If you have a serious sweet tooth as I do, then you must stop at Two Chicks Whisky Business Bakery & Cobbler Shop in downtown Plainfield. Leave your calorie counter at home, and be prepared to indulge in a mouthwatering assortment of scratch-made bakery delights.
The sweet smells inside the shop are heavenly and calorie-free...but I dare you to stop there. I know I don't have that kind of willpower, hence why I was happy to take on this writing assignment and do the difficult "research" of taste-testing a variety of treats!
The two chicks behind this sweet business are Rhonda and Paige, and they are quickly growing a loyal customer base. They both give their grandmothers and mothers credit for passing down their excellent baking skills.
This dynamic duo looks at baking as a form of creativity, and from my vantage point, many of their creations are works of art. Both beautiful and delicious!
First starting with a successful food truck and then selling their treats out of a local ice cream shop, last spring the opportunity to open their own storefront in Plainfield presented itself, and the Two Chicks Whisky Business Bakery & Cobbler Shop was born.
Rhonda shared, "We are not looking to be the biggest. We want to be the best. It's important to us as we grow that we always remain an active part of our business. We want to stay a small business so that quality is never sacrificed."
That sacrifice is evident in every delicious bite!
Rhonda and Paige whip up (or should I say whisk up) a variety of desserts including scratch-made cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, pies, cobblers, edible cookie dough and more.
Some items such as peach cobbler, chocolate chip cookies, white wedding cupcakes, New York Style cheesecake and cookie dough remain a daily staple. But be sure to check the menu board as other offerings change daily and include a wide range of fabulous flavors.
Better yet, visit the Two Chicks Whisky Business Facebook page where you will learn what sweet treats are being offered each day as well as when they have been gobbled up!
With so many tasty and unique options to choose from, I had trouble deciding but ultimately settled on six sweet treats: white wedding, strawberry and brownie mousse cupcakes, a chocolate chip cookie, peach cobbler and chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake (which was generously topped with a scoop of edible cookie dough).
Don't worry I had plenty of help with my "research," and the calories were spread between my husband, daughters and a friend. While we all agreed that every dessert we tasted was quite good, we each ended up with a different favorite.
My husband commandeered the peach cobbler. My friend thought the brownie mousse cupcake was to die for. My daughters practically fought over the chocolate chip cookie.
For me, it was a toss-up between the cookie dough cheesecake and the strawberry cupcake. The cupcake was literally bursting with flavor, and although it was almost too pretty to eat, somehow I managed.
And the cheesecake...was absolutely worth every calorie! I may or may not have licked the container...I'll never tell. YUM!
I was told cinnamon rolls and bread pudding are typically on the Saturday menu, so I see a weekend visit to Two Chicks Whisky Business in my future.
Located on Main Street in Plainfield, the shop is not large but does offer a small table and bar seating at the window for those who want to sit a spell.
While tasting that day's baked goods, customers can also sip on a hot or cold brew supplied by Danville's Arcane Coffee Company.
The shop also hosts private parties and is the perfect size for intimate gatherings of up to 10 people. Whether it is a kid's birthday party, a baby shower or a special get-together of old friends, Rhonda and Paige can take care of everything.
They will provide the decor and desserts and will bring in pizza or other food from local restaurant partners. Paige shared that now that her children are grown she misses doing kids' parties and likes to take these tasks off other moms' plates so they can just enjoy the celebration.
When Rhonda and Paige aren't hosting parties or selling their treats, you can bet they are in the kitchen baking up the next batch of goodies for the display case as well as cakes and other items for special order, private events and weddings.
Just be sure to order your favorite cake at least 2-3 weeks ahead of your celebration as keeping up with demand is something the Two Chicks continue to happily navigate.
Having spent nearly an hour in the shop, my favorite takeaway (besides the cheesecake) was the interaction I saw with the customers.
I witnessed a constant flow of traffic, and just 40 minutes after opening they were already sold out of several items. The most popular treats were literally flying off the shelf!
Small children loved the cake pops and cupcakes. The vendor who stopped in to fill up the fridge with bottled beverages was practically giddy when Paige offered him a chocolate chip cookie to go.
Another customer admitted she comes in at least 2-3 times a week, and that day she just had to bring her son who was visiting from Nevada. When I asked her what her favorite bakery item was, she said she couldn't possibly choose just one as everything is so good.
Both Rhonda and Paige feel they already have the best customer base and a very loyal following. They love catching up with the regulars that come in as well as meeting visitors who are lucky enough to have put Two Chicks Whisky Business on their travel itinerary.
Just be sure to come in early because their delicious treats don't last long. And when the bakery case is empty, it's time for Rhonda and Paige to close up shop and get baking for the next day!