These bakeries, ice cream and chocolate shops hit the sweet spot in a big way

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This month, we seek sweet consolation for the sad fact that we’re too old to go trick-or-treating. Turns being a grownup at Halloween isn’t so bad after all.

Here are some of our favorite sweet spots.


Two Raleigh locations: 209 Bickett Blvd. and 222 N. Bloodworth St.


Sweet consolation: Daily changing assortment of cakes, candies, cookies and tarts. Cherry black pepper nougat and lavender walnut Turkish delight are surefire cures for a jaded palate.

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Anisette has a changing menu that features tarts, cakes, cookies and meringues, plus granola and coffee. 2017 News & Observer File Photo - Jessica Banov

Annelore’s German Bakery

308 W. Chatham St., Cary; also sells at the State Farmers Market, 1249 Farmers Market Drive, Raleigh


Sweet consolation: Apple strudel and honey-sweetened Bienenstich Kuchen (literally, “bee sting cake”) are just two of the sweet temptations you might find in the display case at this authentic German bakery.

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16 E. Martin St., Raleigh


Sweet consolation: This downtown Raleigh dessert and cocktail bar is the ultimate grownup consolation for aging out of trick-or-treating. Pumpkin creme brûlée and a cayenne-spiked Fireside Old Fashioned are just what the doctor ordered.

Cocoa Cinnamon

Three Durham locations; see website for details.

Sweet consolation: Dessert takes liquid form at this popular coffeehouse, with options ranging from single origin hot chocolate to chai latte sweetened with house-made vanilla bean syrup.

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Artisanal chocolate bars and truffles are just a few of the sweet delights served up at Escazu Artisan Chocolates in Raleigh. Juli Leonard

Escazu Artisan Chocolates

936 N. Blount St., Raleigh


Sweet consolation: Artisanal chocolate bars, truffles, drinking chocolates and scratch-made ice cream — your cup runneth over with ways to get over your childhood crush on Hershey’s Mini Bars.


235 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh


Sweet consolation: A rainbow assortment of macarons, cakes and pastries ranging from lemon tart to pecan pie croissant beckon alluringly at this artful French pastry shop in downtown Raleigh.

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Meet Fresh

407 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill


Sweet consolation: International chain specializing in Taiwanese desserts offers an exotic route to sweet tooth bliss. And we do mean exotic, as in hot taro balls in red bean soup, icy grass jelly, and black sugar fresh milk boba tea.

The Fallin’ For You Pumpkin Spice Thai rolled ice cream is a seasonal recipe currently on the menu at Milk Lab in Cary. Juli Leonard

Milk Lab

6418 Tryon Road, Cary


Sweet consolation: You say you haven’t yet indulged in Thai rolled ice cream, the trendy frozen treat made by pouring a liquid base of cream and sugar onto a super-chilled steel slab, topping it with mix-ins (anything from caramel to Fruity Pebbles), and scraping the instantly frozen result up into rolled cylinders? Well, here’s your chance.

Mithai Indian Cafe

744-F E. Chatham St., Cary


Sweet consolation: Don’t let the exotic names at this Indian cafe scare you away. The website provides a full description of each confection (many of which are vegan and gluten-free), from pista burfi (pistachio fudge) to kaju katli (vegan cashew nut marzipan).

Rose’s Noodles, Dumplings and Sweets

121 N. Gregson St., Durham


Sweet consolation: If ever there was a grownup version of “a kid in a candy shop,” it’s the feeling you’ll get as your salivate over the delights of Rose’s display case. Do you go with the sour cherry hand pie, or the chocolate-dipped cream puff? What the heck, make it one of each — and throw in a couple of those salted caramels.

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Vida Dulce

856 E. Chatham St., Cary


Sweet consolation: Dilemma: choosing among the 28 homemade ice cream flavors, with options including Ferrero, pineapple, marshmallow, and key lime pie. Solution: get the churro split, a Mexican riff on a banana split that gives you three scoops. Extra credit: pick up a few paletas (Mexican popsicles) to take home and pop in the freezer.

Videri Chocolate Factory confectioner Mary Kate Kornegay works on a batch of rosemary honey caramels on Friday morning, Oct. 26, 2018, in downtown Raleigh. Juli Leonard

Videri Chocolate Factory

327 W. Davie St., Suite 100, Raleigh


Sweet consolation: You can’t really go wrong with any of Videri’s artisanal chocolate bars or truffle assortments, but this time of year the choice is obvious: the Halloween Skull Bonbon Box.

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