Rocket Fizz


Soda Pop and Candy Shop. Sounds fun, right? Well, it is. I’m not a soda drinker, but if I see “candy shop”, I’m in. While visiting Orlando, FL, I passed by Rocket Fizz in Winter Park and had to stop in to check it out. 


Living in NYC, I had no idea that this chain was so expansive, covering over a dozen states around the country. But, none in New York, which is why I was unfamiliar with the franchise. So, I got familiar. Walking in, all around the room you’ll find loads of different nostalgic candy, international candy, unique sodas in bottles and cans, and lots of quirky signs and novelty items.


They have, what seems like, a mile long display of different salt water taffies, which I really love. Not all the time, but there’s something really great about a salt water taffy as a treat. Their variety is insane, and you can mix and match to your heart’s content.


I got together a nice little baggie of some flavors that I haven’t had before, which included: Blueberry Muffin, Cotton Candy, Apple Pie, Gingerbread, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate Caramel Mocha, Banana Cream Pie, Cinnamon Roll, Frosted Cupcake, Caramel Corn, Caramel Cheesecake, S’Mores, Strawberry Cheesecake, Molasses, and Huckleberry. Boom. 

The Shorts:
Name: Rocket Fizz
Location: 520 South Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, they have so many different items, it’s fun to just even do a walk through to check out the variety of novel treats.
Would I recommend it? For sure. They have mainstream candies, as well as unique finds, with a little something for everyone. And, if you’re a soda fan, this is definitely for you. 


Zucker Bakery


In the midst of my 12 Best Bakeries In NYC Challenge off of Gothamist’s list, I wanted to take a break and visit…another bakery. Whatever, I’m not ashamed of how bakery obsessed I am. So, I headed over to Zucker Bakery in the East Village. 


Walking in, you feel like you’re walking into a cute and cozy NYC apartment. Little cafe tables and couch seating invite you to eat baked goods and drink some Stumptown coffee. 


This small batch bakery is making its unique cookies and “Roses” (similar to a sticky bun) by hand.


Their packaging is pretty adorable. 


I first tried their Alfajhores (Dulce De Leche filled cookie sandwich rolled in coconut flakes). It was so good. The cookie was soft and had a shortbread flavor. Inside, is the soft and sweet carmel flavor of the Dulce De Leche. And bringing both together, are the coconut flakes around the cookie. 


Then, I also got one of their Roses. They have a couple different flavors, but I chose the cinnamon and raisin. It was soft and doughy with a great cinnamon flavor and sweetness from the raisins and delicate glaze on top. What’s great about this version of the sticky bun, is that they’re not too big (they’re about the size of a regular sized cupcake) and not too sweet, so you can eat them at just about any time.

The Shorts:
Name: Zucker Bakery
Location: 433 East 9th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, it’s a great little spot to sit and have a coffee and cookie.
Would I recommend it? Yes.