Taste Notes

So Sweet! Cookies & Baked Goods: The Sweetest Thing Bakery promises to make your holiday season as sweet as it can be. The beautifully decorated shop in Kerr Village is open six days a week or view the online store to pre-order Christmas treats. The bakery offers an array of festive cupcakes, delectable shortbread, beautifully decorated sugar cookies, gingerbread houses, cookie decorating kits and much more. Thesweetestthing.com

Immunity Sports Drink: Grand slam doubles tennis champion Vasek Pospisil has partnered with Canada’s most decorated Olympian Penny Oleksiak to launch a sports drink. The beverage is centred on the immunity-boosting and restorative power of functional mushrooms. Made from 100 per cent natural ingredients to reduce stress, improve focus and support recovery, Hekate Sport is the first functional mushroom-powered sports hydration drink on the market. Hekate.com

Gourmet Meals Shipped to You: Dedicated to providing a gourmet foodie experience, Burlington-based business The Platter Company now offers shipping of their meals anywhere in Ontario. Meals will arrive specially packaged, frozen and ready to heat and eat. Theplattercompany.ca

New Dessert Destination Downtown: Downtown Oakville’s newest gourmet bake shop, Flüf Soufflé Cheesecakes, is your new source for specialty desserts. Flüf also sells a range of sparkling lemonades, which are made in-house from real fruit purées. They’ve also partnered with Balzac’s coffee to use their fairtrade coffee beans to serve the best cup of coffee possible. Located at 131 Lakeshore Rd. E. Instagram.com/fluf_oakville

Cake & Loaf Bakery’s New Book: Cake & Loaf, a cozy from-scratch neighbourhood bakery in Hamilton, recently published a book featuring over 85 popular recipes to create sweets and treats at home, including everyday morning baking (muffins, scones, doughnuts, and granolas), cookies, decadent sandwich cookies, bars, cakes, tarts, and pies. Cakeandloaf.ca