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Best Spots to Celebrate National Dessert Day on October 14

07:00 October 12, 2023
By: Brhea Washington

The Delectable World of New Orleans Desserts

If you love to indulge in sweet treats, this week has a special day in store for you. You can satisfy your sweet tooth in honor of National Dessert Day on October 14. Fun fact: the word "dessert" comes from the French word desservir, meaning "to remove what's been served". Traditionally, desserts were snacks or meals that dinner guests enjoyed after tables were cleared of the main meal. Nowadays, desserts have become a category all their own—so let them eat cake! Or beignets, pies, cookies, pastries, chocolate…

Here is a list of dessert spots in New Orleans where you can celebrate National Dessert Day and overindulge. You deserve it!

1. Antoine's Bakery

3030 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 309-8599, antoinesbakerynola.com

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The mission of Antoine's is to provide customers with both delectable and fresh desserts, aiming to satisfy your sweet tooth with the finest New Orleans cakes and pastries.

Famous for their king and queen cakes, Antoine's not only offers year-round king cakes to make every day feel like Mardi Gras season, but they also make custom-made cakes and themed holiday desserts. They also offer a wide range of other desserts for your choosing, such as pies, beignets, donuts, and much more.

2. The Creole Creamery

Multiple Locations, creolecreamery.com

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If your sweet indulgence is ice cream, look no further! The Creole Creamery offers some of the best frozen desserts in New Orleans, including artisan ice creams and sorbets made fresh daily. If you favor traditional options, you can get classics such as a banana split, ice cream float, a sundae, or a milkshake.

If you'd like to try Creole Creamery specialties, taste their famous Creole cream cheese ice cream, their tall "skyscraper" creation, or their hearty "Tchoupitoulas" extreme food challenge treat, featuring eight scoops of ice cream and your choice of numerous toppings and finished with whipped cream, sprinkles, cherries, and wafers.

3. Bernard's Pralines

Multiple Locations, bernardscandy.com

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If you'd like a New Orleans staple, Bernard's is home to delicious gourmet NOLA pralines at various locations throughout the city where you can satisfy your candy cravings. Their specialty-made praline candy stems from a recipe passed down through generations, and they have been serving New Orleans with their delicious pralines for over 18 years.

Not only can you purchase the original praline candy, their menu also includes tasty assorted flavors of pralines that you may not have experienced yet, such as chocolate, rum raisin, almond, or butterscotch. Visit Bernard's for creamy pralines that include a host of mouthwatering options that are made with love daily.

4. Bittersweet Confections

725 Magazine St, Suite A., (504) 523-2626, bittersweetconfections.com

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Founded in 2002 by local chocolatier and New Orleans native Cheryl Scripter, Bittersweet Confections started with the aim of creating exceptional candy collections with superior chocolate and locally sourced ingredients.

Also serving breakfast and lunch, Bittersweet Confections offers freshly baked muffins, scones, customized birthday cakes and wedding cakes, and more. You can experience their chocolate king cake and taste why it was named by NOLA Defenders as the best king cake for four years in a row!

5. The Roman Candy Company

Multiple Locations, romancandy.com

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This traveling pop-up shop operates out of a carriage wagon built in 1915 and sells gourmet taffy, sold in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla flavors. This family recipe has been passed down four generations and was originally sold for 5 cents a stick.

The Roman Candy Company wagon is usually found near Audubon Park on Saint Charles Avenue or within the Audubon Zoo, but check their website or Facebook to find them in real-time.

6. Angelo Brocato

214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-0078, angelobrocatoicecream.com

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This beloved Italian ice cream parlor has been operated by the Brocato family in New Orleans, Louisiana for over one hundred years. However, the culinary traditions of Angelo Brocato are steeped in Sicilian tradition.

Head over for National Dessert Day, and check out the assortment of biscotti, cannolis, gelato, and pastries with classic flavors like Sicilian pistachio, stracciatella (chocolate chip), and salted caramel. Be prepared for a line on weekends, but know that it's well worth the wait for one of the best bakeries in New Orleans.

7. Sucré

Multiple Locations, shopsucre.com

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This "French dessert boutique" is best known for their treats that are almost too beautiful to eat. Sucré is French for "sugared" and was founded in 2007 by Joel Dondis, former sous-chef for Emeril Lagasse.

Menu favorites are the colorful macaroons, creamy gelato, and specialty chocolates. Be sure to check out Sucré's drink menu as well with highlights like milkshakes and specialty lattes.

8. The Fudgery

Multiple Locations, fudgeryfudge.com

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The Fudgery has been serving one-of-a-kind fudge since 1980. At both locations, guests can watch their fudge be made, and occasionally catch a musical performance by an employee.

Flavors of fudge include Extraordinary Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Nut Fudge, Dark Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, Rocky Road Fudge, Chocolate Caramel Fudge, Sugar-Free Chocolate Nut Fudge, Creamy Vanilla Fudge, Cookies and Cream, and Peanut Butter. Other exciting treats include hand-dipped marshmallows, Rice Krispie Treats, and apples.

9. Croissant D'Or Patisserie

617 Ursulines Ave., (504) 524-4663, croissantdorpatisserie.com

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This bakery specializes in made from scratch sweets like croissants, cakes, danishes, strudels, and more. Don't forget to check out their drink menu for specialty coffee, tea, and juice selections.

Conveniently located in the French Quarter, Croissant D'Or Patisserie also features the perfect atmosphere for National Dessert Day with a beautiful courtyard to dine in.

10. Antoine's Famous Cakes

1300 Stumpf Blvd., Gretna, (504) 368-6222, antoinesfamouscakes.com

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This beloved Gretna bakery has been in business for over 30 years and is home all kinds of different specialty baked goods like queen cakes and glazed beignets. Guests can cross the Mississippi River to the Westbank and find all kinds of delicious treats like petit fours, Russian cake, doberge, and more.

Antione's is also known for their amazing king cakes, which they have available all year long. The bakery can also provide birthday cakes, wedding cakes, and many other catering needs for its customers.

Dive Into National Dessert Day

From snowballs to strudels, New Orleans is a go-to spot for sweet delicacies year-round, but a must-stop for this National Dessert Day. This October 4, enjoy your day dedicated to indulging in your favorite sweet treat in a city that never fails to delight.

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