A while back one of my oldest friends told me she was starting a small cream puff business in Chicago called Puffs of Doom. When she told me she was going to have vegan cream puffs I was really excited and thought there would be a token puff I would one day get to try on a trip to my home state. I followed her new company on twitter and on the facebook and I watched her business grow and get recognition from all kinds of fancy foodie press, even the Today Show covered them! The many different kinds of vegan puffs all sounded unique and delicious, she has creamy chocolate ones and noochy savory ones like potato curry. Seeing the puffs filled me with longing but it wasn’t until last spring when my other friend was having a bridal shower that I finally got to try them.
I was blown away.
So was Amanda who ended up having them at her wedding (along with a cake from Capital City Bakery)
I started begging Becky to ship some out to me but she was only selling them at farmer’s markets and coffee shops in Chicago. Finally, this Valentine’s day it happened, I got a giant package of puffs in the mail.
I wanted to save them to eat with Dan when he got out of work late but I had to take photos while it was still light out… and then I couldn’t resist. I tried the Salted Caramel Chocolate Espresso and I had to close my eyes and let the world just stop. It was kind of like a cross between a Boston cream pie doughnut and a rich flaky croissant. The best of both worlds.
I thought, “I should really bring some to Kristen she would love these” quickly followed by “That would mean less puffs for me” and “I wonder how many I could eat before Dan noticed some were missing”. And they were his Valentine’s Day surprise!
The puffs brought out the worst in me!
And in Dan too. He tried them late when he got home from work and then, the next day told me to leave work early so we could eat them together. I mentioned our friend was coming for the weekend and he said “hide them!”. When I got home he told me I would love the chocolate peanut butter…and I did.
He said, “I didn’t think I’d like the Strawberry Champagne but it is amazing and has, like, a whole strawberry in there”… it does…
And the Oreo…oh the Oreo
and, oh yeah, Espresso Chocolate
We talked about joining the “puff of the month” club and knew that would never be enough. Maybe a Puff of the week club? We talked about moving to Chicago. Dan said they were the best dessert he ever had. And this kid loves his dessert more than just about anything.
I recommend you try them.
Or, maybe be better off for never having known true puffed out bliss.
I’d rather have the perfect moment.
Chicago, you win this round.
These look insanely good.
Holy puffs. I would have never been able to share them. Next time I’m in Chicago, I’m hunting those puffs down. And buying out the store. Yes!
Jes — we would love to get you some puffs the next time you are in chicago. However, if you do not want to wait that long, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org as we are now shipping orders.
Wow–I’m so proud of Becky. She is amazing!
oh my gosh…drooling!!
cream puffs? it’s true-we vegans can have it all!
Holy guacamole. This is just so cruel…I need these. Oreo cream puffs? Brilliant.
Oh my god. I mean you don’t really have to sell me on cream puffs, seeing as they are, you know, cream puffs, but you totally sold me. I don’t think I’ll ever be happy until I get my hands on these!
Hopefully she is going to come to Austin soon for a festival!
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