East Idaho Eats: Geraldine’s Bake Shoppe & Deli offers fresh breads, candies, sandwiches and more

AMMON – Stop by Geraldine’s Bake Shoppe & Deli and you’ll find a hearty meal, a hot bowl of soup, a fresh loaf of bread or a delicious sweet treat.

The family bakery-deli has been around for decades, with Jay and Merry Bungard running the Ammon business since 2001.

“I’ve worked at Geraldine since 1994. We moved from Kansas to Idaho and Geraldine is my sister-in-law – my wife’s older sister,” says Jay Bungard. “I worked for her from 94-97 at Chubbuck before moving here and buying her out in 2001.”

Geraldine’s is known for its delicious homemade breads and rolls. Several bakers work from midnight to 7 a.m., making sure products are fresh for customers and preparing food for delivery at Broulim, where some of Géraldine’s products are sold.

A variety of breakfast items, including sausages, eggs, and cheese sandwiches, are offered throughout the day. Customers rave about Geraldine’s cookies and gravy — homemade recipes and, yes, both made from scratch.

Lunch lovers enjoy several sandwich options on a variety of breads. The soup is popular as a side dish or as a meal with a hot roll.

Jay and Merry Bungard have owned Geraldine’s Bake Shoppe & Deli in Ammon since 2001. | Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com

“You can tell when it’s cold outside because soup sales are skyrocketing. On a good fall and winter day, we eat about 30 gallons of soup a day,” says Bungard, adding that Geraldine’s offers 15 to 16 different kinds of soup.

Pastries, cookies, brownies, peanut butter bars and cinnamon rolls are extremely popular at Geraldine’s. The chocolate chip cookie recipe is proudly owned by Merry Bungard and kids love the chunky sugar cookies with pink frosting and sprinkles.

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Geraldine’s Bake Shoppe & Deli sells a variety of sweets. | Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com

“We also have gluten-free brownies, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, and then we have gluten-free bread and rolls,” says Bungard.

Online ordering and DoorDash have exploded in recent years and Geraldine’s was the first bakery/deli in eastern Idaho to offer drive-thru, which Bungard says saved the business during the restrictions. COVID-19.

Bungard invites anyone who hasn’t tried Geraldine’s to stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner and support a local business serving delicious food.

“There’s a 99% chance that when you arrive there’s a family member working here. We have seven children and they have all worked here,” he says. “Now I have grandchildren working here. We try to buy locally and support the local community.

Check out Geraldine’s menu on their website and visit their Facebook page.

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Geraldine’s Bake Shoppe & Deli offers breakfast all day. | Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com

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