National Hot Dog Day!
July 18th is National Hot Dog Day and we’ve got a hot deal for you.
For this one day, our hot dogs will be Buy One Get One free. That’s right, two hot dogs for the price of one! And, just because it’s National Hot Dog Day, we’re not skimping on the size either. We’re giving away the same 4-ounce, all beef hot dogs you get in our sandwich shop all year long.
We do have a slight twist though.
While we won’t be skimping on the size, we will ADD a wide selection of toppings. We’ll also be baking up fresh buns in a variety of flavors.
On July 18th only, you can get any of our hot dogs with any toppings for this incredible deal.
National Hot Dog Day Options
Aside from our basic hot dog, in honor of this All-American holiday, we’ll be offering four premium hot dog combinations. We’ll have Chili Cheese Dogs– everyone’s favorite. A Slaw Dog– the Southern classic. A Chicago Dog and a Reuben Dog.
The only trouble will be deciding which one to try first.
Basic Hot Dog
There’s nothing basic about these dogs. We use Thumann’s 4-ounce all beef hot dogs. There are no fillers or by-products so you can be sure you’re getting the very best. We only use bread baked fresh every morning in our bakery. With fresh bread and the best quality all beef hot dog, you know you’re getting the good stuff in every bite.
Our Basic hot dog toppings include:
Mayonnaise, Mustard, Ketchup, Relish, Chopped Onions, & Cheese.
Of course, you can add other toppings too.
Chili Cheese Dog
On your choice of any of our freshly baked buns, we’ll pile our homemade chili over two slices of American cheese. Add onions if you’d like, we’ve got those too.
Want more chili?
Add a side of chili cheese fries to your order. Just be sure to grab a cold drink or an iced cookie to cool your taste buds.
You can also check out this video on how to eat a chili dog while you wait.
With the popularity of coleslaw and hot dogs, there are very few Southerners who don’t know about the Slaw Dog. Served on your choice of bun, we’ll pile our sweet slaw onto the all-beef dog. And, you can add any of the basic toppings you’d like at no extra charge.
Grab a Hummingbird Cupcake to top off this truly southern delight.
With a balanced blend of romaine lettuce and spring mix, our chef salad is full of nutrients. Fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots increase the health factor as well. And with the addition of ham and turkey rolls as well as protein rich boiled eggs, this salad will keep you full for a while.
If you’re in the mood for grilled or fried chicken on your salad, we’re happy to swap out the proteins. Top this one off with one of our many dressing choices to create daily salads you’ll actually like to eat at every meal.
Our version of a Chicago style dog will be pretty close to the original. On a poppy seed bun, we’ll top these dogs with mustard, chopped onions, tomato slices and pickle spears.
And don’t worry, we’ll layer them just right so you taste every element in each bite.
Hot Dog! What a Day
As American as baseball and apple pie, hot dogs are Summer’s signature meal. Americans consume more than one million hot dogs on July 4th alone. So, it’s only fitting that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council dubbed the third Wednesday in July National Hot Dog Day.
While we’re not sure everyone will eat a hot dog every day this month, perhaps you could consider enjoying the iconic summer sandwich on National Hot Dog Day.
Whether you spread your condiments on your bun or squirt them directly on your dog, we’re ready to celebrate with you.
Swing in all day on July 18th to share in this All-American holiday.
Cinotti’s Bakery & Sandwich Shop
Summer has arrived in full force. Can you feel it? We sure can. But, nothing beats the hot Florida heat better than our refreshing Key Lime Donuts. We’ve brought our summer signature flavor back for a few short months and this year, they’re better than ever.
We’ve spent the last nine months waiting for the perfect day to release our Key Lime Donuts. And, we’re happy to announce, we’re ready. Starting Friday, July 6th we’ll be creating our Key Lime Donuts for everyone.
Did you know there are a ton of health benefits from key lime juice? For sure. From fighting infections, rejuvenating skin, and easing digestion, key lime juice works wonders.
So, it’s easy to see why we would put it in a donut…right?
As unbeneficial to health as a donut may be, the emotional effects of eating these sweet summery treats far outweighs anything bad. Take a few for yourself or take more and spread the love. Because cheering someone up with a Cinotti’s treat is never a bad idea.
And, besides, our Key Lime Donuts are only here for a short time. So, they won’t affect your diet too much…will they?
Made with real key lime juice and a blend of our own signature concoctions, our Key Lime Donuts are made on site from scratch every morning. We work tirelessly to create the signature flavor you’ve come to love. And, we’ve been told these Key Lime Donuts cause a Jimmy Buffet song to automatically play in people’s heads as they eat them.
You can get our Key Lime Donuts starting Friday, July 6th at 6 a.m.
If you’re not able to stop by Friday, don’t worry too much. We’ll be serving our delightfully refreshing (and somewhat healthy) Key Lime Donuts until September 28th.
Order ahead or swing in a get a couple dozen. Bring the spirit of summer everywhere you go with a box of Key Lime Donuts from Cinotti’s.
Cinotti’s Bakery & Sandwich Shop
4th of July Celebrations for the Whole Family
Most of our customers know the deep love we have for our beloved nation. This 4th of July, we will be closed a few extra days to allow our entire staff to enjoy America and all her beauty. And, while our hometown favorites won’t be available for your 4th of July celebrations, we do have a list of places and items you may find helpful.
The Jacksonville Zoo and gardens is offering special priced tickets through July 8th. Take the entire family on the 4th of July! And, don’t forget to feed the giraffes.
For indoor activities check out the Museum of Science and History downtown. MOSH is honoring America with half price admission tickets. Spend the day in the planetarium or admiring the collection of artifacts from the Roman empire.
For a bit of action, head to Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach. They’re offering an amazing deal for the 4th of July. For only $40, you can have all the fun you want for 3 hours.
Once you’ve had your fun around town, be sure to check out the local foods. These are a few of our recommendations.
Culhane’s Irish Pub offers a taste of Ireland right here in Atlantic Beach. Don’t forget to try the pretzels!
SunDeli has been a staple in Jacksonville Beach for over 15 years. Serving Boar’s Head meat on fresh bread will certainly keep the crowds coming. We recommend Bab’s Best.
Engine 15, in Jacksonville Beach serves food everyone will love. Try the flatbreads, they’re delicious.
Angies & GROM are both well-known food establishments in Jacksonville Beach. We recommend any of their subs.
Salt Life Food Shack in Jacksonville Beach has some of the best desserts in town. Try their Hot Blonde or their Drunkin Sailor. You won’t be disappointed.
After exploring Jacksonville and eating your weight in local food, make your way back out to the beach. Spread out a blanket and watch the fireworks light up the sky.
Jacksonville Beach: 9pm
Mayport Naval Station: 9pm
Downtown Jacksonville: 9:45
No matter where you celebrate our Nation’s birthday, we hope you have fun and stay safe. If you’re at the beach or park, remember to clean up after yourself and fill any holes.
We wish you all a very happy and safe 4th of July. As always, we’re thankful to those who have served and continue to serve our great nation. To the men and women in uniform, police, fire, and rescue workers keeping our borders and streets safe this night and every night, we thank you.
Happy 4th of July everyone.
Cinotti’s Bakery & Sandwich Shop
Memorial Day: A Day for Remebrance
This time of year, television commercials abound with ‘Memorial Day’ deals on furniture, cars, and mattresses. And, while it’s not a bad idea to save a few dollars, Memorial Day is about remembering our fallen heroes.
It’s about taking a few moments of our privileged day to be grateful to the men and women who died for our freedom.
Often, Memorial Day is confused with Veteran’s Day. It’s certainly understandable as both honor military heroes. However, Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen. Those who placed their lives on the line for us. Those who we have to thank for our continued security and freedom.
Memorial Day originally started as a day honoring those killed during the Civil War. It wasn’t until after World War 1 that ALL states of the Union accepted it as a National day of remembrance.
Moina Michael read the poem “Flanders Field” by Colonel John McCrae. The poem tells of fallen soldiers who live on through the field of poppies. Moina wrote her own poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith” and was also inspired to where a poppy of her own. Soon, she began selling poppies to her friends and co-workers.
The money made from selling poppies was used to benefit service men in need.
Later, a French woman named Madame Guerin followed Moina’s example. She approached the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to begin the “Buddy Poppy” program.
This program allows disabled veterans to create artificial poppies to be sold Memorial Day weekend.
How Can We Celebrate Memorial Day?
Before we fire up the grills, take that camping trip, or go on a shopping spree, let’s take a moment to pause and thank those who fought for our freedom…to think about their families left behind…and how their sacrifice allows us the freedoms we take for granted today.
We can honor their sacrafice in many ways:
- Hang Old Glory in your yard or on your door
- Often members of the VFW sell poppies outside of busy stores-Pick one up and wear it proudly
- Visit the grave of a fallen hero
- Visit one of our National Memorials
- Be kind to others
- Help widows and children of our fallen
- Show others the importance of our fallen heroes
In our torn society, it’s easy to cast blame and let hate fill our souls. During Memorial Day, let’s set aside our differences and take a moment to remember why we love our great Nation. Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of the families left behind.
Let’s remember what it’s like to love our country and each other.
God Bless America!
Cinotti’s Bakery & Sandwich Shop
Battle of the Cookies!
Iced cutouts vs. Decorated Cookies
Which side of the sweet tooth are you on?
There’s one ingredient that reigns supreme when it comes to our cookies.
Whether you like fluffy buttercream or a firmer vanilla dip, we’ve got you and your cookie covered.
But what’s so special about each one? What defines a decorated cookie vs. iced cutout? More importantly, which one’s better?
We’ll let you decide in this cookie face off.
Iced cutouts are a delicious treat for any occasion. We offer these cookies in a variety of shapes, colors, and styles. Each cookie is hand iced with warm vanilla dip. Once the icing sets, our decorators add the finishing details that makes each cookie unique.
Looking for a party favor or school treat?
Look no further. Our vanilla dip icing sets up with a firm foundation making packaging easy. Set these out at your next event and give your guests an added sweet memory.
Our iced cutouts hold up in transit making them ideal for shipping to loved ones across the country.
We’ve made decorated cookies in this location since 1990. Like our iced cutouts, decorated cookies are a delicious treat for any occasion. Each design is offered on a round cookie with our homemade buttercream icing. This cookie is recommended for those who LOVE our sweet icing.
While we don’t offer as many design options on our decorated cookies, we can create designs to match your decor. Best of all, every element of our cookie is edible! From edible sand to sugar surfboards and sea creatures, we keep it sweet ’til the last bite!
Our decorated cookies make great party favors too! However, unlike the iced cutouts, decorated cookies do not set up firmly. Great care must be taken to keep our homemade buttercream designs intact.
With so many cookie options in our store, it’s certainly hard to pick one favorite.
In this cookie face off, we highlighted the major differences between our two most popular cookies in hopes to give you a better understanding of their names and attributes.
What makes our cookies so special?
Unlike packaged cookies sold elsewhere, our cookies are fresh and made by hand daily.
We take pride in offering top notch product with superior ingredients. We us non-GMO flour and never add preservatives or fillers to any product.
We work hard to insure you get only the best.
If you’re still on the fence as to which cookie is better, why not give them both a try? Our friendly sales staff is standing by, ready to take your order.
…Taste and see….
Cinotti’s Bakery & Sandwich Shop
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: Family Style
Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching. If you’re struggling to create a menu that’s fun for the entire family, look no further. We’ve heard your cries. We understand the stress you’re under to make this year’s party a hit!
With our Cinco de Mayo menu, this year will certainly be sweeter than ever.
Cinco de Mayo Iced Cutout Cookies
Our Cinco de Mayo themed iced cutouts are colorful and festive for your party. We offer these is a wide range of shapes and styles to fit your color scheme and tastes.
Cowboy Caviar & Taco Hummus
Grab your favorite brand of tortilla chips and pick up a batch of our Cowboy caviar or Taco hummus!
A smooth thick mixture of mashed chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, and taco seasoning. Pile it on your favorite taco or burrito and dance the night away. Don’t worry if you have a little left at the end of the day, this hummus is made fresh so it’ll last an extra night in the fridge.
This is a refreshing blend of ripe tomatoes, bell peppers, red onions, black beans, corn, & fresh cilantro. One bite of this salsa-like combination and your guests will beg you for the recipe. The fact you picked it up at your favorite bakery will be our little secret.
Are You Ready to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
With these wonderful ideas, you’ll be well on your way to having a fun, fiesta of a time May 5th. In fact, once word gets out you’re having Cinotti’s at your party, your only concern will be where to park the cars.
As will all our products, iced cutout cookies, Cowboy caviar, and Taco Hummus are made from scratch in our bakery. We use non-GMO flour and never add any preservatives to our treats.
We believe the only thing that should be left after eating our treats is a smile.
Cinotti’s Bakery & Sandwich Shop
Graduation Fever? Here are 8 Tips for Planning Your Party
As graduation season nears, it’s easy to get caught up in the emotions surrounding the momentous occasion. After all, years of hard work have led to this day. To take the pressure off planning the graduation bash your graduate deserves, we’ve compiled a list of helpful nuggets to keep in mind. Here are 8 things to know before planning your party:
Believe it or not, the vibe your party gives off greatly affects the amount of food your guests will eat. If your event is held in a formal setting with heavy foods, your guests may not eat as much. Conversely, if you have an assortment of catered trays such as our chicken drummies or sandwich trays, your guests will graze the food table and consume more.
Time plays two roles in determining the number of guests to expect and food to serve. If you’re planning a party during a busy holiday or during a busy time of day for your guests, such as church or work, you should expect fewer guests to attend. On the other hand, if you plan your party around conventional meal times, your guests will expect to be fed. Careful consideration of both date and time should be used prior to mailing those invites.
Like the atmosphere, venue plays a role in attendance. If your venue is hard to get to or ultra-crowded, more of your guest may send regrets. If you have a more intimate venue, such as your backyard, you could expect a higher turnout. If you’re unsure where to host your celebration, Eventective has a great list of venues for every celebration every where.
Now we can get into the nuts and bolts of the cake elements:
We make cakes to serve eight or up to eight hundred. Knowing the size of your intended crowd is always helpful when planning. If you’re unsure how many guests to expect, a good rule of thumb is to plan on serving 80% of invited guests.
Flavors and Fillings:
Having a general idea of your cake flavor really helps when planning your party. We offer vanilla and chocolate as our base options. However, red velvet, carrot, hummingbird, and sawgrass are also available.
Aside from our famous homemade buttercream, some designs allow for flavored icing as well. These icings include chocolate buttercream, strawberry buttercream, colored buttercream, and our cream cheese icing.
Our fillings are not available for every flavor or design. Some of the popular fillings include strawberry, raspberry, lemon, strawberry/cream cheese, raspberry/ganache.
The internet is full of amazing designs for graduation cakes. From elegant three-tiered masterpieces to an easy to serve sheet cake, the design choice is completely up to you.
While a tiered cake acts as a beautiful centerpiece to any event, there are some things to consider prior to settling on this design. Tiered cakes require a skilled server. They also require a steady hand when transporting from place to place. In some cases, they require a cooler temperature.
If ease of serving is more your style, a sheet cake may be the way to go. While not as ‘glamorous’ as their tiered counterpart, sheet cakes can be made with many special features. We can place a personal photo of your graduate on the cake. School colors and logos fit better on a sheet cake than a tiered cake. A sheet cake is also the winner when it comes to putting multiple schools on a single cake.
Can’t decide which option is best? Why not consider another approach? Mixing cakes and cupcakes can solve a multitude of potential issues.
If you want more flavor options, fancy cupcakes can fill the need. Or, if you’re looking for an alternative to a large cake, cupcakes designed to match your decor colors may be just the answer.
Cake not your thing? Our cookies are a tasty alternative.
We have several shapes for graduation. Our skilled decorators can match almost any school colors and party themes. Our bachelor buttons may also be ordered to match your decor.
Setting up a dessert table with our iced cutouts and bachelor buttons that all coordinate with the cupcakes or cake of your choice is a great way to provide options for all your guests.
In any case, our staff will work hard to create a plan to fit your serving and design ideas. We have a full listing of our cake servings and pricing on our FAQ page.
This is the topic least discussed but is the most important element. Knowing your budget ahead of time allows us to make suggestions well within your desired price point. We wouldn’t want to build up a cake design with every fondant bell and whistle you could imagine only to come in way over budget. When we know a price area you want to stay around, we can create packages that keep your guests and wallet happy.
Before you finalize flavors, sizes, and catering trays, there’s one more element to consider. Space. Do you have the space in your refrigerator to hold the trays until the party? Do you have room on your kitchen counter to house the elaborate display of foods you’ll be ordering from us? Can you borrow your neighbors fridge? While space may not be the deciding factor for your event, where you’ll store your food is important to know ahead of time.
So Let’s Party!
With these eight tips by your side, you’ll be on your way to planning the most memorable celebration yet. We have a great sales team standing by to answer any of your graduation party needs. Get ahead of the rush! Give us a call or stop in today!
Faith, Family, and Fruitcake. A Closer Walk with Mike Cinotti Part 2
Mike Cinotti and his wife Doodle have worked hard to build their business into the renowned fixture that it is today. In this week’s post, we’re talking with Mike about his life in the bakery he loves so much.
Describe your typical day.
Mike at the school he and his wife, Doodle helped build in Plaisance, Haiti
My alarm goes off about 3:00 a.m. I get here about 3:25 a.m. and unless I have something pressing, I use the early morning for my quiet time, my prayer time. About 4:00 a.m. I get in there and get rolling. My primary job in the morning is baking the numerous racks of breads and cookies and pies and cakes that the other guys are producing at the other end of the shop. I enjoy it because it’s a challenge because of the hundreds of pans that must be baked. Some are breads that have to be proofed, some don’t and there’s two different ovens back here, so it’s a lot. I enjoy it because it challenges my mind and that’s important to me. I still enjoy seeing the product when it comes out. And smelling it too.
My afternoons, I spend a lot of time doing things at our church or missions trips. We leave in a few days to go back to Haiti on our first trip of this year. We missed getting over there in February, so I’m looking forward to next week. One of these days, I wanna do some fishing again.
Please note: At the time of this posting, Mike and Doodle had just returned from their Haiti trip where they rebuilt homes and spread God’s message to those in the village of Carries, Haiti. Mike often preaches a sermon or two to the congregation.
Was there ever a technique you wish you’d mastered?
Let me tell you about that. I remember as a young kid, watching my dad bagging out eclairs. His were perfect- like everyone of them! He just ‘zoom’ ‘zoom’ ‘zoomed’, everyone of them-perfect. And, when I tried to do it, mine looked like- well, I can’t even describe. They looked like they’d been in an accident. But, then after about thirty years, something clicked. And, for the past twenty years, mine look nearly perfect like his.
I’ve been doing this a long time and I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on most things by now. There is one item, I’ve been trying recently. That’s the Lobster tail. My wife loves them, and I’ve never made them. So, for her, it’s an item I’m working on.
How do you stay abreast to current trends?
That’s what my daughters are for! Staying involved in organizations, attending workshops are a great way to connect. Social media and TV shows have really enhanced the craft of the baker.
What are the advantages of running your own place as opposed to the bigger stores?
We can create something special for our customers that bigger companies cannot. Some of these stores have such strict corporate rules that don’t allow tweaking. If the product doesn’t come out of the box the way the customer wants it, they can’t make it. We can do whatever we want within our moral and legal code.
What are the disadvantages?
Employee benefits, I wish I could provide our staff with all the bells and whistles bigger companies offer. Buying power, we certainly buy a lot, however, we pay more for ingredients than bigger companies. Traffic flow is another disadvantage because we are more of a destination than a convenience. Facilities maintenance is another big one.
Mike and his wife, Doodle in the bakery in the 90’s
In terms of running your business, what aspects are most rewarding?
We have built up a very good name in this community. Part of that is our product, part of that is how we run our business. When I hear of the impact this business is making on the community or meet people I would never have met outside this bakery, it fills my heart.
We’re able to provide livings for over 30 employees working here. We’re able to pay our staff a decent salary. The financial impact we have on people’s lives is healthy.
With our younger staff, we’re able to mold them into great workers later in life. The work ethic we instill in them here is helpful in so many aspects of their future.
How would you say the baking industry has changed over the course of your life?
Back in the day, breads didn’t last a week. It used to be, early in the morning, ladies would come to the bakery, get product, and head back home to their families. Now, our speed of life is so busy, everything is fast food. Because of this, some people say our industry is dying, I’m here to say, no, I don’t think so. On the upside, however, social media and TV shows have put such a spotlight on our industry and craft, they see what goes into making a cake. It allows people to appreciate what we do more.
“Some people say our industry is dying, I’m here to say, no, I don’t think so.”
What period of your life has been your favorite?
The past 20 years, absolutely. I enjoyed my childhood and got to spend quality time with my parents. Life is hard, but it’s good. When you’ve got your eternity wrapped up, it makes this pain of life a little easier. When God got a hold of me 20 years ago, I became a different person.
I’ve fallen deeper in love with my wife. I work with my kids every day. I see my grandchildren. I love my church. I go on mission’s trips Haiti multiple times a year. Twenty years ago, I was hard; more of a vocal corrector rather than a loving corrector. Now, I’m a better listener, I live my life right. My relationship with Jesus has changed me.
“Life is hard, but it’s good. When you’ve got your eternity wrapped up, it makes this pain of life a little easier.”
Was there a time you wanted to give it all up?
There’s been a couple times when I wasn’t sure this was what I’m supposed to do. It’ll wear you down, you get tired, but I don’t know that I ever wanted to give it up.
If you didn’t bake, what would you do?
Well, if I had the money, I’d be doing full time ministry.
If you could go back in time to give yourself advice, what would it be?
I’d tell myself to get in the bible earlier. I’ve made wiser decisions when I seek God’s word first.
Do you have any knowledgeable nuggets for newcomers to the industry?
My dad used to tell me, ‘A good baker with a solid skill set can get a job anywhere in the world.’ I encourage those looking to get into this industry to work for several different places to learn different techniques and procedures. Listen to others. You never know what little nuggets you’ll pick up.
“A good baker with a solid skill set can get a job anywhere in the world.”
Mike is clearly a man in love with his wife, family, faith, and business. Getting a deeper look into the man who’s worked hard for over 50 years has been such a treat. In part 3 of this Legend’s interview, we’ll take a look into the bakery’s most popular items and what inspired Mike and his team to create them.
If you’d like to inquire about Mike and Doodle’s efforts in Carries, Haiti or would like to donate goods to their cause, you can find information here: http://www.southpointcc.com/haiti/
Faith, Family, and Fruitcake. A Closer Walk with Mike Cinotti part 1
Mike Cinotti is a man revered both professionally and privately. His devotion to faith, family, and business is widely known. He responsible for so many elements of his successful bakery. I had the wonderful opportunity to sit with him this month to learn more about the various aspects of his life. In Part 1 of this interview, sitting in his small office at the bakery on Penman Road, Mike, opens up about his early years.
How old were you when you first started baking?
Up until I was about nine, I really just played around and ate the food. Then my dad started letting me help at the table. I can remember as a 10-year-old, my dad let me make a batch of rye bread.
How’d that turn out?
It actually turned out pretty well. But, at the age of 12, I was able to make cheesecake. And I mean; I scaled it, mixed it, baked it and dumped it all by myself. That was pretty cool. There I was, an eighth grader making cheesecake after school.
Why did you become a baker?
I have enjoyed this since my earliest memories. If you’re gonna do something your entire life, there should be a sense of enjoyment and fulfillment in it. This is what I do. It’s what I enjoy… You know they say sometimes things are in your blood. I’m not sure about flour being in our veins, but it’s what our family does. It’s what we know. The Lord has blessed our hands and I enjoy it. I especially love the aroma. When I leave the bakery and come back, the aroma even from the parking lot is enjoyable.
If you’re gonna do something your entire life, there should be a sense of enjoyment and fulfillment in it.
Were there any influential people in your life that helped propel your baking career?
My dad, of course. But there also was a man, Mr. Draper, who was a flavor salesman for a company. He had extensive knowledge of baking and consulted for many different companies. I was fortunate to know him and learn from him every time he and my dad got together.
We did get an opportunity to meet some bakers from around the country that were quite incredible. Gene Wilson in Georgia; Hanz Nadler in Texas; and Carl Poppingay over at Edgewood Bakery were very influential. And, when I was in Minnesota for a year in school, I worked for Cliff Meyers who added to my love of baking.
Did you go to school to learn the trade or are you self-taught?
Ninety-nine percent of what I learned from my father and from other bakers around the country. I did get the chance to go to Minnesota, to Dunwoody Baking School. It’s funny, I knew how to do almost everything they did there. What I didn’t know was the reasons behind some of the ingredient changes and the effects some of the ingredients had on each other and to the final product. It was a great learning experience from the book side of it. And, I got to make friends with other bakers, some of whom I keep up with even 40 years later. But mostly, it was a great compliment to my father and those I grew up with, having taught me as much as they taught me when I got there at 17 ½ years old, to already have an incredible base for my industry.
If you could pick one product that you love to make start to finish, what would it be?
Well, it wouldn’t be fruitcake, that’s for sure! I don’t think there’s one product in particular, but I really like the holiday special items we put out in November and December. Rainbow Bars, that we don’t make every day. They’re very colorful and tasteful. I still enjoy making breads, but that’s because I like eating it too. You know, I do love apple strudel and making them.
So, I take it fruitcake is something you dislike making?
Not necessarily, fruitcake brings back so many memories from the late 60’s when my dad would let me help. Gosh, I never got to make the topping because that was the special part. And I never got to do the packing part. But there was so much comradery involved in the process. Fruitcake, for me, brings back so many memories. But, no, it’s not my favorite product to make. For me, it’s a personal thing. It has a different meaning.
Are there any elements of the craft of baking drive you crazy?
To be a successful bakery, you have to be more than just a successful baker. One of the things that bothers me is the abundance of pre-made baked goods readily available to those that call themselves bakers. When all a person has to do is pull an item from the freezer, bake it and it’s done, that’s a big pet peeve of mine. What does that person do when the truck doesn’t arrive? Or if a customer wants a variation of that product? Most people out there today are not trained to make these items from scratch. While I understand the need for consistency, but heating up pre-made items is not an art.
To be a successful bakery, you have to be more than just a successful baker.”
What’s the main thing you want people to take from your product or business?
We try to create an environment that’s loving and enjoyable. We have generations of families that come in. The other day, a lady who wanted a picture of me holding her baby because she came in here as a little girl… That’s impactful.
In the world of prefabbed meals, it’s easy to see why people flock to the homemade works of art put out by Mike and his staff each day. Cinotti values quality over quantity in each item he and his team create. The love and respect he has for people and his community echoes through his family and staff. In part 2 of this Legends Interview, Mike brings us forward in time to discuss current issues facing his bakery and industry. For more information on Mike Cinotti and his team, head over to 1523 Penman Road in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Once you taste the love from these pastries, you’ll understand why there’s a line out the door every day.
Celebrate Easter with a Traditional Easter Egg Cake!
With Easter hopping on our heals, most families are busy preparing their traditional celebrations. These traditions are important whether you plan on attending Easter Services, enjoying a large family gathering, or attending the neighborhood Easter egg hunt. And, as much as we plan our day around our faith or traditions, one elemental item seems to be prominent in Easter celebrations. The food. And, with the popularity of the Easter egg, we have an item that fits into both categories… The Easter Egg Cake.
Easter Egg Cake:
Our Easter Egg Cake is a pleasant compliment to any Easter table setting. And, you don’t have to worry about refrigeration. Leave this work of art out during your gathering as added decor to your day. Each cake will serve up to ten guests and is available in vanilla, chocolate, or Kylie cake. You can also have a layer of vanilla and chocolate upon request. This colorful cake can be created in most colors to create your perfect design. We offer these cakes with both traditional and contemporary decorations.
A traditional Easter Egg Cake is made with various color combinations, designs, and flavors.
This may include colorful swags, buttercream and sugar flowers, and of course, jelly beans.
A contemporary Easter Egg Cake has more of a modern twist. Still available in a multitude of colors, decorations include puffy flowers, underwater scenes, grass and gumpaste flowers, piped bunnies, and more.
In addition to the beautiful centerpiece our Easter Egg Cake offers, we also offer small dipped eggs. Our dipped eggs, while not available in various decorations, are offered in multiple flavors. Vanilla cake eggs are dipped in fun Easter colors and drizzled with a coordinating color. Our chocolate dipped eggs may be filled with buttercream or you can order them without filling. Both are dipped in warm chocolate ganache. Want a different flavor? We also offer dipped eggs in Carrot cake and Kylie!
These mini eggs are a wonderful twist on custom place settings or as an added dessert to your Easter meal. Using these mini eggs around your table to coordinate with your Easter Egg Cake, you’ll create a decor unlike any other.
As always, we strive to create a unique experience for all our customers. We believe time is a precious resource. That’s why, we have created an Easter product menu to encompass a wide range of items. From our Easter Egg Cake and small dipped eggs, to our Deviled egg trays and fresh made breads, we’re confident you will find what you need all in one place.
Ready to plan your Easter meal? Give one of our sales staff a call today. We’re here and ready to serve you in any way possible.
Pi, Pie, Pi! It’s National Pi Day!
Pi. The mathematical equivalent of a scientific element. One number every math enthusiast understands. The single most talked about constant in every math forum; is also the symbol that represents the sweetest day in math history. Pi Day is coming. And there’s so much you can do about it!
What’s so special about Pi Day?
Pi is the symbol to represent a constant. And while the numbers behind its decimal point have been calculated to over a trillion digits, the common mathematical use to determine the circumference of a circle is 3.14. So it only makes sense that March 14th (3/14) has been dubbed National Pi Day. But why is it so important?
Well, believe it or not, math was not always a popular subject. So, in 1988, physicist Larry Shaw organized the first National Pi Day at a science museum in San Francisco in an effort to encourage schools to make math fun for children. Mathematicians dressed up in silly hats, ate pie and celebrated. This event grew in popularity and in 2009, the house of representatives passed a resolution dubbing March 14th National Pi Day. Today, we celebrate Pi with t-shirts, pie eating contests, watching movies of Pi, and more!
How do you celebrate Pi Day at Cinotti’s?
Pi day, while centered around math, is celebrated in a host of different ways. Finding circles throughout your day and calculating their circumference using Pi will keep you busy. And, speaking of circles, pies are circles too! Eating pie, for instance, is perfectly acceptable on Pi Day and in fact, encouraged. We recommend eating pie made from circular fruits such as Cherry, Blueberry, or even Apple. This will increase the learning value as well. After all, Pi is all about math, isn’t it?
Donuts, especially the round kind, are another acceptable treat to enjoy on this day. Cookies can be considered the brain food for mathematicians, can’t they? So, go ahead and get a dozen or two… or 3.14! Basically, eating anything round from our cases is the best way to celebrate Pi.
With so many fun and edible ways to celebrate this necessary number, it’s easy to see how popular math has become. National Pi Day has elevated awareness of an essential need in society and for that, we embrace all aspects of the number. But, while pi may be irrational and sometimes hard to explain, PIE is not. PIE is a constant in our lives and is meant to be enjoyed by everyone. So, come on down, getcha some PIE and celebrate Pi with us!
5 of the BEST St. Patrick’s Day Treats!
Everyone’s got a little Irish in them on St. Patrick’s Day, don’t they? With celebrations taking place all month long, you can be sure we’ve got you covered…especially with our sweet treats. From cookies and cupcakes, to traditional Irish Brown Bread and Corned Beef sandwiches, we are certainly a one-stop shop all month long. To take a bit of the pressure off, we’ve come up with 5 of the BEST St. Patrick’s Day Treats to satisfy even the stoutest of Irishmen.
Traditional Irish Brown Bread:
This bread is a favorite in any Irishman’s home. With a delicate blend of wheat flour and buttermilk, our skilled artisan bakers create a truly delicious bread. One bite of this traditional loaf will have your speaking with a Brogue before you know it! Irish Brown Bread from Cinotti’s can be used for sandwiches or served warm with a bit of Kerrygold butter on top.
Aside from our daily corned beef reuben from our sandwich shop, this year, we will kick it up a few notches by serving Corned Beef and Cabbage! Friday, March 16, as well as Saturday, March 17, we will be serving up platefuls of our slow cooked corned beef with cabbage and potatoes. We usually sell out, so be sure to arrive early!
Lucky Clover Cupcakes:
Aside from our delicious everyday fancy cupcakes, the month of March, we offer a specialty cupcake to fit the season. Our Lucky Clover cupcakes feature 3 layers of colorful cake in various shades of green. Once these cupcakes are topped with green and white swirled icing, we add shamrock sprinkles and a touch of gold sparkles. These are a must have for any St. Patrick’s Day event!
Sugared Shamrock Cookies:
Made with our buttered sugar cookie dough, our Shamrock cutout cookies taste as good as they look! These cookies are liberally covered in green sugar then baked to perfection. Take them to school, work, or keep them in your favorite cookie jar. We offer these shamrocks in two shades of green to bring out the Irish in everyone!
Iced Cutout Cookies:
These are by far, our most popular treat anytime of year. For St. Patrick’s Day, we offer a colorful selection of Irish themed cookies. Rainbows, unicorns, Leprechaun faces, and of course, shamrocks. Don’t forget the horseshoes, Lucky Irish t-shirts, or the pots of gold cookies! If you have trouble choosing which of these cookies to eat, just go ahead and get one of each!
After all, an old Irish proverb states: “All things living must be fed!”
From our kitchen to yours:
With all these fine tastes of Ireland right here in your neighborhood bakery, why not enjoy it all? This list of 5 of the BEST St. Patrick’s Day treats is just a fraction of the Irish goodies we have waiting for you! Give us a call today to reserve you little pieces of Ireland all month long! Just give us a call or swing into the bakery. Our sales staff is ready and will even smile like a Leprechaun if you ask!
Slainte is tainte
Let the Good Times Roll with King Cakes from Cinotti’s!
Each year, people all across the world celebrate Mardi Gras and the heritage of Carnival with traditional king cakes. King cakes are available in many flavors and are generally covered in colored sugar. And, no cake is complete without a baby hiding inside. In fact, some Carnivalers go to extremes to find the baby and enjoy the good fortune it brings.
While each bakery may vary on sizes and fillings, the base of the cakes remains the same. Ours are approximately 12 inches in diameter and serve 10 -12 people.
King cake filling choices:
- Cinnamon (this is our base flavor)
A traditional king cake from Cinotti’s Bakery
Our King cakes are covered in three different colors of purple, green and gold. Each color is significant and has its own meaning. Purple stands for justice. Green symbolizes faith. And, gold represents power.
Finding a baby:
The practice of putting babies in king cakes has become so popular in recent years, it’s hard to imagine a time when it didn’t exists. A bakery in New Orleans first baked porcelain babies into the cake. Now, babies are made of plastic and inserted when the cake has cooled. It is a great surprise when the little guy is finally found. And, tradition dictates the finder of the baby will have good fortune for the year.
Although we stock our store with king cakes daily, we always suggest ordering ahead. This allows the choice of flavor and ensures you indeed receive a king cake. If you’re serving the king cakes to children or you do not want the baby inside the cake, please inform our sales staff upon placing your order. We try to accommodate special concerns, however, if you have food allergies or want to know more about handling our products please refer to our store policies.
We’re so happy to be able to serve a little taste of New Orleans from our shop here in Jacksonville Beach. We hope you will join the Mardi Gras celebration with one of our delicious king cakes. Don’t wait til Fat Tuesday to enjoy, order one today! So, call or come in now! Our friendly sales staff is eager to take your order.
Laissez le bon temps rouler!
See you soon,
The Cinotti Family
5 must-have’s for the Big Cats big game!
The Big Cats have a big game this weekend-are you prepared? After cleaning the house and shopping for the newest attire, who has time or energy, to prepare food for everyone? Have no fear. We’ve created a list of our football favorites that let you spend more time watching the game and less time in the kitchen.
Made with Cinotti’s made-from-scratch dinner rolls, this tray boasts four different meats to please any guest. Ham, turkey, roast beef, and chicken salad sandwiches are artfully arranged so everyone has access to what they want. We offer these in three sizes to fit your household or party needs.
Staying in the game is easier when healthy snacks are added to the table. With our fruit or veggie (not shown) tray featuring only the finest in-season picks by your side, you can cheer our team long after the game’s over. We offer both our fruit and vegetable tray in three sizes to fit any of your party needs.
Snack from morning til night with a cheese nibbler tray. With at least three different cheeses on this tray, you and your guest won’t even have to get up off the couch to snack while the game is on. Just pass the platter and dig in. We can substitute crackers for summer sausage for a meatier presentation. Our cheese nibbler is also available in three sizes to fit your couch party’s needs.
Our cookies are always a hit at any event. Our Jaguar football cookie selection is no different. We offer jerseys, helmets, and footballs in our fondant icing. We also have paw prints and puffy flowers (a customer favorite) with our buttercream icing. Display these on your table or spread them throughout your decor.
Not just a breakfast item, these little guys are a great addition to the table. Available in a jersey, football, and fearsome player. We won’t claim all the glory, but, since we’ve put these babies in the store, our Jags have not lost a single game… just sayin…
Let us take it from here.
You can rest easy knowing your party is in good hands with Cinotti’s Bakery. Call us today to place your Game Day orders and beat the rush! Remember: these products are only available to order and our ALL IN staff is ready to take your call. Call 9042461728.
Thank you, and Go Jaguars!
We’re All In with Jacksonville Jaguar Donuts:
Our hometown team has done it again! After an incredible 45-42 victory in Pittsburgh, our city is on fire! Fans everywhere are coming out to cheer for our beloved team. We’re ALL IN as we celebrate the Jaguars advancement to the AFC Championship. We’ve created three unique Jaguar Donuts to keep the party going all week. So, you can party at home or at work with a couple Jaguar Donuts!
Made Fresh Daily:
Because of their popularity, we offer them in three shapes to keep the party going: Football, Jersey, and Players. In addition to their delicious taste, our Jaguar Donuts are made from scratch in our bakery every morning. And, because we are ALL IN, we’ll be making these one of a kind hometown delights every day this week. Our team of bakers and decorators are ready to create these donuts just for you! So why wait? Call today to order yours.
While we work hard to make our Jaguar Donuts for you, supplies are limited. We highly recommend ordering ahead of time to insure you do get what you want. But, if you like to live on the wild side and want to take a chance, swing by the bakery and check out the selection. However, just like #27, these donuts are hot and moving forward right toward the door.
Don’t take a chance on not having some of these donuts for your party. Give us a call today to place your order. Call 9042461728 and one of our ALL IN staff will gladly help you.
We can’t thank our town enough for the continued support of our family bakery. We promise to keep providing you with the highest quality products at the best prices possible. If you have any questions regarding our product ingredients, store policies, or general questions, please do not hesitate to call.
Polish Paczki on Fat Tuesday
Paczki Day, (pronounced POHNCH-kee) is a Polish tradition honoring the beginning of gluttony week. We celebrate on Fat Tuesday each year although traditionally begins on Fat Thursday across the pond. This is the last day to load up on any fatty foods and sweets before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
In Poland, Paczki Day is celebrated a bit differently however, almost everyone can agree that eating at least ONE of these rich doughnuts will bring you good fortune. And the best part is; even if you’re not of Polish decent, you can still participate in the fun festivities surrounding the day by enjoying a Paczki.
What is a Paczki?
A paczki, by tradition, is a round shaped doughnut filled with jelly of some kind. These doughnuts are often baseball shaped and made with a dairy rich dough. This stems from the effort cooks put into using up their perishable dairy supplies before Lent.
They can be filled with many jellies or combination of jellies to suit one’s pallet. Traditionally, paczki were rolled in granulated sugar or covered in glaze. However, these days, you may find them dipped in icing, rolled in powdered sugar, or left plain.
What flavors do you offer?
Paczki Day is one of our favorite days in terms of filling donuts with a variety flavors. We do tweak the rules a bit here in the bakery. Our doughnuts intertwine old and new ideas. We have a few traditional finds, such as prune and raspberry as well as new fillings like strawberry/cheese and vanilla.
Other filling options include blueberry, lemon, apple, apple/cinnamon, pineapple, chocolate custard, custard, apple/raspberry, fig, cherry, and others.
With a variety of toppings and fillings, our store will be quite the buzz on Fat Tuesday.
How do I get one of these delicious Paczki?
Although we will have plenty made for the store, we strongly urge our customers to order ahead. By ordering ahead, you can insure you have enough paczki for your household. You’ll also be able to choose your flavor combinations.
Kick off Lent with a Paczki!
While celebrations commence honoring the beginning of Lent, bakers across the globe will be busy preparing paczki. We are no exception. We’ll be cranking out these doughnuts to be sure no one is left behind.
An old Polish proverb states, “If you don’t eat at least one doughnut on Fat Thursday, you will not be successful in the New Year”.
Whether there’s any truth to this being an actual proverb is left up to debate. However, in terms of eating a doughnut, what harm could there be in at least trying it?
Our staff members are ready to take you call now. Simply call us at 9042461728 to place your Paczki order today!
Annual Christmas Closing:
As we do every year, Cinotti’s will practice our Annual Christmas Closing to allow our staff to take a much needed vacation and relax. This year, we will close our doors on Saturday, December 23rd at 3:00pm. We will remain closed until WEDNESDAY, January 3rd at 6:00am.
We are ever thankful to our loyal customers who have understand our employees work exceptionally hard during the months of October, November, and December and need this break.
What does this mean to you, our customer?
We will have our store stocked and continually put out product up until Saturday, December 23rd. We encourage you to come in and buy all you can to load up your freezers. Most of our product will freeze well and can be enjoyed with simple reheating. If you’ve purchased pies, dinners, or other products from us, you may find reheating instructions here.
Can I still get Pumpkin Donuts?
We will be making fresh pumpkin donuts up until Saturday, December 23rd. Once we’re closed, we will not offer these bites of heaven until next October.
The next signature flavor is Coffee Donuts. Believe it or not, there are those who claim these donuts taste better than our Pumpkin!
As to the true TOP DONUT, we’ll let you decide in January.
What if I need an order for that first week you’re back?
We will be open at 6am on WEDNESDAY, January 3rd to take any order you may need for the week (limitations may apply to fondant work).
We thank you all for an exceptional 2017!
As our small family business continues to grow, we fully understand it is all because of you, our customers. We thank you for your patience with us as we continue to grow with our business. We look forward to a happy and wonderful New Year.
Be happy. Stay Sweet.
The Cinotti Family.
Gingerbread House Decorating!
What is Family Fun Night?
Ever have the desire to make your own Gingerbread house?
or, have you tried making one out of those store bought kits using cheap ingredients only to have your masterpiece fall apart mid-way through?
Well, those days are over.
During our Family Fun Nights, we invite you to come in for what is sure to be a family tradition for years to come. In fact, some of the families who come have made this a family tradition for the past eighteen years.
What better way to spend quality time this Holiday season than with Family, Food, and Fellowship.
We provide everything you’ll need to decorate your own traditional GINGERBREAD house.
How does it work?
You’ll start with our made from scratch, pre-assembled house. Then we’ll give you our ROYAL icing, CANDY, and decorating bags for the added details. Run out of M & M’s? No problem, one of our House Builders will be walking around to fill up anything you need.
PLUS, we have a wide selection of FREE goodies to snack on while you decorate your house.
So, listen to Christmas music, eat free food, drink all you want, and create those memories you’re FAMILY will CHERISH for years.
Best of all…. We clean everything up when you’re done!
That’s right. All you need to do is carry that beautiful creation to your car and leave the mess behind.
Sign ups start at 6 a.m. NOVEMBER 1st and slots fill up fast.
CALL to book your slot today!
All Things Pumpkin!
“HOT PUMPKIN DONUTS!”
Yes, that’s the sound you’ll hear often this time of year as we crank out these little pieces of heaven fresh daily. In our All Things Pumpkin Collection, our signature spice flavor can be tasted in every bite. And while our signature flavor has been a closely guarded secret for years and it doesn’t stop with just Pumpkin Donuts.
Our Pumpkin Donuts started as a humble flavor back in 1996. Today, people line up around the bakery to get them, making these donuts our top selling product! For that, we thank you all.
Just as their name implies, Pumpkin Muffins breakfast treats are just what you need to get you outta bed on cool Fall mornings. Serve them warm out of your oven with a dab of cinnamon butter and let the aroma fill your home.
If you think our Banana Nut Bread is good, just wait ’til you try a slice of our Pumpkin Loaf bread. Pumpkin and spice with a dash of cinnamon on the top. Serve it for Breakfast, then nibble on it for Lunch… then have a bit more for Dinner. There may be a little left for Dessert….
Our Harvest Ring is a bunt style cake combining pumpkin and spice. After baking to a golden brown, we add a thin layer of glaze, encasing the rich fall flavors inside the cake. Serve it hot or cool, it’s still “FALL’S Most PERFECT Dessert!”
Of course, no Holiday season would be complete without a PUMPKIN Pie from CINOTTI’S. We’ve been making Pumpkin pies to sell in our bakery since 1955. The pie you get from us today is crafted from the same machines and with the same, HAND-MADE skills as we did back then.
Get ’em while they last:
While we offer a wide selection of products to serve you and your family throughout the year, our All things Pumpkin selections are only here for a limited time.
Our skilled bakers take pride in their ‘old fashioned’ style in crafted beautiful works of art from flour and sugar. However, our pumpkin donuts, harvest rings, pumpkin loaves, and pumpkin pies will not be available after December 23.
If you’ve never had a PUMPKIN DONUT, or anything PUMPKIN, we invite you to come in. Once you’ve tried one of these little bites crammed with flavor, you’ll be falling in for more.
See you soon,
The Cinotti Family
Hurricane Irma update:
With Hurricane Irma headed right up our coast and evacuations ordered. Folks leaving the beach and our staff needs to be safe and have time to prepare. Thus, we have decided to close early on Saturday, 9/9/17. Instead of being open until 3 pm, we will close at noon.
We will have our store fully stocked early in the morning and will do our best to keep the cases full. But, in an effort to comply with city ordinances, we will close our doors until further notice.
Like the rest of the city, please follow news reports and continue to stay on top of the storm and the path it may take.
For up to date information on our hours for after the storm, please see any of our social media sites.
Thank you all for your support in complying with the city officials orders. May you be safe during this storm,
The Cinotti Family