Play angry. Eat happy.
Many Wichita bakeries, doughnut shops and restaurants are joining in the Shocker madness surrounding the Wichita State University basketball team’s trip to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 this week.
When the Shockers tip off against Notre Dame at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Shocker fans with a plan can enjoy a buffet of black-and-yellow food or track down Shocker-inspired discounts.
One of the participating businesses is Connie’s Cookies, where owner Rob Smith says Shocker-colored frosted sugar cookies are quickly traveling out the door.
“When it comes time for the basketball tournament, people just go crazy for them,” he said. “March Madness is like its own holiday these days with all the parties.”
Following is a list of some of the Wichita businesses serving Shocker-inspired sweets and savories:
J. Rae’s Bakery, 2537 N. Maize Road, 316-721-0090: The bakery is selling jersey-shaped frosted sugar cookies decorated with the starting lineup’s numbers and has WuShock face frosted cookies as well.
Sweetly Scrumptious, 6476 E. Central Ave, 316-681-2253: Customers can get Shocker-colored jersey cookies for $16.99 a dozen or round frosted cookies reading “WSU” or “Go Shox!” for $14.99 a dozen. The bakery also has Shocker-frosted cake balls and cupcakes. Although they should have some in stock, customers are encouraged to place orders in advance.
The Sweet Witch, 316-253-2176: This home-based bakery also has lots of frosted Shocker sugar cookies, including some that read “Play Angry” and “Fear the Wehat.”
Connie’s Cookies, 13011 E. 21st St N., 316-832-9991: This popular cookie shop has frosted cookies decorated with a wheat shock at the WSU logo as well as frosted cookies that look like basketballs.
Cheri’s Bakery, 2121 N. Tyler, 316-722-1190: This bakery makes a crazy-cool cake shaped like a Shocker head. But it’s too late to pre-order one of those. Shocker fans can, however, still get Shocker sheet cakes and WSU-frosted sugar cookies, which range from $2.35 apiece to $13 a dozen.
Cocoa Dolce, 2132 N. Rock Road, Suite 100. 316-866-2906: The chocolate shop is overflowing with Shocker sweets, from “Shockolate bars” wrapped with a WSU label to WU-sticks, which feature a WuShock made of chocolate on a stick. Customers also can order Shocker samplers filled with WSU and WuShock logo-painted chocolate pieces.
Dunkin’ Donuts: 333 S. West St., 316-944-0047: In addition to stocking doughnuts topped with Shocker colors, Wichita’s Dunkin’ Donuts is offering free coffee from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Friday. Customers can get one cup of any-size, any flavor iced or hot coffee.
Paradise Donuts, 10607 W. Maple, 316-201-6380, and 3107 W. Central, 316-945-2933: The doughnut shop is serving Shocker-color-topped cake or yeast doughnuts throughout the tournament.
B.S. Sandwich Press, food truck: This local food truck’s owners created a burger that’s an ode to Shocker player Evan Wessel, topped with cheddar, bacon and spicy fried pickle chips. Though they initially named it after him, they were informed that they were violating NCAA rules. Now, it’s called the No. 3. The truck will be serving the burger starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the watch party at the Field House bar, 3825 E. 17th St. N.
Carlos O’Kelly’s: The local Mexican food chain is putting on its annual “Queso Madness” promotion. Since the Shockers have made it to the Sweet 16, customers can get 16-cent servings of queso and $1.16 lemon-lime “mug-o-ritas” all day on Thursday. Should the Shockers advance to the Elite Eight, queso will be 8 cents and mug-o-ritas will be $1.08 on Saturday. The deal is for dine-in customers only.
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