Baristaville has many bakeries, but only one that is completely peanut and nut free and that’s Bella’s Bakery in Millburn. And when I say completely peanut and nut free, I mean it in the strictest way. Owner and chef, Janet Antico, makes sure that all of the ingredients that go into the yummy treats come from a peanut/nut-free facility, from the flour to the chocolate, which she orders from the Vermont Nut Free Company.
This is a dream to a parent of a peanut allergic child. And it makes a kid who can rarely eat from a bakery super happy. My 6-year-old daughter has a severe peanut allergy. When I told her we were going to visit Bella’s Bakery in Millburn so I could write about it on Baristanet’s Food page, she was thrilled. After she binged on sweets, she was happy to give Barista Kids her review:
What did you think of Bella’s Bakery?
It was pretty cool and all the food was so good and sweet.
How does it make you feel having a completely peanut and nut-free bakery in Baristaville?
It is so cool and awesome, because it’s like my own kingdom of sweets. It makes me feel good because I get to eat whatever I like and it’s all safe.
What did you taste at Bella’s?
A Whoopie Pie, chocolate chip cookie sandwich, a chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting, a Cocoa Crisp cookie, a sugar cookie and an oatmeal raisin cookie.
How did they taste and did you have a favorite?
Everything was pretty good, but the Whoopie Pie was my favorite. I also liked the Cocoa Crisp cookie very much.
Despite eating all those things in one afternoon, she woke up the next day and asked if we could go back. We didn’t, but I have a feeling we will become regulars.