A Visit to the King Arthur Baker’s Store

February 22, 2010 · 33 comments · Print This Post

in Erin Cooks On-The-Go, To Buy / To Try

Truth. I may have based our entire Vermont vacation happiness on whether or not I would find Cinnamon Chips at the King Arthur Baker’s Store. Thankfully they were in stock. In addition to the delightful cinnamon variety I also couldn’t resist the opportunity to try out the bright green mint version as well as the Cappuccino Chips. Oh the cookies we’ll make together my little darlings!

My nutritional guru friend Hänni would have been in absolute heaven here. They had every kind of weird and hard to find flour under the sun. Since I’m scared of those things though I simply settled for the worst possible thing I could buy: cake flour. Mmm…frosting, fat, and calories but now with a super tender crumb!

As you can see, from CK’s incredulous expression, we both draw the line at buying something as absurd as Onion Goggles. Don’t be a wimp people! Unlike baseball there’s always crying in cooking.

However, I’m not against procuring a single use product that actually makes sense such as this super cute (and shiny) yeast measuring spoon. Now I only have to wash one item when I use jarred yeast and not a teaspoon and a 1/4 teaspoon. I’m totally going to shave a whole 7 seconds off my dish washing time.

I couldn’t possibly pass up the chance to make kitten-shaped cookies, right? I’ll just warn you now that they’ll probably be pink. I suppose you’re starting to realize that I went on quite the random shopping spree…

In the end I left with all of the above items and a salt cellar too. Frankly I probably could have done more damage so I’m actually proud of myself for reigning in my inner shopaholic ever-so-slightly. Besides, this was only the first stop in our trip and there was still much more shopping to come.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachael February 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I had no idea they had a store! I love the idea of hunting down the flagship shop. Thanks for sharing.


2 Emily Catherine February 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Awesome! I am nowhere near their store, but I love their blog and their products. Will the people who come to Vermont with me in the future think I am somehow bizarre for wanting to base my journey around the King Arthur store and Ben and Jerry’s? (Probably)


3 Julie February 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

What a great stop on your trip! Vermont is one the states I have never visited and now I have one more reason why I want to go there! Safe travels!


4 Cara February 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Sounds like a successful trip! I need to stop there on our next visit to Burlington.


5 dawn February 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm

oh my gosh seriously? I would have had a shopping cart filled. I could make a weekend of this kind of thing.


6 amanda @ fake ginger February 22, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Ahh, baking heaven! I’m so jealous. I think I’ll plan our next vacation around the store. 😉


7 Marisa February 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I bought that same yeast measuring spoon when I was there last fall. I adore that store!


8 Erin February 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Oh good! Now I know that I wasn’t simply being an impulse shopping fool!


9 Memoria February 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I’m so jealous!!!!!! I wish I lived close enough to go there; I would buy just about everything there, including the things I think are ridiculous (including the onion goggles haha j/k…I think haha). Great photos!!


10 April in CT February 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

We based a day trip around going there!! I can tell people don’t go at the end of the day because any fresh baked goodies will be GONE! On our next trip there (oh yes, there will be another) it will be the first stop of the day instead of the last. I’ve totally blocked out how much I spent … it’s definitely an amount for a blackspot in my memory. hehe


11 Erin February 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Chris totally ate every sample they had going. I was too busy trying to not run around filling my cart like I was starring in an episode of Supermarket Sweep 😉


12 Shannon February 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm

i’m so tempted to order those online… especially since it’s still cold out 😉 what fun items, i’d have been in heaven!


13 Erin February 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I think the cinnamon chips are calling your name Shannon 😉


14 Dana February 23, 2010 at 1:34 am

That would be an extremely dangerous place for me to visit. I admire your restraint – I’m sure I would walk out of there with bags full.


15 Monica H February 23, 2010 at 1:54 am

Jealous. In case I didn’t make that clear. JEALOUS!

I just placed an order with them the other day but they were out of the yeast measuring spoon. bummer.

I don’t think I could have shown such restraint. good for you!


16 Rina February 23, 2010 at 2:02 am

I don’t know how you managed to escape without spending your entire bank account (and credit card combined!).

I’m the same way with Trader Joe’s. We’re headed to that mecca next week and I am WAY.TOO.EXCITED.


17 Erin February 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I used to have the same issue with Trader Joe’s but now I live right around the corner from one so I’m spoiled. But I absolutely used to stock up on ridiculous things like the TJ version of Pirates Booty and all of their great dried pastas whenever I could. The packaging is so clever that it’s as though things jump into your cart of their own accord.


18 Theresa February 23, 2010 at 8:26 am

Where’s the photo of the salt cellar? I’ve been wanting one of those but I haven’t found one I like yet. Maybe King Arthur is my answer!


19 Erin February 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

Here it is: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/salt-server-with-spoon

My bad. It’s actually branded as a “salt server.” I’m pretty sure it’s an interchangeable term though.


20 Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} February 23, 2010 at 9:10 am

So jealous! I’d love to visit their store (and all of New England in general). Looks like you had a great time, thanks for sharing!


21 Claire February 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

Those green mint chips are so cute! I’d love to make cookies with those…

Onion cutting goggles? That’s so preposterous. I don’t want to look like a scientist when I’m cooking…. my guests will wonder what they’re in store for.


22 Lindsey @ pickyeatings February 23, 2010 at 10:04 am

I’ve never been to the King Arthur Flour store, but really would like to. Although just like you, I would end up buying WAY too many things.


23 Hayli @ Superior Nut February 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Wow, onion goggles. Maybe not so much, but the cappuccino chips…yum.


24 Hänni February 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

So, *that’s* how we get to heaven–head east toward the king arthur store in Vermont? Sounds like a road trip is in order.

And since I sense you’re a bit befuddled, when you come to visit, I’ll introduce you to some grain-free flours. We’ll have eggplant parmesan with almond breading for dinner, and chocolate coconut flour cookies for dessert. You’ll flip for them, guaranteed!


25 justJENN February 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm

OH. I just used cinnamon chips in my recipe today:
but I would LOVE to try those other ones. Awesome!


26 nicole spaz February 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Oh I would do damage in this store. I love the cat cookie cutter!! Very cute.
Can’t wait to see what you bake up with those Cappuccino Chips!!


27 Kerstin February 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Oh, I’m jealous, how fun! I still need to get my hands on some cinnamon chips!


28 Kathy - Panini Happy February 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm

A physical King Arthur store – how fun! I’ve got to get up there on our next New England visit for sure.


29 mags February 23, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Oh, I loved this post! I’m sooooooooo jealous that you went to the actual King Arthur Store. I can’t imagine what I’d have to promise to do for hubby for him to take me there.

I really got a chuckle out of the onion goggles…LOLOL! I just got the King Arthur catalog today and saw those and thought, OMG, who would actually but those?

The yeast spoon? I’d wanted it forever but didn’t want to spend the money on it and for Christmas, my hubby’s co workers bought it for me. I love it!


30 Kim Winn February 24, 2010 at 9:21 am

I get their catalog! And I love them so very much. Love the onion goggles! lol


31 Alisa February 25, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I was so amused with the onion goggles 🙂 What a great trip! I want those butterscotch chips 🙂


32 Hilary March 12, 2010 at 7:31 am

The Baker’s Store is my Mecca. I was in Vermont last October and drove an hour and a half specifically to go here. I loved it! Between us my mother and I spent about $400. It would be dangerous if I lived anywhere close.


33 Erica March 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I love the cat cookie cutter! I’ll need to make some Mimi cookies soon 🙂 She’s my adorable Siamese.


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