Satisfying Our Sugar Tooth at Sweet In the City
With 32 different flavors of cupcakes, wedding cakes and cookies, the master baker behind all the sugary goodness is none other than Jeanette Cando. After well over 15 years of baking, Jeanette, along with her son Javier and their newest addition, Nico, work to make Sarasota just a little bit sweeter.
Upon entering the candy-coated wonderland, we were invited to sample, not one, not two, but all 6 gelato flavors. After trying everything from rum raisin to cappuccino, I savored a large double scoop cake cone of Striatella (made with milk and bits of Belgium chocolate). It’s hands down my new favorite flavor.
Javi then explained the difference between gelato and ice cream. Did you know that gelato has 10% less fat than ice cream? Or that gelato is made more slowly and with milk instead of cream? Neither did I. All I knew was that both options proved incredibly delicious.
The Sweet in the City staff get their gelato from St. Arman's circle and it always promises to bring in a great deal of foot traffic on the weekends. Located right next to a $2 movie theater, people are often found streaming in for a snack between films.
Though the gelato and ice cream is delicious, the shops true specialty has always been a little cakier. So, our next stop was to the kitchen where surrounded by white shelves stocked with ribbons and frosting, the magic really happens. Inside we found Javi and Jeanette hard at work on a 3 tiered wedding cake.
One of their most popular theme is "The Beach", which isn't too surprising given that Sarasota is such a popular location for beach weddings. This cake was no exception from the rest and was topped off with all the typical beach fixings; blue frosting to represent the water as well as sand dollars and starfish made out of edible crackers.
While we couldn't have a taste of this work of art, we were treated to coffee by Nico. Only having worked at the pastry shop for 3 days, he bragged about how great his boss was and how fantastic it was to be surrounded by ice cream, gelato and cupcakes all day. At 16 years old, he's living the dream, (not that I'm jealous or anything).
Just think, 7 months ago Javi was still working an accounting job somewhere, Jeanette was still selling to her friends, and you would’ve been lost in your search for the perfect sugar rush. Thankfully, Jeanette, Javi and Nico offer the homemade cakey treats, creamy cones and gelato to everyone (yes, that includes you!). Don’t take it for granted. Go on and stop by, or better yet, order right now through Takeout button and snag your sweets a little sooner.