Sweet Treats Itinerary

Head to Valparaiso for Indiana Dunes Country’s most famous ice cream – Valpo Velvet – which was named one of the Top 10 Places for Ice Cream in Indiana. People who’ve traveled the world have told Cathy Brown there is no finer ice cream than the rich, creamy, old-fashioned kind that’s made and sold at Valpo Velvet.

Valpo VelvetAnd people come from all around to enjoy the famously beautiful and delicious cupcakes and other desserts from Designer Desserts in Valparaiso. It’s hard to pick a favorite among the 80 flavors of cupcakes with flavors such as key lime pie, dark chocolate raspberry, and creme brulee – and seasonal flavors such as root beer float, watermelon fizz, and peppermint mocha.

Sweets lovers should also check out these downtown Valparaiso places:
Kernels and Kones (ice cream, popcorn and candy), Pat’s Ice Cream Parlor, Sticky Fingers Candy Co., and South Bend Chocolate Company.
Another Valparaiso favorite is Simply Amazing Market, where gourmet popcorn and fudge is made and packaged by some pretty remarkable people – the clients at Opportunity Enterprises. Your purchase will leave you satisfied and will benefit adults with disabilities.

Head to Chesterton and indulge at Swetville, a fudge factory and candy shop, or enjoy beautiful and tasty cakes, cupcakes and cookies from Chesterton Cake Shoppe. Another popular Chesterton eatery is Tonya’s Patisserie, a bakery cafe with awesome desserts and pastries, fresh breads and daily lunches. Or grab ice cream and gelato from Dog Days Ice Cream Parlor.
If you head south, be sure to order an ice cream cone at Piggies and Cream at the Depot in Kouts, where you can be sure that it wasn’t manufactured with artificial flavors by some large corporation hundreds of miles away. That’s because Piggies and Cream makes its own ice cream — just as they make many of the other menu offerings. The same family that owns Piggies and Cream also owns Birky’s Bakery & Market in Kouts.