The Darkness Debuts at La Patisserie Chouquette

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Not scary, but delicious. | Mabel Suen

La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) releases its latest creation today: the Darkness. It's a flaky chocolate croissant made with dark chocolate dough, 72 percent chocolate butter and pink Himalayan sea salt. It was originally set to debut on Saturday, July 19, but owner and pastry chef jokes that she had to move it up a day due to death threats.

See also: La Patisserie Chouquette Crafts Couture Cake Toppers

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National Doughnut Day is Friday: Send a Done By Mail to Celebrate

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The "Bart's Revenge" doughnut. | Jon Gitchoff

We don't always celebrate fake holidays (OK, yes we do), but Friday is a doozy -- it's National Doughnut Day. Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-932-5851) is throwing a party to celebrate. But if you can't make it, you can actually send a doughnut hole from Strange in the mail.

See also: Game of Dones: A Blind Taste Test of 6 Doughnuts Including Reigning Champ Pharaoh

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Jilly's Ice Cream Bar Opens Today

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Laura Miller

Jilly's Cupcake Bar has a new sibling: Jilly's Ice Cream Bar (8509 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-954-1334). The ice-cream shop opens today, May 30, with a grand opening celebration on Monday. Owner Jill Segal announced plans for the ice-cream bar back in September with the hopes of being open last winter.

See also: Jilly's Cupcakes Unveils Ice Cream Bar Plans

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La Patisserie Chouquette Crafts Couture Cake Toppers

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These are not real shoes. Seriously. | Nancy Stiles

Simone Faure at La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) debuted her newest line of sweet creations on Wednesday and she has managed, once again, to top herself. The Spring/Summer 2014 Sweet Chic collection is a line of cake toppers make of sugar or chocolate that look like very convincing shoes.

See also: La Patisserie Chouquette's Eclairs: A "French Equivalent of Doughnuts"

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Ices Plain & Fancy to Cool Down Shaw Neighborhood

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The future home of Ices Plain & Fancy. | Google Street View

Move over, frozen custard: there's a new ice cream in St. Louis. Ices Plain & Fancy (2256 South 39th Street) will join the Shaw Neighborhood this summer. It's not your average dessert, though. The ice creams are made with liquid nitrogen.

"We use liquid nitrogen to make our ices, which gives it a really unique consistency and allows us a tremendous amount of freedom to explore and experiment with flavors and ingredients," partner Troika Brodsky tells us.

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Se7en Cupcakes and Martinis, and Its Sin-Inspired Treats, Coming to Cottleville

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At its very best, dessert is an indulgence -- some might even say sinful. That's the idea behind Se7en Cupcakes and Martinis. Seven, of course, refers to the seven deadly sins, not the very disturbing (but classic) David Fincher film. Husband-and-wife team Rebecca and Paul Tedford are opening up the bakery-cum-bar in Cottleville this summer.

See also: First Look: The Cup Now Serving Its Sweet Little Cakes in Chesterfield

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A Blind Taste Test of 5 Doughnuts Including Strange, World's Fair and, Yes, Schnucks

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The competitors. | Kelsey Meyer

Doughnuts are having a moment in St. Louis. From the crazy collaborations at Strange Donuts to the old-fashioned breakfast pastries at World's Fair, they've come along way from cops in coffee shops. Everyone has a favorite, but we decided to put some of the city's best doughnuts to the test -- a taste test, that is.

See also: First Look: Pharaoh's Donut's Traditional Doughnuts Downtown

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Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Goes Fair Trade

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Long-time local chocolatier Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate (112 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-965-6615) is now selling Fair Trade chocolate. Fair Trade is a nonprofit that helps make sure suppliers in places like the Ivory Coast, where Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate gets all of its cocoa, are paid a fair wage.

See also: Tour the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Factory! (Oompa-Loompas Not Included)

"We use so much cocoa now we study it as a commodity. We've really learned about our product and African cocoa farmers," owner Dan Abel says. "We learned that they're really not getting paid a lot of money. I said, 'We've got to do something.'"

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My Daddy's Cheesecake in Clayton Closed February 28

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       Inside My Daddy's Cheesecake in Clayton. | Kayci Merritte

My Daddy's Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe (6451 Clayton Road, Clayton) has closed up shop as of February 28. It was the only St. Louis outpost of the Cape Girardeau-based dessert company and cafe. There was no announcement, but customers apparently showed up and were dismayed to see that it was closed for good.

See also: Celebrate National Cheesecake Day Today

Franchisee Mike Schwarz tells Gut Check that the closure was due in part to a dispute with the landlord. And the other part?

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Sweetology Bringing Build-Your-Own Sweets to Ladue

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It's difficult to find a "new concept" these days that is actually new. But we really can't think of anything like Sweetology, a bakery (sort of) opening in Ladue this March. It's more like Build-a-Bear Workshop, but with cakes, cookies and cupcakes -- not to mention drinks from hot chocolate to chocolate martinis.

See also: First Look: The Cup Now Serving Its Sweet Little Cakes in Chesterfield

"I wanted to start my own company, and I wanted to do it around something that was just completely fun and whimsical," co-owner Kara Newmark tells Gut Check.

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