When temperatures hit below freezing, sometimes you need a little holiday treat to warm your spirits. Lucky for you, Capitol Hill’s local businesses are bursting with Christmas cheer this season. But how will you find your way in this candyland of Christmas sweets? Don’t panic—we have compiled for you a list of some of the best places to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth.
Let Cupcake Royale sate your winter cravings with their many holiday-themed cupcakes. Bite into a boozy eggnog, gingerbread stout, peppermint hot chocolate, white chocolate cranberry, or royale fruitcake–flavored cupcake. Each cake is made from scratch every day with organic milk and cage-free eggs. Don’t forget a cozy warm drink to go alongside your sweet treat. And if the holiday season has put you in a giving mood, Cupcake Royale also offers seasonal cupcakes to purchase by the dozen in a compostable pink box, so you can share with your friends and family.
HIGH 5 PIE
Those with dietary restrictions often find themselves with limited access to holiday excess. If you find yourself shrugging your shoulders in sweet-toothed confusion, swing by High 5 Pie for gluten-free and vegan options on the way to your festive get-together. Their holiday menu will be very similar to their Thanksgiving selection, which included classic favorites like pumpkin, marionberry and apple. However, they also provide a variety of holiday-specific pies in flavors like caramel pecan, cherry almond and salted caramel pear.
MOLLY MOON’S ICE CREAM
If you’re brave enough to have ice cream as cold as the weather, Molly Moon’s has got just the treat to satisfy your Christmas craving. Molly Moon’s is known for thinking outside of the box with flavors like earl grey and honey lavender, and they usually have at least one unexpected flavor on their seasonal list. This winter, the creamery will feature a decadent black currant crème fraiche flavor, as well as ginger pear sorbet and cinnamon ice cream. Vegans, fear not, because Molly Moon’s also has a seasonal flavor for you: vegan salted caramel ice cream.
TOP POT DOUGHNUTS
There doesn’t have to be snow on the ground for there to be snow on your doughnut. Top Pot’s Peppermint Snowdrift is a classic chocolate cake doughnut topped with peppermint frosting. And good news for those of you with looming finals: the coffee that gets you through late nights and early mornings throughout the quarter is also getting dressed up for the holidays, from the Peppermint Bark Mocha to the Eggnog Latte. And if you have somehow already bounced back from your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie overload, Top Pot also offers a glazed pumpkin old fashioned doughnut and a classic Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Fortunately, you don’t have to have Christmas spirit to buy Christmas spirits—just a valid ID. Capitol Cider, on the intersection of Broadway and Pike, has a couple of festive brews available right now. Reminiscent of Thanksgiving dinner is a bottle of Cranberry Rosehip from Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum, Wash. But if you’re already humming Christmas carols under your breath, the shelves are also stocked with Tieton Cider Works’ Holiday Cheer. Brewed in Tieton, Wash., this cider is flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg. Local spiced ciders are sure to put the “Rudolph” into your red nose—just be sure to find a safe way home.
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Lena Beck is a freshman Humanities for Leadership major. She does best with ample access to coffee, and enjoys people-watching from the top of parking garages.