Best chocolate in the city!
Sarah's Pastries & Candies is the cutest shop in Chicago. Even from the outside, you can tell it's going to be a great experience. The white picket fence blocks off tables in the heart of the city (on Oak St., between State and Rush) - definitely a great place to grab a dessert and coffee and people watch. Once you walk through the door, you are greated with the friendliest faces and the most amazing aroma of CHOCOLATE. My favorite chocolate is milk chocolate royaltine - it is milk chocolate mixed with crispy Feuilletine wafer pieces and caramelized almonds. SO DELICIOUS. It was voted one of the top things to eat in Chicago by Time Out magazine.
But Sarah doesn't just make chocolate. Her blueberry muffins are incredible, my grandmother is addicted to her warm, soft brownies, and her cupcakes are amazing. I was really excited when she started to carry sandwiches, which she accompanies a free ""chocolate delight,"" her signature chocolate which is a mixture of nuts and crispy rice, covered in milk, dark or white chocolate. If you are on the run, and want something quick, grab an empanada. The flaky, buttery crust will melt in your mouth.
Sarah also makes cakes to order, or you can purchase cakes pre-made at the store. I love the carrot cake or the chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse filling. Sarah made our wedding cake and it was definitely a highlight of the night with our guests! Everyone wanted to know where I got the most delicious cake they had ever had.
I could go on and on, but I promise that whatever you try at Sarah's, you will love. Oh, one more tip for you out-of-towners: you can order her chocolates and gift baskets at online.