**Disclosure: I received complimentary cupcakes in order to bring this review to you as well as a giveaway. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
Over the holiday break, we took a little excursion over to the new Gigi's Cupcakes in Wilmette. Who can resist a little sweet temptation, right? On any given day, Gigi's has 12-18 varieties of fresh cupcakes to choose from--most of them looking too beautiful to eat. But, with a 10-year-old in toe you must try at least one......just one....well...maybe more......
How Gigi's started:
Gigi's was originally founded by Gigi Butler in Nashville. Gigi began her entrepreneurial path at a young age by starting a cleaning company. However, her lifelong dream was to become a singer. Ever determined, she spent days cleaning and waiting tables while singing at night. Weary of the grueling schedule, Gigi ended her pursuit of a singing career and eventually expanded her cleaning business. Always the entrepreneur, she was inspired to start her cupcake business after her brother waited 2 hours for a cupcake at one of New York's top shops only to realize that it wasn't as good as Gigi's! She opened her first store in Nashville and from there franchised. By promoting franchising, Gigi hopes that help local business owners achieve their dreams.
Before visiting, I pondered how a cupcake shop would be able to maintain a sense of variety without seeming boring. Gigi's has a rotating menu that not only varies by month but also by the day of the week. There are some staples that stay consistent but there are other flavors that rotate in and out based on day of the week or even month. So, there are sparks of novelty every day!
The tough job: sampling cupcakes!
During our visit, we tried 3 cupcakes in store and ported 3 home. The cupcakes are all well presented and look quite dreamy. In addition to the wide variety of flavors, sugar-free and gluten-free options are available. For our first round, we tried the Triple Chocolate Torte, White Chocolate Raspberry and Chocolate Mint Magic.
|Triple Chocolate Torte|
|Chocolate Mint Magic|
|White Chocolate Raspberry|
The cupcakes transport amazingly well!
Gigi's really excels with transportable cupcakes! I have purchased cupcakes from stores before only for them to be smooshed on the way home. Gigi's box held them in place and the frosting kept its form. So the 'Wow' factor of the cupcakes was maintained.
At home, we tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Scarlett's Red Velvet and the Tiramisu. We enjoyed these cupcakes much better than the ones we had during our visit. The best news is that we savored them the day after our visit, showing that they keep well!
|Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough|
|Scarlett's Red Velvet|
As you can see, Gigi's is a sweet addition to the suburbs! The selection is amazing and the cupcakes are just beautiful! Really, a wonderful place to bring the kids for a treat!
Gigi's Cupcakes Wilmette is located at 3217 Lake Ave in Wilmette.
Want to try Gigi's yourself? We are giving away a $10 Gigi's gift card to TWO lucky winners! Please enter below. Giveaway is open to US resident's 18-years-old and older. Giveaway ends 1/13/16. Good luck!
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