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Where to Get the BEST Desserts Around Orlando

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If you’re on any kind of social media, I’m sure you see how obsessed people are with their sweet treats and desserts. Especially when it comes to finding unique, out of the ordinary, and over the top concoctions. Therefore, we are happy to share where to get the best desserts around Orlando with you!

DG Donuts in a box

Where to get the BEST Ice Cream Around Orlando

Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

What makes Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream so good? First, their unique flavor concoctions. They have  traditional, signature, and seasonal rotating flavors. The first time I had Kelly’s, I had the banana pudding, and I was hooked! For the non-dairy people, they also offer sorbet, and non-dairy offerings. 

Kelly's Ice Cream Orlando

Second, the fat/cream content is higher than your every day ice cream. Therefore it’s so much more creamy, and doesn’t melt as fast. As an ice cream addict, I consider myself a critic of some sort. Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream is the best I’ve ever had! Kelly’s has multiple locations around Orlando, and a food truck, so be sure to check out their website and social media for updates on flavors and specials.  

Andy’s Frozen Custard

Andy's Frozen Custard

Originally out of Missouri, Andy’s Frozen Custard made it’s way to Central Florida several years ago. Offering up soft serve frozen custard in just about any way you can imagine. We’ve enjoyed their sundaes, and concrete mixtures a couple of times, because Andy’s comes to mind whenever we’re in the Sanford area. 

Coney’s Italian Ice

Coney's Italian Ice

A local favorite for us up here, Northeast of Orlando, is Coney’s Italian Ice. All made from scratch, right in store. After two years of perfecting recipes, Coney’s opened in 2017. Their Italian Ice is so delicious. Our top flavors are birthday cake, watermelon, lemon, blue raspberry, and Swedish Fish! Yes, made from the actual pieces of Swedish Fish candies. 

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice

Jeremiahs Italian Ice Mount Dora

Now a southeast sensation, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice began right here in Central Florida. Winter Park to be exact. Italian ice made from scratch daily, and also available with creamy soft serve ice cream. Lots of unique and specialty flavors, we were excited to get one local to us up in Mount Dora because I had been wanting to try their ice for a long time. You can find Jeremiah’s all around the Orlando area, and beyond. Be sure to check out their locations in other states too, you won’t be disappointed!

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Where to get the BEST Donuts around Orlando

DG Donuts

DG is actually Damn Good for DG Donuts, and that they are. I had been hearing about these Damn Good Donuts for months, and we finally decided to check them out on Donut Day 2020. Each day the menu varies, and we waited too long before heading down to Oakland, outside of Winter Garden, to get our donuts. Therefore we missed all their special donuts for the day, but they ones we did try, were great. Still need to make it back earlier one day. 

Mochi Dochi Japanese Donuts

Mochi Dochi Donuts in Orlando

Mochi Dochi Donuts was a surprise find when we drove down to the East End Market in Orlando for Gideon’s Bakehouse. Unfamiliar with Mochi donuts, Josephine filled me in. She seems to find all kinds of sweet treats on Instagram, and know much more than I do. So, the donuts are made with Mochi flour, which is a specific rice flour, but it does not make them gluten-free. The very interesting spongey texture, sets these donuts apart. Also, being able to just tear a circle off, makes them easy and fun to share. Along with most other desserts. they come in a wide range of special flavors that rotate. They are also located in the East End Market, so you can easily knock three of these places off your list in one day. How? Because one location of Kelly’s Ice Cream is just across the street from the East End Market. Dochi has an additional location at the intersection of Mills and SR 50 which we went to check out. This is closer to Downtown Orlando, if you happen to be in the area.

BEST Cookies around Orlando

Gideon’s Bakehouse

Gideons Bakehouse in Orlando
This lemon poppyseed was the bomb!!

Thanks to Instagram, I heard about these amazing “Insta Worthy” cookies, and planned a trip to East End Market in Orlando. At nearly a 1/2 pound each, these cookies, as far as I’m concerned, are not meant for one person. Extremely rich, and decadent, I recommend picking off pieces, and taking your time to enjoy. Now you can also find them at Disney Springs, but there’s just something about visiting a place at their original location. Plus, you won’t wait in line like you do at Disney.

Gideon’s Bakehouse offers their originals such as chocolate chip, and pistachio toffee chocolate. But be sure to watch their website and social media for the cookie of the month, and all other flavors. I promise, you’ve probably never had any cookie like this!

Who has the BEST cupcakes around Orlando?

B Cupcakes

B Cupcakes Orlando

Well, I’m not a big cake person, but I do enjoy a good cupcake. Ever since our favorite place left Mount Dora, we’ve had a tough time finding cupcakes that met our high standards. Finally, a friend asked on Facebook for recommendations of the best cupcakes around Orlando. Several people named B Cupcakes, so we had to check them out. Yeah, these cupcakes are the best around! It’s a little drive to Apopka for us, but I will definitely go back, because they are that good. Also, they had our favorites, Key Lime, Cookie Dough, and Strawberry!

Other Sweet Treats and BEST Desserts Around Orlando

Magic Tea Mount Dora

Magic Tea Mount Dora

Boboa tea, add it to the list of treats Josephine knew about months before I ever heard the words. Now, there is traditional boboa tea, and then there’s, create whatever you want, and it’s not even tea boboa. You choose your base drink, or mixture, and then your “bubble” mix-ins. Our first time, I had a lavender lemonade with blueberry popping bubbles. Josephine likes the traditional tapioca boboa, which is chewy like a gummy bear. While the popping bubble are the little liquid filled flavor balls, which you may see at a yogurt shop topping bar. Magic Tea, is located on 4th Street in cute Downtown Mount Dora.

Visiting Mount Dora? Check out our BEST places to eat in Mount Dora


Wondermade marshmallows on a stick

Have you ever heard of gourmet marshmallows? Never thought it was a thing until we attended a field trip at Wondermade in Sanford. Nathan’s great at making a science lesson out of making marshmallows. These are not your typical marshmallows, because they come in flavors, and even may have toppings. I believe I had key lime, bourbon, and plain. Choose your marshmallows, they place them on a stick, and toast them with a little lighter torch if you like. Even tough the storefront is in Sanford, they do ship in the US. Now you can find them at Disney Springs. They’ve opened up a kiosk, but you can’t get them toasted there.

I know there’s plenty of other sweet treat shops around Orlando, so please share your favorites with us. We’d love to find more great places to add as Best Desserts Around Orlando.

Best Desserts Around Orlando

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Things to do Around Orlando

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Julie Gazdecki

Julie is owner and founder of How We Find Happy. As an optimist, the name is perfect as we share the ways we find happy living in Florida, visiting breweries, spending time with our adult children, and getting away on some couples trips. As previous residents of Michigan, we still spend lots of time each year visiting our family up there, along with new and favorite places. My hope is to encourage others to spend time exploring this beautiful world, and finding happy in unexpected places.

25 thoughts on “Where to Get the BEST Desserts Around Orlando

  • Tricia Snow

    If I ate all of those desserts I would be so bloated! They look amazing! I would have a hard time refusing them.

  • Tonya Nicole Denmark

    I am obsessed, OBSESSED, with the list. I’ve tried a few on this list and they are spot some of the best. If that’s any indication, Julie knows what she’s talking about.

  • I usually visit the gulf coast of Florida since that’s where my son lives. But. Wow! So many cool dessert places near Orlando, I might have to take a trip there! How will I decide which place to try first?

  • Wow, these are amazing dessert places.
    I want to try the Monster Dough and Kelly’s Homemade ice cream. I love ice cream!

  • Loving this tour of the best desserts in Orlando. And I would love one (maybe two) of each please! Definitely going to hit these places up the next time I visit.

  • Our daughter would love to do this tour. She believes dessert should come with every meal! Rolled ice cream is currently her favorite!

  • The next time I’m in Orlando I might just have to eat my way around town. I’m really interested in the rolled ice cream. That’s quite unique indeed.

  • Lisa Manderino

    This is incredible! I want all of these treats right now! I will have to check out these locations when I visit next!

  • e-healthonline

    That’s is amazing tour. i like this best desserts around Orlando travel. thanks for sharing.

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Awww, thank you!! Happy to hear you like some of the same places!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Maybe after our trip to Tampa I can share some places on the gulf coast!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    I love my ice cream too!!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Can’t wait for you to get down here again!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    I completely get her! Dessert first and the rolled ice cream is so fun!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    It’s fun to watch them mix it up, and roll it.

  • Julie Gazdecki

    I was craving them all while writing this up!

  • Ugh!! This post left me craving sweets big time!! The donuts in this post just made my mouth water! I can’t wait to get back to Florida and visit some of these!

  • Wow! There are so many amazing choices for dessert around Orlando! Now I’m craving a donut! I’ll be pinning this to save for our next visit. Thank you!

  • Planning a trip soon with kids and grandkids! This will be very helpful!

  • I’m DYING to try Gideon’s Bakehouse! We went to Disney World in September and didn’t have time to hit up Disney Springs. Good to know that there is another location for next time!

  • Yum! Everything looks so wonderful!

  • Now I am hungry!! These all look so delicious! I can’t ever pass up a good donut or ice cream cone! 🙂

  • Cindy Moore

    I want to try the Windsor Rose Tea Room and hope they have some vegan options!

  • Marianne

    Hmmmm. not sure where I would visit first! I love macarons… and bubble tea… so they may have to be my first stops!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Yay!! So happy to be helpful! Enjoy your visit!

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