Americans love all kinds of tasty desserts. They love ice cream, donuts, cookies, and everything in between. When given a choice, however, American consumers will choose soft serve ice cream seven out of 10 times over hard ice cream. Similarly, not too many people who are craving sweets think about visiting Amish communities for those snacks — but that might be changing.
According to The Daily Independent, a new Amish bakery has risen in Greenup County, Kentucky.
Chester and Eula Mae Hogge once owned the shop where Oven Amish Bakery stands today, but then Danny and Carla Skeens purchased the building and had a large open space. They could have started any kind of business they wanted, but they chose to serve classic Amish dishes.
“I always had an idea to do something different with the house,” said Danny Skeens. “It was too nice a place to set empty. And then I had an idea that it would be nice if I could start an Amish Bakery. All of the Amish pies and bread are delicious. And everyone loves the fudge and cookies.”
The Skeens believe that one of the main reasons for the popularity of Amish goods is the short, preservative-free ingredient list.
“But the taste is the real test,” Danny said. “There isn’t anything quite like it. And you know exactly what you’re eating.”
The Amish have plenty of strict social and moral codes, they craft 100% of their furniture by hand, and they apparently make amazing desserts.
According to OZY, an Amish couple in northern Indiana has developed a dessert so tasty, it has been given a slight offensive term of endearment: “Amish crack.”
Amish couple Orvin and Viola Bontrager opened Rise ‘n Roll Bakery and Deli in Middlebury, Indiana in 2001. They even sold foods from their front porch. The couple was forced to sell the business back in 2009 because it was too difficult to sustain without electricity. Orvin, however, remained a manager for many years and helped develop the devious $1.19 donuts.
“Around here, we call those “Amish Crack,” said a local patron. It’s important to note, however, the bakery isn’t exactly too fond of that term. But the non-Amish in the community continue to call the donuts that because of their addictive properties.
“You pick one up and right away want another,” said Mike Wickersham, who lives in Middlebury and has been a regular at Rise ‘n Roll for years.
Finally, in the Amish capital of the United States, Amish Gobs have been a proven staple in western Pennsylvania.
The gob originated back in 1927, when an Amish bakery worker was on break and was permitted to make and eat anything they wanted to at the bakery. Legend has it that the worker then took two small chocolate cakes and simply put icing in between, thus creating the gob cake.
“There’s nothing but praise for the gob,” said JR Harris, a descendant of the original founder. “People would eat it for breakfast.”