The rule normally goes that you can eat what you like while on holiday, and this is certainly no exception when visiting Dorset. From charming tea rooms filled to the brim with baked goods to locally produced sweet treats, those with a tendency to enjoy something sugary will be spoilt for choice.
As they are often featured on the front of postcards and associated with hot weather, a summer holiday wouldn’t be complete without enjoying an ice cream cone. With a variety of flavours and added toppings on offer, you could literally have a different combination each day of the week! From the classic 99 (vanilla with a flake), to a Mr Whippy with fruity sauce, this frozen dessert will be sure to delight your taste buds.
While in the county, you’ll be lucky enough to experience the award-winning Purbeck Ice Cream, which is made locally with fresh milk and thick double cream. You can even buy a tub of their ice cream to take back to your holiday cottage in Dorset, should you wish to make the most of your self-catering accommodation.
“Purbeck Ice Cream is lovingly made on the farm overlooking Corfe Castle in the heart of Dorset by a small and perfectly formed team, with all natural ingredients and no artificial anything, the range of exciting flavours are both traditional and innovative. Download the free app to locate your local stockist or an event nearby and……enjoy!” – Purbeck Ice Cream
This popular confectionery is not only delicious, but it also makes a great souvenir to share at home after your luxury cottage holiday experience. Again, available in an assortment of flavours, there’s sure to be one which will be to your taste.
From a traditional rum and raisin to the more unusual chilli, Sam’s Fudge is made with the simplest ingredients, while still remaining incredibly tasty. It is also lovingly produced in Dorset by a young married couple, who are passionate about running their fudge business while still working full time in other occupations.
"Sam's Fudge is handmade in Dorset, it is made using the simplest ingredients with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. They are keen to support and promote local produce and are proud members of Dorset Food and Drink, Sam's Fudge can be found at food festivals and events across the county and purchased through several Dorset shops which are listed on the website." – Sam’s Fudge
There’s nothing much better than sitting in a quaint café and watching as the world goes by, especially when you’re on holiday and want to make the most of your opportunity to relax. This is enhanced even further when accompanied by a slice of cake, particularly those freshly baked on the premises.
Cafes in Dorset are plentiful, but those partial to a sweet treat will want to research those worth visiting before stepping inside. We’ve done some of the hard work for you and found two of our favourites, which we’d highly recommend. The first is the award-winning Courtyard Tea Rooms, which are set in a 16th century building, complete with a beautiful garden.
“We are a husband and wife team who work hard to create a unique and quirky tearoom setting in the heart of Poole, with a lovely secluded outside seating area. All our food is prepared fresh to order, our fabulous cakes and scones are all home-made on the premises. We claim to have the best scones in Poole!"
“Our speciality has become our cream teas and full Traditional Afternoon Tea. Our afternoon tea is served on a tiered stand with vintage china. It comprises delicate crust-off sandwiches, a scone with clotted cream and preserve and a selection of other sweet treats of the day. It is served with a pot of loose leaf tea of your choice. We have three choices of scone: Sultana, Plain or Cranberry & Orange."
“We always have a fabulous selection of other cakes and sweet treats too, including our Dorset Apple cake served warm with clotted cream. Customers always comment on the apple cake and often take a whole one away! Our ginger fudge topped flapjack is delicious and very popular, as is our chocolate tiffin.” – The Courtyard Tea Rooms
Winning the gold Taste of the West Award in both 2013 and 2014, you can rest assured that your growling stomach will be placed in safe hands when visiting Aroma in Lyme Regis.
“Our cakes are all baked on site and are all gluten free for all to enjoy, we also make all the jams that go into our Victoria sponges. Our most popular cakes are the salted caramel with mascarpone filling, and our moist orange and almond slice. Our brownies change all the time with what we have made, such as cherry jam or peanut butter and we cater for vegans also, with our bitter chocolate, avocado and ever changing fillings, last week it was kaffir lime and lemongrass, this week it’s been orange blossom and cinnamon.” – Aroma
When we’re craving something sweet, chocolate is often our first port of call, whether it’s a bar, or something that is simply chocolate flavoured. In its simplest form, it is incredibly tasty, but can also come in lots of weird and wonderful ways.
Chococo in Swanage have been creating chocolate by hand for many years, and visitors to the shop can get a unique insight into the production process. You can even have a go yourself, should you wish to take part in one of the organised workshops.
“We have been making our fine, fresh chocolates by hand here in Dorset since 2002. We use locally sourced seasonal ingredients where possible, including local fresh cream, blended with fine origin chocolate and no nasty additives or preservatives. As a result, we have won 48 fine food awards to date!"
“Our original shop & café is in the heart of Swanage and there you will find not only our range of handmade chocolates, which make excellent gifts, but also our chocolate café next door. So, you can also enjoy our unique range of hot chocolates, locally sourced coffee & teas, cold drinks, Purbeck ice creams, chocolate fondues as well as our locally made cakes & bakes. We also hold regular workshops in holidays for both children and adults, which are great for a rainy day, or if you just want to get out of the sun!"
“By the way, if you are ever in Winchester, we also have a second shop on the High Street there which we opened in 2013.” – Chococo
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