A combined bakery and gift shop, Connie's Bakery and General Store is situated in downtown Mount Kisco. Traditional wedding cakes, cupcakes, pies, and other baked goodies are available for weddings. To feel even better about them, 100 percent of Connie's net profits benefit six non-profit charities throughout Westchester County in Connie's Foundation For Sweet Success campaign.
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Best of Westchester - Editors' Picks: Best Store Concept 2005. Imagine a retail store filled with home-baked cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats from an ex-Babbo (Multo Mario's acclaimed Manhattan eatery) chef, to which all the profits go to local charities? Sound too good to be true? Well, it's both things (good and true), thanks to philanthropist Connie Milstein of South Salem. The store also features a baking apprentice program for those having faced employment barriers. So feel good eating that caramel apple or chocolate chip cookie. In fact, have another, as we all know charity sweets have no calories.
Best Chocolate UFOs 2006. Ever since the store opened up last year, these cookies (two chocolate cake-like wafers with a marshmallow-creme filling) have been flying out of the store. What's even better is that the store donates every last penny of profits to worthy charities around the county. And clearly, calories consumed for a good cause do not count!
Best Chocolate Chip Cookie 2007. Here's a chocolate chip cookie you can eat without guilt; all of Connie's profits goes to charity and the bakery hires and trains low-income residents. But that's not why our panel of experts chose this delectable cookie; it's all about taste and crunch. 'The more I had of it, the more it grew on me,' said Tim Shea, co-owner of Anna Shea Chocolates in Tarrytown.