I was invited to spend an evening at Bittersweet Treats in Pasadena; to meet the owner and staff, to taste their delicious treats and to tell you all about it. So here goes…
Bittersweet Treats is a woman-owned and run business that opened in November of 2012. Linda Chen started out as a young girl, baking with her sister and a Betty Crocker cook book. Today, she has found pleasure in creating a modern take on a homey spot for everyone to sample the great variety of treats–from sweet, to savory, house-made ice cream and even a custom blend of LaMill coffee.
Sweet & Savory
For our private bloggers’ tasting, we had the full range of baked treats–from cookies and whoopie pies, to cake pops, bread pudding, savory scones and my absolute new favorite treat–a goat cheese tart, topped with balsamic-honey figs.
In addition to the regular menu, Bittersweet Treats can provide catering for private and corporate events; and you should see their cake designs! From cake pops to birthday cakes to wedding cakes, the staff works hard to create a tasty experience that everyone can enjoy.
At our private event, we met Linda along with her staff of bakers; and you could feel the enthusiasm they had for their baked goods. Ali Anderson, the general manager and head baker, shared a little bit about each of the different treats we would be trying: brown butter popcorn, white chocolate bread pudding, cheddar bacon pepper scones, red velvet whoopie pies, goat cheese tart, cake pops, truffles, passion fruit jellies (another favorite of mine!), house-made ice creams and that divine cup of coffee.
Depending on when you visit Bittersweet Treats, you may experience Throwback Thursdays, Test Kitchen Fridays or Sweet Saturdays; but be sure to stop by during their Happy Hour from 4 to 5 pm, when all of the baked treats are 30% off every day. Baked goods are not saved for the next day–so this is a great time to grab a sweet or savory snack for the end of the day.
Bittersweet Treats is at 1731 East Colorado Blvd, in Pasadena; open from 8-6 Monday-Thursday, 8-7 Friday and Saturday.