Indulgent Desserts You Need to Try in Nashville, Tennessee

Satisfy your sweet-tooth with the iconic banana pudding at Loveless Cafe in Nashville
Satisfy your sweet-tooth with the iconic banana pudding at Loveless Cafe in Nashville | © Jennifer Wright / Alamy Stock Photo
Leena Kollar

For us, a helping of Southern comfort doesn’t come cooler than ice cream or frozen yoghurt – and in Nashville TN they really know how to dish it out. For sweet-tooths there’s plenty more in store – from fudge to doughnuts, banana pudding to cupcakes, sugar rushes are something you’ll soon get used to. No matter what your favorite dessert is, you’re sure to find something sweet to get your gnashers around in Nashville. Here are the treats that top our list – and the places you’ll find them.

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge from The Bang Candy Company

Dessert Shop, Dessert

One of the most delectable flavor combinations is peanut butter and chocolate. In the form of fudge, this duo makes the perfect team. Rich and creamy, the chocolate-and-peanut-butter swirl fudge from The Bang Candy Company is every sweet-tooth’s prayers answered. There are plenty more goodies in store, among them flavored syrups, marshmallow treats and the delicious Sparkle Bark – rectangles of dark and pink-white Belgian chocolate topped with festive popping candy.

2. Buttermilk White Chocolate Bar from Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Bar, Cafe, American, Coffee

Banana Pudding
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Choc-jocks clamour for the novelty bars sold by Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.. The buttermilk-white-chocolate flavor is nothing less than a giddy high, fusing pure cane sugar, pressed cocoa butter and buttermilk. If white’s not all right, widen the search – perhaps to Mexican-style chocolate, sea-salt-and-vinegar caramels, bourbon nib brittle, and salt-and-pepper chocolate. Judging by these knockout numbers, it’s easy to see why this chocolate company is Nashville’s fastest-growing sweet shop – bar none.

3. Ice Cream Sundae from Mike's Ice Cream

Dessert Shop, Dessert

Downtown on Broadway, Mike’s Ice Cream shop deals in big servings of sweetness. The menu homes in unerringly on moreish classics, including soft-serve yogurt and sundaes (both regular and specialty). Choose from a sugar cone or waffle cone topped with handmade ice cream, or get your face into Mike’s many other offerings, among them smoothies, milkshakes and cool-hit coffee drinks.

4. Layer Doughnut from Five Daughters Bakery

Bakery, Restaurant, American

You haven’t experienced a doughnut until you’ve tried the 100-layer leviathan from Five Daughters Bakery. It’s so exquisite that it takes four days to make just one. Calorie-counters – look away now. Once it’s cooked, it’s rolled in sugar, filled with cream, and topped with glaze. You’re spoilt for taste – go for the likes of vanilla sugar, chocolate sea salt or maple glaze. The bakery also features flavors of the month, including coconut cream pie, lemon blueberry and tiramisu.

5. Banana Pudding from the Loveless Cafe

Bar, Cafe, American, Coffee

Banana Pudding
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Curious about the name? It nods to Lon and Annie Loveless who, in 1951, set about serving fried chicken and biscuits out of their front door. And today, still, classic down-home Southern cooking is what you’ll get at the Loveless Cafe. Into the menu mix go dessert options including cobbler and pie, as well as the madly popular made-from-scratch banana pudding. In fact, we’ll go so far as to say it’s one of the very best sweet treats in Nashville, with a rich flavor and creamy texture.

6. Cake Pops from Nashville Sweets

Bakery, Pastries

Try a yummy cake pop
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What do you want from a butique bakery? Whatever it is, you’ll find it here: Nashville Sweets specializes in desserts that not only taste the part, but also look like works of art. This is a menu that likes to have fun – for proof, order cake pops. In flavors including chocolate and vanilla, as well as, less conventionally, red velvet or pumpkin, these are mini-bite bakes of crumbled cake rolled with icing and dipped in colored chocolates. They’re a crowd favorite. Choose also French macarons and cupcakes, or have a special-occasion splurge created just for you.

7. Cookies n' Cream Cupcake from The Cupcake Collection

Bakery, American, Gluten-free

It’s worth swinging by this place every day, just to marvel at the different flavor offerings: not merely the expected, say, strawberry, but also sweet-potato, sweet-lemonade and Italian-wedding-cake. The Cupcake Collection knocks its beauties up from scratch. Classic, premium and specialty options are available (our favorites, from the premium range, include key-lime, peanut-butter-mousse, banana-nut-cake and cookies-n’-cream). If you’ve got special dietary requirements, let them know – gluten-free and vegan options are available upon request.

8. Brambleberry Crisp Ice Cream from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Dessert Shop, Dessert

Ice cream and frozen yogurt are the menu staples at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and flavors go way beyond the ‘vanilla’ to the likes of brambleberry crisp – that’s oven-toasted oat streusel with blackberries and blackcurrants to you and me, layered with vanilla ice cream. You can also get your chops around churro, goat’s cheese with red cherries, or whiskey and pecans. If you’re watching your waistline, maybe dial it back (a little) with frozen yogurt – flavors include mango, pink grapefruit and key lime.

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