Welcome to our guide to the best Christmas treats in Salt Lake City. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, it’s undeniable that there’s something extra magical, and delicious, about holiday treats. This year pass on the grocery store chocolates and questionable baked goods from your neighbors (unless they’re delicious of course). These Christmas treats are all locally made and bound to bring you Christmas cheer. What are your favorite Christmas treats in Salt Lake City? Leave us a comment!
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10. Mrs. Backer’s Pastry Shop: Holiday Cakes
Some of the most beautiful holiday desserts in Salt Lake City come from Mrs. Backer’s Pastry Shop. Established in 1941, this vintage bakery specializes in fluffy, moist, buttercream-iced cakes and cupcakes. The cake itself is extremely light and almost angel-food like, with delicious buttercream frosting. Pre-order ahead for custom cake, frosting, and filling flavors or visit their bakery Tuesday through Saturday for offerings behind their beautiful glass case.
9. Nielsen’s Frozen Custard: Eggnog Concrete
It’s hard to not love the custard from Nielsen’s Frozen Custard in any of their Salt Lake Valley locations, so when we learned that they serve an eggnog concrete (concrete = a really thick shake) in the month of December, we had to see what all the fuss was about. Good news: the concrete is indeed delicious. Not too overpowering but just the right amount of spiced holiday magic, this Christmas dessert in Salt Lake City is a must-try. Pair with any of their mix-ins to add additional texture and flavor- the chocolate chip is clutch.
8. Parsons’ Bakery: Chocolate Chocolate Donut
You’re looking at one of the best cake donuts in Salt Lake City- the chocolate cake donut with chocolate frosting from Parsons’ Bakery in Bountiful. This Davis County treat isn’t found exclusively during the holidays, but with festive sprinkles all month long and a really great foundation of cake and icing, we knew it couldn’t be left out.
7. The Chocolate: Peppermint Bark Cazookie
One of the best dessert spots in all of Salt Lake City is The Chocolate. And while we’re traditionally huge fans of their cake by the slice, they’re serving up one of the best Christmas treats in Salt Lake City during the holidays- the peppermint bark Cazookie. Picture fudgy chocolate cookie dough with chunks of peppermint bark baked to gooey perfection, then topped with vanilla ice cream and crushed candy canes. This dessert is one for the books this holiday season!
6. Chip Cookies: Peppermint Joe Joe Chip
Chip Cookies has our heart for their warm, crisp on the outside, gooey on the inside cookies that they serve year-round. But one cookie that only comes in December is the Peppermint Joe Joe Chip- it’s one of the best Christmas treats in Salt Lake City! Made with peppermint Trader Joe’s candy cane joe joes and white chocolate chips in a chocolate cookie base, this chip is the perfect Christmas dessert for a cookie lover!
5. Normal Ice Cream: Rose”Merry” + Bright Composed Cone
Normal® Ice Cream never ceases to amaze us with their clever and delectable ice cream creations. They not only have new flavors and composed cones every month, but unique menu items for both the truck at Trolley Square and their brick & mortar! From their several holiday flavors this season, we highly recommend the Rose”Merry” + Bright- rosemary & olive oil soft serve, olive oil cake, chocolate ganache, and olive oil powder. Run don’t walk.
4. RubySnap: The Dottie
The Dottie is the perfect Christmas cookie and one of the best Christmas desserts in Salt Lake City! From one of our favorite spots for cookies in town, Rubysnap, this adorable and scrumptious baked good is just as delicious as it is cheery. The Dottie is made of chocolate sour cream cookie dough and topped with a peppermint buttercream frosting. Come to mama!
3. Garden Gate Chocolates: Toffee
There’s toffee and then there’s Garden Gate toffee. This family-owned business has been serving hand-dipped toffee since the 40’s, and it’s consistently delicious year after year. With no website or social media presence, Garden Gate is only open for less than two months each year- from the first of November until typically the week of Christmas. Milk or dark chocolate, they make the best chocolate toffee you will consume in your entire life. The secret is officially out- this is one of the very best Christmas treats in Salt Lake City.
2. Rockwell Ice Cream: Dark Chocolate Orange Ice Cream
You may think that December and ice cream are an unlikely match, that is until you’ve had Rockwell Ice Cream and swooned over their holiday flavors! Rockwell Ice Cream makes some of the very best ice cream in the state of Utah, so it’s no surprise that their special Christmas flavors served in the month of December are totally worth going out of your way for. Our very favorite is the dark chocolate and orange ice cream, made with sinfully dark chocolate and swirls of orange curd. Decadent and high quality, yet still laced with nostalgia, this scoop is one of our favorite Christmas treats in Salt Lake City!
1. Hatch Family Chocolates: Hot Chocolate
Nothing screams Christmas time quite like a cup of hot chocolate, and if you’re looking for the best in Salt Lake City, then Hatch Family Chocolates is your answer. We are simply obsessed with their high-quality hot chocolate. Seemingly pure chocolate melted into a cup (there’s a splash of milk in there too!), this hot chocolate is truly heaven. With milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and a coconut-milk vegan option, you have no excuse to not indulge in a cup of heavenly hot cocoa from Hatch Family Chocolates! Bonus points for late hours on weeknights and weekends- the perfect place to warm up after a visit to see the Temple Square lights.