SAN RAFAEL, CA, Dec. 28, 2016 – Traditions and traditional tastes are the foundation of Glyká-Sweets, a family owned and operated bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Using tried and true family recipes and the finest ingredients, fueled by a drive to succeed and a deep pride of Greek culture, each member of the family brings their own creative element to the equation. Led by owner and baker Effie Fourakis and her oldest son Achilleas, sales and marketing, the Fourakis family has made it their mission to not only preserve traditional recipes, but also to unearth some of the lesser known pastries for Greeks and non-Greeks alike. You may already know about:
Baklavá, the classic Greek pastry made with layers of lightly buttered phyllo sheets and cinnamon-spiced walnut filling, topped with a honey syrup infused with citrus and cinnamon
But you may not know about:
Almond Cookies or Amygdalotá, subtly crisp on the outside while deliciously chewy on the inside, a great addition to any celebration with a wheat-free variation Almond Balls
Kourambiédes, delicate melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies covered with puffs of powdered sugar, served at weddings and other special occasions
Koulourákia, twisted butter cookies that are subtly sweet and sprinkled with sesame seeds
Melomakárona, non-dairy cookies made with EVOO, instilled with citrus and cinnamon, dipped in a honey syrup and sprinkled with walnuts
Moustokoúloura, lightly sweet, non-dairy cookies made with grape molasses, EVOO, instilled with fragrant cinnamon and clove
Paximádia, delicately sweet twice-baked dipping cookies flavored with anise, with the perfect crunchiness to dip in your coffee, tea or milk
Tsouréki, a sweet yeast bread that is traditionally served at Christmas, New Year’s and Easter, baked with aromatic Mahlépi, a spice derived from the seed of the St Lucie cherry and Mastíca, a resin from the mastic tree which only grows on the island of Chios in Greece
These are just some of the traditional desserts served and enjoyed in Greek homes, now available to be experienced by all. Glyká-Sweets’ cookies and pastries appeal to customers with adventurous palates, looking for a traditional ethnic taste. Made in America. Originated in Greece.
Glyká-Sweets’ delicacies are available online and can be found in stores around the Bay Area. They will be showcasing their products at the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show January 22-24 at Moscone Center in San Francisco with Savor California at booth #604.