Given, it's not a Sunday’s drive from the Medford area, but if you’re headed southeast to beat the winter blues, this allergen-free bakery's got your sweet tooth covered. Good to know, because if you're always on the look out for gluten- and dairy-free delights, you know that finding the good ones, the ones that don't make you say, "It's pretty good for gluten-free," are rare, my friend.
At just one year old Sweet Theory Baking Company already has a loyal following. The petite and quaintly decorated shop is tucked into King St., just off of old downtown Jacksonville. Although the shop offers local artisan sourdough rounds, and freshly baked yeast donuts, their real specialties are the vegan, and allergen-free delicacies.
Light, fluffy, and tasting like there is no way these cupcakes were not baked with cake flour, eggs, or milk, much less nuts, yet here they are, melting into your taste buds while you swoon across the large, wooden bench and farm table probably placed just so, for just that reason.
Our instant faves included the Big Whoop (GF chocolate cake-like cookies sandwiching foamy, white cream; the Blondie Explosion (GF soft, sweet, mound of cupcake topped with the best frosting this gluten-free family has ever savored, then drizzled with caramel (non-dairy;) and the chocolate-draped yeast doughnut (not gluten-free so don't get excited unless you can tolerate wheat.)
Obviously, everything's good. Each time customers came in asking how this treat or that tasted, folks immediately exclaimed, “Oh get that! It’s sooooooo good.” Nearby diners concurred, nodding fervently.
Just look at this sampling of Sweet Theory's treats: Brown Sugar Bourbon Blondies (GF;) Orange Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake (GF;) Sugar Cookie Sandwich with Nog Frosting (GF;) Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes (GF;) well, the list goes on and on.
Stop by and take a gander. Before you waddle out the door, leave a tip in one of the jars on the counter. One features a picture of Mark Wahlberg as elegantly dressed actor, the other as shirtless Marky Mark. Tippers choice.
Sweet Theory is located at 1243 King Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204.