Official opening for Québec dessert bar celebrated in Hamilton

Published September 9, 2022 at 2:00 pm

A Quebec-based dessert shop chain celebrated their official opening yesterday (Sept. 10) in Hamilton.

Mr. Puffs is a dessert chain that originated in Quebec in 2004 and specializes in donut-like “puffs”. The chain is continuing to expand into Ontario with a new location at The Centre at 1299 Barton St. E.

The inside of the Mr. Puff’s Barton St. E. location.

The new location celebrated their grand opening on Saturday morning (Sept. 10) with an on-site DJ.

Mr. Puffs’ signature items are a slight variation on loukoumades, the Greek version of donuts. They are bite-sized fluffy sweet honey balls which are deep fried, but are made with a yeast-based dough and simple ingredients such as flour, cinnamon and water.

Mr. Puffs’ puffs are egg-, lactose and trans fat-free, and have many vegan-friendly topping options. The 15 topping options on the menu include apple cinnamon, Bueno, cappuccino and hazelnut chocolate. The chain says its dough is yeast-based, lactose-free and made without trans fats.

 

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Billy Siounis started Mr. Puffs as a food stand at cultural festivals in Montréal in 2004. The launch synced with massive street parties as the Greece men’s soccer team made a completely unexpected run to win Euro 2004. (There were similar outpourings of joy in Hamilton last summer, when Italy won the pandemic-delayed Euro 2020 title.)

Mr. Puffs’ treats have even rivalled poutine as the most ordered comfort food item in Québec. Expansion in Ontario has been steady, with shops also opening in Whitby and Mississauga.

Milkshakes are another menu feature of the dessert shop, and, similar to Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme, it also has a selection of artisanal drinks, specialty coffees and iced drinks.

One Hamilton food blogger (@Joyceofcooking) sampled the sweet shop during its soft opening phase, and came away impressed.

— with files from Karen Longwell

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