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Taste Buds: The Honey Hole

Unique Centre?Market shop is a sweet surprise

January 3, 2013

Just in time to cure the Buds from the "Christmas-is-over-and-now-it's-just-cold" blues, they stumbled upon an adorable little shop in Centre Market.

Recently relocated from Friendsville, Md., The Honey Hole claims "Our family owned store is truly a labor of our passion and love for unique and gourmet foods, gifts, home decor, and just basically - all things inspiring and warming to the soul." The compelling description had the Buds' curiosity piqued, so they headed straight to Centre Market to check it out.

The shop, located at 2247 Market St., is filled with lovely home decorations, handmade soaps, silver spoon jewelry and gourmet food items. The Buds also helped themselves to samples of their fresh baked bread dipped in cold pressed olive oil. Umm...YUM! And best of all, perhaps, are the deli cases full of fresh baked delights at the rear of the store. This is where the Buds fall apart!

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Every day, the folks at The Honey Hole bake a variety of unique breads, muffins, cookies, scones and stuffed bread loaves. They also create a beautiful array of cupcakes and other dessert specialties. If there was ever a time that we couldn't make up our minds, it was now!!

On the day of the Buds' visit, available items included Grandma's Syrian Flat Bread, stuffed pepperoni and cheese loaves, stuffed feta and spinach loaves and the much less self-explanatory "Stuffed Man" rolls which are filled with pepperoni, provolone, caramelized onions, garlic, sweet n' sassy peppers, hard-boiled eggs and a blend of their secret spices. Wow! And last but not least ... the butter danish. Yes, you heard us correctly!

The Buds decided to double-team the situation by splitting one stuffed loaf and each getting a couple additional items to take home. While we were surely intrigued by the Stuffed Man Loaf, we finally decided to go with the spinach and feta loaf, which rang in at $10.95. And let us tell you - it was worth every penny!

The Syrian bread dough was soft and full of flavor and stuffed to the brim with chopped spinach, feta cheese, caramelized onions and garlic and the secret spices. The flavor was amazing, and the large loaf provided several servings. In fact, Bud Shaunna polished off hers Monday at lunch and claimed it tasted just as fresh as it did four days earlier when it was made.

Additionally, Bud Em picked up a Ghirardelli and Chocolate Ganache Brownie Cup for $2.65 and a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcake for $2.95. Sadly for Bud Em, her daughter inhaled the brownie cup immediately so she didn't even get a taste. Not a single crumb. Her daughter did mention, however, that the sweet treat was "amazing." So there you have it. Bud Em then decided to eat the cupcake before it too disappeared. The moist chocolate cake had a layer of strawberry inside and was topped with sweet buttercream icing and a chocolate covered cherry. And how was it? Let's just say that sometimes money CAN buy happiness!

Bud Shaunna spent an extra 5 bucks and picked up a White Chocolate Raspberry Scone and a Tiramisu Cupcake. Once home, she instructed her hubby not to eat ALL of the cupcake. However, trusting her instincts, Bud Shaunna didn't wait around for imminent disaster and tore in to the cupcake before Bud Hubby could reach it. She was nice and shared, even though it was so good it made sharing tough! The moist lady finger cupcake was smeared with a thick topping of their special recipe of rum, sugar and custard and sprinkled with cocoa powder. Deee-vine!!

Bud Shaunna ate the scone the next morning for breakfast, and it was a very delightful treat with her morning coffee. The outside was crunchy by the inside had a firm, cake-like consistency - this was definitely not one of those "brick" scones. Packed with white chocolate chunks and raspberries, this scone didn't last long on Bud Shaunna's breakfast plate.

In addition to the goods sold in the quaint store in Centre Market, patrons can also order a number of specialty pies, cakes, cookies, rolls, cupcakes or even a cookie basket and pick them up the next day. With such easy access to freshly made baked goods, you must visit the Honey Hole and satisfy your sweet tooth. Chances are good that you will run into the Buds, as we definitely plan to return!

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader



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