Best of the River Wards 2012: Best Bakery

Win­ner: Stock‚Äôs Bakery at 2614 E. Le­high Ave.

Though the own­ers of Port Rich­mond’s fa­vor­ite bakery go on va­ca­tion dur­ing the month of Ju­ly and could not be in­ter­viewed by press time, it’s not hard to round up de­tails about the place—the bakery has won in many pre­vi­ous years of Star’s con­test.  Plus, it’s ba­sic­ally fam­ous.

Now owned by the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the Stock fam­ily, the bakery with the sig­na­ture yel­low door has been in busi­ness since 1924.

Since then, it’s been provid­ing the hungry masses with cakes, cook­ies and an over­whelm­ingly pop­u­lar item—its pound cake, the most well-known treat from the bakery, for which cus­tom­ers will wait in lines that snake throughout the neigh­bor­hood dur­ing the hol­i­days.

In fact, in the past, the own­ers of the bakery went to City Coun­cil with 15,000 sig­na­tures seek­ing to pro­tect the re­cipes passed down from founder Josef Stock. A bill to ban the use of trans fats would have forced the bakery to dis­con­tin­ue the short­en­ing used in many of their re­cipes.Stock’s was giv­en an ex­emp­tion, and the pound cake has stayed true to the ori­gin­al re­cipe.

For Star’s “Best of” is­sue in 2008, Christine Stock De­Carles, man­ager at Stock’s, was quoted as say­ing:

“The reas­on we are the best bakery is be­cause we have the best cus­tom­ers,” she said. “Without them, we wouldn’t be who we are.”

Call Stock’s at  215-634-7344.

-Mi­kala Jam­is­on

Run­ner Up: Mari­an’s Bakery at 2615 E. Al­legheny Ave. 

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