Summer dreams ripped at the seams but oh those summer delights!
Summer has this incredible power of going by unbelievably fast but feeling unbelievably long and what’s on everyone’s mind is savoring the moments before life picks up where it left off.
With school fast approaching, and summer taking its leave, stress is at an all-time high for everyone involved — and what’s a more perfect remedy than unique desserts?
These local eateries offer mind-blowing treats that will leave you in shock over presentation, taste and overall abundance. From milkshakes with whole cupcakes and Pop-Tarts sticking out the top from M Street Baking Company and Swedish Fish flavored ice from Detroit’s Water Ice to Ice Cream Sammies from Detroit Cookie Co. and massive cones from Treat Dreams, it has never been easier or tastier to take a moment to yourself and indulge in the little things.
- Address: 100 S. Main St., Royal Oak
Get your fill of sweet, sugary goodness in the form of cotton candy piled high on the head of a mannequin. The cocktails and full menu make this spot a perfect pick for date night.
- Address: 45 W. Grand River Ave, Detroit
Described by pastry chef Matt Knio as “almost too pretty to eat”, the St. Honorè is just that. Named for the French patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs, the St Honorè is a puff pastry cake that is decadent and light.
- Address: 4240 Cass Ave., Suite 100, Detroit
Vegan families get their fill of dairy-free soft serve at this local spot. Try The vegan cereal killer, which is topped with gluten-free and vegan caramelize cornflakes or Fruity Pebbles. They have non-vegan options (including a Superman soft serve), ice cream sandwiches, ice ream tacos and more.
- Address: 5838 Schaefer Road, Dearborn
The “Freakshakes” at this spot come piled high with cookies, cereals, marshmallows and other toppings of your choosing. They offer smoothy bowls, cookies, Kunafa and more, too!
- Address: 23421 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
Enjoy your favorite ice cream flavors smooshed between two soft and decadent cookies. Plus, try unique cookie flavors including the “Big 3,” which feature Better Made potato chips, Michigan dried cherries and chocolate chips or the “Peanut Butter Volcano.”
- Address: 1014 Woodward Ave., Detroit
With unique flavors such as Swedish Fish, and PB & J, and Salted Margarita, there’s something for everyone.
While we recommend trying the Fruity Pebbles donut, there’s so many options to choose from. From gluten-free bumpy cake to snickers and even Oreo, there’s something for everyone.
- Address: 100 Erskine St., Detroit
This vibrant and luxurious ice cream has macaron shells mixed in for an Instagram-worthy experience. As tasty as it is aesthetically pleasing, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for what flavors they come up with next.
- Address: 22737 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
Chimney cakes come in traditional flavors like glaze and cinnamon sugar or premium options such as coconut, Oreo, Fruity Pebbles and pistachio. With or without ice cream. Add whatever filling and toppings you’d like.
- Address: 681 E. 8 Mile Road, Ferndale
This marbled cheesecake is nostalgic and fun. With its red, blue and yellow swirls that mimic the beloved Superman ice cream, you’ll be as transfixed by the taste as you are with the design.
Is is a cookie? Is it a bowl of ice cream? Truth is, it’s both and neither! Try a cup of the unique cookie cream or choose from other treats including cookies, cakes and more.
- Address: 42545 Ford Road, Canton; 6901 Schaefer Road, Dearborn; 22001 Michigan Ave., Dearborn and 25442 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights
Think sushi but much sweeter — think Nutella spread over cinnamon rolls with frosting on top. Plus, smoothies, soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, crepes and more.
- Address: 1210 Lawndale St., Detroit
This combination of strawberries, coconut, pecans, granola, and cream is the Starbucks Pink Drink’s edible counterpart. Equal parts pretty and delicious, this treat isn’t something you should miss.
- Address: 117 N. Michigan Ave., Howell
These mind-blowing milkshakes come in a variety of flavors such as Oreo Party, Fruity Pebble, S’mores and more. With toasted marshmallows, Pop-Tarts, cotton candy and Oreos sticking out the top, you really are getting the full flavor experience.
- Address: 623 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
You won’t get a scoop at this ice cream shop. Instead, you’ll get a roll of ice cream filled with the delicious topping of your choosing. Bubble tea, too.
- Address: 2237 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights
Small-batch, fresh, handcrafted desserts and pasties is the name of the game at this shop. They offer liquid nitrogen ice cream, dessert pizza and waffle pops. Plus tea, baklava and even gluten-free options.
- Address: 920 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor
This elegant, flower-dressed cake is enough to make anyone feel like a princess. With a delicate painted texture, this cake is an indulgence towards the finer things in life.
- Address: 2801 Monroe St., Dearborn
A soft-serve ice cream cone with a delicious surprise on the inside? Yes, please! Choose from sprinkles, jelly, caramel and other sweet filling options. They offer custard sandwiches and coolers, too.
Try the delicious custard in a sweet sandwich topped with Nutella, strawberries, cereal and other toppings of your choice.
- Address: 22965 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
Enjoy a scoop, or two, or three of delicious ice cream piled high on a cone. Choose from toppings such as Oreos or cake crumbles — and don’t forget to taste their ice cream sandwiches, too.
- Address: 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
Two layers of fluffy vanilla chiffon cake and strawberry ice cream surround a generous coating of lemon curd. The whole cake is covered with a light layer of strawberry buttercream and a white chocolate lemon mirror glaze for the perfect summer delight.
Do you know of any crazy over-the-top desserts in metro Detroit or Ann Arbor? Share them with us in the comments.
This post was originally published in 2020 and is updated regularly.
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