By Carla Selby
Tiny Bites has managed to create a completely original dessert experience that provides customers with great value and incredible tasting treats that are as fresh as can be.
A typical bakery item is normally made in the break of dawn, usually in the back of the business, put into a display case until gets sold, and if it doesn’t, after a period of time, it gets disposed of. Not these tiny bites though! Unlike in most bakeries, the work that goes into producing these beautiful tiny desserts is not hidden in the back kitchen. Customers order from the menu and get to watch their unique dessert being freshly prepared in front of them, and experience how all the ingredients combine to create their made-to-order, deliciously flavorful tiny bites.
“Our desserts are all crafted made-to-order with care and attention to detail, so you will not find any cases of pre-made treats here,” says owner Marc Tauchnitz, who values freshness and dislikes the concept of waste. “We do have some that are ready to go for your convenience, but they were also made with the same love and quality ingredients as the ones you’d get straight from our kitchen.”
Marc and his fiancé Neyda “Tita” Ramirez had a discussion for years about opening a bakery together. They both agree on the fact that freshness means quality and that variety is the spice of life. “We currently have 43 different combinations, with another 15-20 still to be developed,” Marc said. Customers can choose from a graham tart shell, a sweet tart shell, and a chocolate tart shell. They then have the difficult task of determining what goodness goes inside. The portion sizes are small so someone can experience the different flavors without overindulging or feeling guilty. “A customer can order three different desserts and have three different experiences and they don’t have to feel like they busted their diet and the next stop should be the gym.”
Tiny Bites features small desserts like a rich cheesecake complimented with Blueberry, Lemon, Strawberry, Raspberry, Pineapple, Coconut, or Chocolate Ganache filling, Bites filled with Cookies N Cream, Crème Brulee, Choco Lovers, S’Mores, and Key Lime. Dulce de Leche, Sriracha Mango, Boston Cream, Guava, Maple Bacon, Nutella, Caramel Mochaccino, among others are waiting to tantalize your taste buds.
And these gourmet goodies won’t break the bank either. No matter what combination the customer picks, the cost is $2 for a single, $5.00 for a 3-pack, $9.50 for a 6-pack, $18 for 12-pack, $26 for an 18-pack and $34 for 24-pack. “We also serve plenty of coffee and cakes along with our tiny bites, in case you need to get your caffeine fix as well,” says Marc. “No matter what brings you to our doors, we’re very excited to welcome you so we can show you what we’ve got cooking!”
Utilizing her artistic skills as a cake decorator and bakery owner in Venezuela, and his business acumen in bakery products distribution and sales and as a bakery owner, Tita and Marc combined their talents to open the doors of this incredible Carrollwood small business located in the Regency shopping plaza back on January 17th, 2018. “The support from the community has been amazing, and we couldn’t be happier to have chosen this location as the ‘home’ of our tiny bites and big dreams,” says Tita. “We are very thankful to every single customer who has stopped by, embraced our concept and given us some amazing reviews online.”
As a matter of fact, Tiny Bites has 100% 5-star review ratings on google! I have been writing stories for about two years now, and I have never seen a small business with such incredible reviews.
A perfect example of these great reviews comes from a recent customer and local guide Rachel F. “Tiny Bites for the win! I bribed my kids to be good while shopping by promising a treat. We stumbled upon this little gem! The store was clean and brightly decorated. You get to customize your tiny. We chose 2 more bites, 2 birthday cake bites, a lemon meringue bite, and a maple bacon bite. They were delicious and just the right amount. I believe they also do cakes as there was a screen showcasing all of the fun designs. My kids were thoroughly entertained. They also had a little kids table and some toys to keep my little ones entertained while we waited for our treats to be crafted. I highly recommend you try this new bakery!”
More than Tiny Bites
“In addition to our signature Tiny Bites we also have iced to order cupcakes, filled cookies, cake pops, brownies, eclairs, cannolis, macaroons, small pre-made cakes, and custom order cakes,” says Tita. “There are very limited supplies of these pre-made items to ensure freshness and to avoid waste.”
I can personally tell you that their custom cakes are AMAZING. I happened to stop by one day that Tita was working on a “Lion King” themed custom birthday cake, and her decorating talent blew me away. Basing my opinion on the flavor of all the tasty tiny bites and desserts I tried, I am sure the cake tasted as good as it looked. So if you’re looking for a special cake to impress someone on his or her special day, look no further! They also create special arrangements for special occasions and for the holidays!
“Tiny Bites is a small chic place with delicious tiny desserts and excellent customer service. Beautiful arrangements for the Holidays! We ordered cake pop arrangements with a mix of cookies and strawberries for Valentine’s Day, we’re so excited,” says happy customer and another 5-star reviewer, Alma D.
To compliment their desserts, Tiny Bites also serves an assortment of beverages, including delicious coffees made to order in their eating area. “We serve plenty of coffee along with our tiny bites, so feel free to stop by to satisfy your caffeine fix and try a tiny bite or 3,” says Marc.
Long-term, Marc and Tita hope to franchise their concept, so people all over the country can enjoy their own bites of deliciousness called Tiny Bites.
“Tiny Bites is our baby. To look at someone and see that they get satisfaction and happiness out of something we created is our favorite thing. When somebody walks up and It’s really satisfying to give them an experience that they enjoyed guilt-free… well, as guilt-free as you can be.”
Come in on your birthday and create your own tiny bite for FREE! (ID required.)
Tiny Bites is open Sunday through Thursday 11am-8pm Saturday and Sunday 11am – 9pm and is located at 14398 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33618. To learn more, call 813/968-6800 or visit Tiny Bites at tinybitesdesserts.com or Facebook Tiny Bites Desserts.