2644 Broadway, 303-444-5667
Second Place: Great Harvest Bread Company
Third Place: Spruce Confections
Fourth Place: Boulder Baked
Fifth Place: Tee & Cakes
It’s the third day since you started the Atkins Diet and you haven’t so much glanced at a bagel or apple turnover, but today, your alarm clock didn’t go off. You find yourself stopping for coffee and suddenly the pastry case is seducing you with it’s sugar-coated gluten goodness.
Stop — before you are inclined to indulge — are you at Breadworks? You’ll know right away: you can smell the fresh-baked artisan breads the minute your nose gets past the door. From the basics of a baguette to the highly specialized cranberry semolina loaf, Breadworks uses stone-ground, organic flour in all of its breads, which are made fresh every morning. This classic, locally-owned bakery doesn’t stop there. An extensive list of muffins, croissants, tarts, cakes, cookies and brownies, as well as an entire breakfast and lunch a la carte dining area, is bound to satisfy even the toughest critic. So before you swear off carbs for life (again), delight yourself to danish and coffee at Boulder's best bakery.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY
1300 Pearl St., 303-444-8455
Second Place: Piece, Love & Chocolate
Third Place: Chocolove
Fourth Place: Seth Ellis Chocolatier
Fifth Place: Robin Chocolates
Whether you’re the helpless victim of a bad breakup and fighting to find the strength to get off the couch, in dire need of a little afternoon pick-me-up or looking to celebrate a regular Tuesday, let’s face it — everybody loves chocolate. From white to milk to dark to extra dark and noir, the art of making chocolate is just that — an art. For Boulderites this year, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is the master of chocolate making. Despite being a national company, it’s no doubt that the factory has down-home roots. Chocoholics who come to the Boulder store can hang out and watch staff members pull apples from a copper kettle or learn to make fudge on an old-fashioned marble slab. Plus, you’ve got to give Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory bonus points for its limitless supply of free samples.
GLACIER HOMEMADE ICE CREAM & GELATO
4760 Baseline Road, 303-499-4760
3133 28th St., 303-440-6542
1387 South Boulder Road, Louisville, 720- 890-5992
Second Place: Ben & Jerry’s
Third Place: Cold Stone Creamery
Fourth Place: Two Spoons Gelato & Soup
Fifth Place: Lindsay’s Boulder Deli at Haagen-Dazs
Sure, it’s best in the summer, but ice cream is pretty fantastic all year round. You may have also noticed that it’s delicious at any time of day. What’s better than eating ice cream? Not much. Except perhaps eating ice cream while simultaneously supporting local businesses. Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato has been making fresh daily batches of ice cream, gelato and sorbet in Boulder since the turn of the century. Instead of adding the chemical cocktail infused in most of America’s ice cream, Glacier uses fresh ingredients like real fruits, chocolate and nuts. Pretty radical stuff. They’ve mixed more than 800 flavors since they started, and usually have about 80 available in each location. Flavors like chai embrace tastes favored in Boulder. With a new flavor introduced every couple weeks, Glacier may keep surprising us. Who knows what food trend will succumb to creamy goodness next? Kale gelato? Glacier could probably make that delicious, too.
RIPPLE PURE FROZEN YOGURT
1682 30th St., 303-444-0690
Second Place: Spooners Frozen Yogurt
Third Place: The Boulder Chill
Fourth Place: Aspen Leaf Yogurt
Fifth Place: Boom Yogurt Bar
For Boulder, the frozen yogurt boom is far from a bust. Hey, at least it’s made with non-fat or low-fat milk, right? Heck, some flavors are even made with almond milk now. So it’s at least kind of good for you, right? Looks like Boulderites are all voting yes on this one, and Ripple Pure Frozen Yogurt has stolen Boulder’s heart once again. Aside from all of Ripple’s dairy-free, non-fat deliciousness, the store is keeping Boulder’s sweet tooth sustainable one ounce at a time. Ripple owners buy local as much as possible and purchase milk from Front Range dairies, yogurt from Noosa Yoghurt and toppings from Fiona’s Granola. Plus, their spoons, water cups, take-away bags, sample cups and napkins are all compostable.
1039 Pearl St., 303-544-5973
Second Place: SALT
Third Place: The Mediterranean Restaurant
Fourth Place: The Bitter Bar
Fifth Place: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
Whether there could ever be a bad dessert is an issue left to be debated by pastry chefs and culinary students. Those of us better armed with forks than whisks and more inclined to spend our time with our napkins in our laps and our spoons at the ready pretty much come to the conclusion that any chocolate cake is better than none at all. That said, if you want to sink your fork, spoon or fingers into the best of what Boulder has to offer to finish off a delectable meal in the foodiest town around, the place you’ll want to stop is The Kitchen. With dishes as carefully crafted as we non-chefs assume pumpkin creme brulee must be, or as simply delicious as house-made gelato, we’re going to stack The Kitchen’s after-dinner offerings in the category of even more evidence that desserts can do no wrong.
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