With all of the amazing local eats that Montclair and the surrounding area has to offer, we all might be inclined to break some of our New Year’s Resolutions. We’re here to tell you – it’s okay. If you need to satisfy your dessert craving, keep reading for just some of the delectable dessert dishes in the Montclair area that are sure to break your New Year’s Resolution.
Doughnuts from Montclair Bread Company | 16 Label Street
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Founded by Baker & Doughnut creator Rachel Wyman, Montclair Bread always serves up a variety of baked goods with the strongest emphasis on doughnuts. This well-known bakery is known for its innovative and delicious doughnuts, but Rachel also serves up artisan bread like sourdough and Guinness Miche. If you’re in the mood, you can also try one of the classic pastries, muffins, or chocolate croissants – all delicious and a perfect winter treat.
Cannolis + Lobster Tails from Mattarello Bakery & Café | 254 Bellevue Avenue
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Fan favorites at Mattarello include cannolis, sfogliatella, and lobster tails, and for good reason. These Italian delights are just some of the stars at this local spot, but the extensive dessert menu spans way beyond these top picks at Mattarello. This bakery also offers custom cakes, a coffee bar, bread, and regular holiday specials.
Cookies from The Corner | 115 Grove Street
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The Corner is not only a local staple in the Montclair area, but the bakery makes the “230 Cookies” – chocolate chip cookies made fresh daily at 2:30PM. And take it from us, they are to die for. The warm cookies can be enjoyed in the window seating that spans the south and west corners of the eatery – or take them to-go.
Doughnuts from Mochinut | 349 Bloomfield Avenue
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Mochinut is a popular brand of Mochi doughnuts. A Mochi doughnut is one that originated from Hawaii, which is a combination of American doughnuts and Japanese mochi. Mochinut Montclair is among the five New Jersey stores that are gaining popularity due to the Mochi doughnut’s unique shape and wonderful texture: light crispy exterior with soft chewy inside. Pro tip: pair your donut with one of Mochinut’s famous bubble teas for a local treat.
European-Style Cake from Vanilla Heaven | 342 Bloomfield Avenue
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Vanilla Heaven is a new bakery in Montclair specializing in European-style treats. All desserts are made to order from scratch with high-quality ingredients. The standout items include crumb cake, jumbo cupcakes, meringues, eclairs, tiramisu, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate chip brownies. As for drinks, Vanilla Heaven offers milkshakes, smoothies, lemonade, coffee, and more.
Gluten-Free Cookies from Lexi’s Kitchen | 401 West Broad Street
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The vegan, gluten-free, organic bakery has been expanding its menu as the business has grown. Lexi’s Kitchen sells its own granola, ice cream bars, ice cream cakes, cookies, scones, macarons, and many other baked goods. All ingredients are locally sourced, and you can feel good about indulging at Lexi’s Kitchen.
Ice Cream from Applegate Farm | 616 Grove Street
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Some consider it the best ice cream in New Jersey – and the ice cream that will break your New Year’s Resolution. Visitors can enjoy almost every variation of hard ice cream, soft serve, and toppings one could possibly dream of in an old-fashioned farmhouse-style venue. The farm store also sells pies, ice cream cakes, chocolates, apple cider donuts, and other novelties.
Pies from The Pie Store | 100 Watchung Avenue
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The Pie Store is known for carrying a variety of imported goods from the UK. The menu includes various renditions of double-crusted Apple Pie (cran-apple, raspberry-blackberry-apple, and more). Some of the other pie-focused dishes are weekend-only specials including coconut custard pie, chocolate mousse pie, and banoffee. This pie will not only break your New Year’s Resolution, but it will have you coming back regularly for more.
Chocolate from Vesta Chocolate | 598 Valley Road, Suite 2
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When you enter Vesta’s Upper Montclair location, the smell of fresh chocolate will have you rushing to purchase everything on the dessert menu. This company specializes in hand-roasting cacao beans on-site to make a variety of confections and baked goods. Many of the items on the menu are vegan, and the hot chocolate is next-level. And don’t worry if you can’t visit the store location, as nationwide shipping is always available.
Gluten-Free Cake from Plum Bakery | 179 Glenridge Avenue
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Plum Bakery is a woman-owned business that proudly brings a mix of desserts including birthday cakes, rugelach, doughnuts, and much more, all without a trace of gluten. But the Downtown Montclair bakery is best known locally for its cakes – from birthday cakes to bundt cake and specialty cakes, and more. Bonus: you can stop by the store or check out the website for free tutorials on how to make these gluten-free treats right from the comfort of your own kitchen.