Two Pekin businesses have merged under one roof.
Eric Shangraw takes you to the Candy Kitchen and Creamery in this week's You Gotta Eat.
The Candy Kitchen and Creamery is on the main drag in Pekin. Its' a confectionary, bakery, ice cream stand, coffee and sandwich shop all rolled into one. Java Tropics, a nearby coffee stand run by the same owners was rolled into the business last month.
"We've got it all. You can get Chicago style hotdogs. Lose meat sandwich. If you have a sweet tooth, we have brownies, cinnamon rolls. And its' the real stuff," said owner Andrew Snell.
"My wife say the soup is excellent. In fact, she brought some home for dinner a couple nights ago so I stopped in to have some today for lunch," said customer Mike Halstead.
Guest eater and 25 Sportscaster Josh Simon started with the tomato bisque soup. It's mixed with whipping cream and according to Josh is extra smooth. I had beef and noodle soup. It's made with burgundy cooking wine, onion, celery and homemade egg noodles -two super soups. Josh followed up with an all beef hotdog with onions and melted cheese... just another hotdog except for the need to be eaten with fork and knife. I had a chicken Panini sandwich. It was just a distant memory by the time we hit dessert. I had a chocolate brownie with a cream cheese frosting and chocolate drizzle along with a house blend coffee. –The brownie too rich to finish. Josh had brownie with a scoop of homemade Elvis ice cream on top... that's ice cream with peanut butter and banana. Josh ate like The King in his final years...unconcerned about the calorie count before him. Our bill with drinks, $17.84. Like the name suggests... you should focus on the sweets when entering the Candy Kitchen.
The Candy Kitchen and Creamery is on Court Street in Pekin across from the High School. It's open six days a week... closed Sundays.