Even when the heat isn’t sweltering and the air isn’t muggy, Floridians love to cool off and sweeten their days with indulgent desserts from their favorite gourmet shops. From every end of the state, these are some of the best places to grab a sweet treat in Florida.
Fireman Derek’s Bakeshop and Café
A staple of the Miami dessert scene for a decade and a half, Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies is the place to go to indulge in a signature Key Lime Pie that’s made following a classic recipe. Beginning in a food truck and establishing a location in Wynwood once its notoriety in the southern side of Florida spread, Fireman Derek’s serves a dozen different pies with rotating flavors like candy bar, pear and PB&J. Learn the history and read the menu at http://firemanderekspies.com/.
There’s no better way to beat the Florida heat than to cool off with a crisp, tart bowl of shaved ice. Those in the Daytona Beach area should head to the Masanova Plaza where Icy Paradise serves over 45 gourmet flavors. Its founder began his business in Las Vegas before relocating it to Daytona Beach, where it has become known as one of the top places in the area to eat. For hours and contact information, visit https://facebook.com/IcyParadise/.
For the young or the young-at-heart, candy is the go-to dessert that never fails to delight. If you’ve ever pictured a colorful, magical candy shop from a movie, that’s what Sweet Pete’s in Jacksonville looks like. Brimming with whimsy and sugar, Sweet Pete’s is known for its famous sea salt caramels as well as gourmet chocolates, nut clusters, candy apples and uniquely-flavored gummies. Children can order ice cream from the dessert bar while adults order “craft candy cocktails” at the Candy Apple Café upstairs. To shop online or view the menu, visit http://sweetpetescandy.com/.
Throughout the downtown Tampa area, you may see a stand for Whatever Pops “popping” up now and then. This up-and-coming treat shop specializes in small-batch, dye-free gourmet popsicles in flavors like chocolate sea salt, coconut lime, pineapple cilantro and earl grey lavender lemonade. A permanent location in Seminole Heights was just announced, but for the time being, follow its Facebook page at https://facebook.com/WhateverPops/ for updates on where its mobile truck will be.
There are numerous places to get a sugary snack at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando within any of its famous parks. Regular frequenters to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” will recommend that you stop by the Aloha Isle Refreshments stand. Sponsored by Dole, this simple shack only serves a couple treats, with its most popular being the Dole Whip. Available in float or cup form, this combination of pineapple juice and non-dairy Dole Whip will delight your whole family. Location directions are at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom/aloha-isle/.
The next time your sweet tooth aches for sugary bliss, check out one of these renowned dessert shops, or find a different local vendor you have not tried before. Florida is filled with innovative food and flavors you will not find in any other state.
This article is presented by Parks Lincoln of Tampa in Tampa, Florida.