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6 of the Best Dessert Spots You Need to Try When in Indiana

If you’re anything like us, even the most delicious meal is just a prelude to what we’re really craving — dessert! From flaky pies to decadent cakes, to velvety smooth ice creams, there’s no denying we are a nation of dessert lovers, seeking out the very best across these great United States.

But with all eyes on Indiana this month in anticipation of the Indy 500 kicking off the glory of summer for so many, what better way is there to celebrate these humid days ahead than by indulging in our favorite desserts from this charming Midwestern state. When it comes to a sweet treat, Indiana’s innovative menus ensure we never settle for anything ordinary, especially when it comes to desserts.

From moist doughnuts to worldly delights, Indiana has a lot to offer when it comes to good eats. Whether you’re in town for the Indy 500, visiting the state or even passing through this summer, make an effort to check out these six memorable dessert spots. You never know, they might pair perfectly with a cold glass of milk — an honorary custom at every Indy 500 event.

The Blue Gate

Address: 195 N Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN

Northern Indiana is quite a sight for tourists, but its quaint and charming town of Shipshewana is an experience in itself. Nestled deep in the heart of LaGrange County, this award-winning restaurant known for its Amish style cooking also boasts more than 25 kinds of pies, including a Hoosier staple — Sugar Cream Pie. Baked from scratch with butter, brown sugar and cream and made golden to perfection, it’s a treat that will surely melt in your mouth.

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The Chief

Address: 502 W Lincoln Ave., Goshen, IN

Touted as one of the best ice cream shops in the U.S. by Thrillist, Goshen’s sweet hometown fixture is a symbol of the American Midwest. The small, family-owned walk-up stand, named after the Goshen High School mascot, makes all their ice creams on-site from 12 percent milk fat and a wide selection of natural ingredients. To beat the summer heat, residents and tourists flock to The Chief for its generous scoops, as well as sugar-free and frozen yogurt options. And with ice cream flavors that rotate every week, you’ll want to try them all — like, this month’s Mint Oreo.

The Flying Cupcake

Address: 423 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN

With five locations across the state, The Flying Cupcake is a heavenly staple among Indy residents. Voted as the “Best Cupcakes in Indy” for seven years in a row, the locally owned and operated cupcake haven offers the most moist and diverse in taste, like the “Pineapple in Paradise” cupcake made with real chunks of pineapple. The best part of this cupcake oasis is that it injects a dose of homestyle delight with a well-rounded deliciousness. Moreover, they offer a daily selection of custom, gluten-free and vegan cupcakes.

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The Dancing Donut

Address: 1134 E 54th St., Indianapolis, IN

If you’re looking for one of a kind, artful doughnuts made of yeast, cake and gluten-free options, look no further than to The Dancing Donut! Boasting a friendly atmosphere and a wide variety of creative flavors like, the Jane Dough — a chocolate yeast doughnut with sprinkles — this retro-styled establishment is perfect for the doughnut connoisseur. While a bit pricey as each doughnut ranges between $2.50 – $3.50, it’s known as one of the more inventive bakeries for the hungry sweet tooth.

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South Bend Chocolate Café

Address: 122 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN

Situated in the heart of South Bend, this illustrious Chocolate Café gives Willy Wonka a run for his money. With a prime location that lets you soak in the city, tune into live music and just “people-watch” while indulging in rich, smooth velvety cakes, this decadent café boasts its own dining area full of brunch favorites, café treats, an ice cream parlor and of course, a candy museum — yes, they really thought of everything! This iconic, laid back and flagship café is also one of the fastest growing chocolate companies in the U.S., with locations in Michigan and Ohio.

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3 Days in Paris

Address: 222 E Market St., Indianapolis, IN

If you’re looking for an authentic Parisian experience in the States, Indy’s got you covered with its charming, street-style crêperie located in the heart of downtown’s City Market. Specializing in hand-prepared sweet and savory crêpes, this adorable gem offers a limited menu but with generous desserts that pack quite a punch of flavor, like their “Gustave” crêpe made of banana, Nutella and walnuts. Best of all, if you’re not much of a sweet tooth, they offer both sweet and savory options to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

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What are some of your favorite places for dessert in Indiana? Let us know in the comments below.

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