There are many excellent vegan bakeries. Each one possesses skill, creativity and bakes little pieces of pure joy. But beyond that, hovering in a space all their own, is a shop in Bethlehem, PA. The sort of place that people talk about with the fondness of a beloved favorite lover. Vegan Treats. This vegan bakery has seen a lot of press – even American Express has recognized and named them one of the top ten bakeries in the world!
To call Vegan Treats “amazing” or “delicious” is a dramatic understatement. My vocabulary hasn’t the reach to take you to the bliss you can experience with these confections. It isn’t just that non-vegans would be “fooled” by these creations. It’s so much more. I think ANY person who like sweets would DEVOUR the offerings from Vegan Treats. Yes, it’s true. All those goodies you see are divine, sinful, VEGAN. Chocolate brownie chunk cheesecake, mousse cakes, chocolate-encased marshmallow cake. Yes, Vegan Treats truly is the 8th wonder of the world, just as their website claims…
The shop is unassuming from the outside. A fun pink sign greets you and inside, you can feel the funkiness with their animal-print decor and old-fashioned bar stools. The day we visited, the place was quiet, sort of like Bethlehem itself. But the gals behind the counter weren’t at all surprised to learn we drove from Maryland. They explained that customers pile in from Philly, New York, D.C., Baltimore – and even further!
We love that this bakery isn’t just vegan, but also committed to conservation. They source their ingredients with environmental responsibility in mind and explain the impact of animal agriculture on the ecosystem on their website, even how it extends to wildlife and the air & water all living things need. Thanks for sharing this info with the world, Vegan Treats! We wish everyone knew these facts.
It’s difficult to really pick a favorite item at Vegan Treats. But we have a few! The chocolate donuts are remarkable. They will remind you of your childhood and the boxed Hostess-grocery-store kinds. They called them “chocolate-glazed.” Another item of true wonder: the vegan cannoli! You may have thought such and item could never convert to vegan, but alas, here it is. These can be made with or without chocolate dip. We like them both ways. The DH adores chocolate and peanut butter. Like this chocolate PB-Cup cheesecake. And for me – I love cookies with my daily hot tea. So sign me up for the oatmeal banana chocolate chip! This cookie, by the way, was huge! The photo barely conveys the true diameter and depth. It was four portions for me.
Really, though… it’s not fair to play favorites. Because this carrot cake is fantastic. And what about this sticky bun? It was the size of your head and slathered in nutty, gooey, cinnamon heaven. Don’t forget the blueberry crumble bars, either. They were magnificent.
Death by Chocolate, anyone? This deep, dark, rich little guy was true decadence. Yes, you will need coffee or soy milk on the side, cuz the cocoa experience is intense.
Browsing the cases, still? Well why wouldn’t you be? Black-bottom cupcakes, petit-fours, cookies and candies beckon…
And, yes – they do sell merchandise. You can proudly sport your Vegan Treats love to the entire world. Teeshirts, hoodies and bags are available – and these cute panties, which are wrappers for an entirely different kind of vegan treat. Ahem.
If a trip to Bethlehem, PA is not in your future, you can find a selection of Vegan Treats at Busboys & Poets in the D.C. area or order online to have something shipped. They have a large menu, and additionally offer pies, brownies, wedding cakes, whoopie pies, truffles, custards, shortbreads and soft-serve ice cream – as well as gluten-free versions of many of their originals, including brownies, cookies and pastry.