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A Mass. bakery is banning Philadelphia cream cheese in honor of the Patriots

A Patriots-themed cake from Montilio’s Baking Company.
A Patriots-themed cake from Montilio’s Baking Company. (Courtesy of Montilio’s Baking Company)

The (tasty) gauntlet has been thrown leading up to the Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl matchup.

After a Philadelphia donut shop declared that it was banning Boston cream pie-themed treats from its shop, a Massachusetts bakery said it was exiling all Philadelphia-brand cream cheese products in response.

The owner of Montilio’s Baking Company of Boston, which is based in Brockton but has several South Shore locations, said he was sending back “all cream cheese from Pennsylvania” and would instead fulfill all of his cream cheese needs with products from Wisconsin.

The move comes after Dottie’s Donuts in Philadelphia announced that the shop wouldn’t be serving “Boston cream donuts or any other ‘New England themed’ donuts” until “the Eagles win the Super Bowl.”

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That didn’t sit right with George Montilio, the Massachusetts bakery’s owner.

“We figured, they’re not supporting Boston cream down there, so we shouldn’t be using anything from Philadelphia right now,” he told the Globe.

Montilio, a huge Patriots supporter himself, said his bakery is also supplying a 16-foot Boston cream pie for the New England team’s sendoff from Gillette Stadium on Monday morning.

“Instead of Boston cream donuts, we’ll be eating Boston cream pie cake at 7 a.m.,” Montilio said with a chuckle.

It’s not exactly a huge surprise that Montilio is defending the hometown team. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because his shop made headlines last year after celebrating the Super Bowl LI win with a life-sized Tom Brady cake. (The huge confection — which stood at 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 250 pounds — took 130 hours to make.)

“We do all that kind of fun stuff,” Montilio said Tuesday.

As for who will win Super Bowl LII? Montilio’s answer at first was to laugh.

“Oh, we’re going to win,” he said confidently. “We’re going to win big. How could you say we’re going to lose?”

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