1. The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops, St. Petersburg
After experiencing The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops once, you’ll be craving their handmade ice pops every day. The gourmet pops are made fresh daily with real fruit, fresh herbs and spices, evaporated cane juice and sometimes dairy. The Hyppo was the result of a man with an idea and a conversation with a stranger on a plane. Founder Stephen DiMare started his business in St. Augustine in 2010 and The Hyppo found its way to St. Pete in September of 2015. They expanded their Tampa Bay presence in June with a second location in Ybor City and will soon welcome a third spot in Hyde Park Village this fall. Explore unique flavors like Cucumber Lemon Mint, Melon & Cracked Pepper, and Elvis (peanut butter, honey, and banana) or keep it simple with the classics. Flavors change with the seasons and with over 450 combinations under their belts you never have to worry about running out of options. Good thing Floridians can enjoy frozen treats year round!
2. Chocolate Pi, Tampa
Even without stepping foot inside, Chocolate Pi is a showstopper. Their beautiful display of sweets turns heads when passing by the storefront in the Epicurean Hotel along South Howard Avenue. Chocolate Pi is a scratch bakery as imagined by owner and Pastry Chef Kim Yelvington. Kim’s pairing of southern sweets with old world tradition culminates in a cornucopia of cakes, cupcakes, macarons, bonbons, ice cream, coffee, homemade soda, and tea. Every confection and drink is made using whole ingredients, free from artificial flavorings or preservatives. Their dessert and flavor selections change daily, so prepare for a fresh and exciting experience every time you walk in the store. It’s the perfect end to a busy day, family dinner, or date night.
3. Mike’s Pies, Tampa
A 1992 South Tampa pie-making venture turned into a nationwide success. Mike’s Pies proves not only to be a heartening story of family tradition (starting with Grandma Smith’s time-honored recipe) but also one dedicated to an important mission: serving delicious desserts with authentic ingredients, all made from scratch. Fillers, preservatives and artificial flavors aren’t allowed anywhere near their local 30,000 square foot facility that supplies pies to restaurants across 38 different states. Their latest signature, Killer Key Lime Pie, is a four-time national champion at the Great American Pie Festival (I’ll take a lifetime supply of tickets to that, thanks) and baked in premium Key West fashion, with a filling comprised only of egg yolks, condensed milk and Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime Juice®. Of course, that’s not even the best part—while Mike’s Pies are available at many local restaurants and shops (Fresh Market, Family Farm, and Bella Vino, to name a few), they can easily be ordered online and delivered straight to your doorstep!