A Sweet Tooth’s Guide to Sonoma

By: Maddie Brightman, SomethingAboutSonoma.com Staff

When in Sonoma, one can walk into a restaurant and enjoy rich and delicious entrées paired with fabulous wines nearly every night. Mouth-watering dinners are all across Sonoma County, and the desserts are second to none. Dessert is the sweetest meal of the day and Sonoma is home to some of the tastiest treats. Enjoy our “Sweet Tooth’s Guide to Sonoma” and save some dessert for us! Vacation is about indulgence, so don’t hold back; treat yourself to everything sweet Sonoma has to offer! 

Our Picks 

The Chocolate Cow
Swing over to the Plaza and enjoy award winning ice cream and gelato at the Chocolate Cow! This local favorite offers milkshakes, homemade fudge, snow cones, and old-fashioned candy that will take you back to being a kid again. Enjoy the sweet treat of your choice in a courtyard right outside of the store. This ma and pop ice cream shop has an authentic small town feel and is a must do for the dessert lover of the family! 

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Wine Country Chocolates
Nestled in the small town of Glen Ellen, Wine Country Chocolates is home to the mother-daughter chocolatier team of Betty and Caroline Kelly. Sample different truffle flavors and an array of solid chocolates at the WCC Tasting Room located on the Sonoma Plaza. Truffle boxes and other chocolaty treats are the perfect gifts to bring home for friends or yourself! You can also join the Truffle of the Month Club to enjoy Wine Country Chocolates all year round!

Danish and Donuts
The meaning of indulgence shines through when you enjoy a treat from Danish and Donuts located on Highway 12. This local favorite offers a variety of homemade donuts and baked goods that never disappoint. Baking begins at midnight and the doors open at 4 a.m., so make sure to get up extra early for the freshest donuts in town! Apple fritters and old-fashioned glazed donuts are traditional favorites and sweet treats you won’t want to miss out on!

Mary’s Mud Pie
Mary’s Pizza Shack is known for delicious pizza and Italian specialties, but their mud pie is even more legendary! The mud pie is Mary’s original recipe and the restaurant’s bestseller. Your mouth will water over this chocolaty specialty topped with whipped cream and nuts. Stop in for a slice of pizza, but leave room for this famous dessert that you won’t want to share!

Glen Ellen Star Ice Cream
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Glen Ellen Star ice cream! Everyone loves Glen Ellen Star’s wood oven vegetables, but their ice cream is even better! Indulge in flavors like vanilla maple bourbon and malted milk chocolate and let your taste buds have the time of their life. Not only is this ice cream delicious, but it also served in the coolest cardboard bowls you’ll ever find.  Head over to Glen Ellen and try the star of the menu!

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Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
Everyone feels like a kid in a candy store when they walk in to Powell’s Sweet Shoppe. With many locations throughout the West Coast, Powell’s Sweet Shoppes are a nostalgic recreation of the old-fashioned corner candy store. Powell’s strives to bring customers down memory lane by selling treats you can’t find in the grocery store candy aisle and that customers haven’t seen in years. Powell’s offers ice cream, candy, and a variety of chocolate delicacies, but they truly try and offer memories to each customer who steps through their door.

Petaluma Pie Company
German Chocolate Coconut, Banana Cream and Mocha Cream are some pie flavors served at Petaluma Pie Company. This unique restaurant is a farm-to-table bakery cafe specializing in pies made with local and organic ingredients. Year round favorites are offered along with seasonal flavors, making sure there is always something new to try. From fun pies, like the Elvis and the Pennsylvania Dutch Shoofly, to the variety of savory pies, make sure to pick up a delicious pie on your next Wine Country get away or bring one home for dessert if you’re local, we promise you won’t regret it!

Patrick’s Of Bodega Bay Salt Water Taffy
Since 1960, Patrick’s Salt Water Taffy has been a family owned and operated taffy shop in Bodega Bay. The pink and white striped store is a landmark of Bodega Bay and a building you won’t miss! Patrick’s offers delicious taffy flavors such as, Almond Rocha, Chocolate Mocha Cream, Cranrasberry, Neapolitan, and many more. This taffy is so tasty you will even want to ship it home to friends or order it online! Head up to Bodega Bay for a day on the water and stop into this town landmark for a sweet end to your visit!

Moustache Baked Goods
Imagine chocolate cake with ganache, toasted macadamia nuts, and coconut frosting or brown sugar cake with dry creek and brown butter frosting. Hungry yet? These are both cupcakes from Moustache Baked Goods in Sonoma County’s own Healdsburg. Moustache Baked Goods is the go-to place for gourmet cupcakes and classic American deserts. This sweet shop is also known for French macaroons, upscale ice-cream sandwiches, and other seasonal treats. Everything on this menu will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you wanting more!

Screamin’ Mimi’s Ice Cream
Screamin’ Mimi’s is home to over 300 recipes of homemade ice cream and sorbet. This local favorite uses the finest all natural ingredients from all over the world and right here in Sonoma County. This small town ice cream shop is home to a great atmosphere and friendly staff that serve ice cream to fit the customer’s liking. Mimi’s offers delicious flavors like Mimi’s Mud and Salted Caramel and every tasty treat is served with a cookie or waffle cone. This shop is the perfect place for a cool snack on a warm day or a delicious after dinner dessert!

Lala’s Creamery
Lala’s Creamery is an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and Soda Fountain located in the center of downtown Petaluma. This quaint small town creamery offers fresh homemade ice cream and many other sweet treats. Lala’s bakes cookies, cupcakes, and other desserts daily to compliment their variety of specialty coffees. The vanilla lavender ice cream and banana split are some of our favorites. Fancy ice cream creations and hand made sodas are perfect for a fun date night or a family night out!

Your Picks

We reached out to our Facebook and Twitter followers to find their favorite Sonoma desserts, and here’s what they said!

Glen Ellen Inn: Crème Brûlée infused with Orange & Cognac
This traditional French dessert has an added twist and is some of the best in town!

El Dorado Kitchen: Fig Crepes
This simple dish offers a variety of fresh flavors and is served with a mouth watering apricot sorbet!

Studebaker Cheesecake
A variety of cheesecakes you won’t want to miss! You can find them at Sonoma Market!

Scandia Bakery: Swedish Princess Cake and Wedding Cakes
A thin delicious layer of green marzipan covers fresh whipped topping and raspberry puree with delicious custard and delicate white cake

Crisp Bake Shop
Anything on this menu is worth indulging in!


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