Tate’s Bake Shop specializes in making cookies, cakes, brownies and squares. Other products, such as Aldo’s coffee, Plain-T teas, and Tate’s gluten-free line, are making their presence known as well. Kathleen King, owner of Tate’s Bake Shop, started by baking at home, noted Jessica Chavarria, a sales associate who has been working at the bake shop for more than two years. On a recent visit she explained how King developed the business into what we know as Tate’s today. She also noted how King is always interacting with the customers; it’s become a very personal shop.
The Aldo’s coffee and Plain-T teas are new additions to the Tate’s Bake Shop lineup. Aldo’s, of Greenport, is organic fresh-roasted beans. The Plain-T tea is a refreshing drink that is available in four different flavors: decaf, mango, black tea and rooibus passion fruit.
I got to try Aldo’s regular iced coffee and the decaf Plain-T. The iced coffee was perfect. Not too bold, with just the right amount of skim milk and Splenda, it was the perfect addition to my day. The Plain-T was ideal. I can absolutely picture myself, on a beautiful day, going back to Tate’s to get another. The iced tea was so fresh, I loved that I didn’t have to add any sweetener. Did I mention I got it unsweetened?
Chavarria said, “Kathleen wanted (the unsweetened tea) to be just sweet enough for no sweetener.” And that’s exactly what it is!
In addition to these new drinks, Tate’s Bake Shop is launching a new gluten-free line, which started roughly a year ago. These products include brownies, chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter squares. Where to start? First I dove into the cookies. So crunchy. So delicious. Though they are not the typical gooey cookies, they are perfect for when you get that sweet craving.
Next was the ever-so-chocolaty brownie. I couldn’t even tell it was gluten free, and to be honest, I don’t think a nutritionist would be able to tell either. These brownies really stood out. They were so moist…and one brownie kept my chocolate craving satisfied.
Just when I thought the offering of gluten-free products was over, Chavarria brought out a platter of peanut butter squares. I think she read my mind. I couldn’t wait to try this one! The peanut butter bottom was so creamy and then there lay a perfect soft bar of chocolate over the peanut butter. Again, it was so satisfying I couldn’t resist.
For those, like myself, who are health conscious, try Tate’s Health Cookie. I definitely felt no guilt eating these. The ingredients are almond butter, oatmeal, prune puréé, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, ground flax seeds, dried cranberries and pure maple syrup. If I could create the slogan for this cookie, it would be “It’s not gooey, but perfectly chewy!” It was my favorite of the day for sure.
If you’re craving some delicious treats, go to Tate’s Bake Shop at 43 North Sea Road, Southampton. Call 631-283-9830, or visit tatesbakeshop.com. For more information about Aldo’s Coffee visit aldocoffee.com. To learn more about Plain-T call 631-251-6316; tatesbakeshop.com.