Take Your Gluten-Free and Vegan Friends For A Delicious Dessert At Papa Ganache in Matawan, NJ

About a month ago, my boyfriend Luke and I were driving through Matawan, NJ when I noticed a sign that said, “Bakery Amazing Delicious Vegan Treats… Gluten-Free Too!” When I pointed it out to Luke, we immediately looked at each other and said “Let’s try it!” It wasn’t until after we turned into the parking lot when I realized that it was the new location of a gluten-free bakery I’ve been dying to try — Papa Ganache.

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I first heard of Papa Ganache a few years ago from an old co-worker who was vegan. One day he brought in a slice of their vegan sponge cake and allowed me to try a small piece. It was delicious but it never gave me the incentive to go and check out their other desserts. I wasn’t gluten-free at the time (or vegan, but I’m not vegan now), so I didn’t think there was a need to go when there were plenty of regular bakeries around. Now that I’m gluten-free, it’s an entirely different story!

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Before I get into all of the delicious treats I had, I want to mention how awesome the atmosphere is in this place. It’s perfect for the cafe junkies, especially the ones who inhabit Starbucks on a daily basis. It’s quiet and comfortable; perfect for a study session a work environment (if you telecommute), or a place to bring clients for a lunch or a snack. I would highly recommend this place for any of these instances or any occasion really!


Now, about these desserts! It was really hard to choose from so many options (imagine a case full of snacks, I was in gluten-free heaven!), but I decided on a gluten-free red velvet cupcake and the chipwhich (one of Papa Ganache‘s specialties!)

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The red velvet cupcake was moist that it practically melted in my mouth. It was so delicious that I seriously wish I had gotten two of them! The chipwhich was also great, but I had a lot of problems finishing the entire cookie. As you can see it’s huge and it was also too sweet for my taste! I definitely think that they should make smaller portions of it, like some of the other cookies I saw on their shelves.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first official Papa Ganache gluten-free experience! If you call the Jersey Shore home, I highly suggest you stop by their new location at 106 Main Street, Matawan, NJ! It’s a beautiful environment, filled with the most delicious goodies! I definitely plan on going back and dragging my friends and family along with me!

Mad For Macarons

Macarons are all the rage these days, famed pastry chefs are on trend with supplying macarons in their storefronts and now it’s time for you to whip up the tastiest and most innovative recipes for macarons around. Forget traditional chocolate or very-boring vanilla, you can head to plenty a pastry shop to score those. But here are some of our more unique recipes for you to try out and make your day unlike any other! Happy munching!


Bravetart boasts delicious pink Champagne and Roses Macarons. They are rose water scented macaroons filled with champagne infused Swiss buttercream.


Delicious Magazine teaches us how to make vibrant Multi-Colored Macarons. Yea, they may be plain, but they gives tips on adding extracts into your mix to add some flavor with your color!


If, like me, you love mango and there just aren’t enough mango-flavored goodies to go around, you will love this next recipe. The Macaron Diaries explains how to make Mango Macarons with white chocolate and mango ganache filling. Mmm mm!


I bet you’ve never tried Sticky Toffee Pudding Macaron before, so now’s your chance. The Extraordinary Art of Cake shares a recipe from a book called Mad About Macaroons (aren’t we all?) to make these tasty delights.


And last but not least, the list cannot be complete without some bacon added into the mix. This recipe combines two of the human race’s favorite edibles, bacon and wine. Love with Food blog shares how to make delicious Bacon and Port Wine Macarons.