McGavin's Bread Basket bolsters shoppers’ home arsenals of breads and baked goods with an ever-changing selection of noshes from brands including Dempster’s, Little Debbie, and Dare Foods. The store’s shelves brim with discounted gluten-based delights stamped with swiftly approaching expiration dates alongside excess loaves baked by overly prolific bakers. Sandwich meats find support when enveloped within snowy slices of McGavin’s white bread ($10.49 for five loaves), and Dempster’s English muffins ($6.99 for three six-packs) add a British spirit to breakfast without inviting over Laurence Olivier’s ghost. Additionally, Dempster’s bagels ($8.99 for three six-packs) act as soft bases for sweet and savoury spreads. In the discount section, crust connoisseurs can assemble a team of 10 loaves for $12, mixing and matching yeast-laden goods based upon their size, grain count, and preference for being covered in smooth or chunky peanut butter.
Though both of Shawn and Lisa Low's daughters, Isabella and Emma, love cupcakes, it was Emma who unwittingly named her parents' bakery—when presented with a cupcake, she used to clap her hands and shout, "Happy for me!" At Happycakes, a team of pastry chefs bakes fresh cupcakes from scratch as the sun rises, creating both filled and unfilled varieties. The ever-changing roster of 15 flavours includes inventive selections such as peanut-butter supreme alongside signature red velvet cupcakes. Though cupcakes are the bakery's bread and butter, it also tempts sweet teeth with other treats—cake pops, fudge, cakes, and coffee—and sates hungry bathtubs with cupcake-themed bath products.
Happycakes invites guests of all ages to celebrate birthdays in its cupcakery, and offers party packages that include ceramic painting, decorations, and goodie bags. Happycakes also caters its eye-catching cakes and cupcakes to help celebrate weddings, corporate events, and corporate marriages of two smitten conglomerates.
At Hillcrest Bakery & Deli, longtime head baker, David Moyer, and his staff handcraft meaty deli sandwiches on housemade bread, along with tiered wedding cakes, individual pizzas, and fresh vegetarian fare. The bakery makes all its confections from scratch—meaning patrons can customize cakes with a special design or an aesthetically pleasing squiggle. Diners who swing by for a midday soup-and-sandwich special can also treat their four-legged friends, as the bakery keeps a supply of snacks for dogs.
Ice Cream 64 & Snacks not only cools down taste buds on a hot day, but it also spices them right back up again. That’s because the ice-cream shop doesn’t just scoop out its signature 64 flavours of ice cream—it also cooks up a select menu of spicy Indian favourites such as samosas, bhel puri, and butter chicken. Alongside these savoury options, they also prepare sweeter Eastern treats such as mango lassis, lychee smoothies, and 26 flavours of bubble tea. All of their treats can be combined into party packages that feature ice-cream cakes.
One of the original pioneers of the yogurt industry, Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt has been whirling yogurt since the early 1980s and started spinning soft serve in Canada in 2010. A bevy of rotating flavours can include tastes such as just Belgian chocolate, vanilla malt, cappuccino, raspberry cheesecake, and butterscotch. Sample a small bit ($2.68 for 4 oz.), or take 32 ounces home to share in a quart ($10.04). Traditionally conical edible yogurt containers (small $4.24, waffle $4.02) make it possible for hands to hold the frozen delight. At as little as 25 calories an ounce, health-conscious consumers can enjoy licks without translating each tongueful into the quantity of jumping jacks or flying starfish impersonations needed to offset it.
Since 2006, Mt. Baker Candy Co.'s chocolatiers have used a secret 50-year-old recipe as the blueprint for more than 40 flavors of fudge, all handmade in small batches. Now, through SendFudge.com, their gourmet confections can reach chocolate lovers in 48 states, including the ones where chocolate is illegal. Made with milk and soy, the rich, gluten-free fudges range from classics such as butter pecan and rocky road to lemon-meringue cheesecake fudge and caramel-infused fudge topped with sea salt. The dessert wizards also whip up 12 diabetic-friendly flavors of sucrose-free fudge, including mint-chocolate swirl and peanut butter.