Owner + Baker: Candice Hunsinger
My ultimate life dream is to retire to Santorini, Greece, running a tiny little organic bakery a few days a week. The other days would be spent sipping tea before the sun rises and tending to my garden. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening in Grayslake…
Growing up in the area, I had made a promise to “one day” open here, specifically because we never had a true neighborhood bakery. On May 24th, 2013, my husband, Adam, and I opened our boutique brick & mortar, Cacao Sweets & Treats, located at 122 Center Street in downtown Grayslake, Illinois. Cacao is my testament to what food should truly be: Real. Pure. Made from scratch. Our sweets and handmade breads are only ever made of organic and local, non-GMO ingredients, constantly sourcing for the best.
Cacao is the opposite of fast food, from the way we make our treats with the passion and time the ingredients deserve to hoping you will slow down to grab a cup of locally-roasted coffee (served in a handmade mug) and enjoy a cookie or biscuit with us (in a vintage chair). My goal is to turn Cacao into a true community gathering place – what our town deserves and needs!
To experience the bakery at its best, be sure to stop in as early as possible! We bake for the day in the hopes of selling out to ensure daily freshness. The early bird catches the cake! Check out all of our features here!
We are a small batch of real people. No big batch, factory baking. No stock frozen cakes hoping to be purchased. Just what our hands can manage to make fresh each day. Our talented baker’s and counter managers are here serving you a side of real customer service. Our favorite is when you stop in so we can learn your name and favorite treats. We like to take the occasional hour for a staff birthday lunch (we take meals seriously!), or a trip to the orchard to pick apples for your treats.
We accept limited specialty orders per day, so the sooner you place your order the better, however, our minimum notice is 48 hours.
Give us a call to say hi or reserve your favorite treats at 847.223.2253(CAKE).