We visit Pennsylvania a few times a year to see our grandkids and when we do we usually plan a trip to Shady Maple Smorgasbord while we’re there. It’s kind of an institution in those parts. It’s about an hour’s drive from where our kids live — a nice scenic journey through some beautiful Amish countrysides. And they have such an incredibly large selection that you don’t leave hungry unless you’re just really picky. There is truly something to tempt any appetite. I do recommend if you have a chance to stop in at their restaurant or gift shop that you try to go on a week day rather than on Saturdays. That’s because they are SOOOOO busy it seems like busloads of people converge on the restaurant at the same time! By the way, their gift shop is also amazing. It’s very large and located downstairs beneath the restaurant.
Shady Maple is a sensational smorgasbord located just outside Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While they offer authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, they also serve a whole lot more of all kinds of foods! When we ate there for lunch a couple of weeks ago, my favorite thing on the menu was their S’Mores Donuts left over from breakfast! Yes, it’s my sweet tooth kicking in again! Oh my, that donut was heavenly. I also ate more than my share of barbecued pork, fried chicken, manicotti, apple dumplings with ice cream, and cherry cobbler. There wasn’t one healthy thing on my plate! Not that they don’t serve a lot of healthy foods, I just didn’t choose anything healthy that day! I think I had three or four different sweet things alone. Yikes!
Shady Maple’s food is fantastic, but they also have a wonderful bakery located in the Farm Market just adjacent to their property. You haven’t seen a bake shop until you’ve seen the HUGE selection of stuff they have. They probably offer more than 30 different kinds of sweet breads alone, all kinds of donuts, cupcakes, cookies, pies, cakes, and desserts of any and all kinds. They also have about 10-15 different selections of whoopie pies!
The complex is run by a Mennonite group and they sure know how to cook as well as provide organic fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, spices–all kinds of stuff. While it has a regular grocery store in the Farm Market, I found myself gravitating toward all the wonderful homemade baked goods, jams, and peanut butters. I bought a regular organic peanut butter (nothing but peanuts–no preservatives or junk), a peanut butter-hazelnut butter, and an almond butter. All of these were made with ground nuts. I have sampled them many, many times since we’ve been home and they are fabulous. I have to say my favorite is the peanut butter/hazelnut butter combo. I spoon it on bananas or sliced apples as a snack almost every day!
If you’re ever in East Earl, Pennsylvania, outside Lancaster, then stop in sometime for some of the best food you will ever eat. Better bring a hearty appetite as they have a humongous selection. The bread and dessert sections alone are amazing. One of the things we’ve always liked is the chocolate fountain! Yes, Shady Maple is the real deal. Ummmm, I think I could go for one of those S’Mores Donuts again! They were stuffed with marshmallow filling in the middle. Yum, yum.
Okay, let’s just say you are really going to drool over these spectacular pictures, and I was taking them with a poor quality camera through a glass case. Even still, just looking at these tasty treats will have you salivating really quickly! Enjoy.
Don’t these cupcakes look divine? Some are Chocolate with Oreo Cookies, others are chocolate with caramels.
Here’s another view. I wanted you to see the one with M&Ms in the back row! Also note the Chocolate ones with peanut butter sauce and Reese’s peanut butter cups in front.
Here are some of their chocolate bombs or truffles.
You can see one of the cakes in the background of this picture.
All kinds of oversized cupcakes….Oreo, gummy worm, nutter butter, caramel, Reese’s cups…..yum.
Here’s another look.
I couldn’t resist a shot at these chocolate covered pretzels coated with M&Ms.
Here are some chocolate covered pretzels with Reese’s miniature candies.
Chocolate covered pretzels with white chocolate drizzled over top.
Chocolate covered pretzels with rainbow sprinkle chips over top!
I put the Peanut butter/hazelnut butter to good use. I dabbed it on apple slices and ate it as a snack several times the past couple of weeks.
Here’s one LOADED with peanut butter/hazelnut butter! It’s also great with bananas, carrots or celery!
We transferred the peanut butters into these containers on the left which had tight screw-on lids to transport them on the plane from Pennsylvania back to Texas. All three of them made it here intact!