It all started almost fifty years ago with a man who had a dream of making people smile…

Just after the World War II two Nikola Bukvic, by then already a schooled pastry chef came back home to Yugoslavia after spending four years as a forced laborer in Germany. Nikola spent a number of years working in a few well know hotels in, but he always dreamt of having his own patisserie and serving people delicious pastries.

In 1956 Nikola and his wife Zora moved to a new built suburb of Sarajevo, Grabvica to open their JadrankaPastries. At that time Grbavica only had four apartment buildings and was out of the way for most people. Nikola and Zora worked very hard those first years. They struggled to sell their pastries and often had to give away their Bohems, Shamponez and other delicates to the neighboring kids rather than throw them out, but they persevered. As Sarajevo rebuilt after WW II and Grbavica grew so did Jadranka Pastries. They made beautiful wedding cakes, tea cookies and their display grew to house numerous different kinds of decadent pastries.

Jadranka Pastries became a place where young and old alike gathered for delicious pastries. In time Nikola and Zora’s pastries became the favorite among all the citizens of SarajevoDuring the 1984 Winter Olympics held in Sarajevo, Vucko the logo of the games was brought to chocolate life by JadrankaPastries. The chocolate Vucko made its way into the hearts and bellies all over the World. By the end of the 1980s JadrankaPastries pastries had two locations and over 20 employees.

In 1992 war in Bosnia broke out and Jadranka Pastries was forced to close after 36 years of serving its customers. Seven years later in 1999 Nikola and Zora’s grandchildren decided to continue Nikola’s vision or making make people smile...On February, 07 2004 JadrankaPastries had its grand opening in its new country.

In addition to the JadrankaPastries retail shop, JadrankaPastries now serves over a dozen specialty food shops, supermarkets and restaurants all over Western Ontario. JadrankaPastries has even filled special request for their Bohems and Shamponez to all over Canada, USA and even Europe.