The Sweeney clan is among the biggest within Wilmington. The Irish clan is known for their Irish import business as well as their bakery. With the import business sold to another Irish clan, the Sweeney’s concentrate on their famous bakery. The bakery located in the shopping area on the corner of Foulk Rd and Namaans Rd.
Jim Sweeney had been a baker on a ship in the service and worked in someone else’s bakery before realizing his dream of owning his own bakery. Jim and his wife Peg first opened the doors to Sweeney’s Bakery back in 1957. They started out making and selling cakes, breads, rolls, and danish. Every single item made at Sweeney’s has always been made from scratch. There are never any mixes used. Three generations of Sweeney’s and their employees have upheld this tradition.
Sweeney’s Bakery is a family run business; many of the employees that are not official parts of the Sweeney clan have worked there for at least twenty years themselves. Over the years Sweeney’s expanded their bakery to include a full line of delectable goodies. Sweeney’s offers upscale pastries such as strawberry squares and caramel apple mousse cake. A full line of miniatures are available including éclairs, crème puffs and danish. Sweeney’s is known for its one-of-a-kind crueller. Fifty to sixty dozen cruellers are made and consumed each day. Specialty cookies for every holiday, like turkeys at Thanksgiving, and bunnies at Easter are always a treat with the children.
Sweeney’s Bakery has also kept up with the times. Any picture can be scanned and put on one of their famous butter crème iced cakes. Any idea or theme can also be hand-drawn on a cake and turned into a one-of-a-kind creation. Breakfast and lunch items including bagels and home-made soup can now be enjoyed in the sit-down area within the bakery. James Sweeney currently starts his day baking at 3:30am. Some of the local residents start arriving as early as 5:00am to enjoy his home-made baked goods. As any regular patron will tell you, you need to get there early before all those delicious cruellers are gone.
Directions From 95: Get off at the Naamans Road Exit (Rt 92). Make a left on Naaman’s Road heading west. Travel approximately 2 miles until you come to the Foulk & Naamans Road Shopping Center on your left. Our Bakery is located at the opposite end of the shopping plaza from the ACME. (The left-most store in the strip).