Kilvert & Forbes was originally created in 1976 when Quincy Market first opened its doors as the famous food colonnade.  At the time, founder John Kerry was practicing law, which he found to be “quite predictable and very boring." So this chocolate lover and his friend and business partner K. Dunn Gifford opened the bakery and named it after their mothers, featuring family recipes. In 1982, Lt. Governor Kerry bought his partner’s shares of the business and sold them to Stanley and Linda Klein.  A few years later, he sold his own shares to the Kleins. Even though Secretary of State, John Kerry is no longer at Kilvert & Forbes, he's still been known to order his favorite chocolate chip cookies! The Kleins owned and operated Kilvert & Forbes until July 2003, when the ice cream girls in Quincy Market decided to expand their dessert repertoire.


Sara Youngelson and the late Carol Troxell, owners of Sprinkles Ice Cream and Quincy's Place, which can also be found in Quincy Market. Carol was always happy to be able to share their passion for chocolate year-round at the bakery. They are always looking to change and improve their dessert shops, but they have been careful to preserve the success and tradition at Kilvert & Forbes. With the recent introduction of Maggie’s Sweets, they were able to continue Secretary Kerry’s 25-year family tradition by incorporating some of their family’s favorite recipes. They hope that some of these special recipes will become your family’s favorites, too!

So…who’s Maggie? Well, late owner Carol Troxell decided to combine her family’s tradition of delicious cookies and sweets with Kilvert & Forbes’ tradition of family recipes. Carol’s mom, Margaret, was the baker of the family and the creator of many of the recipes in our line of Maggie’s Sweets. This famous baker helped create President Clinton’s birthday cake, but is probably best known by her close friends for always having a plate of goodies around.


Stop in and choose from our assortment of fresh-from-the-oven and deliciously sweet baked goods! From gooey chocolate chip cookies to scrumptious coconut macaroons, Kilvert & Forbes is known for our opulent goodies that will satisfy any craving.  Aside from our large variety of cookies, Kilvert and Forbes specializes in light and fluffy whoopie pies and their classic ice-cream cookie sandwiches. Kilvert & Forbes also specializes in catering orders, 12-inch cookie cakes & decadent chocolates. Our sweet consultants are also happy to help you design the perfect party, wedding, or shower favor.  Want to brighten someone’s day? Come check out our famous Maggie's Tower of Joy, an outstanding edifice of desserts that is perfect for any get together. This tower is freshly made and stacked high with homemade cookies, rich brownies & congo-bars, sensational macaroons, gourmet chocolate oysters, sweet n’ salty dipped pretzels and creamy nonpareils. This gift is perfect for any occasion and any type of sweet tooth! 


Kilvert & Forbes Bakeshop of Boston is your one-stop sweet shop! So stop by for a snack, or ask us to perk up your party, meeting, or get-together with a basket of goodies or chocolates!  Kilvert & Forbes Bakeshop is proud of our little place in Boston’s local history.


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Spring Hours:

Mon - Fri: 10am - 9pm   ​​
Saturday: 10am - 9:15pm
Sunday: 11am - 7pm


200 Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Quincy Market

Boston, MA 02109

Tel: 617-723-6050


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