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Great Bakeries in New Haven where they make everthing on site

and need great chocolate please.

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  1. I don't know about "everything" on site, but I will start this off with what I know...

    Bread and Chocolate. Really good bakery and maker of chocolate cakes, pasties, cookies and brownies. Also soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch!
    2457 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518 www.breadchocolate.net‎ (203) 907-4079

    Atticus Bakery, dba Chabaso Bakery, 360 James Street is outlet store in Fair Haven and "Chabaso" is what you are buying at the Atticus Bookstore Café (1082 Chapel Street) Really like their breads!

    Judie's European Baked Goods, 63 Grove Street (203) 777-6300 judies.net‎. Another with good reputation and my SO swears by.

    1. Marjolaine on State.

      Take the Cake in Guilford

      1. I also don't know a place that makes "everything" on site, but I do love The Big Y's bakery in N. Branford. They carry great, fresh, breads. For cake and cookies, try Pastry Fusion (also on Rt 80-Foxon Blvd, N. Branford). It's a little out of the way from New Haven, but I think it's worth the drive.

        1. Not in New Haven, but I would highly recommend Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Guilford. I'm not a huge fan of their focaccia, but their muffins, cakes, and tarts are terrific.

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          1. re: elltea

            I had a cake from 4 & 20 once, it was incredible!

            1. re: elltea

              When you say you are not a fan of their focaccia what do you mean? I LOVE focaccia and usually have to make it myself since it seems hard to find around here. Is it the style? I would drive there if it's any good....

              1. re: elltea

                Four and Twenty Blackbirds is wonderful. The only problem with them is that they seem able to take a lot more vacations than you could imagine for a retail business ... which shows that they're pretty successful, I guess.

                The focaccia is available from time to time (especially weekend in my experience) in several varieties: one is ricotta, pignoli and (I think) olives, and there are two or three others. They come in two sizes, and my wife and I both love them. The big deal here is desserts, fresh fruit pies, chocolate things, key lime pies, etc. In season, they have the very best Irish soda bread there is, I think, and great hot cross buns (with or without almonds). The only things they don't make on site are some baguettes and onion ficelles, but those are excellent anyway.

                Hard to go wrong at 4&20 Blackbirds, unless you go there and find they're closed for vacation...

                1. re: linguist

                  They never have what you want. I live in town and try to shop at local shops. Their products are good, no question, but 3 out of the last 4 times I have been in I leave without anything. The peanut butter chocolate mousse cake is a good example. A guest brought one to a dinner at our house. Tried to order one today (Thursday) for Saturday and was told, no, not doing that this weekend. Order something else and maybe we will change our minds and you will get lucky!
                  I am done. Never again.

                  1. re: Debriefer

                    There is a place in that same plaza "La Rosticerria??" that does some great baked goods. Also, if you are looking for an awsome PB chocolate Mousse cake then go to Pastry Fusions in North Branford on Rt. 80. This cake is a staple at all of our birthday parties. Not cheap, bu this guy knows how to bake.

                    1. re: Debriefer

                      Ture, if there's something quite specific you want (other than staples like muffins and fruit tarts), you will often be disappointed at 4&20. Not to mention the fact that they seem to take more vacations than just about any other retail operation I know. On the other hand, if what you want is "a really nice dessert" and you're willing to try what they're making that day, you almost certainly won't be. Giving up on the place because they didn't (and/or won't) make a particular thing on a particular day isn't the best way to take advantage of their undoubted strengths. IMO.

                2. Julia's in Orange- more flavors of moist brownies than you could ever ask- not far from New Haven in Christmas Tree Plaza

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                  1. re: Ctcomfort

                    The last time...and I mean the absolute last time....I went to Julia's the service was so incredibly horrible. It wasn't even that busy and there must have been 20 or so kids working the counters but all were standing around doing nothing. If you asked for help with cakes their answer was "Oh I'm on the donut side. The cake person is on break"....I was in the area and needed a cake. Never again would I waste the time. I'd rather get a cake from COSTCO then waste an hour in that hell hole.

                  2. Lucibellos on Grand Ave, Italian cakes, cookies, pastries. Best pastries around.

                    DiSorbo on Dixwell Ave in Hamden, breads, stuffed breads, cakes, pastries, cookies. Try the hazelnut chocolate treats, fabu.



                      1. Marjolaine (State St) is the only excellent bakery in New Haven that uses quality ingredients...
                        It is based on french patisserie...using loads of real butter, cream,chocolate,almond paste, etc...Marjolaine has been around for decades and deservingly so!
                        The Italian bakeries in town are ok if you like Italian pastries-Libbys on Wooster St and Lucibellos on Olive St are the two to try.
                        Avoid places like Big Y and supermarkets-the stuff they sell is pumped full of trans fats and unwholesome chemical ingredients.Looks pretty, tastes awful... Yuck...

                        Buy Chocolates at Munsons-On the Post Road West Haven/Orange line...no better ones around.
                        Waterbury has Fascia's if you're up to the drive..
                        All in all , Connecticut is a sorry hole when it comes to hand dipped chocolates and old fashioned candy shops.

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                        1. re: cannedpoo

                          Well-- for a great old fashioned chocolate experience try Madison Choclatiers on the Post Road Madion near downtown. A great old fashioned, made on site place. The owner will do kitchen tours for the kids if he's not too busy. Located in a great old antique house between downtown and Hammonnassett.
                          I also love 4 and 20 for bread in Guilford.

                          1. re: cannedpoo

                            Marjolaine is overrated and sometimes tasteless.

                          2. Just remembered great homemade chocalates/ cakes / and light ice cream- custard in Madison on Main St- on right just as you drive out of town heading east- old colonial (sorry I can't remember the name)- well worth the trip

                            1. Chestnut Fine Foods bakes everything on site from scratch. Breads cookies cakes pies. They also have a cafe where you can get lunch and dinner. Everything that goes into the case is made on site. It's really good food with a great staff.

                              I worked there for 4 years so I can also tell you that they have created all of the recipes as well. They are located in the East rock area.on the corner of State and East.

                              1. I simply can't say enough about Marjolaine (State Street in New Haven). It's the BEST.

                                Also enjoy Bread and Chocolate- really nice couple who own it. Tasty scones and they make hot chocolate with real cocoa/chocolate!

                                1. Manjares is in Westville. It's a little coffee shop just a bit off the main drag, across the street from where the Farmer's Market is held in Edgewood Park.

                                  I wish my schedule allowed me to pop into Manjares more often than it does. I've been four times; once for lunch, three times for coffee and a snack. The baked goods really stand out to me. I don't know if the cakes and pastries made here are regional specialties (Dominica?) or concoctions dreamt up and implemented by the baker, but they are very nice and a bit unusual. A cupcake with buttercream frosting was understated compared to the over-the-top cupcakes that are all the rage nowadays, but the quality was impressive. The cake was moist and flavorful and the frosting was not too sweet. It was so balanced that the bits of colored sugar sprinkled on top were not mere decoration, the small extra bit of sweetness added by the sugar really added to the whole aesthetic experience. It hooked me the way, say, the understated sweetness and saltiness of kettlecorn makes you keep going back for more, only in a far more addictive way.

                                  I've been back just a few times. I haven't seen the cupcakes again. In fact, each time I've gone, the baked goods have been a bit different from the last. But I only show up about once every two months (I have resolved to change THAT and go more often. Waistline be damned!). I've had some very special cookies, as subtle and delightful as the cupcake. But the cupcake, oh the cupcake. How do I explain the longing, especially as it was not chocolate? It was just plain GOOD.

                                  Today I stopped in again, ever hopeful for another cupcake. No cupcakes. Instead I was tempted by a selection of small turnover type pastries in various shapes. I've been on an ice cream kick lately, so I was trying to restrain myself a bit. I just got two of them. One had passion fruit filling, the other had guava and cheese. I paid for my order and took the pastries with me. I was working, so I ate in the car. Probably should be illegal. Talking on the phone is not as distracting as eating those wondrous little things. Hell, having sex in the car might not be so distracting. They kind of crept up on me. First bite was, YES, this is good, Good, GOOD.


                                  Again, the combination of restraint and skill (in a pastry yet) combined with quality ingredients left me quivering.

                                  I saw a review left by a naugahyde-palated doofus on Google complaining about the price. I'm thinking this was written by some doofus who would rather eat the slop available at Dunkin Donuts. Bleh.

                                  This was real food. I ate it and it was delicious and after the fact I felt GOOD.

                                  I will be going back. Oh yes I will.

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                                  1. re: Pipenta

                                    What a great report! Now I want a cupcake. And maybe a cigarette. And I don't smoke. ;)

                                    1. Marjolaine on (State Street, New Haven) hands down!!! Exquisite.

                                      1. Fascia's is a great choice..you can buy it on site in Waterbury, CT or at one of their retailers such as Woodbury Pewter Shop, Elizabeth Richards, etc. The caramel with dark chocolate is yummy, as is their fudge...Belgique in Kent, CT is another great choice... a bit pricier ..they also have a new location in New Canaan CT..