If you are trying to figure out the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in Little Rock this post will surely help you out. There are plenty of great shops selling sweets around town and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.
We will start off with the best ice cream shops in your area. Anyone that is searching for vanilla, chocolate, gelato, frozen yogurt, malts, ice cream cakes, and other frozen delights has plenty of options to choose from.
Up next we will get into bakeries where you can buy cakes, cookies, pastries, and all kinds of sweet treats. Then we will niche down and get into donut shops, where to buy cupcakes, candy stores, and chocolate and fudge shops near you.
Following that we will discuss some healthy dessert options in Little Rock like gluten free bakeries and smoothie shops. Our last section will be about restaurants known for must have desserts in your area.
Towards the end you will find a local dessert map that has all the various venues we are mentioning throughout the post pinned on it. And all of you are welcome to look through our other posts on the region at that link if you want.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
When you want to eat the best ice cream in Little Rock or some healthier frozen yogurt try:
- The Purple Cow Restaurant at 11602 Chenal Pkwy
- Loblolly Creamery at 1423 Main St #C
- Kilwins at 415 President Clinton Ave
- Shake’s Frozen Custard at 12011 Westhaven Dr
- The Cove – Yogurt + Coffee at 12319 Chenal Pkwy # C
- TCBY at 11418 W Markham St
The Purple Cow is known for its gourmet burgers, hand-dipped shakes, diner specialties, and a fun 50’s atmosphere. They also offer a wide variety of desserts including ice cream, sundaes, malts, and shakes.
Loblolly Creamery is a local ice cream shop that makes small-batch, handcrafted ice cream and sweet treats, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. Everything is made from scratch, including gluten-free vegan cones, ice cream cakes, buttercream macarons, milkshakes, and the most delicious marshmallows.
Kilwins is a traditional confectionery chain that sells chocolates, ice cream, handcrafted sweets, caramel apples, and gift baskets. Shake’s Frozen Custard is a low-key frozen custard chain that serves shakes, cones, sundaes, and other treats.
The Cove is a self–serve frozen yogurt shop in your area as well as a full–service coffee shop and their signature item is Fryo-Lattes. TCBY is a brightly colored chain yogurt shop that serves a variety of frozen treats and chilled coffee drinks.
They have a diverse product line with most yogurt flavors available in low-fat, nonfat, or no-sugar-added varieties.
Bakeries In Your Area
These bakeries should have great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more:
- Boulevard Bread Co at 1920 N Grant St B
- Blue Cake Honey Pies at 315 N Bowman Rd #14
- Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets at 11121 N Rodney Parham Rd #14A
- Community Bakery at 1200 Main St
- Mylo Coffee Co. at 2715 Kavanaugh Blvd
Boulevard Bread is a bakery and bistro serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer a variety of sweet treats such as brownies, tea cookies, macaroons, tiramisu, linzer, and other seasonal treats.
For over 40 years Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets has provided elegant and delicious desserts near you for all occasions. They can create towering wedding cakes as well as a batch of birthday cupcakes that you can mix and match with over 30 different flavors of batter, icing, and fillings. Cookies, pies, cheesecake, brownies, and other specialty desserts are also available.
Fresh sandwiches, soups, paninis, quiche, breakfast items, coffee, espresso, European-style pastries and desserts, baked goods, and occasion and wedding cakes are all available at Community Bakery. Mylo Coffee Co. is an open-air hangout that serves house-roasted coffee, pastries, salads, and sandwiches.
Local Donut Shops
Start your morning off right at one of these donut shops:
- Paul’s Donuts at 2127 Main St
- Hurt’s Donut at 107 E Markham St
- Mark’s Do-Nut Shop at 4015 Camp Robinson Rd
- Shipley Do-Nuts at 8523 W Markham St
Paul’s Donuts is a chain that provides yeast, cake, and filled donuts in addition to kolaches, espresso drinks, and smoothies. Shipley Do-Nuts has over 60 varieties that remain as consistent as the freshness of the products but their plain glazed is by far the best seller and they can do catering.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
There are some really good cupcake shops around town:
- Cupcake Factory at 18104 Kanis Rd
- SmallCakes Cupcakery at 13220 Crystal Hill Rd
- Sugar Mama’s Cupcakes & Creamery at 12911 Cantrell Rd #17
Cupcake Factory is a family-owned and operated bakery that serves cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cake pops, pies, custom cakes, custom iced cookies, grab-and-go cakes, milkshakes, ice cream floats, sundaes, homemade cinnamon rolls, and more. They also have heat-and-serve dinners like chicken spaghetti, enchilada casserole, stuffed bell peppers, spaghetti bake, and others.
SmallCakes Cupcakery bakes and frosts 18 signature flavors from scratch. Seasonal and special flavors include maple bacon, fat Elvis, cannoli, strawberries n’ crème, tiramisu, French toast, and pumpkin while they also offer 15 flavors of small-batch ice cream on a daily basis.
Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets from our best bakeries near you list also has many great cupcakes.
Candy Stores Near You
These local candy stores should have a wide variety of sugary treats to choose from:
- Natalie’s Candy Jar at 6000 W Markham St
- Ozark Nut Roasters at 6220 MacArthur Dr
- Pookie’s Gourmet Popcorn at 5311 AR-5 #240
Natalie’s Candy Jar is a self-service candy store in your area that offers over 400 varieties of traditional, nostalgic, proprietary, and hard-to-find candies and candy-related gift items. Their store offers a large bulk selection of chocolates, sours, gummies, jubes, and jells as well as sugar-free treats, nuts, and health-conscious trail mixes.
Ozark Nut Roasters produces roasted and candied nuts. They also sell a variety of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and sugar-free chocolate-covered nuts and confections.
Pookie’s Gourmet Popcorn sells delectable fresh gourmet popcorn in addition to bulk candy including chocolates, gummies, taffy, and homemade fudge.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
Buy homemade chocolate and fudge at these shops:
- Cocoa Belle Chocolates at 108 W 6th St A
- SinFul Treats by Amber at 2120 Main St
Cocoa Belle specializes in handcrafted artisan chocolate truffles, bon bons, bars, and barks. SinFul Treats offers hand-dipped strawberries and apples as well as handcrafted chocolate-covered pecans and much more plus they both do catering or events.
Kilwins also has a wide selection of chocolates, and don’t forget about the homemade fudge at Pookie’s Gourmet Popcorn.
Gluten Free Bakeries
Gluten free bakeries are a good healthier alternative:
- Dempsey Bakery at 323 S Cross St
- Cinnaholic at 12800 Chenal Pkwy #7
Dempsey Bakery is a contemporary shop that serves gluten-free breads and sweet treats, as well as sandwiches and other lunch items. They are completely gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, and nut-free.
Cinnaholic is a local family-run bakery that specializes in custom gourmet cinnamon rolls as well as homemade cookie dough, brownies, and cookies. All of their products are vegan, dairy and lactose-free, egg-free, and cholesterol-free, and are made with the highest quality ingredients.
They provide a one-of-a-kind experience with over 40 different frostings and toppings and can cater to any size event and offer a variety of catering options.
Smoothies are a good combination of tasty and healthy:
- Healthy’s Downtown at 400 W Capitol Ave #300
- Tropical Smoothie Cafe at 5504 JFK Blvd
- Smoothie King at 13924 Cantrell Rd #F
Healthy’s Downtown is a neighborhood nutrition club that serves healthy smoothies and teas at the bar. They provide health coaching and personalized nutrition programs for at-home use to assist you in reaching your health objectives.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a laid back health-conscious chain restaurant that specializes in custom smoothies, sandwiches, and wraps. Their toasted flatbreads, wraps, sandwiches, quesadillas, and bowls are made to order using quality meats, fresh produce, and flavorful sauces, all with a tropical twist.
Smoothie King makes the ideal blend for you, using whole non-GMO fruits and organic vegetables, as well as no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
Lastly, these restaurants are known for their must have local desserts:
- Capers Restaurant at 14502 Cantrell Rd #4271
- Capeo at 425 Main St
- Table 28 at 1501 Merrill Dr
- Cheesecake On Point at 9809 W Markham St #B
- Blue Cake Company at 315 N Bowman Rd #14
Capers Restaurant is a sophisticated New American eatery with a seafood focus, an inviting deck, and a to-go market. They also are known to serve some of the best desserts near you with their double chocolate cheesecake with chocolate ganache and white chocolate bread pudding.
Capeo serves a refined Italian menu and a lengthy wine list in an intimate setting with an open kitchen. Some of their most popular desserts include tiramisu, chocolate walnut torte, and almond torte.
Table 28 serves elevated, Southern-inspired comfort food in a chic bistro with a private chef’s table. The restaurant’s signature dessert is sticky toffee pudding.
Cheesecake On Point makes 6 inch cheesecakes and cheesecake cupcakes and even sells cake toppers too. Blue Cake Company is a popular local business that is known for its beautiful and customized cakes and desserts that are all made from scratch by talented bakers and artists. They also have signature treats, petit fours, and whole pies.
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Enjoy Ice Cream, Cookies, & Cakes In Little Rock
For now that is all we have to share but check back in because we plan to update this post often. After reading about all these local shops to buy ice cream, frozen yogurt, cookies, cakes, pastries, other bakery items, cupcakes, donuts, chocolate, fudge, candy, gluten free baked goods, smoothies, and even restaurants with can’t miss desserts in your area you should be ready to find your next sweet indulgence.
Please use the comments to let us know if any shops have closed down, or if we posted anything that is incorrect. Now have fun eating your ice cream, cookies, and cakes in Little Rock.