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Sugar Thrill Gang

With an abundant selection of truffles, macarons, nuts, fudge and candies, the shipping-container world of Sweet Boutique is every bit as delicious as anything Willie Wonka could have envisioned.

Article
Donna Leahey
Photos
Valerie Grant
Posted
January 29, 2018

A glass case filled with truffles. An explosion of bright, happy, welcoming color. More sweet treats than your eye can take in all at once. Jars, tins, boxes, and bags full of goodness. Beautifully decorated macarons displayed under a glass dome. Giant, colorful lollipops dangling on ribbons from the ceiling. A friendly helper behind the counter, smiling back at you. All packed neatly inside one of The Boxyard’s shipping containers.

Welcome to Sweet Boutique.

The owners, Naved, Nisa, Azeem, and Shaan Malik, are as delightful and charming as their shop. Full of smiles and joy, they want you to see everything all at once. And there’s a lot to see.

Sweet Boutique is one of few places in Tulsa you can find an authentic French macaron. It is also the only place you can have one of these delicate cookies made by famous chef Florian Bellanger, who you may remember as a judge on the competition baking show Cupcake Wars. His dainty macarons are shipped out freshly made and are in the case at Sweet Boutique the very next day. The light, airy cookies are available in a variety of flavors and look as beautiful as they taste.

The truffles are dessert sized and available in an overwhelming array of flavors. White chocolate, dark, and milk varieties are filled with flavors as diverse as champagne, rum, Key lime, or cappuccino. The outer layer is thick and rich, with the centers creamy and flavorful. These decadent treats are so good, you want to be sure to get a few for yourself while you’re boxing up your gift for someone you obviously love a lot.

Sweet Boutique is a great choice for a gift for your special someone, treats for your staff, table favors for a fancy party, or for yourself. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Sweet Boutique is a great choice for a gift for your special someone, treats for your staff, table favors for a fancy party, or for yourself. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

The truffles and macarons are amazing, but they’re just the first case. Walk on in to a compact shipping-container-style world every bit as delicious as Willie Wonka’s. The choices are sweet and plentiful. Malted milk balls as big as the end of your thumb. Peanut butter cups in milk, dark, or white chocolate, each nearly as big as your palm. English toffee not just topped with nuts, but thickly encrusted in them. The chocolate-covered cashews and pecans are too big for one bite. There’s even some tasty chocolate-covered cookie dough. Another unique choice at Sweet Boutique is the chocolate-covered gummy bears; these are a customer favorite. There’s also a generous selection of sugar-free candy, so there’s something sweet for everybody.

“The Bavarians are the best,” Nisa says, pointing out the selection of Bavarian nuts featured on the top shelf of one case. The sweet, candied Bavarian nuts are just the star of the show when it comes to the selection of premium nuts at Sweet Boutique. The roasted cashews are as big as your pinky-finger and every bit as delicious as they look. A bin full of rich Brazil nuts sits in that case, and another holds mouth-watering round and luscious macadamias. If you can’t make up your mind, get the mixed nuts. Get a big bag because you won’t want to share. There are no peanuts in this mix; it’s a bounty of premium nuts. Get them to toss in a handful of the Brazil nuts and macadamias to make it even more special.

Sweet Boutique is one of few places in Tulsa you can find an authentic French macaron. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Sweet Boutique is one of few places in Tulsa you can find an authentic French macaron. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

Displayed on top of the counters, under glass domes, is Sweet Boutique’s assortment of fudge, cut in generous, thick squares. There’s your standard chocolate, but plenty of other flavors including maple, peanut butter, and the decadent turtle fudge, which is chocolate fudge with pecans and swirled with rich caramel. Rich and creamy and sweet, this fudge will make your heart warm, even if February has the rest of you cold.

Sweet Boutique has a large assortment of drinks to enjoy with your sweet treats, from soda to energy drinks. There’s a soda fountain with soft and crunchy crushed ice. You can choose from cans and bottles of iced coffee, Perrier, several flavors of Fanta, iced tea, green tea, and more. You don’t want to be thirsty while trying to enjoy your macarons!

With all these choices, you’d think it would be hard to pick a favorite. Nisa loves the mixed nuts along with the almonds and the cashews. For Naved, it’s the truffles and the dark chocolate-covered pecans. Azeem loves the chocolate-covered banana gummy bears and the macarons, while Shaan’s choice is the dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, especially around school finals.

Sweet Boutique is a great choice for a gift for your special someone, treats for your staff, table favors for a fancy party, or for yourself. You can select a tin or a box and custom-pack a gift.

Nisa recommends the hand-dipped strawberries. “We have milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate,” she says. With at least 24-hour notice, they can have as large an order as you like of the strawberries waiting for you. The strawberries are dipped fresh in-house and are big, red, sweet, and succulent.

The Maliks opened Sweet Boutique a year ago. “We were looking downtown when we heard they were building The Boxyard. They only had the containers down, but we wanted to try it and see,” says Naved.

“We started with the Nut Hut in Promenade. We bought it from a mom and pop,” says Nisa. “They advised us to use the same people they did for premium nuts and chocolate. You can tell the difference.”

There are a few specials you should know about, to get the most sweet for your buck. Their amazing fudge is buy three, get one free. And those not-to-be-missed macarons are buy five-get-one-free, so get one in every flavor.

LOCATOR
Sweet Boutique
The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd, Unit 13 | Tulsa
918-900-2238
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-5 p.m.

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