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Two confection makers to open new bakeries

This chocolate high heel “shoe” is one of the specialties of Mrs. Kay’s Sweet Treats, which will soon open its first bakery/store in Elk Grove.
This chocolate high heel “shoe” is one of the specialties of Mrs. Kay’s Sweet Treats, which will soon open its first bakery/store in Elk Grove.

Here’s sweet news for local dessert lovers: Two entrepreneurs who cooked up online demand for their delicious confections will soon be opening their first brick-and-mortar bakeries.

Coincidentally, both women answer to Kay (or Kaye) and hope to have their new bakeries open by the end of June.

Mrs. Kay’s Sweet Treats is moving into a 1,400-square-foot space at 9671 E. Stockton Blvd. in Elk Grove. Owned by Lisa Kaysinger, Mrs. Kay’s has earned a loyal following for its specialty candies such as chocolate high heel “shoes,” chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate-dipped from-scratch flavored marshmallows and nut brittles spiked with beer, wine, coffee or hot peppers. Mrs. Kay’s baked goods include pies, bagels, fancy cupcakes, cookies and much more.

Currently, Mrs. Kay’s treats are available online or at a few locations such as Grace Coffee Roasters or the Popcorn Store. Kaysinger told the Sacramento Business Journal that she needed more space to bake and create her candies to meet high demand.

“We’ve gotten so busy that I can’t do it from home anymore,” Kaysinger told the Journal.

About A Bite Bakery’s Jennifer Kaye had been baking and molding in an industrial kitchen in Gold River to fill her online orders. This week, she’s moving her pans and bowls to K and 12th streets in downtown Sacramento to a site close to the State Capitol. Look for her About A Bite Bakery at 1200 K St., Suite 9.

Like Mrs. Kay’s, Kaye mixes it up by offering both baked treats and artisan candies. About A Bite lives up to its name with petite goodies including its specialty “Bites,” cookie-candy hybrids that offer explosions of flavor wrapped in chocolate. Combinations range from delicate Passion Fruit-Champagne (which incorporates toasted coconut shortbread) to tangy Strawberry Balsamic ganache (with brown butter shortbread) to chewy Rosemary Salted Caramel.

About A Bite also offers about a dozen creative variations on cookie sandwiches. Examples: Yuzu Green Tea (yuzu citrus marmalade between two green tea almond cookies, dipped in white chocolate) or “Mmmoreo” (vanilla creme between chocolate crinkle cookies, an upscale twist on familiar Oreos). On K Street, About A Bite will share space with Downtown & Vine.

Debbie Arrington: (916) 321-1075, @debarrington

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