The U.S. is famous for all kinds of delicious comfort foods. From mouth-watering burgers to delicious pies, we are a food nation. Imagine how fun it would be to base an entire trip around food. You could try to find the best hot dog, breakfast burrito or even…dessert! We’re going to take a look at a few hot spots for sweets around the U.S., and see if we can point out some great locations near you. Of course, traditional dining powerhouses like New York, Chicago and San Francisco offer plentiful delectable treats. We’ll see if we can also pick out some hidden gems near you. This imaginary road trip begins on the West Coast and ends on the East, so let’s find some places to satisfy that sweet tooth…
If you’ve ever been to California, you know they’re big on frozen yogurt (aka FroYo). A little healthier option than ice cream, there are a plethora of options around the state. Try Fiji Yogurt in San Diego, or The Bigg Chill Frozen Yogurt in LA. The new Garden Creamery in San Francisco is getting awesome reviews as well.
Urban Cookies in Phoenix has been featured on various cooking shows, and for good reason. They have all kinds of treats from their iconic cookies to cake, but give their cupcakes a chance. You won’t be disappointed.
If you’re making a trip through gorgeous Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, the Meeteetse Chocolatier is a must. They offer high-end desserts like Belgian Chocolates and Truffles.
South Dakota –
Armadillo’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Rapid City is a local hotspot. Ask anyone around the area what their favorite dessert place is and they’ll likely say Armadillo’s in Downtown Rapid City. Try Brendan’s Banana Foster for a real treat.
If you’re looking for an American classic, try the chocolate chip cookies at Salty Tart in Minneapolis. They also make custom cakes that are to die for.
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Chicago is on the high-end as far as cost is concerned, but James Beard Award-Winning pastry chef Mindy Segal opened this unique restaurant after working in some of Chicago’s finest establishments. Try the hot chocolate, of course.
The Capital City Bakery in Austin makes all their delicious treats from scratch. Everything they make is also 100% vegan, and all their boxes are made from recycled materials.
People with food allergies often want dessert, but aren’t able to enjoy the sweets. At Annie May’s Sweet Cafe in Louisville, all the bakery items are nut, gluten and soy free. Annie May’s is a great option for weddings as well.
The state known for its peaches is also well-known for its peach desserts. Try Buckner’s Family Restaurant in Jackson for some delicious (and famous) peach cobbler.
North Carolina –
North Carolina is the countries’ top producer of sweet potatoes. Try the Sweet Potato Cheesecake at Sweet Potatoes in Winston-Salem.
Pennsylvania is Amish country, and the Amish are known for their delicious desserts. Beiler’s Bakery in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market has succulent cinnamon buns, doughnuts, apple fritters and other Pennsylvania Dutch specialties.
New York –
Last but not least, we’ll take a look in the dining capital of the world…New York City. There are literally thousands of options to choose from, but how about the most expensive? At Serendipity 3, they make the Golden Opulence Sundae, which will only set you back $1,000. There isn’t a cherry on top, but rather an edible 23-carat gold leaf. Just a warning: you must order this dessert two days in advance.
If we missed your state, we apologize. Please let us know your favorite dessert spots in the comments. Hopefully this sparked some ideas for you. As always, happy exploring!