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Sweet Treats

Madison's visitors have never had it sweeter, starting with the confections at Kilwins on State Street, where you can savor the flavors of caramel apples, fudge, ice cream, fine chocolates and more.

If you're looking for sweet eats in a family-friendly setting, you won't want to miss Ella's Deli & Ice Cream Parlor, which features a kosher-style menu and a beautifully restored 1927 carousel the kids will love to ride! If you're celebrating a birthday, be sure to pick Madison's Official Birthday Place: The Nitty Gritty Downtown or in Middleton. Beyond birthday sweets, you'll be serenaded with a special rendition of "Happy Birthday" sung to you by everyone in the establishment! Kids are also always welcome at Bluephie's, which serves contemporary, fun food in an ultra-modern setting.

Looking for something a little more ... romantic? Indulge in gourmet chocolate at Chocolaterian Cafe, a chocolate and wine cafe with a charming atmosphere. Or, add a little creativity to your dessert when you dine at Crema Cafe, where all bakery is made from scratch and menu items are served in inventive proportions. Another breakfast and brunch favorite is Manna Cafe and Bakery, a bustling neighborhood eatery with an extensive on-site bakery and full-service espresso menu.

Looking for fine chocolates to give as gifts or savor on your own? Pay a visit to Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier and Candinas Chocolatier, both of which offer selections that are made fresh locally and enjoyed universally. For a more traditional approach, try Fannie May Chocolates in the Hilldale Mall and on Madison's west side, where fine gourmet chocolates have been sold for more than 90 years!