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PETA names Bethlehem bakery to Top 10 list

Vegan Treats received a certificate from PETA recognizing it for having one of the Top Ten Vegan Sweet Treats in the U.S. (Contributed)
Vegan Treats received a certificate from PETA recognizing it for having one of the Top Ten Vegan Sweet Treats in the U.S. (Contributed)

Bethlehem’s Vegan Treats again has received national honors.

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has honored the bakery for having one of its Top 10 Vegan Sweet Treats in the U.S., a list it put out for Valentine’s Day.

Vegan Treats was selected for its Peanut Butter Bomb, a chocolate Bundt cake filled and topped with peanut butter mousse that PETA described in a press releases as “a peanut butter lover's dream come true.”

This isn’t the first time Vegan Treats has received national honors. In 2012, for example, it was named one of the Top 10 Bakeries in the World by American Express.

Founder Danielle Konya said such honors are great for business and getting out the word about what Vegan Treats offers.

“We are always appreciative of any accolades we receive or achievements we make,” she said. “Without it, we would not had the gracious honor of winning PETA’s top Sweet Treats.”

She said making her vegan baked goods, candies and ice creams is a labor of love for her – a love for both animals and baking.

“I have a passion for aesthetics and creativity-motivated cakes and pastries that will turn the head of even the toughest skeptic,” she said. “It’s as important for the flavor to then surpass any and all expectations of what ‘vegan’ should taste like. We are constantly trying to out-do ourselves.”

Other vegan treat-makers to make the list were Sublime Restaurant & Bar in Fort Lauderdale; Cinnaholic in Atlanta; Passion Flour Patisserie in Salt Lake City; Avalon International Breads in Detroit; My Vegan Sweet Tooth in Virginia Beach; Strong Hearts Cafe in Syracuse, N.Y.; Sweet Ritual in Austin, Texas; Little Pine in Los Angeles; and Back to Eden Bakery in Portland, Ore.

A spokeswoman for PETA said there was no breakdown of the ranking, aside from being chosen for the top 10.

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