I feel like I’ve mentioned this recently, so if I have, then please excuse the repeat, but when I had first graduated from college, my uncle and his family came to live with us while he battled Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. One of the side effects of the cancer was a development of Celiac disease, which caused my uncle (and, well, those of us who could give up the bread) to eat gluten-free. Back then, there were not many options for those who had to eat gluten-free. In fact, my uncle tried to make a gluten-free pizza and, well, as a person who will eat almost ANY pizza, even I was out after half a slice.
Today is the birthday of one of my closest friends who also happens to suffer from Celiac disease and must eat gluten-free. When we worked together, I would make her gluten-free treats, such as cupcakes and muffins, but since we threw her a surprise birthday dinner last night, I knew that I wouldn’t have time to make her a gluten-free breakfast for this morning. That’s where Sweet 27 saved the day!
First, I wanted to find a bakery that sold gluten-free items. That was difficult enough without a special order, and it was even more difficult to find one that would be open when I was available to pick up the treats. Sweet 27 told me that they would be open until 11 at night, which meant that I could pick up cupcakes and muffins after last night’s dinner!
As soon as I walked in, I marveled at the variety of cupcakes. German Chocolate, Vanilla Birthday Cake, Tiramisu, and one that looked like a Hostess cupcake! I asked the woman behind the counter which ones were gluten-free. “All of them,” she replied. I think my jaw dropped and I said, “SERIOUSLY?!” I ended up grabbing 4 cupcakes and 2 muffins (that’s not overboard for two people, is it?). And let me tell you–they were DELICIOUS! First of all, you would never know that they were gluten-free–they were just as moist and tasty as ones made with regular flour. And most regular bakeries don’t have a variety like Sweet 27!
So if you’re in Hampden, stop on over! I highly recommend it!