The past few posts have been specifically about my attempts at baking a yummy cupcake, so to switch it up I thought this mid-week post would be about me finding desserts made by actual professionals!
Like it says in the “About” section of the blog, I may love to bake but the majority of my life is run by sports, more specifically hockey and even more specifically, the CT Whale hockey team (I’d like to point out we are the American Hockey League affiliate to the New York Rangers). For a little background, my job at the Whale is to do promotions, and a large part of that in the offseason is mascot appearances with Pucky the Whale and Sonar. Our latest appearance brought us to the Big E for Connecticut day.(I’ve never been to the Big E before today, and I fell in love…honestly it is the greatest celebration of New England, and it reminded me why I can’t bare to live anywhere else.)
Now this blog is Connecticut and cupcake focused, but I can’t pass up the chance to share some of the treats I found, which could easily be bought throughout the entire New England Region.
I think my favorite cupcake from the day had to have been the Boston Bruins cupcake, courtesy of Koffee Kup Bakery in Springfield, MA. For just $4 (it’s a lot of cupcake for not a lot of money) I could buy a combination of two of my favorite things…hockey and cupcakes! When else would that ever really happen? Being a Massachusetts-based bakery there were also cupcakes decorated for the Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox!
Koffee Kup Bakery
While I loved the Bruins cupcake, found in the Massachusetts state house, I was continually drawn to the booth for Rosie-Blake’s Chocolates, right in Connecticut. As a matter of fact, this wonderful find happens to be right in a CCSU student’s own backyard. Located on 200 Myrtle Ave. in New Britain, Connecticut, Rosie-Blake’s Chocolates is the proclaimed “Home of the original chocolate covered bacon,” personally I believe that’s a heart attack waiting to happen, but the flavoring is ingenious! They’ve not only dipped bacon in chocolate but they seemed to have everything from chocolate-covered graham crackers to chocolate-covered jalapeno poppers (which I cannot wait to try!!). Mixed in with all the chocoaltey-goodness was three flavors of cupcakes for $3.50 each. These included red velvet, oreo and chocolate caramel.
Chocolate Covered Jalapeno Poppers (L)
Last But Not Least...CUPCAKES!
Beyond cupcakes, I also noticed a lot of booths were selling whoopie pies. Now, I’m not talking about the chocolate and vanilla whoopie pies that my parents grew up with….NOPE! At the Wicked Whoopies booth there were tie-dyed pies as big as my face and for much as $20. Walking through the different states of New England I couldn’t help but wonder…are whoopie pies the new up-and-coming dessert? Given that I’ve just begun this cupcake blog I hope the answer to that question is no.
While I love desserts and they all looked mouth-wateringly delicious, I have to be honest. The greatest things I found all day were apple cider and super seedz. The apple cider from Vermont was some of the best I’ve ever tasted and I could just picture drinking it with the apple spice cupcakes I made last week! Super Seedz is a flavored pumpkin seed business right out of Connecticut. Operated by the Seed Queen, Kathie Rosenschien, Super Seedz is a delicious snack, that’s already been shelled, this way you don’t lose any of the flavor. For $5 a bag I bought the sea salt and super spicy flavors, but plan on convincing my mom to buy my tomato italiano and cinnamon sugar when she goes to the Big E next week!
Amazing Apple Cider from Vermont