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Simply Sweet Macarons

Tastemaker
By Clark Miller | Aug. 18, 2018

Any self-respecting kid who opens the door of the bakery Simply Sweet by Jessica is going to go nuts. The colors alone will do it. Nearly 200 large jars of bright orange, green, red, blue candies line the wall enticingly (or menacingly, if you’re on a diet). But two things stand out for the grownups: the Triple (yes, triple) Chocolate Cupcakes and the Red Velvet Macaron. It’s not a macaroon. The macaron, owner Jessica Stubbs explains, is a very French concoction, with no coconut. More importantly, they’re tasty and like a lot of people you meet: crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. They come in (get ready) honey lavender, Oreo cookie, vanilla bean, salted caramel, raspberries, lemon, cotton candy, pistachio, and passion fruit. The Triple Chocolate mini-cupcakes — chocolate cake, chocolate Ganache filling, and, chocolate butter cream — round out an entirely satisfying sugar rush. Macaron, $2.50; Cupcakes, $4. 324 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey. 231-622-8322,simplysweetbyjessica.com

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