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Branson’s Sweetest Eatin’ - 6 Unique Places to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

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Branson’s Sweetest Eatin’ - 6 Unique Places to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

We like to say that everything in Branson is a sweet treat, but if we’re going to be a bit more literal, how about finding some really good sweet, treats, and oh so tasty eats in your favorite destination?  So, let’s get our yummy on and visit a few great places for everything from decadent desserts to a simply satisfying ice cream cone. Is your sweet tooth sending you signals yet? Bonus - we’ll keep the primary list to Branson originals, but you can find your favorite national or regional brands in the list at the bottom.  (If you’re looking for a delicious meal before grabbing some sweets, these posts have lots of excellent suggestions: “Pizza in Branson - 25 Unique Options & Familiar Brands!” - “Branson MO - Finding Your Best Burger in Your Favorite Place!” - “Branson Loves Barbecue - These 8 Places Prove It!”)

In no particular order...a half dozen fantastic ideas for finding a favorite sweet treat:

1.  Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe:  One of the most popular stops while strolling through Branson’s charming Grand Village Shops is this cozy little cafe.  Here’s where you’re going to find one very delightfully decadent slice of cake, or a chewy cookie, or maybe a muffin. They also have a long list of cobblers, including hard-to-find fruit cobblers like rhubarb (with and without strawberry,) and gooseberry.  Hungry for lunch? Try a made-to-order fresh salad, a nice variety of Signature Panini Sandwiches, and more. It can get quite busy, so arrive ahead of the usual breakfast or lunch time, and be patient - it’s worth the wait!

Location:  Grand Village Shops on Highway 76 (right next door to the new Aquarium on the Boardwalk - under construction.)

General Schedule:  Year-round - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday

2.  Mel’s Hard Luck Diner:  While we have you at the Grand Village, check out Mel’s - it’s Branson’s original home of the singing servers, and they have some fabulous ice cream treats!  The menu items all have delightful, oldies rock ‘n roll appropriate names, including the desserts. Try something from the soda fountain, like a sundae or float, or go all out for a Build Me Up, Banana Cup - a huge banana split with all the requisite toppings...or maybe something from the bakery, like cheesecake, cobbler, or pie.  And the food is just as amazing and fun, including hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. The singing servers make it especially enjoyable for a meal with the family or a couples’ night out.

Location:  Grand Village Shops on Highway 76 (right next door to the new Aquarium on the Boardwalk - under construction.)

General Schedule:  Year-round - 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. - daily

3.  Cakes-n-Creams 50’s Diner:  Sporting an enjoyable 50s diner decor and atmosphere, this Branson landmark has been a popular hang for years, both for treats and more hearty eats!  Ice cream treats include shakes, sundaes, banana splits, and hand-dipped ice cream in waffle cones. They’re famous for their funnel cake, and also offer a nice selection of pies, cakes, and even sugar-free desserts.  For lunch or dinner, you can find sandwiches, burgers, fries, chili, nachos, and other diner fare, as well as great pizza.

Location:  Highway 76 (across the street from Grand Village Shops)

General Schedule:  Seasonal - 10:00 a.m. to Midnight - 7 days

4.  Simply Irresistible Old Fashioned Candy Store:  Just as the name implies, this has the feel and atmosphere of a true, old style, candy store, complete with one of those wood-framed screen doors that makes that cool smacking sound when it closes behind you.  One look and you’ll know that you need to grab a basket and fill it up! There’s 120 different flavors of taffy, deliciously creamy hand-made fudge, candies you haven’t seen since you were a kid, including the yummy chocolates, licorice, and other sweets in those angled jars with the metal lids.  And you could spend all day just gazing at the cool antique signs, pop bottles, and other memorabilia adorning every wall. Remember Black Jack Gum? Chick O-Sticks? Black Cow? Chuckles? Boston Baked Beans? Well, you’ll find all these goodies plus so much more!

Location: Commercial Street in Historic Downtown Branson

General Schedule:  Year-round - open until 5:00 p.m.

5.  Mr. B’s Ice Cream Parlor:  What a fun little place to stop with the kids while strolling around downtown Branson!  This family-owned shop is a regular stop for returning guests, and they’ve been putting a smile on faces since 1958!  You’ll find simple ice cream cones in 24 flavors, as well as shakes, sundaes, floats, cobblers, and a nice offering of diner foods, including burgers, grilled cheese, frito pie, fries, and so on.  The interior has those charming little tables with the retro ice cream parlor chairs - it’s fun to sit near a window to watch folks go by, an easy thing to do with their convenient corner location.

Location:  Corner of Veterans Boulevard and Main Street in Historic Downtown Branson

General Schedule:  Seasonal - 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

6.  Grandma Ruth’s Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls:  And yes, it’s the real Grandma Ruth who bakes the yummies and goodies at this very popular bakery and cafe! Sometimes Grandma has help, so we can’t guarantee that she’ll always be in the kitchen, but we can assure you that everything made here comes from her recipe file!  Famous for her cinnamon rolls (that’s why it’s right there in the name,) Grandma has many other incredible treats, including her chewy sugar cookies, and she whips up a tasty breakfast - you can get eggs, bacon, pancakes, omelets, and more. Hours are limited and it can get busy, so arrive early and expect to be a little patient.  She does have a larger location now - previous patrons might recall her shop in the Victorian Village - she’s currently in the Branson Craft Mall, and still making those fantastic rolls!

Location:  Branson Craft Mall on Highway 165 (just a minute or so off Highway 76)

General Schedule:  8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Monday through Saturday

Now, if you’re hankerin’ for a treat from a popular brand, here are some of the “sweet” spots you’ll find in Branson:

1.   Hurts Donut - Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater Complex on Highway 76

2.   Krispy Kreme - Highway 76 and the corner of Tanger Boulevard

3.   Marble Slab Creamery & Great American Cookies - Branson Landing

4.   Dunkin’ Donuts - Highway 76 (combined with Baskin Robbins)

5.   Baskin Robbins - ditto above

6.   Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory - Branson Landing

7.   Kilwin’s Chocolates - Branson Landing

8.   Northwoods Candy Emporium - Branson Landing

9.   It’s Sugar - Branson Landing

10. The Fudgery - Tanger Outlets & Branson Landing

11.  Andy’s Frozen Custard - Highway 76

12.  Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers - Branson Hills

13.  Steak ‘n Shake - Highway 76/Main Street Historic Downtown Branson & Highway 376 (near Highway 76)

14.  Cherry Berry - Green Mountain Drive

15.  Dairy Queen - Highway 76 & Highway 248

16.  Cold Stone Creamery - Highway 76

This post doesn’t include every unique place to find great treats (like Glenn’s Frozen Custard and Billy Bob’s Dairyland,) especially restaurants with amazing desserts on their menus, but we’ll save those for a future post!  In the meantime, here’s something helpful for both new and returning guests to Branson: “Branson - 11 Good Things to Know Before You Go!