TASTE OF DENMARK
1901 S Kipling St
Lakewood, CO 80227
Sitting on a dirt lot on off Jewell and Kipling in Lakewood there’s a small, unassuming trailer, the same kind you’ll find in any average trailer park. It may not look like much, but inside are the best pastries I’ve ever found on our side of the Atlantic. I’m just going to get straight to the point this time: go check it out and load up on goodies, then go home, get high, and go to town on those pastries. If you still have anything left after about 30 minutes then either you’re stronger-willed than I am or you did something wrong.
I walked out the door with about a dozen different things: there was a cinnamon roll, a couple of mini pies, a cow eye cookie, a croissant, a danish, and a handful of other things that I don’t even know the name of. Out of everything I ate, nothing was mediocre, not even just good, every last one of them was absolutely amazing and I only wish I had the foresight to smoke a little before I cleared out the box. Even eating them completely sober, they were mind-meltingly good, so I can only imagine that they would be utterly life-changing to eat when you’re stoned.
Everything was made fresh that day, but the most significant thing was that, although they’re super sweet, they’re sweet in the right way. So many breads that you find in the States are loaded with sugar, corn syrup, or both. Even plain white sandwich bread is full of it. But at Taste of Denmark the bread is, for the most part, simple bread. They add the sugar, chocolate, and other sweeteners only after the baking process.
After visiting Taste of Denmark, I decided to look into it more and the reason they’re so good became very clear. The owners, Ronny Tronoe and Diana Honoe have over 40 years of experience in Danish bakery which they got after attending some of the best pastry-chef schools in Denmark. Ronny even attending the European Bakery Championship as a representative of Denmark, and he still operates bakeries in his home country as well as Colorado. This isn’t the usual “European bakery” you find in America where each recipe carries its own unique American twist, this is a legitimate Danish bakery.
They seem to already be well-known in the Lakewood area and I almost hesitate to call this a small business. Sitting outside the bakery for about 15 minutes, there was a steady stream of people coming in and out who all wanted to get their hands on a tasty breakfast. They’re open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, but if they’re even half that busy every morning, I’d definitely recommend getting there as early as possible to scoop up whatever you’re in the mood for before they sell out.
Seriously, if you’re at all in the area, skip that nasty Starbucks scone you grab for breakfast or your midday snack and come here instead. Not only will it taste hundreds of times better, but it’ll probably end up costing you less too. The majority of what they offer is in roughly the $1-$2.50 range.