A list of the best desserts in Salt Lake City would be incomplete without mention of The Chocolate. Truly the best slice of “not homemade” homemade cake I have ever had. The Chocolate does a fantastic job of making you feel like you’re sitting at your mother’s kitchen table eating a slice of fresh-out-of-oven goodness. I’m a huuuuuuge sucker for a classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting and this one is the best in all the land. Real talk: “The Husband” was our wedding cake, just covered with a white buttercream frosting. Check out their locations in Orem or South Jordan for the best slice of cake you ever did try.
Coming from a girl who loves Nutella, you absolutely, unequivocally NEED THIS DESSERT. House made pizza dough cooked in a wood-fired oven topped with fresh slices of strawberries, bananas, slivered almonds, Nutella, Nutella, more Nutella, and dusted with powdered sugar. Great dessert to share with a group of friends. You haven’t tried all of the best desserts in Salt Lake City until you try a slice of this beauty.
Leatherby’s will always remind me of the once-existing 5 Points Mall of my Davis County childhood. I remember being served enormous ice cream concoctions (my 6 year old self unwilling to share a BITE with anyone) and feeling a sense of silent satisfaction. Good news, people- the sundaes on North Temple are just as great. They’re still enormous, still covered in all the homemade fudge, and serve enough to split between two or three people. If you’re a peanut butter fan, be sure to get my pick, the peanut butter sundae.
Sometimes the most simple combinations make the best sweet treats. If you’re a chocolate lover you *must* make a stop at Hatch Family Chocolates for the chocolate covered raspberries, caramel pecan chocolates, peanut butter truffles, aztec salted caramels, home made ice cream, and (wait for it . . . ) their chocolate brownie sundae made with a HOMEMADE brownie, HOMEMADE ice cream, and topped with HOMEMADE hot fudge sauce. Come to mama.
Owned by the creators of Settebello, this is the best gelato you can find in the city of Salt Lake. Period. Come here to find pans of delicious frozen concoctions including stracciatella (pictured), raspberry sorbetto, sweet cream, and coconut. They’ll give you a sample of any of their daily made flavors. Great spot after pizza next door or on a hot summer evening.
You haven’t met a donut until you consume one of these bad boys from SLC’s most popular donut joint, Banbury Cross. Kids love it, adults love it, cops love it (personal witness)- there’s a reason why they’re constantly packed. In addition to these little balls of deliciousness, have a go at their popular “crumb” donut, a fluffy, glazed donut covered in a cinnamon sugary coating. Become your office favorite and treat your co-workers to a Banbury dozen.
The Dodo is without question reputable for having some of the best desserts in Salt Lake City. Fun fact: my husband and I had our first date at the Dodo, but that certainly wasn’t the first time I tried a slice of Tollhouse Pie. This culinary twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie is a definite Salt Lake City must try. Picture ooey, gooey cookie deliciousness in the size of a giant pie slice with whipped cream and chocolate chips to top off the decadence. Other amazing pies include their key lime, chocolate mousse, and banana cream. #gimme
There’s nothing better than creamy, thick, homemade custard. Nielsen’s has this art mastered and makes the best custard around. This frozen treat comes great as it is, but if you’re needing a step up from a simple scoop or cone, be sure to try a concrete. Concrete = a very thick shake that you eat with a spoon. Some of my favorites include the caramel cashew, chocolate cookie dough, chocolate almond, and chocolate raspberry (see the theme??). Nielsen’s also has a great selection of ready made pints and quarts of custard to go. They’ve got a Holladay location but I’m known to stick to my roots and enjoy this frozen custard in my motherland of Bountiful. 100% one of the best desserts in Salt Lake City
What would Salt Lake City do without Rubysnap?? Owner Tami Steggell knows how to make a perfect cookie that tastes just as delicious as it looks! Head over to their location on 300 west and 700 south for The Mia (vanilla bean sugar cookie with buttercream beet frosting), The Penelope (peanut butter truffle cookie dipped in chocolate), or my personal favorite, The Ricki (Coconut dough cookie filled with soft coconut, almonds, and semi-sweet chocolate). I love you, Ruby.
Last year was my first Valentines’ day with my (now) husband. We had a smashing day and I’m convinced my gift of chocolate covered sea salt caramels from V Chocolates sealed the deal. All jokes aside, this is my favorite place to buy a beautiful box of what I consider to be the best caramels in Utah. They have a great selection of ready-to-give items including chocolate covered pretzels, assorted truffles, and their ever-famous chocolate covered caramels.