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Five Best Dessert Spots In Truckee

Alex Silgalis
December 21, 2023
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When in Truckee, exploring nature and engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, biking, climbing, and skiing might be at the top of your list. Yet, as any kid (or kid at heart) knows, indulging in sweet treats is a must on vacation. Whether you're a visitor or a resident, here's our best dessert restaurant bucket list for your Truckee adventure.

Candied Apple at Sweets Handmade Candies

You may come for the fudge, but you’ll fall in love with the candied apple at Sweets Handmade. Nestled in downtown Truckee, the cozy shop boasts an array of delights – from caramels, toffees, truffles, and turtles to fudge and a selection of sugar-free chocolates. But the star of their collection? The diverse range of candied apples, crowned by the one-of-a-kind Tahoe Turtle caramel apple.

A Scoop of Pine Nut Brittle from Truckee Ice Creamery

Take in the beauty of Donner Lake and savor each spoonful of ice cream without worrying about it melting. During winter, the original Little Truckee Ice Creamery’s Donner Lake Scoop Shop remains the sole open spot, albeit with adjusted hours (closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays). You’ll find an ever-evolving lineup of flavors, like the beloved Truckee Trails featuring pine nut brittle and delectable brownie chunks swirled into sweet cream ice cream. Even an ordinary flavor like Vanilla boasts uniqueness. A simple yet intricate blend crafted with genuine organic Madagascar Vanilla beans.

Chocolate Croissant At Cornerstone Bakery

Baking at high altitude is difficult, but Cornerstone Bakery steps up to the challenge and will exceed your expectations. While everything from the vanilla bean pull apart to their cinnamon rolls are divine, the highlight is their chocolate croissant. Comparable to its French counterpart, it boasts a flaky, crispy exterior enfolding a rich, indulgent chocolate filling. If you decide to get one, we highly suggest savoring it seated, perhaps over a plate. Additionally, for those with gluten allergies, they offer equally delightful alternatives, like their chocolate peanut butter bar.

Swoon Over The Sea Salt Caramels At Dorinda’s Chocolates

Experience the award-winning chocolates crafted by the Duchess of Chocolate - Dorinda Vance. Dorinda started her journey into all natural hand-dipped chocolates at the age of 12 with hand-dipped cherries. After developing her talent as a chocolatier in formal settings (like the L’Ecole Chocolat and the Berry Callebaut factory), she set off to share her passion with others. Rather than following passing trends, Dorinda focuses on delivering unparalleled flavors. Indulge in an array of delights such as specialty bars, truffles, caramels, and a variety of hand-dipped items from pretzels to fruits. Her collection also features enticing flavors such as peanut butter and peppermint confections, among others.

Old Fashioned Shake At Jax At The Tracks

Bring your little one to experience a beloved tradition cherished by all ages – indulging in a classic milkshake at an authentic old-school diner. Jax At The Tracks, situated by the actual railroad tracks in Truckee, owes its name to this unique location and resides within an original 1948 Kullman Diner from Philadelphia. This family-friendly spot boasts some of the most delightful milkshakes you'll ever taste. While they serve up timeless favorites like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, they also feature a lineup of ever-changing specialty flavors such as Apple Pie and French Toast.

Alex Silgalis

Born and raised as a flat lander in Chicagoland, Alex spent his summers working to save up for a season pass to the local hill along with any trips out West or beyond he could squeeze in. It was during his travels, both as a kid & an adult, Alex discovered his inspiration for Local Freshies® . His idea was to create the No. 1 Web site providing the local scoop on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer alongside the love of his life and business partner, Jaime Pirozzi.

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