For too many moms out there, Mother’s Day (May 13) will only involve flowers and an overpriced dinner. Break with clichéd tradition – bring your lovely mother one of these sweet treats. By Siobhan Wallace.
Liz Gutman and Jen King, the ladies behind Liddabit Sweets, love their moms so much, they made two candy bars for them. Liz’s mom inspired the Janberry Shortcake, soft strawberry jelly topping a tarragon shortbread and coated in white Chocolate. Jen’s mom has the Lemon Moe-ringue Pie Bar–a triple layer delight of pie crust, lemon agar jelly candy, and bruléed lemon-zest marshmallow, also surrounded by white chocolate. These limited edition candy bars are available through their online store or at Saturday’s Smorgasburg and Sunday’s New Amsterdam Market.
World famous Magnolia Bakery is a perfect place to pick up any seasonal or holiday special treats, and they have a few on tap for Mother’s Day. Besides a number of themed gifts available, they have raspberry and blueberry crumb cakes for delicious afternoon tea time sweets.
Fresh off their mention in this season’s Mad Men, William Greenberg’s Red Tin is still a welcome gift for anyone. For Mother’s Day, they’ll be offering airy mini angel food cakes, chocolate cupcakes, babka, mini schnecken, butter cookies, and beautiful raspberry-filled heart-shaped linzer tarts.
For mothers with a little bit more savory than sweet palette, head to the Hell’s Kitchen Japanese bakery at Kyotofu. They have fudgy strawberry and matcha chocolates, Valrhona chocolate miso brownies, and these shortbread cookies in popular East Asian flavors like Genmai Toasted Brown Rice, Black Sesame, and Yuzu Citrus. They are the perfect end to their traditional Mother’s Day Brunch there.
With its expansion to Rockefeller Center, Bouchon Bakery now makes it possible for more Midtown workers to pick up an extra special treat Friday night and turn Mother’s Day into a weekend-long celebration. This year’s Bonnet cake–it’s shaped like the perfect spring hat–is filled with lemon génoise and mixed berry jam. Call or stop by next week to see what else they’ll have to on hand.