Where to Take Your Sweet Tooth In and Around Niagara

March 3, 2016 2:22 pm

FARblog1Lovers of sweets often rejoice in the opportunity to take a vacation. Not only does a new environment promise new types of sugary excitement, but the prevailing onus of worrying about calories during regular life can be completely set aside once a vacation is underway.

For the visitor to Niagara, chances to indulge your sweet tooth abound whether you’re about to embark on a winery tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake or you’re waiting in line to get tickets for a play in St. Catharines. From ice cream and pies to chocolates and kettle corn, here are some of the places to take your sweet tooth in and around the Niagara Peninsula.

Laura Secord Chocolates

Named after Canadian heroine, Laura Secord, whose 20-mile walk in the War of 1812 to warn the British about an impending American attack is still celebrated, Laura Secord Chocolates was originally founded in 1913 in Toronto. Specialists in chocolates and general confections, they also have amazing ice cream, milk chocolate crayons, lollipops, hot beverages, and much, much more. With locations in Niagara Falls, St Catharines, and Hamilton, anytime your sweet tooth needs satisfying, you’re likely to be just a stone’s throw from a Laura Secord Chocolates.

Shriner’s Creek Kettle Popcorn

For lovers of sweet and salty treats, kettle popcorn has few rivals. Shriner’s Creek has excellent kettle corn of all varieties, including those on the more savory side. Crafted in small-batches, and delicious whether it’s piping hot or cooled down, the popcorn made by Shriner’s Creek is some of the best in the region. Located in Fonthill, the best place to find Shriner’s Creek is year-round on Thursdays and Saturdays at the St. Catharines Farmers’ Market.

FARblog2The Pie Plate Bakery and Cafeé

Located in the Village of Virgil near Trius Winery at Hillebrand, The Pie Plate Bakery and Café specializes in homemade baked treats made entirely from scratch and featuring local Niagara fruits. You can get a full meal in their café — their gourmet pizza is fantastic — but you’ll want to make sure you save room for the finale for which they are named: their unbelievable pies. Their menu is always changing based on what’s available from the fruit growers around them, which means you should stop in to The Pie Plate every time you come to Niagara for a visit.

Monks Chocolates

This small sweets shop showcases a startlingly large array of chocolate goodies and other sugar-based delights, but it’s their frozen treats that keep people coming in and exclaiming. With carefully crafted and decadent gelato, as well as surprisingly good frozen yogurt, you can please almost any sweet tooth in your party.

Located in Grimsby, Monks is a particularly great spot to take young children. Their gelato is actually made from the flavors after which each type is named, which means that, while what you’re giving your little ones is full of sugar, it’s still more on the healthy side than most sweet options.

Give in to your sweet-loving side. The Niagara region boasts some of the best sweet spots in all of Ontario, and while this list is by no means exhaustive, it should still keep you and yours happily occupied throughout your stay.