Sweet Treats: Best Ice Cream, Cupcake and Donut Shops in Dallas

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I don’t eat sweets very often, so when I do, I want the best. Not a cup of frozen yogurt or a handful of M&Ms … I want to indulge in a melt-in-your-mouth masterpiece of sugar. This week, I found three must-try sweet spots in Dallas that specialize in sweet treats and are sure to satisfy your sugary food mood.

Pokey O’s: For SMU students looking for a sweet escape from schoolwork, this one’s for you. Named one of the 10 best ice cream shops in Dallas by Thrillist, Pokey O’s is serving up a must-try cookie and ice cream sandwich. This double dessert combination guarantees double the sweet-tooth satisfaction. You can choose from 13 kinds of cookies and 15 flavors of ice cream to build your dream sandwich. Oh, and to make it even sweeter, the ice cream is a Texas favorite — Blue Bell! So, the next time you get bombarded with projects and tests, remember that stressed spelled backwards is desserts and Pokey O’s is your dessert destination for a stress-relieving sweet treat!

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The Original Cupcakery: It takes a lot of prestige to be the official cupcake of anything. So when I learned this Uptown cupcake shop was the “Official Cupcake” of SEVERAL performing arts organizations in DFW, I knew I had to give it a try. I decided to order six different cupcakes to get a true taste of these celebrated treats. My favorite was the Banana Cream cupcake: a vanilla cupcake filled with banana pudding and topped with a Nilla wafer … it was like an entire dessert baked into one cupcake! With over 30 unique flavors, it’s no surprise that this shop is named one of the 15 best places for cupcakes in Dallas. And if the plethora of options isn’t enough to peak your interest, you can also enjoy a bit of “Decadence with Elegance,” pairing your favorite cupcake with a glass of wine or champagne. Located in the heart of Uptown, The Original Cupcakery offers an elegant ending to a nice dinner or sweet start to a night out.

Hypnotic Donuts: If you’re wondering where to stuff your face with Dallas’ finest donuts, look no further than Hypnotic Donuts. I took one glance at the donuts they were dishing out and immediately understood where the name came from. I spent more time mesmerized by the pure artistry and creativity of these donuts than I did eating them. While you can order the traditional glazed and chocolate iced donuts, it’s the Hypnotic originals like “Evil Elvis” (donut topped with peanut butter, banana, bacon and honey) and “Canadian Healthcare” (long john donut topped with maple icing, a strip of bacon and syrup) that give this place well-deserved recognition as one of the 15 best places for donuts in Dallas by Foursquare.


Eugene Massad, a Dallas local, visits Hypnotic Donuts regularly for a sweet start to his day.

“Donuts are one of my favorite breakfast foods and I love being able to choose from a really crazy variety,” said Massad. “To me, this is definitely the best donut shop in Dallas.”

I decided to “Expresso [My]self” and order the chocolate donut covered in coffee icing and topped with fresh ground coffee. Talk about the perfect combination of my favorite breakfast treat and drink. If you need a pick-me-up to endure the inevitable Dallas traffic on your way to work, Hypnotic Donuts is the best place to turn an ordinary rush hour into a sugar-rush hour.

Photos by Janelle Giordano. Infographic by Janelle Giordano. Map by Janelle Giordano.


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