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Harvard Sweet Boutique and a Giveaway!

Harvard Sweet BoutiqueOver winter vacation the girls and I drove up to Hudson, MA to visit the Harvard Sweet Boutique. A delightful bakery founded in 2007 by the talented Sue George, Harvard Sweet Boutique has garnered both local and national attention in Coastal Living, the Boston Globe and also on the Rachel Ray Show for their whimsical treats.

cheesecakeUpon entering the bakery, the girls and I noticed all kinds of delicious small bites. Cake balls, individual cheesecakes, pop tarts, whoopies pies and all sorts of sweet treats lined the shelves of the bakery display cases.

We chose a few items to sample and let me tell you, that was no easy task. Getting two young girls and one mom with a serious sweet tooth to come to consensus on baked goods was a real challenge.

But after much debate we made our selections. First up, we sampled an individual chocolate cheesecake. Each of us took a bite and thoughtfully chomped. Shannon and I agreed that it was as a cheesecake should be.

Rich but not overly heavy. Chocolatey and decadent. Leela is not a cheesecake lover. So, Shannon and I eagerly gobbled up her piece.

20130221_132851The next bit of baked goodness we sampled was the Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel Brownie. Holy yumminess. Both girls agreed that this was pretty spectacular, but I’m pretty sure they couldn’t fully appreciate how delectable this was.

Silky vanilla salted caramel sandwiched between a layer of chocolate ganache and a dense chocolate brownie, this was a sweet that I could appreciate. I really didn’t want to share this with the kids. It was that special.


20130221_132009The Harvard Sweet Boutique has all kids of kid friendly treats, but the girls were most enamored with the cake balls. Especially the ones shaped like sheep. They were so smitten with these sweet little guys that they were reluctant to bite into them.

But after much ooohing and ahhing, they bit into the strawberry cake filled sheep with much giggling and finger licking. I don’t think a crumb was spared.

20130221_131408 The Harvard Sweet Boutique is also known for their signature cakes. With cakes for every occassion such as weddings, birthdays and showers, you are sure to find just the right cake for any special event. Carrot cake, chocolate decadence and lemon raspberry are just a few of their offerings.

I actually purchased a cake for my mother-in-law while I was there. Coincidentally, it was her birthday and she even lives in the same town as the Harvard Sweet Boutique. I picked out a delicious raspberry filled layer cake with buttercream frosting and it was a total hit.

The Harvard Sweet Boutique also offers gluten free options. Cookies, brownies and toffee are all offered in gluten free varieties.

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Harvard Sweet Boutique. And I’m so excited to announce that they are offering a giveaway for my readers so that one of you can enjoy a sweet treat of your own.

To enter to win a $30 online credit for the Harvard Sweet Boutique, comment on this post with which treat you’d like to order from their site. Leave your first name, last initial, the state you are from and your choice by Tuesday, March 12th 11:59pm ET. Good luck!

Thank you to the Harvard Sweet Boutique for allowing myself and the girls to come in and sample their baked goods. This is not a sponsored post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Jessica A says:

    The vanilla Sea salt brownies look delicious! They would be perfect for my birthday!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I concur with Jessica The Vanilla Sea Salt Brownies look fabulous Melanie! I would love to win this giveaway!!

  3. Carmela C says:

    Carmela C, NJ
    Love the Cake Balls!

  4. Lisa M. from MA
    I love coconut, so the coconut cookies look delicious. The Crave Boston box looks yummy too!!!

  5. Heather B. says:

    Heather B MA

    I am a lover of carmel so would have to say the Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel Brownie

  6. The Mint Chocolate Fudge Brownies look yummy! I love mint and it would be a great present for my mom’s birthday.

    Jean S. from MA

  7. Chocolate Gingerbead Cookies b/c you can never find g-bread stuff outside of december

    Cheryl E in PS

  8. Jessica D says:

    I want that sea salt brownie!
    Jessica D, CT

  9. Amanda C. says:

    I would definitely choose the Vanilla Sea Salt Carmel Brownies!! After reading the reviews it seems as though everyone feels the same way that you do about them so now I NEED them! 🙂

    Amanda C. from NY!

  10. Leslie B. – Rhode Island
    That milk chocolate almond toffee sings to me!

  11. Seana M-NY
    Definitely the sea salt caramel brownies. I love the salt with chocolate.

  12. Dion F. Ohio
    The sea salt brownies look Devine!

  13. Melody R says:

    That Bronze tower box looks delicious! (as does everything else on their site!)

    Melody R- MA

  14. Lori McK says:

    Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie for the win!

    Lori M.

  15. The caramel sea salt brownie for me and the gluten free items for my daughter as it seems IMPOSSIBLE to find delicious gf bakery items…

    Maureen G
    Dover NH

  16. I was hoping that I’d be able to jump through the screen and sample what you girls were having, but alas, I couldn’t. ;o)

    All of their yummy creations look so good, but I think I’d have to try the Mint Brownies!

    Tshanina P from TN

  17. Maureen L. says:

    Maureen L. from Massachusetts,
    The Chocolate Cheesecakes please!

  18. hmmm…I’m gonna have to check this place out next time I go to Wegmans! The caramel brownie you show looks amazing and the Artisanal Peanut Butter Brownie Snack looks awesome, too!

  19. Kimberly S. says:

    Oh my goodness. Everything looks so stinkin’ good. I probably would choose the espresso chocolate brownies or the chocolate bliss box with the brownies and cookies.

    Kimberly S.

  20. Jessica says:

    Jessica M, NY. The peanut butter brownies look delicious!

  21. Nancy H says:

    Peanut Butter Brownie – YUM!!

    Nancy H

  22. Jen T in New Hampshire

    I’d pick the chocolate covered peanut butter cookies in the low carb section. My 5 year old is a type 1 diabetic, and finding some low carb options for him is a great change!

  23. Just What The Doctor Ordered!
    Donna B., Massachusetts

  24. Heather A says:

    Yummo The vanilla salt caramel brownies look delicious! That would be the perfect treat to take to my mom for her birthday!
    Davis, CA

  25. Carol L says:

    The Caramel Sea Salt Brownies sound delicious. And the Chocolate Swirl Almond Toffee. What a great Bakery.
    Carol L

  26. Mel J. from Pa. says:

    The Chocolate Cheesecake sounds wonderful.

  27. Cassie S says:

    Cassie S, California

    Mint Chocolate brownies, ummm, yes please! 🙂

  28. Andrea C.
    I saw a box of those vanilla salted caramel brownies on the website and that is exactly what I would purchase:) Thanks

  29. Nanci S. – NY

    Are you sure we can only pick one? lol…

    The Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee, please!

  30. Taylor Y. says:

    I’d have to order the sea salt brownies. I have a bit of a caramel salted obsession. I’ve made cookies before and bought caramel salted popcorn. Its my favorite flavor combo.

    Taylor Y

  31. That brownie looks devine.

    Tina H

  32. Corrie g says:

    the vanilla caramel brownies sound awesome.
    Corrie G Virginia

  33. Alexis D. says:

    Mint chocolate brownies for my husband who recently returned home from Afghanistan, this will surely taste better than what he was eating over there as a Marine!

  34. It would have to be the Chocoluxe Tower. Yuummmy! I try to keep track of all the great places up in your area because next time we take the kids for a long weekend up your way, I’d like to hit up some of these great places that you tell us about. This one will be on the list. Thanks Mel.

    Nancy (PA)

  35. Stevie Nanstad says:

    Stevie N

    I LOVE the Birthday boxes and they would make a great gift for anyone on my present-buying list 🙂

  36. The vanilla sea salt caramel brownies look so good!!!!

    Pam P. from KY

  37. Michele S says:

    Michele S. from CO
    Peanut Butter Brownies, please!

  38. The Dazzling Dots Cookie and Brownie Collection! Please!

    Pattie Q, NJ

  39. The sea salt caramel brownie looks heavenly!
    Kathy A, MN

  40. Build your own cookie and brownie tower and sample everything!

  41. Dorothy says:

    I will be dreaming about that brownie, for sure!
    Dorothy C, NJ

  42. Mint fudge brownies!
    Sherry L. CA

  43. Brianna says:

    That brownie looks amazing!
    Brianna P NJ

  44. Kesha G NC

  45. Natalie M says:

    Natalie M., FL
    I really want to try the vanilla sea salt brownies looks delish!!! 🙂

  46. Sharon Z
    I would love to try the milk chocolate almond toffee!

  47. Regina B
    Either the Chocolate Glazed Macadamia Nut Caramel Shortbread Bars or the Rasberry chocolate Fudge Brownies…..it all looks delicious!

  48. Joy S. from NC

    Definitely the vanilla sea salt caramel brownie!

  49. Joann H Indiana says:

    OMG…..I see why you had trouble deciding what to sample. Gotta say I’m a brownie lover so I’d pick those delectable looking Vanilla sea salt caramel brownies !!!!!!!

  50. Sara L – DE – I must try the vanilla sea salt caramel brownie – wow – that looks SO good!

  51. Stephanie F Ohio says:

    I am all about the brownie of the month club! I am definately a brownie lover and who wouldn’t want a new flavor to try every month? That vanilla sea salt caramel one made me want to lick my screen!

  52. Artisanal Peanut Butter Brownie Snack is yearned for by Ranger S, from FL

  53. Cindy B. says:

    Cindy B. Colorado
    The peanut butter brownies look really good.

  54. Kim W from IL – Oh man I would definitely get those vanilla sea salt brownies. Those look sooooo delicious!

  55. Any of the gluten free items would be awesome. Dawn C. from MA

  56. The vanilla sea salt brownies are calling out to me! From MA

  57. Nicole G. says:

    I think I would order the half chocolate chunk cookies and half chocolate brownies.
    Nicole G. from MA

  58. Stephanie P. says:

    Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel Brownie thank you, Stephanie P., AZ

  59. Mmmm-yum! I would love to try the mint brownies, or the toffee, or the snickerdoodles or…that is a hard choice!
    Marie T.

  60. Laurie W–MA.
    The sea salt brownie looks delish. How have I not heard of HSB before?!? Will have to take a field trip to Hudson–read about some good restaurants there, too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. Margaret P. says:

    Margaret P. from NC

    I am drooling over the milk chocolate almond toffee!

  62. Those brownies look soo good. They are right up my alley. I love carmel.

  63. mmmmmmm anything they make looks yummy.
    Karolyn C from WA

  64. I’ve been gluten free for over a year and so miss bakery fresh treats. I would love to be able to enjoy the Gluten-Free Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel Brownies Great giveaway, thanks!

    Amy V, MA

  65. I’d do the gluten free raspberry brownies. Rachel A. from NH

  66. Heidi V says:

    Heidi V from PA
    Those mint brownies are making my mouth water!

  67. Would love to try the Artisanal Chili Chocolate Brownies – combines 2 things that I love.

    Chitra K from CA

  68. kadywood says:

    Kim D – PA

    That vanilla sea salt brownie has my heart.

  69. The sea salt caramel brownie looks pretty amazing!
    Marcia M. from OH

  70. Rachel W from Indiana wants the Artisanal Espresso Chocolate Brownies

  71. Danielle says:

    Danielle K. – WI
    The Mint Chocolate Fudge Brownies look amazing, I’d send them to my Grandma in IL. 🙂

  72. Oh my goodness. It’s hard to choose just one. I think I’d try the snickerdoodles first.

    Andi T in Pennsylvania

  73. Heidi H from OR, I would love to try their carrot cake but anyting they bake looks delish.

  74. Erica Best says:

    Coconut Macadamia Blondie erica b michigan

  75. Jessica T. says:

    I would try their Snickerdoodles!
    Jessica T. from VA

  76. Johanna H. says:

    Ooh yummy. I’d love to try Vanilla Sea salt caramel brownies.

    Johanna H. from MA

  77. The Vanilla Sea Salt brownies !!!

    Janell D. from Ohio

  78. I would love the white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies…..seems I left something out….but they sound yummy
    Donna l

  79. I love gooey, yummy brownies!
    Jean C from CT

  80. Felicia says:

    Felicia J.
    Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel Brownies

  81. Kathy M says:

    Would love to send the cookie collection to my daughter at college in your neck of the woods. Sunny here in AZ

  82. Nicole B says:

    Theres not much I wouldn’t buy… lol But I would especially like to try the peanut butter fudge brownies!

    Nicole B

  83. Kayla H. says:

    I’m Kayla H, from NC, and most definitely I’d be trying out the Chocolate-Glazed Macadamia Caramel Shortbread Bars, or even the sea salt caramel brownies. Oh my goodness… they look delicious!

  84. Patricia N. says:

    Any of the almond toffees would make me deliriously happy! They would be wonderful with the Macadamia Shortbread Bars. Actually, I want a little taste of everything!

  85. Jennifer Ryder says:

    I would order the Coconut cookies and the Snickerdoodles. Yum!
    Jen R., NH

  86. Sea Salt brownie!! YUMMMMMM O!

    maria d.

  87. Elaine p from ma says:

    Those sheep are adorable . I don’t know if i would rather eat them or put them out as a decoration! I’m sure that I would have a really hard time picking out just a few things to try!

  88. Carol Meedzan says:

    The vanilla sea salt caramel brownie, so yummy looking Carol M NH

  89. I’d like to order the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.
    Kate F. from Utah

  90. Definitely the “Build your own cookie and brownie tower”!! Beautiful presentation and all those yummy treats! However, if you could order the cake balls – that would be my first choice. They so remind me of the cake balls that the Viking Swedish bakery used to sell when I was young. The Viking bakery truck would come to our house and oh so many treats to choose from. They would have the cake balls in a box, almost like an egg box around Easter time. The Harvard Sweet Boutique brings back so many wonderful “sweet” memories!!

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Kathy E., Enfield, CT

  91. Sherri K from Florida-

    The chocolate almond toffee looks great, but so do the sea salt caramel brownies. Hard to choose!

  92. Peanut butter chocolate cookies dunked in chocolate – oh my!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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