Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Treat House - Treat. Yo. Self

Treat. Yo. Self. To Treat House that is.
An unknown rice krispie treat shop had been gracing my Facebook feed. Between this and a new crepe shop in SoHo, it was hard to decide which to check out first.  Crepes tend to be more fun with people, so I went to check Treat House on it's grand opening.

I also treated myself to the American Natural History Museum to check out their whale exhibit which was a few blocks away. 

(For the record, I went to the museum first.)

To be honest I have a love/hate relationship with rice krispie treats.  I will crave the marshmallow snack, but once I've bought a box it will stay unopened until the apocalypse. (There's an infamous chocolate-covered one in the shape of a penguin in the bowels of my cupboard.)  I blame the overwhelming sweetness and the not-so-snack-size bars they often come in.

You can buy 1, 2, 4, or 12.
Treat House, on the other hand, were petit-four sized, had just the right sweetness, and came in more than one flavor. Actually they come in so many flavors that it was hard to choose. My eyes went instantly to the Double Bubble that topped a Pink Bubble Gum flavored one, but my brain recollected bad Halloween memories followed by trips to the dentist.

I recommend a 4 pack for one person.
Instead I ending up pointing at familiar flavors like Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Pretzel, S'mores, and Cappuccino (my favorite).  This turned out to be a mistake because I wished I had chosen ones like Red Velvet, Blueberry Pie, and Birthday Cake. There's even a plain bar for you vanilla people. 

My Chocolate Pretzel did not fair well on my trip to Central Park.
Lolitas looking for sweet alternatives should take heed:  for $2.25 a bar, it's cheaper than a cupcake and about the same price as an average macaron, depending where you go.

I will be curious to see how this shop will fair in future months. However this shop already has an established following; when I popped in there were plenty of locals congratulating the owners and making purchases.

Groups are popping in and out.
Unfortunately to my husband's dismay, there is currently no vegan/vegetarian option (The homemade marshmallows are made with fish gelatin). Hopefully they will consider this in the future. Otherwise that will be 4 bars for me.

In addition to the crisped rice treats, they serve cake pops, marshmallows, and ice cream bars.  As well as homemade iced tea, juice, and Stumptown coffee to wash it all down.

Cabin in the Woods this is not.
The decor was very simplistic (just like a rice krispie) and I had nothing but smile when I saw the little faux cabin in the back. 

Employees' Only sign?

Log art on the wall.
Right now, there's no shop like this in New York, so I would not label it a craze just yet.  However it is certainly unique and something to check out if you are in the area (like the museum) or just visiting the city.  

Treat House will probably become my Upper East Side counterpart: when I go to Alice's Tea Cup I will more than likely go to Ladurée. Especially after learning they donate a portion of all their sales to the Food Bank of New York City.

All treats were eaten in the making of this post. So was my smile.

Treat House
452 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY

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