Written by: Jeni Strom, Marketing & Visitor Services Coordinator
Last night I attended an informative food seminar at the best little bakery. While I have been to this bakery before, attending this event made me realize I should really share the knowledge about this great little spot. So here’s how I discovered the bakery that promises a happy belly….
I had just moved to Appleton (last year) and was working at a coffee shop at the time, a coworker of mine showed up to work one day with a chocolate peanut butter cupcake and she was kind enough to share…it was delicious to say the least and when she told me it was gluten-free I almost didn’t believe her. I had to know where it came from so I could try more!
Happy Bellies Bake Shop is a small bakery here in Appleton, owned and operated by a local mother and daughter; not only do they make fabulous treats but they pride themselves on using whole, natural, good-for-your-belly ingredients. Everything they offer is 100% gluten free; they also have dairy free, vegan, egg free, refined-sugar free, nut free and soy free options, and everything is made in-house. In a time when food allergies seem to be becoming more prevalent, a place like this is a sanctuary for those who struggle with finding foods (treats in particular) that they can enjoy without wreaking havoc on their digestive systems. Now, I don’t have food allergies, but I do like to eat healthy and stay away from processed foods; so naturally, after that day Happy Bellies became a top choice of where to satisfy my sweet tooth. My then co-workers, even got me cupcakes from there on my last day of work. So nice of them 🙂
My kids and I have gone a few times since then and make sure to visit their stand at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market whenever we go. My son LOVES their baked donuts. He said, and I quote, “This is the best donut I’ve ever had mom!” It’s a good feeling to know that I can give my kids treats and know that it’s a healthier option, and the fact that they love them is even better!
From cupcakes to donuts, bars to breads, and seasonal specialties, Happy Bellies offers a wide variety of baked goods that are sure to please. Even if you don’t need to be gluten-free, they’re delicious regardless!! With a small cafe feel, it’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere to sit and enjoy your treats, or take them with you! They also have take-and-bake options too! Check out their website to read all about their journey, their mission for healthy options, and all the baked goodies they have to offer! Have a happy belly!