7.03.2013

Silverland Bakery

I was recently contacted by Silverland Bakery to see if I would be interested in sampling and reviewing some of their products. I will admit that I do get contacted quite often about reviews and I've had to learn to become picky about what I say yes to, as I don't want to end up in a situation where I have to promote a product I wouldn't otherwise buy/use/eat. However, in this case, I took one look at their website and sent back an email with an emphatic "hell, yes!!" (in a much more professional tone, of course). :-)

Silverland Bakery is small mother and daughter-run company, with an amazing selection of offerings including brownies, blondies, cookies, fruit bars, and raw bars; this includes several gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free products. Bonus: all of their ingredients are non-GMO and preservative & trans-fat free. Not only are they an awesome independent bakery that offers high quality products, but also founder Athena Uslander established a community foundation to enhance the lives and self-esteem of women and girls in need. A pro-woman company that offers handcrafted baked goods and gives back to the community? To me, that is the epitome of small business goodness.


Silverland sent me a complimentary package of twelve dessert bars, along with a giant White Chocolate Blueberry Cookie (one of their newest products). Holy motherload of desserts! I took the tray to a get-together with friends and quartered each bar so that we could all try a little of each (click photo to enlarge for maximum foodie porn!). We all loved each of the bars and had a hard time deciding on our favorites - personally, I was torn between the Siberian Bearclaw, the Salted Caramel Brownie, and the Raspberry Crumble Bar.

Here are few highlights of our sampling party:

Siberian Bearclaw: White chocolate brownie batter accented with white chocolate chips, whole cashews, and caramel. Hands down, this bar was a favorite of everyone who tried it (there may have even been a small scuffle for the last bite!). It has the perfect combination of flavors and is something that I haven't seen before at other bakeries. Trust me, this bar alone is enough to make a visit to Silverland worth your time!

Seven Layer Bar: Graham cracker crust, sweet milk, coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch drops, and walnuts. As they mention on their website, this bar is all "crunchy melty goodness."

Salted Caramel Brownie: Chocolate Caramel Brownie with a dusting of pure sea salt. Rich chocolate, gooey caramel, and salt... you really cannot go wrong with such a delicious combination!

Raspberry Crumble Bar: Raspberry-filled fruit bar with an all-butter crumble crust and topping. I tend to get very judgey when it comes to fruit bars (I love both raspberry and lemon bars) - Silverland's version definitely did not disappoint! It has a great balance of sweet/tart and the crust is very light & buttery.

Flax Raw Bar: Flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds with evaporated cane juice and non-hydrogenated soybean oil. Silverland's Raw Bars are all vegan, wheat free, dairy free, and have no added sugar. While I wouldn't choose to eat one for dessert (I'm sorry, but that awesome Bearclaw will win 100% of the time), they are a great alternative to shelf stable bars. In fact, everyone who taste-tested this bar mentioned that it was a like a fresher version of an energy bar.

Silverland Bakery is located in Forest Park, IL. You can also order their products online (free shipping for orders over $35!) or find them in select Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Argo Tea, and Nordstrom locations.

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9 comments

  1. Holy crap. That Siberian Bearclaw sounds AMAZING!!!

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  2. I'm guessing my invite got lost in the mail. LOL!! Everything looks great! :)

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  3. @The Chicago Blogger: LOL! You've been so busy with work and all of your other doings... too busy to sample awesomeness, I guess. ;-) We should take a trip out there!

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  4. The Siberian Bearclaw was super amazing. I could have eaten an entire tray of them. And the brownie was also one of my top faves!!! Chicago foodie girl made the get-together extra memorable with her generous sharing of these tasty treats. :)

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  5. my god! That 7-layer bar is calling out to me... I have got to visit this bakerY ASAP! ;)

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  6. That salted caramel brownie looks delicious!!!

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  7. I have always heard awesome things about Silverland Bakery but have never been there despite it being less than a mile from my house. I think I've been convinced to visit. Yum!!

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  8. I have been going there for years and years and it never gets old! My oldest and I love the salted caramel brownie. My youngest loves the cookies and cream brownie and my middle loves the classic double fudge. I have to say.....I do love their vegan bars.....especially the peanut butter flax, regular flax, and the apricot bar. Simply delicious!

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  9. @Jacky: You definitely need to check it out! The next time I make a trip out there, I'm going to swing by - I need another one of those awesome bearclaws :-)

    @April: Ooooh, I'm going to have to try that cookies & cream brownie!

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