Where to get your sweet fix in Central Florida

Local eateries offer decadent desserts

ORLANDO, Fla. – Life in Orlando is sweet, literally.

The Central Florida area has a smorgasbord of restaurants and eateries where patrons can stop in to get their sugar craving quelled.

Below is a list of some of the more notable options in the area where you can find doughnuts, cupcakes, cookie dough, ice cream, cookies and more.

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Gideon's Bakehouse

Image courtesy of Gideon's Bakehouse

Ooey gooey, rich and decadent are just some of the adjectives commonly used to describe the cookies at Gideon's Bakehouse. Seriously, these cookies are some of the best around as noted by Delish, TravelPulse and Sports Illustrated. Go early to this bakery in East End Market early because the goods often sell out.
Read more: www.gideonsbakehouse.com

Better Than Sex

The name says it all. This Ivanhoe Village date spots offers an intimate atmosphere with a menu of nothing but desserts. Leave the kids at home because items like the cookie nookie pie and popcorn pimp cheesecake are better suited for adults.
Read more: www.betterthansexdesserts.com

Sugar Factory

Bigger is better at Sugar Factory on International Drive, which is why most diners opt for the insane milkshakes. There are eight over-the-top concoctions that range from a bacon cheeseburger milkshake to the twinkie dinkie. If that sounds like a bit much, there are more traditional options such as chocolate and vanilla. Pictured is the King Kong sundae.
Read more: sugarfactory.com

The Glass Knife

The food here is almost too pretty to eat, but don't let that stop you from indulging. Everything from the cakes to the coffee is beautifully prepared for a decadent dining experience. Sandwiches and salads mean you can make a whole meal of it, as long as you make sure to save room for dessert. 
Read more: theglassknife.com

Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream

Toppings or no toppings, one scoop or two -- the choice is yours at Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream. If you're feeling more adventurous, waf-a-tacos, flights and ice cream sandwiches are also served. Stop by the brick-and-mortar location in Audubon Park or catch the truck when it's out and about at Central Florida events.
Read more: kellyshomemadeicecream.com

Wonderland Cookie Dough

Forget what your parents said -- you're allowed to eat raw cookie dough, or at least you can here. Wonderland Cookie Dough in Celebration is set up like an ice cream parlor except you choose your scoop of uncooked dough. Flavors include peanut butter and fluff, brownie batter and candy monster. 
Read more: wonderlandcookiedough.com

Blue Bird Bake Shop

The cupcakes here are fun-sized, meaning you won't feel bad about eating more than one. Blue Bird in Audobon Park offers daily flavors such as red velvet and Neapolitan as well as seasonal offerings like sweet potato and candy cane.
Read more: bluebirdbakeshop.com

Valkyrie Doughnuts

The doughnuts at Valhalla Bakery are so popular that owner Celine Duvoisin had to open a second location to meet the demand. Enter Valkyrie Doughnuts. The UCF-area bakery offers doughnuts and doughnut-based treats, such as the BS drink and doughnut sammich.
Read more: valkyriedoughnuts.com

Peterbrooke Chocolatier

This place is a chocolate lover's dream. Each gourmet candy is handmade daily at the locations in Winter Park and The Villages. Peterbrooke offers gelato, candy apples, macaroons and truffles as well as chocolate parties and chocolate summer camp.
Read more: www.peterbrooke.com

Charlie's Gourmet Pastries

The best approach when visiting Charlie's Gourmet Pastries is to scan the glass cases and pick what best appeals to you. The pastries, cakes and other baked goods rotate regularly, but everything is delicious so you can't go wrong. 
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