Being vegan can be a challenge for dessert lovers when traveling, at family functions, or birthday parties. It’s not very common that people are making cakes that happen to be vegan or that you can find vegan soft serve or doughnuts as easily as their non-vegan counterparts. However, once you step into the world of Vegan Treats that all fades away.
Vegan Treats is well known by many vegans in the Northeast. Their decadent desserts can be found in establishments and restaurants in the PA/NJ/NY area. If one gets the chance to make the pilgrimage to the storefront in Bethlehem, PA, it will be everything one can do to not buy everything in the place. There are adorable mini cakes, perfect for one person that make the sampling so much more fun and dangerous for your sweet tooth! They have many baked doughnut varieties and I swear their chocolate covered doughnut is reminiscent of Entenmann’s Rich Frosted Donuts. Ah, it brings back childhood memories!
Since finding vegan doughnuts is such a rare treat, I couldn’t stop with just the chocolate. I indulged myself with their cookies and cream filled doughnut and a sugar vanilla doughnut (not sure of the proper name, as I just kept pointing to what looked good when I ordered)!
I’m also in love with their soy-based vegan soft serve. They have two varieties at a time which allows you to indulge in a twist, if that’s your thing. One of the highlights of my most recent trip was their chocolate and cake batter twist. There was a slight salty flavor to the cake batter, which made it a perfect complement to the chocolate.
Since we were on our way to a family birthday party, I had to bring a cake to share. Just looking at their Peanut Butter Tandy cake (a throwback to Tastykake’s Kandy/Tandy Cakes), I knew I had to have it. It was described by my relatives as a cake unlike any other they’ve ever had. It was easily one of the best cakes I have ever eaten, probably in part, because of my own love of Tandy Kakes growing up. The layering of chocolate cake, peanut butter, and everything in between made it heavenly.
Our trip to Vegan Treats was topped off with a most pleasant surprise. We were asked at checkout if we wanted to fill out a short survey from VegNews Magazine, with Vegan Treats as a contender to win Best Vegan Bakery. As a lover of VegNews and food-related surveys, I agreed to take it. To thank me at the end, they gave me this rare chocolate dipped Speculoos filled cookie. For those who aren’t familiar with Speculoos, it’s a yummy, European based spiced shortbread biscuit, made even more popular by their spreads. On a family vacation last year to France, I had the pleasure of finally trying this amazing, already vegan delight! Highly recommended.
Ah, Vegan Treats, you had me at Speculoos! I am eagerly awaiting my next trip to your chocolate-peanut butter filled arms.
If you are ever anywhere within a 2-3 hour radius of Bethlehem, PA, do not stop, do not collect $200, go directly to Vegan Treats.