Good things come in small, exquisitely presented packages at Boonton's Dulce & Petit Dessert Shop on Main Street (908-387-4899, www.dulceandpetit.com), where owner Karen Zorn has made a booming business out of bite-size treats.
"People who come in are so grateful to find that they can have dessert and not eat too much," says Zorn. Frequent customer Jackie Hecht of Boonton is one. "Even if I'm on a diet, I can always find something that's not too big or too atrocious a calorie count," she says.
Dulce & Petit's bestsellers include mini-cupcakes at $.95 each and a strawberry cheesecake tart for $3.75. A summertime favorite is the Pina Colada Cake, a rich coconut confection with a pineapple curd filling and coconut butter-cream icing ($3.95 a serving). "I only use butter for my desserts, never oils or artificial ingredients, so everything's primo," Zorn says. On the lighter side is the Angelical Angel Food Cake with homemade whipped-cream filling for $1.95‚"which," Zorn hastens to specify, is "all egg whites and very little sugar."
Dulce & Petit will also make custom cakes or assortments for a special affair. "I don't have a business; I have a passion," says Zorn. "People come here and are happy. And because the desserts are small, they are able to come more than once a week!"