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December 3, 2011
Gingerbread people are back at Village Cake Shoppe

Last year about this time, we mentioned the hand-made decorated gingerbread people at the Village Cake Shoppe at Town & Country Village. They were such a hit that owner Patrick Clarke has brought them back. They're $2 to $2.50 (and up) "depending on how elaborate the design is," he said. They're available through Dec. 24.

What makes them so special? Well, they do bring back childhood memories of holidays past. Also, their quality is something special: The from-scratch little people are made in small batches from organic butter and molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. They're made to appeal to a child's taste, so they're not super-spicy.

"The demand for them last year was surprising, so it's a good idea to call first to make sure we have them at the moment," Clarke said. "Or people can call for special orders and customized decorations, like children's names."

The Village Cake Shoppe is in Town & Country Village, Marconi and Fulton avenues, Sacramento; (916) 485-8611, www.villagecakeshoppe.com and www.shoptownandcountry.com.

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