Is there anything more scrumptious than the smell of fresh baked breads and pastries paired with a coffee, tea or latté? Of course there is: the taste! The Chatham-Kent Bakery Trail will get you where your taste buds need to be. The owners of these community bakeries are a great source of not only tasty treats and confections but also must-see local things to see, places to visit and stories to discover.
Start the day with a gluten free tasty treat and the smoothie of the day (especially if it’s the Peach Cobbler Smoothie) at Charlie’s Café, in Blenheim. Don’t let the healthy titles scary you away; whether it’s the Fudgy Flourless Brownies or a Gluten-free Banana Chocolate Protein Muffin, the food is fresh and flavourful, and the ethically sourced, small batch coffee is the perfect way to get you going.
When you find yourself outside of Bothwell, make sure you stop in at Park’s Blueberries & Country Store. Wander through the fields of blueberry bushes as you pick-your-own and fill your basket with one of the six different varieties available or browse the country store bakery and café. Choose from muffins, scones, bars, pies, and tarts and don’t be surprised when you find more than just blueberry flavours!
Plan a visit Union Block Bakery in Dresden every chance that you get to discover new tasty treats and pastries. One day you’ll find fresh Cinnamon Rolls, Carrot Cake and Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Tarts on offer and the next it will be fancy Empire Biscuits, Funfetti Squares and elegant Cupcakes. Looking for something savoury? Pick up the daily lunch special of homemade soup, salad or try a sandwich on fresh baked Cranberry Pecan or Oatmeal Molasses bread.
With more than 200 daily fresh baked products to choose from, you’re sure to find a new favourite at Maple City Bakery in Chatham. After serving the community for more than 60 years, they not only offer everything from doughnuts to cookies to cakes but they’ve also developed extensive sugar-free and gluten-free menus so don’t feel left out just because you have different dietary requirements. Even if you’re not in the mood for something sweet, make sure to pick up one of their many freshly baked loaves of bread to take home and enjoy.
The candy kitchen is in full swing at Pinnells Bakery in downtown Ridgetown; you can’t pick just one of the homemade chocolates! You’ll also find traditional Horehound Candy to help sooth everything from a sore throat to an upset stomach. Mouth-watering Apple Dumplings, Danish Pastries, Polish Paczki, or a seasonal pie…you can’t go wrong with anything that you decide to take home with you.