Whether or not you're still searching for the eggs left by the Easter Bunny, the holiday is a great time to indulge in sweets. It's a happy day, and whether you attended church or just went straight for the Easter eggs, it's a day that should be full of sunshine and smiles. It's a great day for kids, searching for those colorful eggs left by the sweetest rabbit around. Mostly, it's a good day for anyone who has a bit of a sweet tooth. These local shops will make sure your baskets are filled with something special.
435 N. Wabasha St.
St Paul, MN 55102
This is the one, the classic. Locations in downtown Minneapolis and the original in downtown St. Paul mean that heavenly sweetness is never far away. Jelly eggs, chocolates, colorful candies everywhere a la Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory fill the store; spring sweets of all types will have you shaking off those winter blues for good. If you really want to spoil your friends and family, add some of the house made turtles to the mix, or chocolate dipped potato chips. For the kids, the enormous lollipops bursting with color will make their eyes pop even brighter than the candy.
141 E. 4th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Fairly new still to a burgeoning downtown St. Paul, Legacy Chocolates makes truffles that fit perfectly into Easter baskets. The perfectly-sized bites of ganache saccharinity, covered in a chocolate shell ranging from 34 - 99 percent dark chocolate, are ideal for all ages. It's not just that the truffles are handmade in the back of the store (something you can watch through large windows), it's the TLC that goes into every one that truly makes them special. You can also add baked goods, like some seriously delicious brownies with cream cheese frosting, to round out an excellent Easter basket.
303 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
For a more a adult-themed basket, the selection of cheese and wine at Surdyk's will make for an elegant addition to an Easter brunch or dinner. It doesn't have to be all about the fairy tale bunny. The selection of goodies is almost overwhelming (so much cheese!), so have the friendly and knowledgeable staff help you pick out the perfect holiday treats that will make the Easter bunny seem like he should be wearing a top hat and tie.
Painted Turtle Chocolatier
10100 N. 6th Ave. #106
Plymouth, MN 55441
Find hand-crafted, hand painted, and all-around delicious chocolates from Plymouth. You'll be amazed by the amount of work that goes into each one of these chocolates. Amaze at the selection of goodies, from Caramel Pecan Turtles to chocolate-dipped fruit and other chocolate-dipped snacks, to bark, toffee, chocolate suckers. The selection will have you feeling like a kid in a candy store. Oh wait; you are. It doesn't matter your age when you feel that joy and excitement when you bite into these delicious chocolates.
652 Transfer Rd
St Paul, MN 55114
You can take the Green Line to get to this gem in St. Paul's Midway, and what better way to enjoy the changing weather? You could even make it apart of a themed Easter egg hunt. Or just stop in and pick up some of the award-winning chocolates that make this place such a special part of the city's sweet scene. The artisan chocolates are silky smooth, melt-in-your-mouth and impossible to stop eating at just one, but before you even taste them you'll be amazed by the beautiful detail of each piece. You can even customize your own design. That's taking Easter to the next level.
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.
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