The Outer Banks is in no shortage of amazing restaurants and meal options, including desserts. Whether you’re looking for just something to grab and go or make it a family outing, you’re sure to find something to satisfy everyone in your group’s sweet tooth with one of these sweet treats.
Anyone who’s tried it can tell you, you can’t talk sweets in the Outer Banks without giving Duck Donuts an honorable mention. This shop is a local and visitors’ staple for desserts. The menu features endless possibilities and flavors ranging from sweet to savory. Every one of these vanilla cake donuts donut is hot, fresh, and made-to-order so you can have it any way you like. If you’ve never been and want to try a fan favorite, you have to try a maple bacon donut! It’s the classic vanilla cake donut, coated with maple icing and sprinkled with real Hormel chopped bacon. It might sound a little off beat, but the combination of sweet, salty and savory all at once is simply delicious.
Another fan favorite (and my personal favorite flavor) is the s’mores donut. It’s just what it sounds like – cake donut with chocolate coating, graham cracker crumbs and a marshmallow drizzle on top. Enjoy it while it’s hot and fresh for a decadent donut experience that tastes even better than the s’mores you make around a campfire.
If you’re looking for delicious shaved ice, old fashioned malts, milkshakes, frozen yogurt or sundaes, Booty Treats at MP 10.5 in Nags Head has you covered. But if you’ve never been here before, there’s one thing you just have to try…the Booty Freeze. This Booty Treats original is a mouthwatering combination of shaved ice and dip-n-dot style mini-melts with any flavor combination you desire. The Booty Freeze is the perfect treat to help you cool off on a hot beach day.
Other Booty Treat favorites include the Junk-In-The-Trunk, a sundae with mini-metls, M&Ms, Oreo cookie, chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, and the World’s Best Root Beer Float, a classic twist with Root Beer flavored shaved ice and vanilla mini-melts topped with whipped cream.
The Spot and Mom’s Sweet Shop
Looking for a healthier option for something sweet? Check out these two sweet stops: Mom’s Sweet Shop in Kill Devil Hills and The Spot in Nags Head. While they’re both very unique and I highly recommend checking them both out, they do have some similarities in their menu and offer healthy options with ingredients like acai, pitaya, hemp seeds, coconut, turmeric, and bee pollen. Here are my personal favorite menu items from each one.
The Spot – Loggerhead Bowl: The Loggerhead is just one of the acai bowl options at The Spot. Acai is a superfruit that’s packed with antioxidants and healthy omegas making it great for you while also great tasting. When it comes to acai bowls, the loggerhead may not be the healthiest of their options, but it sure is delicious. It’s made with an acai base blended with banana and vanilla almond milk, and topped with granola, banana slices, peanut butter, dark chocolate shavings, and honey. It’s the perfect dessert or just as a tasty treat!
Mom’s Sweet Shop – Big Hempin: As the name entails, this 16oz smoothie has hemp seeds as well as hemp protein mixed in with strawberry, banana, rolled oats, almond coconut milk, and agave. With fresh fruit and no dairy, this is a sweet smoothie that you won’t feel bad about indulging in. Because it’s made-to-order, you can even add other fruits, greens, or superfoods for a small extra charge to make your perfect smoothie combination.
Celebrating a special occasion on your Outer Banks vacation? Tullios Bakery in Duck has you covered! They can make you a personalized cake for any occasion – weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, or just because! How delicious does a Kahlua cake with butter cream frosting and ganache filling sound?
If cake isn’t your thing they have tons of other delicious options including pumpkin crème brulee, fruit tarts, cannolis, and mousse.
If ice cream is what you’re looking for, the Outer Banks has more options than you can imagine. One of the most popular spots is Big Bucks. With locations in Corolla, Kitty Hawk, and Manteo, you can get your ice cream fix with ease.
Big Buck’s ice cream is homemade so you know it’s delicious. And even better than that, they have 50+ flavors to choose from including the classics and unusual (but equally tasty) flavors like coconut almond fudge, peanut butter and cookies, rum raisin, and key lime pie! Bonus: Big Buck’s is known for their ice cream and sundaes, but they also have chocolates, cakes, smoothies, and an espresso bar with hot, iced, and frozen options to kickstart your day.