Tour de Dufflet: July 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

a sneak peek + a long weekend ...

Here's a sneak preview of one of our new products being introduced with our next newsletter (available beginning August 25th) ...

Dufflet's Apple Spice Cakelet™.

Moist layers of cinnamon/nutmeg spiced apple sponge cake with a cream cheese filling and finished with cream cheese frosting with a hint of maple.

August long weekend!

Both Dufflet Downtown and Dufflet Uptown will be closed for Simcoe Day on Monday August 3rd, but for you Beach strollers please note that Dufflet Beach will be open for your sweet take-out or dine-in needs!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

jazz up your window? done!

Congratulations to Dufflet Beach for winning 2nd prize in the "Jazz up your Window" contest from Beaches Jazz and BIA!

Beach businesses on Queen Street East were judged for best decorated windows during the Beaches International Jazz Festival, with judges basing their selection on imagination, professional execution and integration of elements of jazz/music.

For more details, visit the Beaches BIA at

Monday, July 27, 2009

sweet design at the design exchange ...

Toronto's Design Exchange (DX) is wonderful for many reasons, but most importantly it examines design present in elements of everyday life - products, packaging, corporate identity, retail goods, the written word, on-line, interactive, structures and environments.

One of the coolest things that you may not know about DX is that they host design-based summer camps for children aged 6 to 15. A creative team of instructors, senior camp staff, and visiting professionals lead programs in topics such as designing for rock stars, fashion, theatre, toys and food.

Last week, Dufflet Rosenberg was invited to speak at the "Sweet Design" class where campers (ages 6 to 8) were guided in Gingerbread Architecture, Candy Wrapper Accessories, and some Sweet Shop Graphics. Dufflet presented a Power Point showing the importance of design at Dufflet Pastries (from the cakes themselves to packaging and on-line presence), and answered questions from the campers while treating them to brightly coloured butter cookies. No surprise, when asked what their favourite cake was, the gang yelled out "Chocolate!"

Design Camp (summer camp) runs from July 6 to August 28 - please visit the Design Exchange for more info at

Thursday, July 23, 2009

dufflet beach and all that jazz ...

The 21st Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival officially kicked off on July 17, but this weekend (July 23-25) upwards of a million people will roam around and soak up the ambience along a closed 2 km stretch of Queen Street East in Toronto.

It's an annual afternoon into evening pedestrian-only pilgrammage for folks to groove to the finest in Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Post-Bop, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B and Soul sounds that Canada has to offer, with bands performing 3 sets nightly from 7pm to 11pm at a variety of street locations.

But wait ... there's more!

Why not launch your stroll and enjoy some sweet deals at Dufflet Beach (1917 Queen St. E.)? Weather permitting (inside if raining), drop by our sidewalk table each evening starting around 6pm (until store closes) and walk away with specially priced naturally delicious Jazz Festival treats including brownies for $2, gourmet cookies for $1.50, colourful butter shapes for $1.25 and fresh lemonade for $2.

For your convenience, here's a handy map of the area:

More info on street closures and a list of performers may be found at

Monday, July 20, 2009

i'll tumble for ya ...

From the folks who brought you Chocolate Crackle™, imagine this: crunchy nuts tumbled with a dash of liqueur, vanilla wafer pieces and velvety rich chocolate ...

Summer Special at Dufflet Retail cafes only!

Buy 2 packs of Chocolate Tumbles™ and receive a free mini bag of Chocolate Morsels. (while quantities last)

Dufflet Downtown:
787 Queen Street West (west of Bathurst)
Dufflet Uptown:
2638 Yonge Street (north of Eglinton)
Dufflet Beach:
1917 Queen Street East (east of Woodbine)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

when your cooler is a paper bag ...

Dufflet's Caramel Chocolate Chunk Tart

Dufflet's Fresh Collection is preservative free and made with genuine cream, butter and eggs, so sometimes it's hard to decide which sweet treat to take along for bike rides, road trips, back yard bbq's and trips to the cottage.

Here's a short-list of some of Dufflet's signature treats that can be stored at room temperature for a couple of days;

~ gourmet cookies (Camp, Ginger Spice, Chocolate Crinkle, Macaroons and more!)

~ buttery coffeecakes (Caramel Apple Spice, Chocolate Toffee Crunch, Lemon Zinger, Marble Espresso)

~ perfect pies (Double Chocolate Pecan Pie, Squirrel Pie, Pecan Pies with caramel or chocolate drizzle)

~ mini loaf coffeecakes (Cherry Chocolate Streusel, Carrot, Chocolate Banana, Cranberry Orange, Lemon Blueberry)

~ timeless tarts (Butterscotch Nut, Caramel Chocolate Chunk, Double Fudge, Sour Cherry Almond and more!)

~ bars + brownies (German Brownie, Kahlua Toffee, Rocky Blondie, Sweet D's, Date Bar and more!)

Photos: Cherry Chocolate Streusel Mini Cake, Caramel Chocolate Chunk Euro Tart

Dufflet's Cherry Chocolate Mini Cake

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

eat more prizes ...

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the 2009 Tour de Dufflet - and to Duke's Cycle and Crumpler for their wonderful prizes. Here are the super-lucky winners (drawn at random from this year's registration cards):

1st prize - Warren Wheeler
$100 gc from Duke’s Cycles, $25 gc from Dufflet Pastries

2nd prize - Susan Bishop
Bike bag from Crumpler (photo above) and $25 gc from Dufflet Pastries

3rd prize - Vanessa Christie
$44 gc from Dufflet Pastries

Dufflet Pastries has donated $615 to the Toronto Cyclists Union who were this year's charitable recipients of your $5 registration fees - these cycling advocates are definitely a good group to support so please visit their website to learn more about what they do.

Links to visit: