Led by a master chef with more than 45 years of experience, the bakers at Homeboy Foods make artisanal, preservative-free breads. They also turn blueberries into blueberry pies, fill chocolate cakes with dark-chocolate custard, and sandwich cream between cookies in vegan whoopie pies. What's more, each of these creations is made from scratch, rather than constructed from store-bought Bread Legos.
The bakery's mission looks beyond delicious desserts, however. Its proceeds benefit Homeboy Industries, which helps diffuse gang conflicts and rehabilitate gang members. So far, it's aided more than 120,000 people with its creative programs, such as training once-rival gang members to bake side-by-side.