Sweet Treats in New Paltz, NY: Lagusta’s Luscious

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Everything Else | 0 comments

Despite our many trips to New Paltz, it wasn’t until I was browsing through Happy Cow for Hudson Valley vegan fare that I realized that New Paltz was home to both a vegan chocolatier, Lagusta’s Luscious, and Bakery, Sweet Maresa’s Upstate Cupcake, which share a space on North Front St.

On our last trip to New Paltz we went to check them out.  The shop is very cute and colourful with a retro vibe.  We were hoping to get some vegan gluten-free cupcakes and some chocolates to take home with us. Sadly, they were all sold out of their gluten-free cupcakes, so no review for Sweet Maresa’s.

We did pick up some hot chocolate and got a small box of assorted chocolates from Lagusta’s Luscious. They all looked so good we couldn’t decide which ones to try, so we asked the shop assistant to give us a selection of their best.

Lagusta's Luscious

Look so good… 

After we got home and sampled the chocolates, we realized we had made a terrible mistake.  We never thought to ask whether the chocolates themselves or the hot chocolate were gluten free, because who uses wheat in chocolate? But after my partner started sneezing and I started bloating we checked out the website and saw that wheat is a commonly used ingredient in their chocolates; so much so that they advise people with gluten or wheat sensitivities to avoid their sweets altogether.  I then checked out the hot chocolate and saw that it too had wheat as an ingredient. 

Given that we had actually asked about gluten-free cupcakes, I guess I was a little surprised and disappointed that the shop assistant didn’t tell us about the wheat in the chocolate; but it was a good reminder to never assume and always, always double check.

… but so untouchable.

… but so untouchable.

The chocolates we did sample were all pretty good; the rosemary sea salt caramel and the chocolate coconut cream pyramids were absolutely delicious. So I’m really sad that I have to avoid Lagusta’s Luscious in the future. 

Location: Lagusta’s Luscious, 25 North Front Street, New Paltz, NY 12561
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12-7, Saturday to Sunday 10-7, Closed Monday

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