organizedPhoto by LWYana via Flickr

The Day of the Dead sweet treat. Chicago’s up-and-coming Pilsen neighborhood is packed with delicious Mexican bakeries, where you can load up on traditional Central American treats like churros (you must get them dipped in chocolate), tres leches cake, and empanadas filled with mango or pineapple jelly. The best selection is at La Baguette Bakery. Happy Día de los Muertos.

churrosPhoto by Sami Keinänen via Flickr

Skulls that are edible. Día de los Muertos means one big thing treat-wise: traditional sugar skulls, or calavera. These tasty real-life imitations are decorated with colorful frostings. For the real deal, hit up Little Havana’s Mi Rinconcito Mexicano. Inside the restaurant is La Migaja Mexican Bakery, where sugar skulls and another holiday sweet, pan de muerto, are in high demand.

sugar skullsPhoto by Katie Bordner via Flickr

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