Tío Colo in Hialeah: Cuban Ice-Cream Sandwiches Coming to Supermarkets

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Mamey and matecado ice-cream sandwiches at Tío Colo's.
Where and how Cuban ice-cream sandwiches began is a mystery even at Tío Colo Bocaditos de Helado, the Hialeah shop that pumps out hundreds a day.

"It's an older thing, I think, from before the revolution," says Rosali Verdecia, age 23, who along with her husband, Jose Hernandez, opened the place in 2008. Legions of gray-haired customers have been shocked to find the $2 treats with mamey or Malta ice cream between two soft, sugary cookies crusted with sugar, she adds.

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Dominique Ansel's Chocolate Oyster: Trick or Treat?

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Photo by Carla Torres
Not your typical oyster
The 14th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival might be over, but we're still recovering from Death by Chocolate, the late-night cocoa soiree hosted by none other than donut creator Dominique Ansel.

While many of the guests at Death by Chocolate were secretly hoping that Ansel saying his doughnut-hybrid was no more than a cruel joke, it wasn't. In a prior Interview, Ansel told New Times, "Every time I do an event, I try to create something completely new." Inspired by the beach and Miami's sultry weather (with the exception of festival weekend), Ansel went with a chocolate oyster.

See also: Dominique Ansel Goes Beyond Cronuts at SoBeWFF

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Festival of Chocolate Comes to Miami Auto Museum This Weekend

Categories: Desserts

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Chocolate awaits you.
Get wasted on cocoa this weekend when the largest chocolate event in the Southeastern United States makes a pit stop in North Miami at the Miami Auto Museum.

Named one of the top ten chocolate festivals in the U.S., this one will bring the world's largest (and current Guinness World Record holder) cup of hot chocolate, armpit fudge (awesome or gross?), and a cocoa couture fashion show to the Magic City. "We've done Fort Lauderdale and Tampa before, but we've decided to try Miami," says festival producer (and chief chocolate chick) Aileen Mand.

See also: Girl Scout Cookie Sales Kick Off Tomorrow! Thin Mints Are Officially Vegan

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DB Bistro's Galette des Rois: January's Boss Cake

Categories: Desserts

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Photos by Carla Torres
Put a crown on it.
At DB Bistro Moderne, Three Kings Day, which took place on January 6, will repeat every day for the rest of the month. That's because pastry chef Jerome Maure is baking the traditional galette des rois, or king's cake, through January 31.

The French flaky pastry is a holiday tradition in France, and last year the teams at DB Bistro (both in New York and Miami) decided to incorporate it in the American holiday celebration. "For me this is a childhood tradition," says Maure, who was born and attended culinary school in France. "There's nothing like that in the States."

See also: Girl Scout Cookie Sales Kick Off Tomorrow! Thin Mints Are Officially Vegan

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Bunnie Cakes: Try the Sin Tres Leches in a Mini-Mason Jar

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
Every vegan east of Portland has heard about Bunnie Cakes' impossibly moist cupcake creations. It's this flair for cruelty-free cooking that earned owner Mariana Cortez a spot on Food Network's Cupcake Wars.

But now the cozy bakery is offering something new: to-go treats in adorable mini-mason jars, ranging from cacao chia pudding to passion fruit cheesecake to sin tres leches. And as expected, they're decadently delicious -- with Cortez's famous healthy twist.

See also: Mariana Cortez of Bunnie Cakes Talks Cupcake Wars, Vegan Baking, and Valentine's Day

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Fontainebleau's Bakery and Chocolate Factory: Golden Ticket to Miami's Wonkaville

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Executive pastry chef Jordi Panisello takes us inside Miami's own Wonkaville.
A lot has changed at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach since its opening in 1954. The hotel has undergone renovations and upgrades, but some things remain constant: the resort has always been the most lavish playground on Miami's famed stretch of beach and the resort has always had a coffee and patisserie shop for its guests.

Chez Bon Bon, which opened about a month ago in the former Solo space, continues this tradition of offering a sweet treat and a caffeinated pick-me-up to hotel guests and locals alike.

See also: King Crab City: Inside the Fontainebleau's "Water World"

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Krispy Kreme Has Ghostbusters Doughnuts

Categories: Desserts

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What ya gonna eat?
In what could be the most amazing food/movie tie-in ever, Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures have announced a collaboration of giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man-proportions!

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the greatest ghost story in modern history, Krispy Kreme is releasing two special, limited-edition, Dr. Peter Venkman-approved doughnuts.

See also: Krispy Kreme Opening in Hialeah; Free Doughnuts for a Year and Job Fair

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Miami Pastry King Antonio Bachour to Open Brickell Cafe

Categories: Desserts, Openings

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Antonio Bachour.
On the heels of releasing his second cookbook, the tireless, social media-happy Antonio Bachour will open his own eponymous bakery and café on Brickell Avenue.

Bachour, who will remain executive pastry chef at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, finalized plans for his 1,700-square-foot space at 600 Brickell Ave. late Thursday night and aims to open by summer 2015.

See also: Antonio Bachour: Pastry Genius

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La Michoacana Paleteria y Neveria Redefines Frozen Delights as it Helps You Survive Summer

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Zachary Fagenson
Cucumber and chili, and corn paletas.
In a low-slug strip mall near Krome Avenue in Homestead, the steel-and-glass front door of La Michoacana Paletería y Nevería swings open into an orange-and-gray-tiled shop. A half-dozen flat-screen TV sets blare Spanish-language news and telenovelas as you make your way to a long display case holding row after row of ice pops and cream bars. The $2 frozen treats (cash only) come in a rainbow of flavors, such as blended mamey, sweet tomato salsa, or rompope -- a popular Mexican drink similar to eggnog with ground almonds instead of booze.

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Try the Vegan Pistachio Gelato at Bianco in Coconut Grove

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
It's hard enough to find vegan ice cream (outside of your grocer's freezer, that is). But vegan gelato? Forget it. Those who opt out of dairy don't have a lot of options when it comes to this creamy Italian treat.

But Coconut Grove's newest sweet spot, Bianco Gelato, is serving up handmade flavors made with almond milk and other all-natural ingredients. So vegans can go nuts with pistachio, pineapple and peppermint, strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate, and more.

See also: Bianco Gelato: Organic, Authentic Gelato in Coconut Grove

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