For several years I have lived in close proximity to Twizted Confections and never happened to stop by. I had sampled their cakes and cookies a number of times, but was missing out on much more.
Twizted Confections is located at Woodlawn and Central, near Il Primo Cafe, and is the place for anyone with a sweet tooth as well as those who enjoy a bierock. While their main business are sweets, they also offer some savory sandwiches and bierocks. In fact they are quite proud of their bierocks judging by the sign outside and the bierock superimposed upon a large reproduction of Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”. There are several tables inside for dining in, but it appears that most people grab food to go.
The savory menu is short and consists of several sandwiches, bierocks, and quiche as well as sides that include coleslaw and garlic slaw. The sweet menu is expansive and includes pies, cookies, cakes, baklava, cupcakes, and muffins. They typically have a wide selection available daily, but if you are really craving a certain type of pie, ordering ahead is your best bet. They also offer a variety of fresh baked breads.
On our first visit we tried two of their sandwiches, an Italian Hoagie and a Reuben, as well as sides of the garlic coleslaw. The Italian Hoagie featured ham, salami, cheese, tomato, onions, and Italian dressing on a homemade crusty roll. This was a pretty good sandwich, although I could have done with less dressing. The Reuben was rather disappointing on the other hand. A proper Reuben needs to come out hot so the corned beef can meld with the cheese and sauerkraut. Unfortunately ours came out mostly cold and the bun lacked the toasty goodness it needed. This sandwich has potential because the rye bread was wonderful, they just need to add more beef and make sure it comes out warm. The garlic slaw had a nice balance of garlicy sweetness that made it a good side.
Feeling that our Twizted experience was less than complete we went back another time to load up on bierocks and sweets, since reviewing a bakery without trying any of the dessert options is unacceptable. We ordered bierocks to go as well as a variety of cookies, a slice of their State Fair winning carrot cake, a brownie, and a slice of peanut butter pie.
After a quick zap in the microwave, the good sized bierocks were ready to enjoy. And enjoy we did. The roll itself was soft and flavorful and stuffed with plenty of meat and cabbage. The filling was well seasoned, although the meat was a little overcooked. All in all I would rank this bierock as one of the better ones in town. The sweet treats did not disappoint either. Each of the cookies we sampled were good, but the
brownie, cake, and pie each proved to be much better. The brownie was very soft, chocolatey, and had a pasty-like crust on it. It was quickly devoured by the kids in our group. The carrot cake was everything you could possibly want in a carrot cake. The cake itself was moist and full of cinnamon spice goodness, while the frosting was an excellent cream cheese variety. The peanut butter pie was the most decadent and delicious of the desserts. The rich pie had a base layer of peanut butter cream, followed by a layer of whipped cream, and topped off with a nice chunk of peanut butter candy.
Twizted Confections is first and foremost a dessert place. If you are looking for a specialty pie or cake this is the place to check out. While the bierocks were good, the rest of their savory options were average in my opinion.