6 Delicious Local Treats to Sweeten Up Your Holidays

Cake pops, cookies, ice cream, and more—we’ve found the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season.
Gingerbread star shaped cookies next to pine cones and holly leaves

Go ahead and brighten your day by treating yourself to one of these delicious goodies. From adorable Santa cupcakes to Earl Grey peppermint ice cream, here are six festive treats—all from local women-owned companies—that will help put you in the holiday mood.

Three of Marsha's Specialty Desserts Cake Pops, each of which are presented with festive holiday-printed sticks and ribbons.A cake pop from Marsha’s Specialty Desserts and Tierney’s Catering in Avon is just too good to resist. In flavors like dark chocolate fudge, cookies ‘n cream, and red velvet, each of these treats is topped with colorful sprinkles and tied with a festive ribbon.

Cake pops, $2 each, MarshasSpecialtyDesserts.com to order.

A close-up shot of Lick Ice Cream's seasonal Earl Grey Peppermint Ice CreamLick Ice Cream, owned by sisters Meredith Kong and Kelly Ryan, is offering an “Earl Grey Peppermint” ice cream that is truly unique and worth a taste. But you’d better act fast: This flavor is only available for a limited time.

“Earl Grey Peppermint” ice cream, $10 a pint at Lick Ice Cream at The Garage Food Hall.

4 Birds Bakery Salted Chocolate Chip CookiesIf you’re looking for some perfectly made cookies for Santa, or yourself, consider these salted chocolate chip treats from Jenna Unrue, the owner and chef of 4 Birds Bakery. Not only are they scrumptious, but for every package sold, $2 will be donated to The Julian Center to support a family and their needs for the holidays.

Salted chocolate chip cookies, $8 for a pack of four at 4-birds-bakery.square.site.

The Flying Cupcake's Santa Cupcake KitThe team at The Flying Cupcake has just introduced their Santa Claus cupcake decorating kits that include all the materials you need to decorate four pre-baked jumbo cupcakes, two vanilla, and two chocolate. There is even a tutorial video on Facebook and Instagram if you want to decorate alongside their instructions.

Santa Claus cupcake decorating kit, $34.95 at TheFlyingCupcakeBakery.com.

Wreath cookie from ARTastry Cookies and ConfectionsARTastry Cookies and Confections is a company owned by Tamara Johnson-Boards that specializes in custom decorated sugar cookies and petit fours. Her intricate designs almost look too pretty to bite into, but they’re too delicious not to eat.

Decorated sugar cookies, $3.85 each, email artastrycookies@gmail.com to order.

XchocolArt 18-piece chocolate gift setChocolatier Joann Hofer owns the XchocolArt store in the heart of the Carmel Arts and Design District, and her 18-piece holiday chocolate gift set will make a perfect gift—if you can bear to part with it. It features four flavors of chocolates, including her award-winning whiskey honey truffle, dark chocolate ganache, and passion fruit caramels.

18-piece holiday chocolate gift set, $40 at Xchocolart.com.

Stephanie Groves is an Indy-based freelance writer who will eat anything chocolate.

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