Butter Tarts

Ooey gooey, flakey and oh so sweet! We might be biased, but we think Guelph Wellington is the best place to find Ontario’s favourite sweet treat – the iconic butter tart.

illustration of butter tartHome to a provincially recognized Butter Tart Champion (!), Wellington County has excellent bakeries, farm markets and restaurants that invite you to taste your way through the countryside and discover your favourite butter tart along the way.

Whether you prefer your tarts plain, with raisins, pecans, blueberries and white chocolate, warm or cool, or even with topped with whipped cream, we’ve got you covered. Let us show you the way to some of the best butter tarts stops in Wellington and Guelph.

How sweet is that!

A la Mode Café and Ice Cream Shop – Drayton

Located close to the Drayton Festival Theatre, this quaint, locally owned, ice cream and coffee shop offers locally prepared foods. You can find famous Anna Mae's baking including their scrumptious butter tarts. Try one for yourself! Read more.

butter tarts in a take out containerBelwood Country Market – Belwood

An off the beaten track country store next to Belwood Lake, this is a must visit destination for butter tart enthusiasts. Selling butter tarts in seven flavours, including plain, pecan, raisin, raspberry-coconut, blueberry-white chocolate, Reese’s peanut butter cups and Skor. Take out only. Visit them.

 

silver tray filled with butter tartsFergies Fine Foods – Fergus

This downtown bakery and food store is a perfect stop to grab a bite quick bite to eat. In addition to their great selection of prepared foods they offer home baked cookies, squares, shortbread, oat cakes, and of course, butter tarts. Learn more.

Holtom's Bakery – Erin

A true old-fashioned bakery, Holtom’s is a main street favourite among locals and tourists alike. They offer everything, from fresh bread to pastries, doughnuts, cookies, squares, and tarts, and other local products and preserves. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee at one of the tables in the bakery or take out. Warning - you might be leaving with more than just a butter tart! Visit them.

HomeStyle Flavours – Teviotale

While the bakery is just one component of this shop, their pies, cookies and butter tarts are famous and a great reason to stop and discover all they have to offer. Local meats, dairy, dry goods, sandwiches and more make this a great place to pick up lunch or to stock up on local foods. Visit them.

Matteo's Pizza and Café – Mount Forest  

Don’t let the name confuse you – this is the go to spot for butter tarts in Mount Forest. Visit the café year round and during the summer months, check out their booth with baked goods at the Mount Forest Farmers’ Market. We've heard the pecan tarts are to die for! Discover more.

small butter tarts piled on top of each otherMisty Meadows Market – Conn

Discover this quaint little country market bursting with a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in season, and year round home baking, groceries, crafts and gifts. Fresh baked daily on site, you must try one of their six flavours of butter tarts! Learn more.

 

close up of butter tarts

Mosborough Country Market – Guelph/Eramosa

At Mosborough Country Market, a family run market, you know you are getting quality fresh from the farm. Discover local produce in season, domestic and exotic meats, local maple syrup, honey and preserves, affordable giftware, hanging baskets, cut flowers, Christmas trees and of course, made from scratch, baking including their famous butter tarts! Visit them.

 

The Right Spot Restaurant and Baked Goods – Alma

Homestyle cooking served in a family friendly atmosphere. You can expect homemade breads, pies, tarts, cookies and squares baked daily. Serving breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner. Daily specials, homemade soups and delicious desserts! Discover more.

close up of butter tart sitting on wooden wagonStrom's Farm and Bakery – Guelph/Eramosa

Strom’s pride themselves in the freshest produce and are especially known for their exceptional Sweet Corn. Their on-farm bakery is no different. Feast your eyes on pies, tarts, scones, cookies, pizza and much more. Their tart flavours include plain, pecan, raisin, haskap and chocolate pecan. They can be enjoyed as a great last minute dessert all winter long from your freezer to mouth in 60 minutes...or some like them frozen, so we’ve heard. (Open seasonally). Learn more.

three butter tarts placed on burlapThatcher Farms Butcher Shop, Bakery and Farm Market – Guelph/Eramosa

 Always worth a visit, this farm store boasts their own farm-raised meat specialties along with products from other local farms, including staples just as eggs, dairy, breads and canned goods. Their own farm-bakery offers freshly baked sweets along with mouth-watering butter tarts. Check out their events, outdoor fun farm yard and more during the summer months. Visit them.

 

With the Grain – Guelph

A Guelph destination for sweet treats, breads and more, With the Grain Bakery has long been a promoter of locally grown ingredients. You can’t go wrong with any of their excellent pastries, but they are especially proud of their butter tarts! Enjoy them along with a cup of locally roasted Planet Bean coffee. Discover more.

Gluten Free options:

For a larger selection of tarts and sweets, visit our Guelph-Wellington Farmers’ Markets.

Enjoy your sweet adventure in Wellington County!

*Please note that available flavours may vary. We strongly recommend to check opening hours before visiting any of the above locations, as they may vary seasonally.

A Canadian Staple

Did you know? Butter tarts were a common dish in pioneer Canadian cooking and still remain a characteristic pastry of Canada to this day. Read the history of the butter tart from Food Bloggers of Canada.

Local Butter Tart Champion

‘Helen Moffat has been entering (and winning) the butter tart competition at the Drayton Fair for 48 years. But this past fall, she decided to submit her prize-winning tarts to a new competition, which would make her eligible for the second annual provincial butter tart competition hosted by the OAAS (Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies). Moffat swept the competition at Drayton and then moved on to districts (there are 15 OAAS districts in Ontario) to face off against other local winners.’ In February 2019 she was crowned the grand champion of the OAAS for her butter tart recipe.

‘She’s not revealing the secret to her prize-winning ways any time soon. Much to her family’s chagrin, she doesn’t have a recipe to pass down. “I eyeball it, I never measure anything. That’s just the way I’ve done it for years,” she says.’

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-sg/lifestyle/lifestylefood/step-down-nanaimo-bars-butter-tarts-are-the-ultimate-canadian-dessert/ar-BBWg0vC?li=AAggxAX&srcref=rss&tc=eml

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