Never Too Much of a Good Thing: A Dessert Tour of South Walton
There's a secret that beach insiders know, and we're going to spill the beans: South Walton might actually be dessert heaven with a beach, rather than beach heaven with good dessert. Okay, maybe we're exaggerating – after all, have you seen our sugar-white sand beaches? But the variety and quality of sweet treats at your fingertips means that you could make your whole trip about desserts and leave very satisfied.
Needless to say, we'd recommend breaking this particular tour up into more bite-sized pieces instead of trying them all in one go!
- The Donut Hole: A South Walton standby for decades, The Donut Hole obviously offers outstanding donuts. But save those for breakfast – the real dessert draw is the array of cheesecakes, pies (especially key lime) and cakes, whole or by the slice.
- La Crema Tapas & Chocolate: A whole page of its menu is dedicated to chocolate treats. The tapas are wonderful too, but when a restaurant has a chocolate menu, you know where your focus should lie.
- The Sugar Shak: If you can walk out of here without a sugar high, you're doing it wrong. Candy galore, refreshing ice creams, and bubble tea perfect for those in need of a sippable treat.
- Charlie's Donut Truck: You can't miss this donut truck, right in the center of Alys Beach. And while we generally don't consider breakfast a great time for dessert, that's the only time you'll be able to grab a dozen of these delicious German-style donuts. Breakfast dessert it is, then!
- George's at Alys Beach: Four words: warm chocolate toffee goo. When that's a choice on the menu, you don't say no.
- 30A Pop Stop: When the temperature rises and you need a break to cool off, grab a gourmet, handcrafted popsicle. With flavors from the traditional (strawberry, orange creamsicle) to the outlandish (chocolate Wonka, mango sweet pepper), you're sure to find something that tickles your tastebuds.
- Heavenly Shortcakes & Ice Cream: It doesn't get much more classic than ice cream or strawberry shortcake, and sometimes classic is the best thing a dessert can be.
- Dawson's Yogurt: Speaking of classic, Dawson's is believed to be the longest-standing fro-yo business in its original location in the entire country. They're doing something right (it's the fro-yo).
- Five Daughters Bakery: An Airstream trailer bakery turning out 100-layer donuts, kouign-amann, cruffins and Paleo donuts? It's just crazy enough to work! Plus, they're open until 10pm, so you can satisfy your donut craving even after the sun goes down.
- Blue Mountain Beach Creamery: This local favorite serves ice cream, sorbet and yogurt made fresh daily in just about every flavor known to man. If ice cream or its cousins are your game, Blue Mountain Beach Creamery is your place.
- Hartell's Village Diner: Bring the kids to this retro, 50s-style diner for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But whichever meal you choose, make sure to follow it up with a kitchen sink or old-fashioned shake or malt. They really knew how to make 'em back in the day!