When you just can’t satisfy your sweet tooth, it’s time to visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Here, you’ll find all the right combinations of sugary, creamy, crunchy, decadent treats. Come for the beach and stay for dessert as we take you on a tour of some of the beach’s most iconic sweet treats – and some new ones, too!
The Yard Milkshake Bar
The Yard Milkshake Bar has taken Gulf Shores by storm! This tiny ice cream shop opened its doors in 2017 and has had a line waiting to get in ever since. When you visit The Yard during the spring or summer season, go early and prepare for a bit of a wait. But these creative ice cream concoctions are worth it and are super Insta-worthy. (Tip: When you post your milkshake on Instagram, use #GSOBeyw so we can see your heavenly dessert, too!) What’s special about The Yard’s milkshakes? You get to choose all your toppings and add-ons, including a giant slice of cheesecake, a huge ball of cookie dough or a spongy iced cupcake. There are more options, too! The combinations are seemingly endless.
Matt’s Homemade Alabama Ice Cream
Let’s continue on this journey of sweet treats with a stop at Matt’s Homemade Alabama Ice Cream. Matt’s ice cream hails from Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe in nearby Mobile, where the family-run creamery churns out time-honored flavors and new tastes, too. Did someone say salted caramel? It’s a must-try! Get your ice cream piled high with toppings or devour it in its natural state. Either way, your sweet tooth will leave satisfied.
What dessert could possibly make you feel like a kid again than a big, powdery cloud of powdered sugar? Sink your teeth into an airy beignet at Café Beignet in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. That’s right, there are two locations to choose from, so you’re never far from a tempting treat! Order your beignets filled with a creamy pudding or topped with chocolate sauce, or enjoy them in their traditional state: coated in loads of powdered sugar. Takeout is available, but get there early as the café closes at noon.
Original Oyster House
Did someone say pie? Original Oyster House is known for their savory oyster dishes, but did you know they are home to several must-have desserts? Belly up to the table for a heaping helping of peanut butter pie. This traditional Southern favorite is big enough to feed you and a few (depending on your appetite). Can’t get enough? You’re in luck! You can order an entire peanut butter pie to go!
BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets
A trip to BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets will definitely bring out the (sophisticated) kid in you. Relive the days of staring into the glass dessert case as a kid and picking out the cinnamon roll with the most icing. BuzzCatz has its very own pastry chef who bakes up made-from-scratch treats every day. From homemade pop tarts to flaky pastries, you’ll find a sweet treat for an afternoon sugar rush.
What are some of your go-to sweet treats on Alabama’s beaches? Share with us in the comment section below.