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Beard Papa’s, founded in Japan, is a cream puff chain that recently made its home at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. Nestled in between Hot Dog on a Stick and Cinnabon, don’t be intimidated by the flashy stands around it. Beard Papa’s doesn’t disappoint when you’re in need of something sweet, but won’t give you a toothache either. The cream puff shells are made nearly every half hour and, after ordering, are filled with the cream of your choice. Puffs can be ordered in a dizzying array of pastries and frostings—think green tea cocoa, cookies and cream (made with real Oreo bits) and dulce de leche—but I went with its most popular puff: Classic Vanilla. The light dessert had a shell that was crispy—even after filling it with the vanilla bean-specked custard, which proved to be velvety, light and oh-so-addicting. Beard Papa’s cream puffs are one of those things that make going to the mall a daymaker. Beard Papa’s, 1161 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 240, Roseville. 916-877-5941, beardpapa.com.