East Coast v. West Coast: Dessert Edition

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We love visiting dessert shops! Along with our recent visits to the Mini Doughnut Factory in Florida and the Grounds Bean Bar in California, there are a lot more dessert recommendations we have!

Here are our top picks in Florida and California:

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FLORIDA

The Poor Porker — Lakeland, FL

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The Poor Porker fries up homemade New Orleans inspired beignets that are to die for! It’s in a  trendy part of town and screams “Instagram me.” The shop itself is bright, spacious, and airy oasis where you can relax and chill out with good coffee and good company. Plus the staff are super friendly and make you want come back over and over again, not just for the beignets.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium — Orlando, FL

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Think “Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory”, but real! This chocolate heaven is located in Orlando it’s a destination for fun, entertainment, and don’t forget chocolate! The Chocolate Emporium is filled with loads of yummy chocolate desserts and “larger than life” milkshakes.

Chocolate Pi — Tampa, FL

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Chocolate Pi in Tampa is a cute dessert specialty shop that sells everything from cakes, cupcakes, macarons, bonbons, ice cream and so much more. Their selections change daily, so it’s always a fun surprise and you can try something new every time you visit.

Revolution Ice Cream — Brandon, FL

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Revolution Ice Cream makes some of the best homemade ice cream Tampa has to offer. With fun flavors like Eurotrash, Matt’s Fatty Rolls and Grandma’s Oreo you’ll get something your franchise ice cream stores can’t offer. Plus, they’re pet friendly so you can take your pup with you when you’re craving something sweet.

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CALIFORNIA

Cauldron Ice Cream — Santa Ana, CA

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Cauldron Ice Cream in Santa Ana freezes to order with liquid nitrogen, plus they’re organic with a variety of unique flavors like the Earl Grey Lavender and the Vietnamese Coffee. Not only is it mesmerizing to watch ice cream being transformed in seconds, but it also makes for the creamiest ice cream you’ll ever try.

Bobboi’s Natural Gelato — La Jolla, CA

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Bobboi’s Natural Gelato in La Jolla creates unique flavors that are all made with organic ingredients. Bobboi’s was voted #8 in Yelp’s 100 best reviewed places to eat in America and they have an impressive five stars with over 1,000 reviews. Now that’s impressive!

Iceskimo — San Diego, CA

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Iceskimo specializes in Taiwanese shaved snow which is a hybrid between ice cream and shaved ice. Sounds pretty cool, right? Their blocks of ice are homemade and made with 100% real fruit and natural ingredients. Try their unique twist on the classic affogato where you pour a flavor infusion over their shaved snow.

Nespresso Boutique & Cafe — Beverly Hills, CA

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Nespresso Cafe is boutique dessert cafe that serves up lots of cute, mini desserts that pair perfectly with their wide selections of coffees and espressos. There are only a handful of Nespresso Cafes in the US and luckily the largest one is in Beverly Hills, California.

Hopefully you get to try out some of these yummy dessert shops!

If you have any other dessert recommendations let us know down below in the comments.