Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Carlo's Bake Shop: A Jersey Institution

Carlo's Bake Shop. Hoboken Pastry Pride.

Today's Six-Word Memoir:  "Drove 20 miles for good cannoli."

I Yelp-ed "dessert places" in Hoboken and found Carlo's Bake Shop, a sweet little bakery owned by Buddy Valastro, Italian American chef and star of TLC's reality show Cake Boss. The bake shop has been around nearly a 100 years now (since 1910) and is widely known for biscottis, cannolis, and oh, i don't know, 20 other drool-worthy Italian pastries. Best known for his specialty cakes, New York Daily News reports Valastro made Britney Spears' Circus-themed birthday cake for her 27th birthday.   

The shop is a little on the expensive side but I got what I paid for--$3 well-spent on freshly-made, "love at first bite" Chocolate Cannoli. YUM-MY. The baker puts cannoli cream into the crisp chocolate shell as you buy 'em so you can be sure it's not one of those sad little pastries sitting in a display window for hours. Creamy and chocolatey with a biscuit-like finish, it's one of those pastries you know has been perfected over time.

Freshly-made Chocolate Cannoli: $3. Sexy smile free with purchase.

Carlo's Bake Shop
90 Washington St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030
201 659 3671

A must-eat, even for you Jersey-hatin' New Yorkers. I dare you to miss it!

- Kris Alcantara

Today's Sugarhigh: Dried Cranberries from Whole Foods
Score: B+


  1. Love good Italian bakeries. Such yummy treats. This is a nice chocolate blog. Thank you for following my own blog, Kris.
    You are invited to participate in my annual chocolate roundup, and there are plenty of other ways to show off chocolate recipes, and other dessert creations. The next opportunity starts Nov. 1 with the annual bread roundup.

  2. I would absolutely love to do a chocolate round-up! Lemme see what I can whip up for the bread roundup..

  3. The most brilliant six-word memoir I have witnessed in as long as I can remember! Thanks, Kris, for yet another lovely insight—not to mention another reason to quit the computer and head to the kitchen to be creative.

  4. I hear ya, most creative things happening on my end these days are 80% in front of the computer too. Thank you for the kind words.. You know SMITH Mag JUST had a "Six Words on The Food Life" contest and I missed it!