As you may or may not already know, October 14th is National Dessert Day. In honor of this holiday, here’s a list of some of the best places in the Sunshine State to find a special dessert for this special day.
1. Yoder's Restaurant & Amish Village, Sarasota
Yoder's is a Sarasota landmark and has been a local favorite since it opened in 1975. Every bite of this comfort food is delicious, but they are most well-known for their homemade pies. Pre-order a few and you will be the most popular guest at any holiday party!
2. Sweet Pete's, Jacksonville
At 23,000 square feet, this is one of the largest candy shops in the country. But it's not just about quantity. Sweet Pete's makes some of the best, highest quality candy you will ever try. With thousands of choices, there's something to satisfy every sweet tooth.
3. Blue Heaven, Key West
This iconic Key West restaurant serves its own special version of our official state pie, piled high with meringue. What a slice of heaven.
4. Love Boat Ice Cream, Fort Myers
This ice cream shop has been beloved by locals for 50 years. They create homemade ice cream in a dizzying array of flavors, from strawberry cheesecake to salted caramel bacon.
5. Wright's Gourmet House, Tampa
This local landmark has been serving sandwiches to hungry Tampanians since 1963, but they're equally famous for their cakes.The Southern classic hummingbird cake is a customer favorite.
6. Fireman Derek's Bake Shop & Cafe, Miami
This funky shop in Miami's Wynwood district bakes some of the best pies in South Florida. There are many delicious varieties available, but the Key lime pie and chocolate pecan pie are our favorites.
7. The Donut Hole, multiple locations
With locations in Destin, Panama City Beach or Santa Rosa Beach, there are plenty of opportunities to visit this long-standing cafe. Obviously, they're famous for their donuts and breakfast food, but their dessert case is a thing of beauty. They are well known for their Key lime pie and sky-high layer cakes.
8. Knaus Berry Farm, Homestead
Lines stretch all the way out to the road for the fresh cinnamon rolls from this farm's bakery. If you don't consider a cinnamon roll dessert, they also offer several other sweets, including cookies, brownies, and pies. They are only open to the public from late October to mid-April
9. The Front Porch, Dunnellon
This hidden gem is located in Dunnellon on US 41. There you'll find a seemingly endless array of fresh-baked goodness, so feel free to order a few different slices. Everything is divine, but we recommend the coconut cream or chocolate coconut cream pie.
10. The Fat Donkey, Cocoa Beach
The Fat Donkey is famous for their Zonkey, which is an artful layering of soft serve and Italian ice or sorbet. If you want something a little richer, try the Jack Smasher, created by smashing a piece of cheesecake or Key lime pie into an ice cream cone, followed by strawberries and layers of soft serve, topped with cool whip.
11. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, Orlando
This new restaurant at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk brings to mind Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. It's not surprising that they specialize in all kinds of sweets. Their ridiculous milkshakes steal the show, though, especially the crowd favorite, the red velvet milkshake (topped with a red velvet cupcake).
How many of these special desserts have you tried? What’s your favorite place for a sweet treat in the Sunshine State?