Sometimes you just need to indulge yourself and not worry about counting calories. Sometimes you just need to savor a delicious treat that pleases your taste buds and your belly. If you’re in the Nashville area, you can bet that there are tons of sweet Southern treats to try. No matter what your favorite dessert is, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy; here are 11 that top our list.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge from The Bang Candy Company
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 peanut butter swirl fudge from The Bang Candy Company will be more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. The shop also makes goodies like flavored syrups, candy bark, and marshmallow treats.
Made from scratch, the cupcakes from Dulce Desserts are quite divine. The shop offers several regular flavors and also features special flavors in the form of a cupcake of the month. Choose from vanilla sprinkle, cinnamon red velvet, double chocolate, or cookies and cream. Cupcakes come with or without filling, and for larger orders, you can mix and match flavors and icings.
Chocolate lovers will be thrilled to know that Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. makes several different novelty chocolate bars. The buttermilk white chocolate flavor is not your average chocolate bar, made with pure cane sugar, pressed cocoa butter, and buttermilk. If white chocolate isn’t your preference, there are also flavors like Mexican-style chocolate, sea salt and vinegar caramels, bourbon nib brittle, and salt and pepper chocolate. These unique flavor combinations are what make this chocolate company one of Nashville’s fastest-growing sweet shops.
Downtown on Broadway is Mike’s Ice Cream shop. With classic menu items like soft-serve yogurt and sundaes (both regular and specialty), this is the place to go for a big serving of sweetness. Choose from a sugar cone or waffle cone topped with handmade ice cream, or enjoy Mike’s other offerings like smoothies, milkshakes, and coffee drinks.
Every pie created at The Loving Pie Company is made from scratch every day. Owner Suzanne Loving believes that pie will fix almost anything. In addition to sweet flavors like coffee chess pie, cranberry orange pecan pie, red velvet chess pie, and chocolate peanut butter pie, The Loving Pie Company also makes savory pie foods. You’ll find chicken pot pie and shepherd’s pie on the menu of Nashville’s only full-service pie diner.
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You haven’t experienced a doughnut until you’ve tried the 100-layer doughnut from Five Daughters Bakery. This doughnut is so exquisite that it takes four days to make one. Once cooked, the 100-layer doughnut is rolled in sugar, filled with cream, and topped with glaze. Choose from flavors like vanilla sugar, chocolate sea salt, and maple glaze. The bakery also features monthly flavors like coconut cream pie, lemon blueberry, and tiramisu.
Classic down-home Southern cooking is what you’ll get at the Loveless Cafe, which includes dessert options like the made-from-scratch banana pudding. With a rich flavor and creamy texture, the banana pudding at Loveless Cafe is one of the best in town. The restaurant also serves homemade desserts like cobbler and pie.
Boutique bakery Nashville Sweets specializes in desserts that are not only delicious but also look like works of art. One fun menu item that the shop offers is cake pops. Available flavors include classics like chocolate and vanilla, as well as less conventional ones like red velvet, pumpkin, mint chocolate chip, and orange. The shop also makes French macarons, cakes, and cupcakes and is able to create desserts for special occasions.
Cookies n' Cream Cupcake from The Cupcake Collection
Bakery, American, Gluten-free
With classic, premium, and specialty cupcake options, The Cupcake Collection makes delicious cupcakes from scratch. Each day, you’ll find different flavor offerings, such as strawberry, sweet potato, Italian wedding cake, and sweet lemonade. Premium flavors include key lime, peanut butter mousse, banana nut cake, and cookies n’ cream. The bakery also offers gluten-free and vegan options upon request.
The East Nashville Pied Piper Creamery is where to go for handmade artisan ice cream. There are 24 flavors available at any given time, with 12 permanent ones. The most popular flavor is Trailer Trash, which has vanilla mixed with pieces of Oreo cookies, Twix®, Butterfinger®, M&M’s®, Reese’s Pieces, Snickers®, and Crunch® bar candy. The rest of the menu lists flavors with fun titles like Baby Batter, Campfire Cobbler, and Oatmeal Raisin in the Sun. The toffee-loaded coffee flavor is coffee ice cream with a crushed Heath® bar and is great for getting your daily coffee fix.
Brambleberry Crisp Ice Cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Ice cream and frozen yogurt are the menu staples at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. In addition to classic flavors, the shop offers ones like brambleberry crisp, which is oven-toasted oat streusel with blackberries and blackcurrants layered in vanilla ice cream. You can also enjoy churro, goat cheese with red cherries, or whiskey and pecans. Frozen yogurt flavors include mango, pink grapefruit, and key lime.