Endless Summer Sweets
1937 Ashby Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94703
Endless Summer Sweets sells at the Berkeley flea market and various East Bay events. The company keeps summertime memories alive with its funnel cakes, made to order with fresh seasonal toppings, including sliced strawberries all year long, and homemade whipped cream for a sweet finish. Endless Summer Sweets is committed to using local ingredients whenever possible and offers some fun and distinctive toppings. The unique seasonal toppings are mango, berries of all kinds and apples. The company is reaching out to its fans for suggestions on additional toppings as it works on offering other favorites to the cakes. Also popular is a killer kettlecorn called Kettlicious, made with butterfly popcorn kernels.
2748 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703
Crixa Cakes has a large fan following due to its amazingly delicious bakery items, all simply yummy. Served in an old world European atmosphere, Crixa Cakes has daily dessert and savory menu offerings, along with particularly good coffee and espresso drinks and teas. Where else can you find Hungarian, Russian, Kifli (yeasted dough, triangular pastry), non-dairy, gluten-free and sugar-free desserts all at one location? Summertime means berries and Crixa makes a sweet-tart rhubard and blueberry pie that is just as beautiful to see as it is to taste. The bakery also makes a sweet-tart rhubard pie made light with a splash of cream and kifli, tender, flaky triangular pastries filled with either thick, sweet-tart apricot or plum jams. Check the website for Today’s Café Menu to see which desserts are available that day, as products rotate in availability.
Tara’s Organic Ice Cream
3173 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Tara Esperanza has earned a cult-like following for her original and wonderfully creative all-organic ice creams. Tara’s Organic Ice Cream uses the finest organic ingredients to offer a new ice cream experience and broaden the scope of what ice cream can be. Tara’s wide range of flavors is amazing and like none you have ever had before. Just-right-for-summer flavors include blueberry mint, peach, raspberry, plum ginger and strawberry rose, to name a few. Plus, you can also find refreshing sorbets with names like raspberry agave, coconut lime, superberry agave and strawberry tarragon. Tara’s handmade organic ice cream cakes are made to order and are individually hand decorated. Find out more by visiting Tara’s website. Another location is in Oakland, plus TOIC is also sold at specialty markets around the Bay Area.
Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts
285 23rd St.
Oakland, CA 94612
New York native Gregory Williams opened Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts over 25 years ago with a mission to create the most extraordinary cheesecakes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gregory took his personal dessert craving to new heights when his passion evolved into something so special it now delights the sweet cravings of many. Beginning with cheesecakes, Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts now offers a wide-ranging selection of cakes, cookies, cobblers and pies. Desserts perfect for summertime enjoyment include but are not limited to blackberry cobbler, peach cobbler, tropical cobbler, blackberry pie and strawberry streusel cheesecake, with strawberry rhubarb pie coming soon. A major wholesaler, Gregory’s is open during select hours to serve retail patrons. Call ahead to check on the day’s selection or pre-order for pick up.
2238 Oak Grove Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Some frozen yogurt lovers swear Tutti Frutti is the best frozen yogurt they have ever had. With more than 50 flavors, several of which you likely will not find anywhere else, such as pomegranate, papaya and lychee, Tutti Frutti definitely has flavors to please everyone. Summer flavors include peach, raspberry, mango, coconut, cantaloupe and guava. Also here are a few sorbets, such as summertime-perfect watermelon. Visit additional East Bay Tutti Frutti shops in Oakland, Berkeley and Concord.
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