As Halloween quickly approaches, bakeries and restaurants all over NYC are gearing up for a sugar overload. Indulge your sweet tooth in these Halloween season goodies, perfect to bring to a themed party or to treat your little ones on October 31st. By Sarah Shaker.
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Autumn Trifle, Veniero’s
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Looking for Halloween sweets to bring to the office? Classic Italian bakery Veniero’s in the East Village offers brightly iced sugar cookies in the shapes of ghosts, vampires and Frankenstein each year. For a classier Halloween season treat, don’t miss the Autumn Trifle made from layers of spiced carrot cake, creamy New York cheesecake and pumpkin cream topping.
BOO Cupcakes, Magnolia Bakery
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Tourists flock to Magnolia for cupcakes all year round, while New Yorkers love to splurge on their indulgent banana pudding. For Halloween this year, visitors and locals alike will fall for their BOO Cupcakes. Rich devil’s food cake with orange-tinted white chocolate truffle filling is topped with velvety ganache inscribed with “BOO!” These themed cupcakes are perfect for your kids’ classroom Halloween celebration or for an adult night out filled with tricks and treats to share with friends.
Pumpkin and Apple Gobblers, Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
Big Gay Ice Cream’s fall Gobblers are a seasonal favorite. Choose from the Pumpkin Gobbler; vanilla soft serve, pumpkin butter, maple syrup, pie crust pieces and whipped cream and the Apple Gobbler; vanilla soft serve, apple butter, bourbon butterscotch, pie crust pieces and whipped cream. And don’t forget this winter they’ll be bringing back Mexicano Affogayto, a homemade spicy hot chocolate poured over ice cream to keep you cozy all season long.
Carrot Cake Mini Cupcake in Pods, Baked By Melissa
Baked by Melissa, the NYC bakery known for miniature stuffed cupcakes is trick-or-treating friendly this year with a single cupcake package called “Cupcake Pod.” This little container holds one bite-size Carrot Cake Cupcake (made with chocolate chip carrot cake, cream cheese icing and chocolate chips) and is designed to keep the cake and icing perfectly intact all night long, so you’ll be the coolest apartment on the block as you hand these out on October 31st!
Halloween Cupcakes, Billy’s Bakery
Billy’s classic cupcakes, including Yellow Daisy and Classic Chocolate with chocolate and vanilla buttercream are topped with spooky sprinkles and a vintage Halloween pick this season. While locals love their banana cupcake, you also shouldn’t miss their other fall treats like the Pumpkin Bar and Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze.
Halloween Chocolate-Dunked Fortune Cookies, Dylan’s Candy Bar
No matter what the fortune says inside each cookie, your kids will feel pretty lucky to have these crunchy chocolate treats this Halloween. Featuring 12 scarylicious fortune cookies dunked in decadent chocolate, these bites are then topped with edible Halloween decorations and colorful sprinkles.
Pumpkin Crème Brûlée with Apple Cider Donuts, MexiBBQ
MexiBBQ in Astoria will be serving two new pumpkin desserts for the Halloween season. Enjoy Pumpkin Crème Brûlée with Apple Cider Donuts or Pumpkin Panna Cotta. Staying with the autumn theme, MexiBBQ also has a special line of pumpkin beers behind the bar and a few Halloween-themed brews, including Coney Island Freaktober Beer.
Chocolate Clementine Jack-o-Lanterns, Forbidden Fruit
Looking for a treat that won’t ruin your diet this Halloween? Stop by Forbidden Fruit in the West Village, where they’ve turned little seedless clementines into seasonally appropriate faux-pumpkin jack-o-lanterns, dipped in dark or milk chocolate complete with edible sugar details. These fruit and chocolate treats are perfect to get some Vitamin C in with your dessert.
Halloween Cupcakes, Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Love Sugar Sweet Sunshine’s Pumpkin cupcake all year round? Can’t get enough of their Sassy Red Velvet cupcake (Red Velvet cake with chocolate almond buttercream)? You’re in luck this Halloween, as all of their delicious cupcake flavors will be available with black and orange Halloween sprinkles and themed plastic picks for an adorable old school decoration to bring along to any holiday party this month. And while you’re there, don’t forget to try their seasonal Pumpkin Pudding, named one of the best pumpkin treats in NYC.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.