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“Great local Dutch bakery”

Boonzaaijers Dutch Bakery
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Small selection, but excellent pies, cakes, and pastries. They also serve coffee, but I have only come for the occasional baked good. Quality is very high, and prices are reasonable for what you get

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Reviewed 22 February 2013

Best pastries in the springs. Can't speak for the cakes, that seems to be a hit-or-miss according to other customer reviews. Only place you'll find cream-filled chocolate eclairs, everywhere else they're custard filled. The pinwheels are to die for, the turnovers come in a close second. The carrot cake is light and fluffy, however the frosting/icing is far too heavy and sweet, buttercream topping would have suited better instead of cream cheese, it overshadows the sponge completely and ruins it. Unfortunately I found the marzipan batons to be overly sweet too, despite being a huge fan of marzipan, the buttercream is far too rich when combined with marzipan and dark chocolate at the same time. Personally would have swapped the buttercream for a thin layer of apricot or raspberry jam and only drizzled the baton with dark chocolate instead of dipping. It's a good attempt but the balance of flavours is wrong.
Downside is if you want to try any of their pastries you have to get there when they open by 6.30am, they sell out of pastries by 9am, and don't bake more for the next 9hrs they are open (stupid business strategy, could see 3 staff members sitting in the back doing nothing at 2pm) several other customers arrived at the exact same time as me and my spouse and were all disappointed to find no pastries.
The staff are friendly enough, but lack any kind of character, when trying to laugh and joke with them they stare at you vacantly. Needless to say, you'll be there for the delicious baked goods and not for the witty repartee. This is a personal negative viewpoint, all other 'local independent bakers' i've frequented have had bubbly people working behind the counter who always try to engage in a touch of banter or just cheery conversation. It's one of the reasons I prefer to support local businesses instead of corporate chains, you're supposed to get something extra when going local - personality. I don't seek to be entertained when walking into the bakery, it's not Disneyland, but I do appreciate a smile and a polite greeting when I drive from the other side of town to bring my dollars through their door. "What can I get you?" without even a 'hello' or 'welcome' just doesn't quite cut it for me. Was also surprised to find that for a local independent baker they don't custom bake anything that isn't already on their menu. Even if it means a product they already sell being baked in a different shape - it was too difficult a request for them. I've always found local bakers to enjoy the challenge of baking something outwith their usual routine, especially as it encourages customers to become regulars. They seemed very uneager for any change of pace. Again, this is a personal disappointment only due to such positive experiences with other local bakers.
You won't find a better eclair in Colorado Springs, just get there early, grab what you can and leave without trying to engage them in conversation - it won't get far.

Something which does concern me is that very negative reviews of this business have been hidden on Yelp so they don't bring down the overall score of the bakery on that site. Tsk, tsk.

Not playing by the rules, Boonzaaijer's. Good pastries. Bad juju.

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Reviewed 5 January 2013

This place is fantastic. I love coming here for some great ham and swiss croissants or a suasage roll before doing some hiking on weekends. The coffee is very good too although they seem to run out a lot and have trouble keeping the supply going. On New Years Eve, they make these special Apple Beignets that are better than any I've had in New Orleans. Their cookies really are quite special. I took a box to a holiday party once and they were the first thing to go despite the fact that 15 other people had brought something as well.

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Reviewed 23 December 2012

We have gotten cookies from here for years. They don't have a huge variety, but they have some dutch classics like almond hail. Very good. Some are sold by the pound and some are sold by individual price. They also have banket (pastry covering almond paste in a stick or wreath shape) around the holidays which is nice. If you like almonds baked in things, this is the place to go. They have a lot of other things which I have not tried, but everything looks good.

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Reviewed 15 November 2012

I have to say that this place has a great variety, although my personal favs are the Cannoli and the Marzipan Batons. The Cannoli are made from scratch, but you have to get them early or they can have that 'fridge' taste. They do get busy and can sometimes be a little unfriendly, however, if all you want is a sweet fix you just have to roll with the punches....

Thank Shannon G
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