Wendy Miller Pugh doesn't remember having craved Twinkies before she adopted a gluten-free lifestyle eight years ago. But when that option is yanked away, she says with a laugh, that's when the desire hits. This is why Miller Pugh and Letha Pugh opened the fast-growing, gluten-free wholesale bakery Bake Me Happy last year, offering nostalgic childhood treats-like Twinkies-like snack cakes called Spongies and oatmeal cream pies-alongside classics like peanut butter cookies. "We wanted to have a spin on [gluten free]," Wendy says. Their vibrant pink SnoBalls offer a sans-gluten version of the classic, with rich chocolate cake filled with cream and topped with homemade marshmallow fluff, then rolled in coconut. Until now, Bake Me Happy goodies have been available only online or at area stores like The Hills and Global Gallery, but this summer they'll add a few more nostalgic layers to their offerings. Look for a revamped Bake Me Happy VW bus making deliveries and at festivals, starting in August at the Food Truck Festival. And, in the same month, Wendy and Letha hope to open a Merion Village storefront in the former Bluebird Bakery space. While the focus will still be wholesale, Wendy says, they'll likely be open for retail sales a few days a week.

Wendy Miller Pugh doesn’t remember having craved Twinkies before she adopted a gluten-free lifestyle eight years ago. But when that option is yanked away, she says with a laugh, that’s when the desire hits. This is why Miller Pugh and Letha Pugh opened the fast-growing, gluten-free wholesale bakery Bake Me Happy last year, offering nostalgic childhood treats—like Twinkies-like snack cakes called Spongies and oatmeal cream pies—alongside classics like peanut butter cookies. “We wanted to have a spin on [gluten free],” Wendy says. Their vibrant pink SnoBalls offer a sans-gluten version of the classic, with rich chocolate cake filled with cream and topped with homemade marshmallow fluff, then rolled in coconut. Until now, Bake Me Happy goodies have been available only online or at area stores like The Hills and Global Gallery, but this summer they’ll add a few more nostalgic layers to their offerings. Look for a revamped Bake Me Happy VW bus making deliveries and at festivals, starting in August at the Food Truck Festival. And, in the same month, Wendy and Letha hope to open a Merion Village storefront in the former Bluebird Bakery space. While the focus will still be wholesale, Wendy says, they’ll likely be open for retail sales a few days a week.

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