'Tis the season for holiday cheer, time with family, and delicious goodies - From scrumptious Christmas cookies and cupcakes to decadent chocolates and cheesecakes.

Nothing says the holidays quite like indulging in a few special treats. And why not? With it being the "season of giving," you might as well treat yourself (and of course bring some home and treat others, too). Here are a few places in the Utica area to pick up and enjoy all those goodies your sweet tooth desires:

Desserts Beyond the Ordinary

You can definitely pick up a treat to share at Desserts Beyond the Ordinary. Bring home one of their divine cheesecakes like the banana coconut cream, red velvet, or mocha chocolate. They also have a special cheesecake that's perfect for the holidays - Peppermint Swirl Cheesecake, decorated with candy canes. If you're not up for a cheesecake, don't worry they have tons of other treats like layered cakes (mmhhm... Chocolate Godiva), cannolis, pusties, eclairs, or even chocolate cream puffs. You can see more of Desserts Beyond the Ordinary's mouthwatering menu (and the hours, location and all that), by visiting their Facebook Page here.

Bite Bakery and Cafe

Sure you can get your breakfast and lunch at Bite Bakery and Cafe, but have you tried their heavenly desserts and baked goods? Maybe pick up a sweet cinnamon bun, a brownie, or a specialty cupcake just for yourself. They also have tempting cakes and cheesecakes - How about a German Chocolate Cake for the family? Stop by for lunch and don't forget to leave room for a delicious treat at Bite Bakery and Cafe - They're located in Franklin Square in Utica.

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Sweet Escape Chocolate Lounge

The name says it all. Escape from all the craziness of the holidays with decadent chocolate treats from this amazing place on Genesee Street in Utica. As soon as you walk in you'll be transported to a chocolatey heaven, that has been described on Facebook as "Holy Goodness." Get lost in a big cup of "sipping chocolate." And if you're looking for a sweet gift for that person with a sweet tooth, you need to get their luscious salted caramels - They even come in cute gift boxes, all ready to go. Make sure you pick up a truffle or two for yourself, as well.

So Sweet Candy Cafe

If you want the old-fashioned candy shop feel So Sweet!! Candy Cafe is perfect. Not only do you get those "penny candies," but they also have all those scrumptious cookies, chocolates, creamy frosted cupcakes, and homemade fudge. Speaking of homemade fudge, you have to try their s'mores fudge. So Sweet!! Candy Cafe is the perfect place if you want to get a whole bunch of different tempting treats - Grab some fudge, maybe a few truffles, a cupcake or two, and whatever else you choose, from all the goodies they have to offer. You can see all their treats (and get their hours and location, of course) by visiting their Facebook Page here.

Homemade Chocolate Cupcake with frosting

Lizzy's Cupcakery

If you stop by the New Hartford Shopping Center, you'll find this awesome dessert shop. With TONS of different cupcake types to pick from like white chocolate raspberry, chocolate peanut butter, orange creamsicle and cookie dough, you're sure to find the perfect treat for yourself (or for your friends and family, of course). They also have delicious cookies and other goodies. Oh, and don't forget to pre-order your holiday cookie platter which has lemon wreaths, chocolate crinkles, sugar cookies, and a variety of other treats. Stalk out Lizzy's Cupcakery on Facebook and see how amazing their cookies, cupcakes, and other desserts look.



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