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A Few Bytes about Willa’s Bites

16 Apr

I first learned about Willa’s Traditionally Southern Shortbread Bites while I was reading a recent issue of Taste of the South magazine. I was intrigued enough to reach out to Willa’s owner via Facebook. Gotta love modern technology, y’all. But, as those close to me know, I’ll take bites over bytes any day of the week.

As it turns out, Eric Rion (the top dog at Willa’s) is a really cool cat. We have much in common and I am looking forward to meeting him in person one day soon. Preferably over grilled oysters and cold brews at Wintzell’s.

Caution: The tasty objects appearing in the above picture are smaller than they appear. But not to worry, friends. Good things come in small packages. Good things like wheat flour, real butter, real sugar, vanilla extract. No additives, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. Most products making these claims today taste, well, tasteless. Not so with Willa’s Bites. These little babies pack a sensational 1-2 punch of flavor and texture. They are melt in your mouth good and gone far too fast.

Willa’s Bites come in a plethora of flavors. Eric was kind enough to send us 8 varieties to sample. Shortbread Bites, Lemon Pecan Bites, Gingersnaps, Key Lime Almond Bites, Chocolate Macadamia Bites, savory Spicy Cheese Bites, Praline Bites and Mocha Almond Bites.

But please don’t ask me which one is my favorite. That’s like asking me to name my favorite Beatles song. Try as I may, I just can’t arrive at a satisfying answer. Let’s just say they are all divine. Close your eyes, toss a dart, flip a coin, spin the bottle — you cannot, I repeat, cannot go wrong. My wife the purist loves the Shortbread Bites. My son Travis raves about the Gingersnaps and Spice Cheese Bites. Me? I told you NOT to ask! Please!!!

Get some Willa’s Bites now — and you can thank me later. I have a pretty good idea for a thoughtful and delicious “Thank You” gift! Wink, wink. (;

Willa’s Shortbread – Madison, Tennessee 37115

www.willas-shortbread.com ; 615.868.6130

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Simply Sweet Cupcake Boutique – “How Sweet It Is!”

12 Mar

A “six pack” of cupcakes (above) — Simply Sweet style.

Simply Sweet Cupcake Boutique has only been open a few months, but they have already established themselves as a force in the rapidly growing cupcake industry. Cupcake industry, you ask? May sound funny to you, but there is more than a bit of truth to it. Cupcake shops – once primarily an urban phenomenon – are now popping up just about everywhere.

Simply Sweet owner Ashley Sassaman developed a passion for baking at home. Someone suggested she try selling her delicious cupcake creations, which eventually led her to open her own commercial bakery along busy Cottage Hill Road in West Mobile, Alabama. She now has 8 employees and a rapidly expanding business. It’s obvious she has struck a nerve with the surrounding community. Timing is always important, location is critical, yet nothing can compare to a well made product. That attention to detail comes across in each cupcake produced by Simply Sweet. This is not easily done when you’re turning out hundreds (if not thousands) of these beautiful little artistic creations five days a week.

Key Lime (top), Red Velvet and  Strawberry Lemonade (bottom).

The sheer number of daily choices at Simply Sweet is, well, stunning. They offer 4 everyday flavors including Chocolate, Vanilla, Red Velvet, and their signature (and most popular) Key Lime. Beyond that, you can choose from 9 daily specials highlighted by fun flavors such as Banana Pudding, Hummingbird, Mississippi Mud, Apricot Nectar, Cracker Jack, and Snickerdoodle. You hungry yet?

We visited on a Thursday and we were treated to six glorious cupcake creations. The flavors incorporated in our version of Simply Sweet’s “six-pack” were Peppermint Patty, Red Velvet, Key Lime, Carrot Cake, Strawberry Lemonade, and Pina Colada. They were all very good and disappeared fast. My personal favorites were the tart Key Lime, the decadent Peppermint Patty, and the tropical Pina Colada (seen below adorned with toasted coconut shavings and a bright red cherry on top).  

Cupcakes at Simply Sweet cost $2.50 each, $13.50 for 6, and $24 per dozen. I suggest you order on the heavy side because these babies are really crowd pleasers. Their physical beauty may command your attention, but it’s ultimately the satisfying flavors which will have you returning time and time again to that bright, cheery pink cardboard box. Great job, Ashley. Here’s to your success —- how sweet it is!

www.simplysweetcupcakeboutique.com or call 251 665 3003.