The sweetest treats in the Berkshires
Indulge your sweet tooth
It's nice to sit down to dessert after dinner, but there are times you need a sweet treat: for breakfast, a meeting or just because. The Berkshires is home to bakers and food artisans of all kinds, from cakes and cookies to chocolate and donuts, you can find it all here. Check out our list of places of where to go (and what to eat) when looking to indulge your sweet tooth in the Berkshires.
Tyler & Pine, 339 Tyler St. Thursday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Monday through Wednesday. 413-464-7656, facebook.com/pg/Tyler-and-Pine-Bakery
The newest addition to the list, this sweet spot is owned by Dottie's Coffee Lounge proprietress Jessica Rufo and is the home to donuts, over-sized cupcakes and sweet hand pies that surprise and delight any recipient. This spot is more of a takeaway, perfect for a stop after Saturday morning errands, or to swing by for some morning snacks to surprise coworkers. The donuts at Tyler & Pine hit the sweet spot for us, with a rotating list of flavors, including maple bacon, rosewater cardamom and lemon ginger. Pick up a dozen and make sure to grab an extra one for yourself.
Chocolate Springs Cafe, 55 Pittsfield Road. Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 413-637-9320, chocolatesprings.com
Chocoholics of the Berkshires, this one is for you! Located on Route 7 in Lenox, owner and chocolatier Joshua Needleman has been serving the Berkshires in this space since 2003. Sweet treats are aplenty! From bonbons and its iconic stamped truffles to chocolate-dipped cookies, if it's on the menu, it's made of or dipped in chocolate. I recommend a mug of rich hot chocolate or the passionfruit and dark chocolate mousse on dark chocolate sponge cake. This dessert, with its layers of rich, light and fruity textures, hit the spot for us here. Take a dessert to go or grab a seat at one of the plush leather couches to split a sweet treat with a friend or on your own! Sharing is optional.
Berkshire Mountain Bakery, 367 Park St. (Rt. 183). Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m,; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 413-274-1313, berkshiremountainbakery.com
Take the winding drive into Housatonic and stop by the bakery, owned by famed baker Richard Bourdon since 1986. While Berkshire Mountain Bakery is known for its brilliant sourdough bread and ciabattas, there is a sweet side as well. From elephant ears and caneles to flaky chocolate croissants and cakes, the baked goods section is stocked with French pastries. This grab-and-go spot has seasonal outdoor seating (full restaurant at the Pittsfield location), as this is where the baking happens. A can't miss — the award-winning Bread and Chocolate. A tangy sourdough boule studded with chunks of dark Callebaut chocolate. Grab a loaf, slice off a piece and warm it up in the toaster for a decadent winter treat.
Sweet and Savoury on Main, 31 Main St. Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. 413-298-7271, facebook.com/SweetAndSavouryOnMain
Located on Main Street in downtown Stockbridge, across from the Red Lion Inn, Sweet and Savory on Main is a grab-and-go spot and the perfect place to duck in for a quick cup a coffee and a muffin on your way to work or drop in for a quick indulgence on a rainy day. From scones and hand pies to cookies and cakes, there is much to choose from, but stop by early, as they tend to run out. Our pick is the Rocky Road brownies, not only are they packed with flavor, you can get brownies with the coveted crispy edges that everyone fights over at home. Brownie goals, achieved.
The Store at Five Corners, 6 New Ashford Road (Routes 7 and 43). Sunday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. facebook.com/storeatfivecorners, 413-458-6105
After a fire last fall, The Store at Five Corners is open again with a new menu. Located at the junction of Routes 7 and 43 on the outskirts of Williamstown, this farm store, cafe and bakery is a quaint spot to sit down, grab a coffee and indulge. While the full menu boasts breakfast and lunch, my eye turns to the pastry case. It's a mix of sweet and savory breakfast treats, scones and decadent desserts. Favorites include the Nutella banana bread, as well as flaky palmers, buttery croissants that pair well with a morning coffee. For those who are more dessert-minded, the pecan tart with a chocolate crust or the dark chocolate pistachio tart topped with a strawberry marshmallow may fit the bill.
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