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Safe & Sweet keto-friendly, sugar-free and gluten-free friendly bakery in Central Market. York Dispatch

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For many with special dietary needs or preferences, finding treats isn’t easy. When Laura Small began her keto lifestyle in April 2018, she experienced difficulties as well — so she decided to make her own sweet snacks and baked goods.

The foods are keto-friendly, based on a diet that is high in fats and low in carbohydrates. They are gluten-free and sugar-free, sweetened with monk fruit or stevia.

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“I don’t do sugar, I don’t do grains, and there was nothing on the market that was catering to this need,” Small said. “I knew it wasn’t just a need for me but for other people, (too).”

Though not formally trained as a baker, Small was soon sharing her creations to help others enjoy treats — such as cupcakes and cookies — while allowing them to stick to their healthy lifestyle.

In September 2018, the Thomasville resident started marketing her goods as Safe & Sweet; she moved into Central Market House in March.

Along with the regular daily inventory, Safe & Sweet fills custom orders and is taking pre-orders through Dec. 15 for the holidays. Small encourages people to reach out and is eager to accommodate individual dietary needs, including vegan and dairy-free options.

“If you’re allergic to almond flour, we can make it only with coconut flour,” she said.

Two hot lunch items — cheese pizza and hot crab pretzel — are offered at the stand, in addition to packaged cookies, garlic knots, pizza crusts, cupcakes and pies.

First-time customer Catherine Lewis, of Manchester Township, stopped by the stand on Nov. 21.

"I have been doing keto for a while now, and I'm not a baker," she said. Lewis found Safe & Sweet on one of the Facebook keto groups she belongs to and was excited to learn that the bakery was local. 

“We’re willing to work with all types,” Small said. “So you can have your cake and eat it, too.” 

The bakery is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Fridays, in Central Market House, 34 W. Philadelphia St. in York City. For custom orders or more information, reach out on Facebook (@Safe&Sweet) or  check out the website at: https://safensweetyork.com/.

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