In North Carolina, the only thing sweeter than our tea is our dessert.
Home of the original Krispy Kreme and Dewey’s bakery, Winston-Salem is no amateur when it comes to the final and most beloved course. Bars, restaurants and bakeries around town offer freshly made confections of the finest ingredients. Sweet and savory or cool and creamy, dessert of all varieties is plentiful around Winston-Salem. Although the list could go on for pages, here are the sweet spots loved by locals and visitors alike. So delay swimsuit season for another week, and treat yourself to a daily dessert.
1. Go Bananas: Fratellis’ Bananas Foster
Fratellis isn’t monkeying around with this twist on a classic dessert. The warm piece of buttery pound cake is paired with creamy vanilla ice cream. Caramelized banana slices are draped over the dish to add a sweet finish. Sprinkled with crushed candied pretzels, this dessert will have you going bananas.
2. Hot Light Delight: Krispy Kreme’s Glazed Doughnut
Krispy Kreme was founded in Winston-Salem in 1937 when Vernon Rudolph sold hot glazed doughnuts to passer-by on the street. Today, the Krispy Kreme “Hot Doughnuts Now” light is a universal beacon of freshly baked dessert. At one bite the sugary pastry melts in your mouth. ProTip: Don’t miss a doughnut, and download the Krispy Kreme app to receive hot light notifications. You know you want to.
3. FroYo is Go: Brynn’s Frozen Yogurt
Check your diet at the door, and serve yourself a swirling tower of flavored frozen yogurt. With a new variety of flavors each week, Brynn’s leaves no choice but to try them all. Indulge in Divine Cookie Dough or savor tart Pomegranate Raspberry Sorbet, but don’t forget to pile on assorted toppings. Ghirardelli chocolate syrup, fresh fruit and chunks of fudge brownie provide the perfect touch for this cool creation.
4. Apple of my Eye: Kilwins’ Caramel Apple
Since 1947 Kilwins’ kitchen has brought traditional confections to cities across the country. With friendly customer service and an expansive dessert menu, generations have relied on Kilwins for an afternoon pick-me-up. Bite into one of their tart Granny Smith apples and taste the chewy coating of handmade caramel. You know what they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
5. Not Your Momma’s Pie: Camino Bakery’s Pecan Bar
Take refuge from the outside world in a quiet corner of Camino Bakery. Whether you’re catching up with friends or cramming for an upcoming exam, enjoy one of Camino’s signature pastries and a steaming cup of coffee. Each morning the glass counter is teeming with decadent cinnamon rolls, rich cheesecake and lightly buttered croissants. Nibble on Camino’s pecan bars to taste their gooey center bursting with chopped pecans. I’ll have another, please.
6. A Piece of Cake: Dewey’s Cake Square
Dewey’s Bakery is the talk of the town with their Blue Ridge ice cream and Moravian sugar cake. Since opening in 1930, Dewey’s has remained a local favorite because of their moist cake squares. Choose from a variety of flavors including white cake, devil’s food, pink lemonade or red velvet. The fluffy cake is generously coated with luscious icing. ProTip: Every Monday Dewey’s offers free cake squares at their locations. Talk about starting your week off right!
7. Très délicieux: La Vie en Rose’s Crêpes
Crêpes in Winston-Salem? Oui! La Vie en Rose brings French cuisine to you without the baggage. Although the menu changes occasionally, you can count on the food truck to offer both sweet and savory crêpes to satisfy your cravings. Each freshly made crêpe comes oozing with toppings to transport you to the streets of Paris. Ooh la la!
8. A Tasty Nightcap: 6th and Vine’s Chocolate and Strawberry Bread Pudding
Although it’s not typical bar food, don’t let that discourage you from ordering the sizzling plate of bread pudding from 6th and Vine. End your night out with this truly indulgent dessert. A gooey concoction of sinfully sweet strawberries blends effortlessly with rich chocolate. Cheers to that.
9. Sip, Sip, Hooray! : Juice Shop’s Signature Smoothies
Start your day with a Juice Shop smoothie. Made with frozen yogurt or sorbet, fruit and juice, this tart treat will fill you up and make you smile. Sip on the Polar Peach, a 24-ounce cup brimming with blended guava juice, banana, peaches and orange sherbet. Include healthy additives like protein powder or bee pollen for an extra boost.