Seattle’s Sugar Rush
When in Seattle, there is no shortage of ways to indulge your sweet tooth, and treat your kids to a little fun at the same time! Check out some of our favorite local sweet spots…
Sweet Treat #1: Theo Chocolate Tour
Move over Willy Wonka – here comes Theo Chocolate. A favorite amongst the locals, Theo Chocolate is the first organic and fair trade, fair for life, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in North America. While you won’t meet any oompa-loompas, your kids will get to see the entire chocolate-making process and enjoy many tasty samples along the way. With unique flavors like chili and chai tea, this is a one-of-a-kind behind the scenes experience that will tempt everyone’s tastebuds. The tour costs $7 per person, lasts a little over an hour and is designed for children 7 and up. Reservations for this lip-smacking tour are recommended as it tends to fill up 3-4 weeks in advance. Get all the tasty details at www.theochocolate.com
Sweet Treat #2: Sunday Ice Cream Cruise
Sailing the seas never tasted so good! Rain, snow, sleet or shine – Seattle’s own Ice Cream Cruise departs Sundays on the hour from 11am-5pm. You and your loved ones will be able to take in the local sites – check out the Lake Union floating homes, take a peek at the Chihuly Boathouse, spin by Gas Works Park, and even see the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat! This 40-50 minute tour comes complete with funny narration, funky music – and best of all ice cream! Visit www.seattleferryservice.com for details.
Sweet Treat #3: The Confectionery
At The Confectionery at University Village, your kids will be as happy as kids in a candy store! Located at Seattle’s favorite open air lifestyle shopping center, The Confectionery is….well….adorable. Touting themselves as an upscale candy boutique, they offer fine chocolates, candy by the pound, and unique gifts and cards. A wonderful indulgence you don’t want to miss – www.theconfectionery.com.
Sweet Treat #4: Cupcake Royale- Sprinkle Party
It’s always sprinkling in Seattle – from the skies, and at Cupcake Royale! The sprinkle party is a chance for your kiddos to bring out their inner decorator! It’s simple – just book a party at one of Cupcake Royale’s cafes (4 of the locations can accommodate parties ranging in size from 8-20) and show up ready for fun. They provide the cake, frosting and sprinkles (plus a few tips from the pros) – and your little ones provide the creativity. Got food allergies – gluten free options are available! See more at www.cupcakeroyale.com.
Sweet Treat #5: Molly Moon’s
I scream, you scream, in Seattle we all scream for Molly Moon’s! Using fresh, hormone-free milk from Washington cows and sourcing about 90% of their ingredients from within the Pacific Northwest, these ice cream geniuses make pure frozen magic. With kid-level windows so your little ones can watch the entire process, they dish out kid-favorite flavors like Vanilla Bean, Strawberry (made with Remlinger Farms berries), Melted Chocolate (with melted Theo Chocolate chunks mixed into the ice cream before freezing) and Scout Mint (made with Thin Mint cookies purchased directly from Western Washington Girl Scouts). Yummm… flavors and locations at www.mollymoonsicecream.com.
Sweet Treat #5: SkyCity’s Lunar Orbiter
It’s been a crowd-pleaser since the 1962 World Fair. That’s right, for over half a century, people young and old have been enjoying this show-stopper – our own SkyCity ice cream sundae, thematically named the Lunar Orbiter. Using local gourmet ice cream, and domestic and imported syrups and coulis, this treat will knock your astronaut boots right off. Using carbon dioxide (dry ice) the sundae arrives at your table looking like it just arrived from another planet – and believe us, the taste is truly out of this world!
The Bottom Line: From artisan cupcakes made with local ingredients, to entertaining sweet-themed cruises on Lake Union – there is no doubt, life is sweet in the Pacific Northwest.