Carlo's Bakery for those of you who don't know is located in Hoboken NJ and is the subject of a reality show called "The Cake Boss" on TLC. Carlo's Bakery is run by Buddy Valastro and his family. Buddy is a fourth generation accomplished baker as well as a master baker and cake decorator, so to say that he knows about baking is an understatement.
Carlo's Bakery has been in the same location since 1920 and brings patrons from all over. While standing in line I heard one woman say she was from Texas and another was from California.
Once we got to the front door we were given a number then we made it inside the bakery. The scent when we walked in was one of sugar but not so overpowering.
|Seems like we weren't the only ones who had that idea.|
The bakery was crowded with people waiting to be called and other people ordering. Behind the counters employees scurried back and forth filling orders as quickly as they could, people wanting cookies, cupcakes, cakes and holiday pies. When it came our turn to order I wasn't really sure what we wanted. I had a request for cannolis from my daughter and cookies from my son. So I was actually glad there was a little bit of a wait before our number was called. That way I got to look at all the pastries, cakes and cookies available. We finally settled on 2 pounds of cookies, 12 cannolis, 4 lobster tails (which is a pastry that looks like a lobster tail but is filled with the most luscious cream and a Happy Thanksgiving chocolate, chocolate cake.
The cookies were buttery and melt in your mouth good. Not sure how many adjectives I can come up with to describe the deliciousness of all the products we got at Carlo's.
Was it worth the trip? Well we were nearby anyway -- but YES! Would I go back? Most definitely even if its just to go to the bakery and for no other reason.
|This photo doesn't do the cookies justice. They looked beautiful and tasted even better|
|That's Mauro, Buddy's cousin. Fans of the show will recognize him.|