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Give & Gather: Trending Local Bakeries for Tasty Memories

by: Sue Adler
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As Thanksgiving approaches, we begin to feel an extra sense of gratitude and the yearning to share with one another. One of the best ways to express appreciation is through the art of delectable dishes, and what better way to do so than with delectable treats from local bakeries? In this season of warmth and thankfulness, let’s explore the local delights and discover some of the best bakeries that turn the act of giving into a truly sweet experience.

? Chatham & Madison

? Fleur de Sel 265 Main Street, Chatham
With an on-site kitchen, these tasty creations are baked daily with the finest ingredients and produce. You’ll find much more than dessert in this boulangerie including, croissants, tartes, cakes, eclairs, macarons, soups, quiches, salads and sandwiches.Our personal fave? The Gâteau Maison au Chocolat and the Lemon Meringue Tart with the option of gluten-free, from 6in. 8in. & 10in. yummmmmm!
Allergy Options: Gluten-free / Nut-free / or Both gluten & nut free
? Tuesday-Sunday 8am-3pm / Closed on Mondays

? Crowley Cupcakes ⏐7 Waverly Place Madison
Specializing in custom made baked goods such as cupcakes, cakes, cookies, specialty breads, cinnamon rolls, and brownies, it’s a home-run for every preference! Each holiday season Owner Bridget Crowley brings out new and exciting homemade goods, so make sure to check in frequently to see what’s in store! Our current fave is the Chocolate Chip  Cookie Cupcake! Cakes and specialty cakes come in 6in & 9in.
? Allergy Options: Gluten-free / Vegan
? Tuesday-Friday: 10am-7pm / Saturday: 10am-6pm / Closed on Sundays & Mondays

? Morristown & Harding

? Swiss Chalet Bakery & Cafe ⏐159 South Street, Morristown
For more than 5 decades this town staple has been serving its customers both beautifully crafted and extraordinarily tasteful pies, cakes, cookies, & more! They also offer custom cakes and treats, up to 80 servings! Check out more on their custom cake orders here!
? Allergy Options: Gluten-free
? Monday-Wednesday: 7am-4pm / Thursday-Saturday: 7am-6pm / Sunday: 7am-2pm

Millburn & Short Hills

? MochiMoly⏐315B Millburn Avenue, Millburn
Looking to make a unique contribution to the table this year? Try this combination of traditional Korean rice cakes and modern American fried donuts! With premium mochi ice cream made fresh by Mochidoki, from Manhattan NY, you cannot go wrong! What are mochi donuts? Think of a hybrid between classic American fried donuts and sweet and chewy Korean rice cakes, made fresh daily on the premises, and voilà! Bulk orders are available so make sure to order ahead so call (973) 232-5144!
? Tuesday- Saturday: 11am-8pm / Sunday: 11am-7pm / Closed on Mondays

?Taste Buddy ⏐ 515 A Millburn Ave, Short Hills
In today’s world, it is likely that you or someone you know, is either gluten intolerant or sensitive to specific ingredients this is the place to be! With endless delicious treats and sweets, everyone can enjoy!
? Allergy Options: 100% Gluten-free
? Tuesday-Saturday: 8AM-4PM / Sunday: 8AM-2PM / Closed on Mondays

? Summit & Westfield

? Natale’s Bakery ⏐185 Broad Street, Summit
If you’re from Summit, or know someone from Summit, they know Natale’s Bakery. Since 1938 this cherished bakery has been producing some of the best sweet and savory memories to all families! Just be sure to put your orders in by November 17th online here for your Thanksgiving gathering!
? Tuesday-Saturday: 6am-5:30pm / Sunday: 6am-3pm / Closed on Mondays

?Brownie Points ⏐ 3 Beechwood Road, Summit
Who doesn’t love brownies? And with the selection that is offered at this local bakery, including white chocolate, blondies, caramel, and nutty, it’ll be a definite crowd pleaser! You can even order a personalized fave that can serve your entire party!
? Allergy Options: Vegan selections / Gluten-free
? Tuesday-Saturday: 9am-5pm / Closed on Sundays & Mondays

? Bovella’s ⏐ 101 East Broad Street, Westfield
For over 60 years, this pastry shop has crafted their expertise into delicious pies, cakes, and treats for all occasions! Our favorite is the ricotta (cannoli cream) filling- delish!
? Monday-Thursday: 8am-4pm / Friday & Saturday: 8am-8pm / Sunday: 8am-6pm
? Allergy: Just let them know when placing an order and they will try their best to accommodate!


? The Little Daisy Bake Shop ⏐ 622 Valley Road, Montclair
Baked from scratch seasonal breads, whoopie pies, crumb cakes, cinnamon rolls cookies, scones, cupcakes, and their rendition of the cake pop titled Daisy Dips, doesn’t even begin the list of exciting desserts this busy shop offers! You can order online, have your goods shipped, or simply stop into their adorable storefront to get a taste of this coveted community gem!
? Tuesday-Saturday: 8am-4pm / Closed on Sundays & Mondays
? Allergy Options: Tree-nut & peanut free / Just let them know when placing an order and they will try their best to accommodate!


?The Bread Stand 15 Newark Way, Maplewood
While their namesake may only mention their delicious breads, they also offer fresh and extremely popular pastries! From plain croissants that transfer you to the streets of Paris, to their seasonal danishes that leave customers waiting for them to come out of the oven at 8:30 am each morning, you’ll never disappoint with the thoughtfully crafted, wholesome array of treats that this locale has to offer!
? Open every day from 8am-4pm

? The Able Baker ⏐187 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood
With all of the pies baked fresh and from scratch (no preservatives) you’ll want to stop in to see what’s bakin’! There are carefully crafted options that include cakes, pies, cookie platters, and cupcakes that make sharing even more convenient and fun! Our favorite right now is the Pumpkin Cheesecake! Pies and cakes are offered in 6in and 8in portions!
? Allergy Options: Gluten-free
? Open every day from 7:30am-5pm

? Cait & Abby’s ⏐15 Sloan Street, South Orange
This local bakery knows how to take advantage of seasonal ingredients with daily specials and quality ingredients! They make it easy for hosts to plan ahead, or make last minute requests!
? Monday-Friday: 6:30am-3pm / Saturday: 7am-3pm and Sunday: 7am-12pm
? Allergy Options: Gluten-free

Thanksgiving is more than just a feast; it’s a time to reflect on the blessings of the year and share the abundance with others. In this spirit, consider the art of giving as a way to express gratitude to friends, family, and even your community. Handcrafted treats from local bakeries add a personal touch to your gestures of appreciation, making the act of giving even more memorable!

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