Making an Easter basket?
Here are the best Easter treats in Kansas City AND a giveaway!
P.S. the GIVEAWAY information is at the bottom!
Spring time is one of the best times of the year. With flowers and greenery returning to Kansas City, the city springs alive into more ways than one. With more people roaming the streets, walking through parks, and dining on patios, spring is a great time to get out and explore the city.
One of my favorite times during spring is Easter time, especially because of the cute treats found around the city. Here are just a few of my favorite Easter treats in Kansas City.
Dolce Bakery is one of Kansas City’s favorite bakeries, and for good reason! Serving Kansas City since 2007, they focus on some of the best in sweet treats. For their Easter treats, they offer the cutest sugar cookies (carrots, bunnies, and easter eggs) as well as some of their signature cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, scones, mini key lime tarts, and a mini carrot cake for two. And for those customers who have a gluten sensitivity, they now offer everything in a gluten free version. Be sure to order today by going to their website (linked above) for pick-up on Saturday.
For 36 years, Panache Chocolatier has been one of the best chocolatiers in Kansas City, located right on the Plaza. With freshly made artisanal chocolates hand-crafted daily, they focus on using fresh ingredients in their chocolates, confections, and beverages. For Easter, they create adorable bunnies, ducks, chicks, and eggs, perfect for anyone’s Easter basket! Be sure to check out their store on the Plaza, or visit their website (linked above).
Brigadeiros are one of my favorite treats and I’m so happy to have them available in Kansas City! Similar to a chocolate bon-bon, brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian treat, are made from chocolate, condensed milk, and butter to form a soft, melt-in-your-mouth interior that is covered in sprinkles, or nuts. Sweet Kiss provides lots of delicious flavors, including almond, coconut, Capirinha Brazilian cocktail, crème brûlée, lemon, milk chocolate, and white chocolate Nutella. And for Easter, they have beautiful brigadeiro eggs that come in half pound and pound options with a choice of two flavors, and a pink, purple, blue, or green wrapping. Be sure to order online for pick-up or delivery in time for Easter!
Let me know what your favorite Easter treats are around Kansas City! And be sure to check out my previous post on the Best Ice Cream in Kansas City.
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Looking for some delicious ice cream in the Kansas City area? Here are the top 5 ice cream shops in Kansas City!
Kansas City is warm again! With that glorious spring and summer comes the need for lots and lots of ice cream. Luckily, Kansas City has GREAT ice cream shops, plenty to keep you busy for the whole summer. Here are the top 5 ice cream shops in Kansas City!
Glacé is a classic in Kansas City ice cream. With some of the best and most unique flavors (like Sweet Potato & Marshmallow, Earl Grey Tea & Apricot, Goat Cheese and Cherry, and Gingerbread), Glacé is fun to visit every time. Created by the Willy Wonka of Kansas City, Christopher Elbow, Glacé is staunchly local, using local beers, coffee, produce, and most importantly, milk, to create their delicious and seasonal flavors.
I find a new favorite every time I go (be sure to try the Earl Grey Tea if they have it) and love trying the more unique creations like Goat Cheese and Cherry–the unique creations are always extremely loyal to their flavors, but surprisingly delicious. And never leave without at least a spoonful (or a pint) of Elbow Dark Chocolate.
(This store is now closed after 30 years, but I leave this review here to remember Murray’s! RIP.)
Murray’s Homemade Ice Creams and Cookies is tied for first with Glacé and for good reason. Their shop is reminiscent of the good ole’ days with traditional ice cream, floats, egg creams, malts, phosphates, and more. Operating in the same location for over 30 years, the shop most likely looks the same as the day it opened in 1984 with funny action figures filling empty spaces in the cone case.
Some of their favorite flavors being Chocolate Flake Fromage, The Ultimint Mint, and One Drunk Monk, they don’t only serve clever flavors. But, one of the best things about Murray’s is their cookies. Serving about 10 types of cookies daily, you’ll definitely want to give an ice cream sandwich a try. Be sure to run to get a cone when they open again in March–it’s busy when Murray’s opens again!
Betty Rae’s is the new kid on the block. Opening in March of last year, their store set the Kansas City foodie world afire with their wonderful new flavors and DELICIOUS cones. Made by hand and pressed in a traditional Belgian-style waffle cone maker, not only are the cones beautiful, but deliciously soft and flavorful. There have been many times I’ve wanted to ask for just the cone to go. But, with everything made in house, including the ice cream, sauces, and toppings, it would be a crying shame to leave without the ice cream.
With flavors like Pumpkin Spice Latte (#PSL), Apple Crisp, Brown Butter and Toasted Pecans (my favorite), and Maple Donut, the ice cream can safely be something worth bucket-listing. And, with boozy shakes introduced this summer, their ice cream is worth getting any day (or night) of the week! Don’t forget to try the Orange Creamsicle, a summer favorite!
Frozen custard is one of my truest loves, and Foo’s Frozen Custard does NOT disappoint. Established in 1988, Foo’s is a true classic in Kansas City and now has two locations, one of which includes a lunch menu. The custard, offered in vanilla, comes with the option of mixing in numerous different fruits, nuts, candies, chocolate, and more. With a huge blackboard of Foo’s favorite combinations though, choosing what to get won’t be the easiest task.
You can choose a sundae option or a concrete option, but either way you are in for a treat! With a creamy, cold and thick consistency, the custard is exactly what you expect custard to be. Get the BIGGEST size possible because trust me, you’ll be wanting more when you finish.
Cirque du Sucre (Circus of Sugar) is definitely my favorite circus. With delicious ice cream flavors (sweet pea ice cream, strawberry ice cream with champagne macarons, and horchata), banana splits, and campfire smores (homemade marshmallows and chocolate graham crackers), this circus is ready to amaze you with flavors. But, the real hero of Cirque du Sucre are the amazing French macaron ice cream sandwiches.
Cirque du Sucre’s delicious ice cream is sandwiched between beautifully created macarons for the most amazing cold crunch you’ll ever experience. One of my favorite treats in Kansas City, this truck is worth tracking down. Follow them on Instagram for more information about the trucks whereabouts, their pop-ups, or get a French macaron subscription (6 French macarons a month for a fixed price).
Paleteria Tropicana is one of the most unique ice cream shops in Kansas City. Located on Southwest Blvd., a street notorious for offering the best in Mexican food, Paleteria Tropicana adds its own spin on delectable tropical flavors. With everything from delicious popsicles (so many flavors to choose from!) and aguas frescas, to chocolate dipped bananas, homemade ice cream, and churros, this little shop has it all.
They also have lots of lunch items, like flautas, nachos, and homemade tamales, but also my personal favorite treat, elotes, also known as Mexican street corn. It’s a unique little store that has a couple of locations around the Kansas City area and is extremely popular. Though anything you get here is amazing (elote!), I would recommend any flavor of popsicle. And trust me–if you get one, you may want to get them all!
Kansas City has a new Thai restaurant, and it’s a wonderful blend of old and new takes on traditional Thai food!
Though unique may be overused when referring to restaurants, there’s no other way to describe Kansas City’s newest Thai restaurant: AEP (pronounced ape). Dedicated to bringing authentic and indigenous Thai spices and native cooking techniques to Kansas City, Jakob Polaco, owner and executive chef, spent two weeks working in a Thai kitchen in Bangkok learning Thai cooking techniques to bring back to his 39th street location. Also dedicated to working with local suppliers and farmers like Cultivate KC, Polaco has a unique and beautiful take on traditional Thai foods.
What to Eat:
Burmese Curried Greens
Burmese curried greens are served with the most delicious chickpea chips, and the combination of the salty chips and the greens stewed in red curry is something delicious.
My favorite taste of the day, the Beef Rendang is an Indonesian beef curry with sambal tempoyak (a durian and chile paste condiment) and is served with jasmine rice. The beautiful plating and the deconstruction of the curry is a fascinating take on traditional Thai food.
Lastly, be sure to taste the Chinatown Tincture, one of the most unique desserts I’ve ever tasted! Created with pearl sago, seasonal fruit (a delicious candied jack fruit when I tried it), and ginkgo milk, this tincture is a tasteful end to an interesting and delicious meal!
Boru Ramen is the newest addition to Kansas City’s flourishing ramen obsession. Check out their great environment and even better food!
Kansas City has something new to try starting February 22: Boru Ramen Bar. Created by longtime restauranteurs, Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy, creators of wildly popular Summit Grill, Boru Ramen Bar is heavily influenced by Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine. With an emphasis on education, fun, and new flavors, the Boru Ramen team brings a new flavor to a city full of unique flavors. With a menu full of asian-inspired drinks–including fun Japanese sodas–delicious appetizers, plenty of ramen, and a glossary to explain everything, Boru Ramen covers its bases, including lots of unique choices of seafood.
What to Eat:
Though this seems like a no-brainer (duh, fries), these sweet potato fries are amped up with delicious additions like crispy pork belly, a fried egg, kimchi, and are dressed with a delicious curry-lime aioli. A serious winner in the appetizer category.
New for most, this japanese savory pancake is really unique, specifically with the addition of katsuobushi, a dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna. Traditionally placed on hot foods, the katsuobushi moves around from the heat, so much so that it looks alive. Topped off with smoked bacon, cabbage, nori, japanese BBQ sauce, and kewpie mayonnaise, its a delicious and unique addition to any dinner!
Be sure to try any of their steamed Bao buns, but go for an Asian take on fried chicken and slaw with the Togarashi Fried Chicken. It’s delicious!
If you are craving something other than ramen, try the Bibimbap, a delicious and unique dish that cooks before your eyes in an incredibly hot stone bowl. Filled with fresh and pickled veggies, bulgogi steak, and a fresh egg (which cooks when you stir the bowl), it’s one of my favorite things on the menu.
Korean and Seafood Ramen
Lastly, don’t forget about the entire purpose of Boru (which means bowl in Japanese): the ramen! Our favorite was the Korean ramen, topped with kurobuta pork belly, bean sprouts, greens, kimchi, and gochujang. With a delicious broth and thick slices of pork belly, this ramen is a must try! The Seafood Ramen (pictured above) is also insanely delicious and quite the experience (look at that prawn #whoa).
Matcha Green Tea Soft Serve
I absolutely adore matcha green tea soft serve, and this was a delicious reminder of that. It’s a great way to end on something sweet!
Please let me know when you visit! I’d love to hear what your favorite choices were.