We try to stay healthy during the holidays! We plan to not overindulge on all the things that we shouldn’t eat & drink. We try to go with the health conscious options, as opposed to the carb-loaded goodness that is staring us in the face. But honestly, it's not fun being good all the time. Sometimes we just need to break down and treat ourselves! It is the holidays after all, and there are so many yummy treats in Tupper Lake that are worth a little slip up. One day of overindulgence isn’t going to kill us... if anything, it will just give you one more reason to grab the cross-country skis and hit the trails afterwards.
Indulge On This...
Whether it is the holiday season, a beautiful summer day, or a chilly autumn evening, here are 10 treats that you must indulge in when you are dining in Tupper Lake.
Before I begin, I have to admit that pie is my weakness, especially apple pie. I will buy or make an apple pie and only share a bite (ask my husband). When it comes to pie, Julie’s famous pies at the Swiss Kitchen on Park Street in Tupper Lake slices up to be some of the best I’ve ever had. They feature an ever-changing variety of fresh made home-baked pies daily. Some of their most popular flavors include apple crumble, lemon meringue and coconut cream; however, my personal favorite has to be the Swiss Kitchen's dutch apple. (Check out the size of the slice!)
Where else can you find a donut shop, laundromat and Indian gift shop all-in-one than at the Washboard Donut Shoppe on Park Street in Tupper Lake? While you wash and browse, make sure to savor one of their delicious old-fashioned cake donuts. There's a variety of mouth-watering toppings ranging from the traditional chocolate, vanilla, and glazed, to fruit flavored toppings like strawberry and blueberry, to my personal favorite - the sweet and savory combo of maple bacon. There are so many flavors that you will need to eat a whole dozen before you have sampled them all!
From cookies and muffins, to donuts, danishes and turnovers, Larkin’s Junction Deli & Bakery bakes up some of the tastiest pastries in the Adirondack Park. They offer a different assortment daily, which guarantees there will always be something that will catch your eye. Whether you just want to grab a baked good, a cup of coffee, gas to hit the road, or you're looking to order up a large assortment of goodies for a gathering, this bakery on Main Street in Tupper Lake is the place to stop!
4. Cakes, Cupcakes & Cake Pops
Cakes, cupcakes & cake pops, oh my! The glass display case of decadent Cake Placid treats at Well Dressed Food on Park Street is nearly impossible to pass by without trying a bite. From peanut butter frosted chocolate cupcakes to delicate red velvet cake pops, there are so many options that you will need to schedule a little extra time just to stand in front of the case, looking like a deer in headlights, as you try to decide which dessert is the one for you.
5. The Whoopie Pie
The individually-wrapped house baked whoopee pies at the Marketplace Pub and Deli are the perfect grab and go treat. Sometimes offering chocolate and other times pumpkin, both will leave you wishing you grabbed a second one for later. In addition to whoopie pies, The Market Place Pub and Deli on the Tupper-Saranac Highway offers a varying assortment of individually wrapped baked goods that are irresistible.
Every time I walk out of my office on Park Street, Sun Creations greets me with a sign that yells, "HOMEMADE FUDGE!" Seriously, do you know how hard it is to resist the urge to grab a bite of this sweet, creamy confection just a few steps down the street? Sun Creations makes a variety of flavor combinations including chocolate, chocolate-peanut butter, chocolate-walnut and maple nut, just to name a few. They also offer a variety of different seasonal fudges. Sun Creations' fresh fudge is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth or to bring to someone as a gift.
After a binge on all things sweet, you will need to wash it down with a great pizza pie. Tupper Lake offers no shortage when it comes to pizza. From take-out pizza joints to dine-in sports bars, and family-friendly restaurants - there are actually so many offerings that I need to take another tour just to focus on pizza.
If Little Italy on Park Street in Tupper is your pizza stop, it is required that you hit the sweet-cart again and check out some of the decadent deserts. No room for desert? No problem - take it to go! Trust me, you will be thankful later!
8. Maple Syrup
Pick up some 100% Pure Adirondack Maple Syrup at the Wild Center. The Wild Supply Co. sells the Wild Center's very own Maple Syrup and proceeds from the syrup help to support The Center's educational programs like the Community Maple Project. In addition to the light and dark amber pure maple syrup, you can also pick up a maple gift baskets and a variety of maple products including treats like maple coated nuts and maple peanut brittle. But my personal favorite thing to use this syrup for... an ice cream topping. Nothing is better on natural vanilla ice cream than pure Adirondack maple syrup!
Santa has some pretty long days this time of year (and so do I)! Nothing removes the day's stress like an ice cold micro-brew from our hometown brewery: Raquette River Brewing. Brewing small batch, hand-crafted Adirondack Ales, Raquette River Brewing offers up to 8 brews on tap at one time. Stop in to this sweet brewery for free samples of their amazing beer, speak with the brewers, and grab some growlers to go. Attention snowmobilers: If you are coming by sled, please note that the brewery sits right of the C7 corridor giving you quick and easy access to the freshest brews around.
10. Bloody Marys
For years, people have flocked to Trails End Tavern for Christine Marquis' "famous" Bloody Marys. Now you can enjoy them practically anywhere by picking up some of her ADK Bloody Mary Tonic mix. Made from Christine’s original recipe, this full bodied, hearty mix of fruit, vegetables and secret spices, will complement your favorite vodka, gin or tequila. Currently, Well Dressed Foods, Wawbeek Quick Stop, Raquette River Outfitters, and Mountain Market and Redemption all carry the product in Tupper Lake. The mix is also available online and is served in Trails End Tavern and P-2’s Irish Pub in Tupper Lake. Expanded distribution of Adk Bloody Mary Tonic is scheduled for 2015.
Plan A Sweet Trip!
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this blog, all of the above products were sampled over the course of a 24-hour period of time (and sampled is an understatement). By the way that I feel today, I highly recommend that you pace yourself over a few days! Plan a trip to Tupper Lake. Browse though our lodging options and find your perfect resting spot for your sinful treats marathon. But don't just let it end with these confections, check out our dining section for a complete list of all the great foods that you can sample when you visit Tupper Lake.