The Best Bakeries and Tastiest Treats Just in Time for the Holidays!


"The Holiday Season,” in other words "The season for sweets, treats, baked goods, candy, and basically all things delicious” is upon us at last. We finally have the perfect excuse to indulge in our favorite part of any meal—dessert! Because of this, we’re highlighting some of the BEST sweets and treats from local shops that you can enjoy this holiday season!  

HappyCakes Cupcakery

Happycakes Cupcakery

With their trademark smiley face :) and wonderful staff, HappyCakes Cupcakery is sure to brighten
your day—and that’s before you even try one of their delicious cupcakes! Ranging from original flavors such as Vanilla Dream, Chocolate Indulgence, and Black Velvet, to Specialty flavors such as their seasonal Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, and (their soon approaching) Peppermint Chocolate, HappyCakes is sure to have a cupcake to match any sweet tooth! As winners of The Cupcake Wars 
on the FoodNetwork (season 9, episode 6) owners Angela and Kaylee Diaz have started this business from the ground up along with the help of friends and family to create this wonderful place for people to enjoy friendship, fun, and delicious cupcakes. After two years of selling cupcakes through an online store and at the Red Fish Grill, Kaylee, Angela, and Amanda (Angela’s daughter who joined as their third partner) established a permanent store on May 2, 2014. They were greeted by an enthusiastic line over 100 strong to enjoy their cupcakes! After a short hiatus when the store was closed due to an accident involving a car that hit their storefront, HappyCakes Cupcakery has been opened for business since their re-opening on July 4, 2014. 

These resilient, hardworking ladies with the help of the rest of the "HappyBakers” serve their loyal "HappyCakesters” delicious cupcakes Mondays-Saturdays at their storefront at 278 Hwy 24 Suite A, Morehead Crossings Shopping Center (across from the Wal-Mart Garden Center) from 11am-7pm. Their cupcakes are made with no artificial colors or flavors, and are (more than) a little addicting even to the "pickiest of palates.” For more information on flavors of the day, specials for the month, preorders for the holidays, or just to find out more about this amazing cupcakery, you can check out the website or Facebook page. And seriously, just by writing about them, I’m about half-way out the door to go get one (or maybe two) for myself, so don’t miss out on trying HappyCakes Cupcakery while enjoying your holidays on the Crystal Coast!   

Sugarloaf Island Bakery

Sugarloaf Island Bakery

Cinnamon rolls, danish, éclairs, carrot cake, muffins, scones, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, chocolate croissants, cannoli, cheesecake, coconut custard bars,
pies…how much goodness can I put into just one sentence?? Well, at Sugarloaf Island Bakery, they have these delicious items and so much more to offer all their valued customers—old and new! With 25 years of experience between 
Rob "the baker” Piccirilli and his sweetheart Brandy Saylors, they opened Sugarloaf Island Bakery in early 2013 when the previous owners of Seaside Cheesecake and Dessert Shoppe moved their business into Chef’s 105. Rob and Brandy were able to take advantage of the golden opportunity to open their own shop in this location which had already been a cheesecake shop for over a decade. Baking everything themselves, Rob and Brandy take on this labor of love head on as they serve all their delicious treats. Their creativity shines as well as their excellent baking skills as they create extraordinary specialty cakes for weddings, birthdays, and other events which have been called "the highest quality and best looking cakes in this county.”

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9am to 5pm, Sugarloaf Island Bakery is located at 102 Arendell Street. Rob and Brandy welcome preorders by phone or email, and recommend calling in for bigger orders so they can guarantee the best pastries just for you! (You don’t even have to share if you don’t want to!)  For information on their goodies, amazing pictures of their cakes, and to find out more about this wonderful little shop, give them a call, or check out their website and Facebook page. It’s hard work for these bakers, but as they say best, "We love watching people’s faces light up as they bite into one of our incredible éclairs or cinnamon rolls. It makes it all worth it.” So, when you’re in the area for your holiday vacation, be sure to stop by for a delicious treat, or call ahead and preorder treats to make your holiday party the talk of the town. 

4 J's Cafe and Bake Shop4 J’s Café and Bake Shop

Words and phrases such as "dedicated,” "delicious,” "awesome,” and "the best,” are just a few of the
high praises that can be found for this little shop with big flavors! With dozens of options on their
menu ranging from cakes, pastries, and muffins, to bagels, cookies, and more 4 J’s is sure to have something to satisfy everyone’s cravings. 4 J’s also has a wide variety of flavorful drinks such as frappes, lattes, coffee, tea, Mexican Spiced Cocoa, cream sodas…the list goes on! The owner and baker, Joe Sardone began this bakery in New York and has been in business for 25 years.   4 J’s has since been in business here in beautiful Emerald Isle since 2008. And with specialty coffees, cakes, bagels, and a great selection of baked treats, they’re sure to be in business for some time with the support of their loyal customers. 

4 J’s is open to serve guests Monday through Sunday from 6am until 7pm at their store at 8802-3 
Reed Drive in Emerald Isle. Find them over by El Zarape and Hwy 58 Bicycles. Menu and special coffee flavors change daily, so give them a call, check out their website, or look on their Facebook page for more information on this fantastic shop. 4 J’s has also been able to expand into restaurants, retail stores, and even to ship across the country! Specialty cakes and desserts can be preordered. With their commitment to good food, great coffee, and wonderful service, it’s no wonder they’ve been serving their happy, loyal customers for over 25 years! Coffee lovers, pastry connoisseurs, and baked goods enthusiasts: head on over to 4 J’s Café and Bake Shop to grab a delicious holiday treat today! 

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream

And of course while you are out and about on Emerald Isle, be sure to stop by Ben and Jerry's for some delicious ice cream! Located at 8204 Unit 2, Emerald Isle, Ben and Jerry's is a great place to try some of the original flavors that started this business back in 1978. With dozens of ice cream flavors, sundaes, shakes, and smoothies, there is no reason to not stop by here for an after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, or anytime snack! Ben and Jerry's can cater to parties and events with ice cream, or one of their delicious ice cream cakes. Find out more on their website or Facebook page and be sure to drop by and check them out! 

So, when you are taking advantage of all the fun this season in Emerald Isle, make sure you stop by these local bakeries and shops to curb your craving for your favorite holiday treats! You're sure to enjoy them all! Which desserts are you most excited for??


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