As an Orlando local – and an Orlando local with a very sweet tooth – I love finding new places to grab something sweet, especially something that looks as good as it tastes! Whether it’s a scoop of homemade ice cream, a box of mini cupcakes, freshly made doughnuts, or cookies so good that they sell out completely every day, this town has some of the best and most beautiful sweet treats of anywhere I know. These are my top 10 most Instragrammable sweet treats in Orlando, with all the details on where and when you can find these goodies! Try to keep your drooling to a minimum!
1. Sweet by Holly
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When you find out your favorite mini cupcakes are only $1 on Mondays, you drive 45 minutes out of your way with a toddler just to get a box! We got a few of our favorites plus a couple of new ones to try, and I think only getting six showed a lot of self-restraint (eating two before we even left the store perhaps showed a little less self-restraint!) Maybe it's a good thing @sweetbyholly isn't just down the road, Grayson and I would be there far too often! What's your favorite cupcake spot? #orlandoeats • • • • • • • #havediaperswilltravel #travelwithkids #travelingwithkids #havekidswilltravel #familytravel #momblogger #momblog #travelblog #showthemtheworld #familytravelblog #tmom #travelingmom #familytravelblogger #mumblogger #sharetravelpics #letsgoeverywhere #femaletravelbloggers #travelinspiration #traveltips #travelmom #parentingblogger #takethekids #lpkids #wearetravelmums #familyadventures #traveldeeper #mytinyatlas #lppathfinders #visitorlando
Where: In the Waterford Lake Town Center shopping plaza in Orlando off North Alafaya Trail
What to order: I love all of their cupcakes, but I have to say the Black Out (chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles…ALL THE CHOCOLATE!) and the Key Lime (key lime cake and buttercream, and homemade key lime curd filling with a graham cracker base) are consistently my favorites. My toddler loves the Strawberry, and my husband (who normally hates cupcakes…I know, right?!) always requests the Creme Brulee.
What else: You can get regular and mini cupcakes and on Mondays, mini cupcakes are only $1 each!
2. The Greenery Creamery
Where: In downtown Orlando on Church Street, a short walk from Lake Eola
What to order: The Greenery Creamery’s ice cream is handcrafted using locally sourced and organic ingredients wherever possible, with plenty of dairy free and vegan flavors, as well as some more unusual flavors that rotate daily. I go back and forth between the Lavender Blueberry and the Black Ash Coconut, topped with rose crystals, served in a black ash cone, and my toddler is obsessed with the vegan Speculoos (like the cookie!)
What else: The Greenery Creamery is locally owned, so it’s a great way to support a local Orlando business! There is parking to the rear of the building, and street parking is free after 6pm.
3. J-Petal Orlando
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Have you ever tried rolled ice cream? It was one of those things I'd seen videos of floating around Facebook, and we finally got to try it at @jpetal_orlando this past week. The process is really cool to watch (they pour the ice cream mix onto a cold surface, spread it really thin, let it refreeze and then roll it up) and Grayson was, of course, fascinated! He also ate this WHOLE THING (honestly, why am I even surprised?!) It's definitely something I'd recommend trying if you get the chance! #orlandoeats • • • • • • • #havediaperswilltravel #travelwithkids #travelingwithkids #havekidswilltravel #familytravel #momblogger #momblog #travelblog #showthemtheworld #familytravelblog #tmom #travelingmom #familytravelblogger #mumblogger #sharetravelpics #letsgoeverywhere #femaletravelbloggers #travelinspiration #traveltips #travelmom #parentingblogger #takethekids #lpkids #wearetravelmums #familyadventures #traveldeeper #mytinyatlas #lppathfinders #visitorlando
Where: Locations on International Drive and in the Florida Mall food court
What to order: There are both sweet and savory crepes, as well as Thai style rolled ice cream. I usually go for the Banana Chocolate Truffle crepe, which is stuffed with bananas, homemade chocolate truffles, chocolate ice cream, whipped yogurt, chocolate custard, Nutella, almonds and caramel. If that’s not enough calories for you, we also usually get a Cookie Monster ice cream which is rolled vanilla ice cream mixed with Oreo crumbles, and then we top it with marshmallows and chocolate sauce. Because go big or go home.
What else: There are games for the kids to play while you wait on your food, including Uno and Kerplunk!
4. Gideon’s Bakehouse
Where: Inside the East End Market off Corrine Drive, as well as a limited number of flavors at the Polite Pig at Disney Springs
What to order: Anything. Literally anything. Every single cookie I have ever gotten from here has been outstanding, including the seasonal options which change regularly. The Classic Chocolate Chip will probably always be favorite though.
What else: There’s a few things to know here. Firstly, these cookies sell out pretty much every day and once they’re gone, they’re gone (this happens especially quickly on weekends). Keep an eye on their social media pages as they keep them well updated with how many they have left at any given time and when they finally sell out for the day, they’ll post an update. Their social pages are also the best places to find seasonal cookie flavors, as well as any specials they have going on that day. You can pre-order your cookies on their website if you want to make sure you don’t miss out.
5. Voodoo Doughnuts
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We have a really wet week coming up in Central Florida (I secretly love rainy days though!) but that didn't stop us braving the rain yesterday to get a Mother's Day treat I've been craving for weeks. We headed out to @universalorlando to try a famous @voodoodoughnut and even though we had to stand in line in the rain for 30 minutes…and they'd run out of the Maple Bacon ones by the time we got to the front…and Grayson literally took one out of my hand before I could even have one bite…they were sooooo good! I'm not much of a doughnut person usually, but I'd heard these were extra special and they definitely live up to their reputation! If you're visiting Universal Studios Orlando this summer, I'd definitely recommend giving them a try – just be prepared for a bit of a wait! • • • • • • • #havediaperswilltravel #travelwithkids #travelingwithkids #havekidswilltravel #familytravel #momblogger #momblog #travelblog #showthemtheworld #familytravelblog #tmom #travelingmom #familytravelblogger #mumblogger #familytravelmoms #sharetravelpics #letsgoeverywhere #femaletravelbloggers #travelinspiration #traveltips #travelmom #parentingblogger #takethekids #lpkids #wearetravelmums #familyadventures #traveldeeper #mytinyatlas #lppathfinders
Where: Inside City Walk at Universal Studios Orlando Resort
What to order: I try to get a different doughnut every time we go here and there hasn’t been anything I didn’t like – BUT the Maple Bacon Bar has been my favorite so far (topped with maple frosting and sliced bacon on top, this has been my go-to breakfast doughnut!) I’m also kind of obsessed with the Voodoo Doll, which is filled with raspberry jelly and covered in chocolate frosting with a pretzel stake. My toddler also keeps requesting the Marshall Mathers, which has vanilla frosting and mini M&Ms.
What else: Popular doughnuts do sell out here, so if you know you want a particular variety get there early. The lines can get long but the system is pretty efficient – there is a revolving glass case with the doughnuts in so you can see your options while in line, so don’t be that person who gets to the front of the line with no idea what they want!
Where: Their food truck is located on Bumby Avenue in Downtown Orlando, but you can also find them at local farmers markets
What to order: In the hot Florida weather, there’s nothing better than a Pitaya Fi-Yaa bowl, made with pitaya, banana, strawberry, cherry and mango juices, topped with granola, toasted coconut, and fresh fruit. I also love their smoothies!
What else: Keep an eye on their social media to see which local food truck events they’re attending
7. Wonderland Cookie Dough Co.
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A few months ago I heard about @wonderlandcookiedough in Celebration, and kept thinking how good it sounded – and yesterday I finally got to try it…and it was so good! I went with the classic chocolate chip cookie dough and although I'd worried it would be too sweet, Grayson and I managed to finish it pretty quickly. If you're in the area, definitely stop by for a scoop or two! #orlandoeats #orlandofoodie • • • • • • • #havediaperswilltravel #travelwithkids #travelingwithkids #havekidswilltravel #familytravel #momblogger #momblog #travelblog #showthemtheworld #familytravelblog #tmom #travelingmom #familytravelblogger #mumblogger #familytravelmoms #letsgoeverywhere #femaletravelbloggers #travelinspiration #traveltips #travelmom #parentingblogger #takethekids #lpkids #wearetravelmums #familyadventures #traveldeeper #mytinyatlas #lppathfinders
Where: Downtown Celebration on Market Street
What to order: It’s tubs of cookie dough so really, there is no wrong choice here! The Chocolate Chip is my favorite, my husband loves the Peanut Butter chip, and my toddler loves the Brownie Batter. The cookie dough is also egg free so totally safe to eat raw.
What else: This stuff is amazing, but as sweet and rich as it sounds, so think twice before ordering a giant portion!
8. The Glass Knife
Where: Off Orlando Avenue in Winter Park
What to order: Cake! Get the cake! You can buy full sized cakes as well as cake by the slice or small individual cakes, which is what I tend to go for. My favorite is the Berries and Cream, which is strawberry cake filled with lemon curd, strawberry jam, and white chocolate mousse, topped with fresh berries. They have a full menu with sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, etc, but just make sure you save room for the cake!
What else: This is a cash free facility, so make sure you bring a debit or credit card. It is also smoke free, and you can bring your four-legged friend to enjoy lunch with you on their outside patio.
9. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
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I've decided I need to try to eat a little more healthily, but obviously after walking past Toothsome Chocolate Emporium at @universalorlando I've decided that resolution can wait until tomorrow! Thanks @fivefortheroadblog for the recommendation – maybe the best milkshake I've ever had! • • • • • • • #havediaperswilltravel #travelwithkids #havekidswilltravel #momblogger #momblog #travelblogger #travelblog #familytravel #familytravelblog #familytravelblogger #exploreeverything #wanderlust #travelingwithkids #showthemtheworld #TMOM #travelingmom #bestcommunitytravel #sharetravelpics #letsgoeverywhere #globetrotter #travelinspiration #traveltips #travelmom
Where: Universal Studio’s City Walk
What to order: Toothsome offers a full menu, meaning there is actual food there…apparently, although I’ve never eaten it – I’m too busy looking for the desserts! The artisanal milkshakes are my favorite thing to get here, and there are some pretty crazy flavors to choose from – my latest obsession is the Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake!
What else: You can eat in the main restaurant if you want a full meal, or just grab a milkshake or drink from the bar. If you want to eat in the restaurant, especially during busy times, I would recommend making a reservation.
Instagram: no official account so you can find them by using #toothsomechocolateemporium
10. Sugar Factory Orlando
Where: Part of the ICON Orlando complex on International Drive
What to order: The food here is pretty good, but what you really come for are the crazy drinks and desserts. Think huge goblet sized cocktails, ‘insane milkshakes’ (their words, not mine!), flavored martinis, coffees, and more. The milkshakes are huge and definitely shareable; I love the Nutella Banana milkshake, which is vanilla ice cream with Nutella, banana chocolate fudge, banana, whipped cream and a unicorn lollipop, all served in a chocolate and sprinkle covered glass.
What else: The Sugar Factory is not somewhere to go for a nice, quiet drink or dessert – this place is loud and crazy and at 33 years old, I felt like I was about 10 years too old to be there! It’s a fun place to go, and my kids thought it was amazing (although my 5-year old did describe it as “outrageous!”) but I was pretty excited to learn that they have a to go window where you can grab some of these items to take with you!
Which of these sweet treats would you try? Let me know in the comments!