The Fort Worth/Grapevine area is one of the best places to treat the seniors in your life to something sweet and special. Valentine’s Day and all year round, delicious temptations await at a variety of area establishments. From cupcakes and confections to cakes and ice cream, here are some irresistibly good suggestions for the young at heart.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Few chocolatiers can match the always-inventive Dude, Sweet Chocolate, with many creative takes on dark chocolate. Signature offerings include Albatross (fudge made with bleu cheese and dark chocolate), chocolate “salami” (made with dates, dried figs and marzipan with Valrhona cocoa nibs) and Tub of Love spread (made with Italian pure hazelnut, cane syrup, sweetened condensed milk and Luckar 85% Tumaco chocolate). It’s the closest thing to Willy Wonka you’ll find!
2925 Crockett Street, Fort Worth (817) 945-2234, http://dudesweetchocolate.com/
There will be plenty of oohing and aahing over the array of white, milk and dark chocolate gems found at this downtown Fort Worth favorite. It’s hard to choose, given the likes of such tantalizing flavors as spicy carrot and key lime pie. You’ll also find chocolate shoes, cowboy boots, and other fun molds that can be customized if desired.
106 E 4th St, Fort Worth · (817) 870-2400, http://www.schakolad.com/Chocolate/Fort-Worth/Sundance-Square/
The Swiss Pastry Shop
Yearning for decadent European desserts made with love? Sample the light-as-a-feather Black Forest macaroon cake with its meringue layers, and the old world chocolate raspberry cake, as well as pies, brownies and cookies. The Swiss Pastry Shop is also a restaurant, with soups, salads and terrific sandwiches.
3936 Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth 817-732-5661, http://www.swisspastryonline.com/
Dr. Sue’s Chocolate
A physician by day, a chocolatier after hours, Dr. Sue Williams has skillfully crafted chocolate bark that is as good for you as it is good-tasting. She blends together fruits and spices like blueberries, cherries and ginger to yield an all-natural blissful treat that is high in anti-oxidants, known to lower the risk of strokes. Every healthful bite is just what the doctor ordered. Just opened in downtown Grapevine.
520 S. Main Street, Grapevine (817) 527-4424, www.drsueschocolate.com
Located in downtown Grapevine, Napoli’s Confectionery is part of an Italian tradition that also includes a restaurant. You will rightfully feel like a kid in a candy shop, given the assortment of handmade truffles, fudge, chocolate dipped specialties, old fashioned toffees and gelato. The question is which to enjoy first: a memorable dessert or meal?
309 S. Main Street, Grapevine (817) 310-0385
What could be more enticing than warm cookies & ice cream sandwiches. Sweet Sammies uses cookie recipes that have been handed down for years, then fills their sweet creations with Blue Bell ice cream. Yum!
825 Currie St., Fort Worth 817-332-0022, www.sweetsammies.com
The Black Rooster Bakery
Try the caramel turtle fudge bars, cinnamon pecan rolls and European style artisan breads at this from-scratch find. Every day, there are abundant sweet and savory tea breads, pies and cakes from which to choose, as well as sandwiches.
2430 Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth 817-924-1600
Dallas by Chocolate offers tours via bus to many of these sweet places in Fort Worth, Grapevine, Dallas and other cities. For more information, visit www.dallasbychocolate.com or call 972-814-5997.
These are just a few of the sweet spots that beckon to be discovered in and around Fort Worth. Take your senior for an outing that will make them smile. Just remember to stay healthy and enjoy these sweets in moderation and to join us March 1 as we begin a six week “Sugar Blues” seminar on managing sugar cravings, and regaining more energy and focus.
To learn more about our in-home care services or the “Sugar Blues” seminar contact Homecare Assistance Fort Worth at www.homecareassistancefortworth.com or 817-349-7599.