If you still have room in your stomach after enjoying a savory Southern meal at one of Manchester’s best restaurants, check out one of these delicious destinations to satisfy your cravings. With an array of pastries, candies and cold treats to offer, there is a place to appease your sugary appetite at both 5 in the morning and 10 at night—start your day with a breakfast donut and end it with a late-night frozen yogurt at these sweet Manchester spots.
Donut Palace | 1202 Hillsboro Blvd
The perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and read the morning news, the Donut Palace is located in National Plaza and open every day of the week. Voted Manchester’s Finest Bakery in 2017, Donut Palace sells old-fashioned, cake, éclair, glazed and filled donuts, in addition to donut holes, apple bites, savory croissants, cinnamon rolls, coffee and an assortment of cold beverages. Some of its tastiest and most popular donuts include a strawberry and whipped cream cheese donut, a butter pecan donut and a seasonal donut with fresh strawberry icing. Donuts can be purchased individually, by the half-dozen or by the dozen—but of course, as the saying goes, they are “cheaper by the dozen.”
Manchester Chill | 2161 Hillsboro Blvd
Voted Manchester’s Finest Ice Cream and Milkshake for three years in a row, Manchester Chill is a frozen yogurt and dessert bar in the Whispering Pines Shopping Plaza. For $0.55 per ounce, customers can enjoy one of Manchester Chill’s 12 constantly rotating frozen yogurt flavors with any combination of toppings, such as candy, nuts or cheesecake bites. Manchester Chill also sells lattes, floats, hot cocoa, Italian ice and T-shirts. Guests can enjoy their cold treat inside the store or on the relaxing Adirondack chairs outside. Manchester Chill offers one machine of non-dairy flavors.
Russell Stover Candies Store | 2244 Hillsboro Blvd
At the Russell Stover Candies Store, customers can purchase a wide selection of boxed chocolates or loose candies, including an assortment of Jelly Belly flavors, caramels, toffee and saltwater taffy. The refrigerated section of the store stocks fudge, caramel apples or one of the many flavors of chocolate truffles. For those with an insatiable sweet tooth, Russell Stover sells handspun milkshakes, old-fashioned floats, banana splits, ice cream sundaes and simple ice cream cones and cups. These sweet treats can be enjoyed outside at the candy store’s three covered picnic tables.
Sweet Simplicity Bakery | 100 W. Fort St.
Located in downtown Manchester on the square, Sweet Simplicity Bakery is located in the same building as the Mercantile Café and owned by the same sisters. Opened in its current location in July of 2016 after being operated out of the owner’s home for five years, Sweet Simplicity offers cookies, cakes and other standard bakery items, in addition to the owner’s specialty: candies such as divinity and praline pecans. Sweet Simplicity also does special orders on the weekend, however, the bakery does not make wedding cakes. Before you eat something sweet at the bakery, check out the Southern food and lunchtime “meat-and-3” at the Mercantile.
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