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Hot Shopping Halifax: Sugar Fix

Sugar Shok Candy Boutique

If you’re craving sweets, check out Sugar Shok Candy Boutique. Located on Portland Street in Dartmouth, this funky spot opened last fall. It features a large assortment of classic candies, bubble gum, cake pops, chocolate and more. For something a little different, treat yourself and try the ChocoBacon (yes, chocolate dipped bacon). The store also has party accessories, funny greeting cards, neat knick-knacks, gifts and candy bouquets.

Susie’s Shortbreads is the place to be for cake and cookie fans. Located on Dresden Row and Bayers Lake, this sweet spot has a daily cupcake menu jam-packed with flavour. Try the lemon zinger, white chocolate raspberry or peppermint patty, to name a few. The red velvet is only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so plan your week accordingly. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. Prefer a cookie? Bite into a toffee chocolate chip or coconut vanilla.

For a quirky candy store experience, check out Freak Lunchbox. First founded in Halifax in 2001, this popular shop can be found on Barrington Street and the Bedford Highway. With circus-themed décor and colours galore, it’s a great place for kids—and kids at heart.

Get Tasty Treats from the Cupcake Girls’ Toronto Bakery

The Cupcake Girls' "Blue Hawaii" is composed of coconut cake with blue vanilla buttercream

The Cupcake Girls’ “Blue Hawaii” is composed of coconut cake with blue vanilla buttercream

Fans of the W Network’s reality show The Cupcake Girls rejoice! Heather White and Lori Joyce have brought their cheerful, retro-style bakery Cupcakes to Toronto. The Leaside location, the pair’s first outside their native British Columbia, features fresh-baked cupcakes and cakes in such mouth-watering flavours as Blue Hawaii (coconut cake with blue vanilla buttercream), Caramella (caramel-filled chocolate cake with praline-sprinkled caramel buttercream), and more traditional offerings like red velvet, chocolate, and cookies and cream. If a warm-from-the-oven treat isn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, the shop also has an ice cream counter, as well as Cupcakes-branded items.  —Linda Luong

>> Cupcakes, 85 Laird Dr., 416-287-2253; cupcakesonline.com
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Toronto’s Best Cupcake Shops


Toronto Best Cupcake Shops - Dlish

Dlish makes some of Toronto’s best cupcakes at two downtown locations

This city’s great cupcake boom may have run its course (as all food trends inevitably do), but while the buzz has died down, the baking continues apace. Now, wherever you find yourself, some of Toronto’s best cupcakes are never far away. Read on for our favourite spots for picking up creative versions of the classic single-serving treat.


5 Fabulous Cupcake Shops in Montreal


Inniya's Cupcakes (Photo: Lauren Cracower)

Cupcakes are beyond the “trend” phase in most cities but are no less popular, having proven their staying power and become an institution on the culinary scene. Now it’s all about individual takes on the venerable sweet treat: inventive new combinations that transcend red velvet and chocolate buttercream frosting.

Here’s a mouthwatering look at our top five favourite cupcake boutiques in Montreal. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Lovely Bites

Dlish Cupcakes

Top off your day with a thick swirl of buttercream icing and a fluffy baked treat by visiting one of Toronto’s choice cupcake shops. Dlish uses preservative-free ingredients—farm-fresh dairy, pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla, Canadian maple syrup, and fleur de sel crystals from France—in its fresh-daily treats. Prairie Girl Bakery (page 66) brings the tradition of old fashioned made-from-scratch confections to the big city in recipes such as “Mom’s Golden Buttermilk” and “Grandma’s Dark Cocoa Cake.” For specialty treats that everyone can enjoy, Wild Earth Bakery & Café (2142 Queen St. E., 647-348-0202) makes cupcakes and other sweets that are free of eggs, nuts or gluten, as well as diabetic-friendly baked goods.