Here in Gatlinburg, we hold fast to the belief that a meal isn’t complete without dessert! Our Smoky Mountain city is filled with bakeries, fudge shops, and creameries where you can enjoy a sweet treat (or three). To help you make the most of your vacation, Jackson Mountain Homes has put together a guide to the best places for donuts, candy, and ice cream in Gatlinburg.
1. The Donut Friar
The Donut Friar is the perfect place for an early morning treat or a mid-afternoon snack. Located in The Village in downtown Gatlinburg, this shop is legendary for its melt in your mouth donuts, delicious pastries, and freshly baked cinnamon bread. If you plan on making a trip to The Donut Friar, make sure you bring cash, as this eatery does not accept credit cards.
2. Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
The Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen has been a can’t-miss stop for vacationers since 1950. This beloved candy store has stood the test of time because it has stayed true to its roots. The Kitchen’s fudge is still made in copper kettles, the candy makers still wear white uniforms, and the taffy is still pulled on an old fashioned machine in the storefront window. Popular items at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen include the fudge, caramel apples, salt water taffy, chocolate bark, and gummy bears. With two locations on the downtown Parkway, the delicious treats at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen are never far away.
3. Glades Soda Fountain
The Glades Soda Fountain is another blast from the past. This popular destination in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is an old fashioned ice cream parlor that looks like it was frozen in time. Visitors will enjoy a great selection of sundaes, milkshakes, malts, floats, cream sodas, and phosphates. All of the desserts at this shop are prepared by a friendly soda jerk who even uses an antique crank-operated cash register. It’s easy to see why the Glades Soda Fountain is one of the very best places for ice cream in Gatlinburg.
Kilwin’s offers guests the best of both worlds: mouthwatering candy and homemade ice cream. Kilwin’s specializes in Mackinac Island style fudge, which is considered by some to be the best in the world. This shop even bakes its waffle cones in house, so you can enjoy a few scoops of ice cream in a cone that just came out of the oven. Other highlights at Kilwin’s include the candy apples, toffee, and caramels.
5. Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts
Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! With hand dipped ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, banana splits, donuts, funnel cakes, and even more desserts, you’ll want to come back again and again to try everything on the menu. Their Smoky Mountain Fudge cone may just be the best ice cream in Gatlinburg!
When you stay with Jackson Mountain Homes, you’ll be just a short drive from all of these popular eateries. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 11 bedroom lodges, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your vacation. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of cabin rentals in Gatlinburg!