The Top Spots for Sugar-Free Desserts in Chicago

Sprinkles Cupcakes just off the Magnificent Mile
Sprinkles Cupcakes just off the Magnificent Mile | Courtesy of Sprinkles Cupcakes
Photo of Tim Marklew
2 June 2017

Desserts don’t have to be full of sugar to be delicious, and these places in Chicago prove it. Whether you’re after cakes, ice cream, chocolate, brownies or more, there are sugar-free options all over the city, and you don’t have to compromise on flavor or quality.

George’s Ice Cream and Sweets

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, Ice Cream, Pastries
Sprinkles Cupcakes just off the Magnificent Mile
Sprinkles Cupcakes just off the Magnificent Mile | Courtesy of Sprinkles Cupcakes

Fans of ice cream looking for a healthier option without sacrificing on quality or enjoyment need to look no further, as ice cream with no added sugar is among the goodies available from George’s Ice Cream and Sweets. This Andersonville staple gets its ice cream from Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream in Madison, Wisconsin, and the no-added-sugar flavors it offers are Cashews & Caramel, Fudge Swirl, Pom-Berry Cascade, and Caramel Ripple.

Silverland Bakery

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Dessert, Pastries, Fast Food

The Silverland Bakery dates all the way back to 1983, and its heritage is matched by the pedigree of its clients as it supplies brownies, old-fashioned bakery bars, cookies and more to many of Chicago’s high-end restaurants and caterers, as well as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Nordstrom’s. It offers sugar-free treats such as the double chocolate brownie, the cocoa cow cheesecake brownie, and the popular lemon shortbread bar.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Bakery, Dessert Shop, Pastry Shop, Dessert, Pastries, Ice Cream, $$$
Sprinkles Cupcakes just off the Magnificent Mile
Sprinkles Cupcakes just off the Magnificent Mile | Courtesy of Sprinkles Cupcakes

Anywhere with an ATM for cupcakes must be worth a visit, right? Chicago was the second location in the country to have a Sprinkles ATM for fast and easy purchasing, and though it doesn’t offer a range of sugar-free options, its most famous cupcake, the Red Velvet, is available sugar-free, as well as gluten-free and vegan. Look out for the red “S” on the top to know it’s the sugar-free Red Velvet, and remember that the ATM is open 24 hours for those late-night cravings.

Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream

Bakery, Dessert Shop, Pastry Shop, Dessert, Pastries, 0

A Chicago institution since 1920, Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream is now located in Lansing, Illinois, approximately 30 miles (48.2 kilometers) from the Loop, but it’s well worth the journey. Its sugar-free selections include the “Sugar Free Signature Assortment” and the “Sugar Free Muddles Galore,” featuring hand-dipped Muddles pecan caramels, chocolate almond clusters, and butter toffee. You don’t have to leave the city to get your hands on them either, as they can be found at the following locations.

Oak Mill Bakery & Café

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Dessert, Pastries, $$$

Founded by Polish immigrant Bogna Iwanowska-Solak in 1986, Oak Mill has since expanded from one bakery to six store locations, and it specializes in European-style baked goods. The in-store range includes cakes, pastries, pies, cookies, and bread, but it also creates custom cakes and desserts for special occasions. It offers sugar-free options for some of its products by special request, so get requesting.

Cora Lee Candies

Bakery, Dessert Shop, Pastry Shop, Dessert, Pastries

Up in Glenview, Cora Lee Candies is most famous for its English toffee, but it also offers a number of sugar-free candies and chocolate products. Everything is handmade on-site on a daily basis to guarantee freshness, and shipping to anywhere in the U.S. is available. The Cora Lee’s “Sugar Free Assortment” is a one pound box of low-salt, no-sugar chocolate candies, including toffees, caramels, creams, and more.

Fannie May

Pastry Shop, Dessert Shop, Bakery, Dessert, Pastries, Gluten-free, $$$

Chicago’s most famous brand of chocolates since 1920, Fannie May offers no-added-sugar versions of many of its most popular products, including No Sugar Added Mint Meltaways® and Pixies®. To try a selection, the “No Sugar Added Chocolate Assortment” includes Pixies®, milk chocolate vanilla buttercreams, peanut clusters, mini peanut butter cups, milk chocolate cherry, dark sea salt caramels and dark raspberry. Fanny May has stores all over Chicago and across Illinois.

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