Take a break and nibble on a oatmeal fudge bar.
Layers of chewy fudge and oatmeal with a hint of salt are sure to satisfy anyoneâ€™s chocolate craving.
The savory treat has become a favorite by many in the area.
The famous oatmeal fudge bar at Sugar Buzz in Denver is still the most popular item says Geoff Blount, creator of the fudge bar, who has just opened a larger facility to keep customers happy.
Blount estimates that he went through 600 squares of the Oatmeal Fudge Bar the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
The new sit-down pastry shop has everything from coffee to ice cream to a selection of eight different types of fudge bars, including the Sugar Buzz Bar and the Peanut Butter Bar.
There are even bagels, croissants and cinnamon rolls for the breakfast rush.
Forgot your lunch?
There are boxed lunches with sandwiches made from fresh bread and a selection of fruit, a canned drink, chips and a dessert bar.
Customers who call in a day early receive a 50 cent discount off the $6 feast.
But Sugar Buzz Pastry Shop does not even have to satisfy a dessert craving. Itâ€™s also a great place to meet a friend or take a break, says Blount.
â€œThis is an actual place where you can come in read the paper, listen to music on the patio or get a plate of dessert and coffee â€“ itâ€™s one of a kind,â€ Blount said.
He also said that it is a coffee shop where the pastries are made in the building, something one cannot find at just every coffee house.
Each morning the fudge bars are cooked fresh in the kitchen and put in the display case.
At last count, there were 75 different types of items, promising to please anyoneâ€™s tastebuds.
Blountâ€™s career took off at the smaller location of Sugar Buzz, also on N.C. 16, where he offered the basic pastry options. He never expected that his creations would put him where he is today. He throws it up to his family.
â€œItâ€™s in my blood,â€ he said.
Blountâ€™s grandfather was a butcher and his mother a pastry chef, therefore he became exposed at a young age.
But before getting into the culinary business, he got into theater set design. Then he realized his love was in the kitchen.
He studied culinary arts at Central Piedmont Community College and has worked in several locations building his experience.
Sugar Buzzâ€™s first facility opened in May 2002.
Now he services 20 to 30 different businesses with his pastry items.
Although Blount will not reveal his secret to making sweets, he said he never changes his ingredients.
â€œSome ingredients are not as good quality,â€ he said.
Sugar Buzz Pastry Shop is located at 751-A N. N.C. 16, beside Mighty Dollar. Hours are seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call for more information, 704-483-2855. by Amy Wadsworth