I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving! As we all know, this day is about begin thankful for what we have, but it’s also about one other wonderful thing: food! So I want to talk about this fantastic, totally gluten free bakery, The Happy Mixer. This place is like heaven—it’s a bakery full of delicious treats, and I can eat anything that I want. It is awesome! Every couple of months I go to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s offsite office in Chalfont, PA, and this bakery is literally right next door. It’s a nice treat after a visit to the doctor for me, and I always have to get a bunch of things since I only get to go a few times a year.
On this visit, what I brought home in this lovely little box was a chocolate chip muffin, a cream cheese brownie, a chocolate cake donut, two oatmeal raisin cookies, and a little cookie sandwich with mint frosting. Everything was amazing. First of all, the cream cheese brownie is one of my favorite things from here. It sounded weird to me at first but it turns out I love it! Another favorite of mine is the oatmeal raisin cookies. These are always a regular for me; I can’t leave the bakery without my oatmeal raisin cookies. The muffin was pretty much just a muffin, very soft but nothing super special. I would also say the same for the cookie sandwich, tasty but nothing very exciting. However, these aren’t things that you can get everywhere so it’s nice to have them available. This is the only place I’ve ever gotten donuts from, and they are great! They aren’t quite the same texture as a gluten-filled donut, but I will take what I can get—I love donuts.
On this more recent visit, I brought home a pumpkin muffin, crumb cake, an apple cider donut, and two oatmeal raisin cookies (I did say I never leave here without them, right?). The muffin was great; I loved the flavor and texture. I was a little thrown off by the frosting though, because to me, once you put frosting on it, it’s a cupcake. It was still delicious, but I think I could’ve done without the frosting. I LOVED the donut. The donut itself and the frosting on top were both so yummy. (Keep in mind the muffin and the donut are seasonal, so they aren’t there year-round.) The crumb cake was also great. This is one of those things that I don’t get to have very often because I don’t know any other place that offers it. I would totally recommend any of these baked goods.
One more item from The Happy Mixer that I want to talk about is their baguette. This is kind of amazing, because not many places have freshly baked breads. Yes, technically you could get a packaged baguette from brands like Udi’s and Schar, but why do that when you can have fresh bread??? It’s everything you’d expect from a baguette: crunchy outside and fluffy inside. I found that I liked it better when I warmed it in the toaster oven, because it softens it up a bit. There are so many possibilities with this baguette; you can slice it and make garlic bread, you could make a sandwich out of it, you could make bruschetta. I just love this baguette.
The Happy Mixer is one of my favorite places. It’s always so weird but so fantastic to be in there and have so many options!