posted on 4/7/22

A vacation to Iowa has never been sweeter. Our bakeries boast pastries from Dutch traditions to local Midwestern favorites. Of course, no vacation is complete without some local chocolates, handmade cupcakes, scones, fresh bagels, and poffertjes.

Ice cream more your thing? The Red Rock Area dishes up scoops featuring fun flavors. We even have some healthier treats with lower sugar counts for those needing a milder sugar rush. Really, no matter your sweet tooth, we have you covered. Here are some of the locals’ recommendations:

Bread Pudding

  • Butcher’s Brewhuis
  • The Bread Board
  • Coffee Connection
  • One Eleven Public House

Cannoli

  • Baggio’s Italian Restaurant
  • Van Der Ploeg Bakery

Cheesecake

  • Liberty Street Kitchen
  • Coffee Connection
  • de Kelder Speakeasy
  • Baggio’s Italian Restaurant

Cupcakes

  • Cranberry Stone

Dutch Letters

  • Jaarsma Bakery
  • Van Der Ploeg Bakery

Hard-Pack Ice Cream

  • Smokey Row Coffee Company

Poffertjes

  • DutchFix

Protein Drinks & Smoothies

  • Big Acai Bowl
  • Scooter’s
  • Knox Nutrition
  • Top Shelf Nutrition

Scones & Cookies

  • Nana’s Table Cafe
  • Jaarsma Bakery
  • Smokey Row Coffee Company
  • Coffee Connection

Soft Serve Ice Cream

  • Kone Korner
  • de Scoop
  • DnS Grocery
  • Dairy Shoppe

Strudel & Croissants

  • The Bread Board
  • Van Der Ploeg Bakery

Windmill Shaped Chocolates

  • Van Veen Chocolates
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