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Charlotte's Seasonal Sweets Fit for a Queen (City)

Delight in dainty treats and sip sugary drinks at these Charlotte sweet spots.

The time of year best known for freshly baked goods and holiday cheer has arrived. Not a wiz in the kitchen? You won’t have to miss out on seasonal sweets in Charlotte.

Holiday Cake Pops
SAS Cupcakes serves creative (and adorable) holiday themed cake pops. (Courtesy SAS Cupcakes)

Head to SAS Cupcakes for a delectable themed treat in flavors such as Pumpkin and Eggnog with Rum. Those looking for sweets smaller in stature will be delighted by its cake pops. The company makes scratch-made cupcakes daily with no trans fats or preservatives. Touting the title, The Original Cupcake Shipping Company, SAS has your sugar cravings covered, even after you return home from your visit to the Queen City.

Brown Butter Pecan Coffee
Warm up with a brown butter pecan flavored beverage from Amélie’s French Bakery & Café (Courtesy Spark Strategic Ideas)

Step inside Amélie’s French Bakery & Café and drink in the whimsical décor, festive atmosphere and Brown Butter Pecan Café Crème. In addition to slurping sugary sweet beverages, guests can get their fill of French-inspired pastries, ranging from a Sweet Potato Pecan Danish to Caramel Apple French Macarons. Ensure the item of your choice is still available, as its seasonally inspired menu rotates four times a year. Day or night, sugar-fiends can drop into Amélie’s flagship NoDa location, as it is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Hours vary at additional locations. 

Chocolate Turkeys
Secret Chocolatier creates intricate chocolate turkeys for your Thanksgiving spread. (Courtesy Andy Ciordia/Secret Chocolatier)

Even vegetarians will enjoy the turkey this Thanksgiving—as long as it’s a chocolate turkey from Secret Chocolatier. A family of chocolate artisans, its award-winning team creates seasonal confections for all to savor, including Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Bites and Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Bon Bons. Secret Chocolatier’s warm décor will shelter you from the chilly air, as you peruse its selection of truffles, infusions and bon bons. Be sure to purchase a chef’s choice, Seasonal Variety box filled with the flavors of the moment to gift—or dig into before you make it home, we won’t judge. 

Fall Cookies
Suárez Bakery's themed sugar cookies change to match the season. (Courtesy Suárez Bakery)

Few things compare to the beauty of leaves as they turn to rust and gold in the fall. Suárez Bakery acknowledges this by turning the seasonal event into an edible treat so charming you’ll (almost) hesitate to take a bite. Known for its old-fashioned sugar cookies topped with coarse sanding sugar or firm icing, Suárez Bakery is the place to go to stock the table at your next holiday party. Its themed sweets run the gamut from fall leaf and Christmas sweater shaped cookies to Butterbeer and Pumpkin Spice cupcakes. Vegans rejoice! Then bite into the bakery’s Apple Fritter, “studded with apple pieces and swirled with cinnamon sugar,” made sans animal products.

In Charlotte, there’s something for every sweet tooth to celebrate this season.