Photo by Laura Chase McGehee
It was co-owner Patty Craver’s idea to sell homemade versions of Pop-Tarts at Henry’s Sweet Retreat, the nostalgic candy, ice cream and baked goods shop she opened in October with her husband, Tom. “They were always a childhood favorite,” says the Bethesda resident. But the fresh varieties sold at the store bear little resemblance to the mass-produced rectangles that Craver enjoyed as a kid. Pastry chef Stephanie Orantes uses a traditional pie dough recipe, resulting in a buttery and melt-in-your-mouth shell, especially after a brief zapping in the microwave at the shop or at home. From-scratch fillings have included apple, s’mores, brown sugar and mixed berries, with more on the way. Craver says the $3 treats have been very popular—especially among adults.
Henry’s Sweet Retreat, 4823 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda, 240-483-0485, www.henryssweetretreat.com