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5 Hot Spots for a Cool Dessert

From the Summer 2022 Issue

Check out these refreshing treats

Whether you are coming off the lake or just perusing the shops in downtown Sandpoint, here are five places to grab a  scrumptious dessert to help beat the summer heat.

Jalapeños  Any season is a great time for authentic Mexican food at this local favorite but don’t pass on dessert this summer. Their classic flan embodies a creamy custard topped with a rich caramel glaze. The perfect amount of cinnamon tops off this traditional dessert. Also try their huckleberry fried ice cream which brings a regional twist to another Mexican restaurant favorite. Creamy huckleberry ice cream with just the right amount of tangy sweetness is rolled in crunchy, cinnamon-sugar cornflakes and finished off with a huckleberry sauce and a generous amount of whipped cream. Stop in for your sweet treat at 314 N. Second Ave.

JALAPENO’S FRIED ICE CREAM IS A CELEBRATORY TREAT. PHOTO BY CAMERON BARNES.

Panhandle Cone and Coffee  Known for their unique flavor combinations and locally sourced ingredients, this downtown shop offers a wide selection of creamy ice cream options. With regionally inspired flavors like the Buttermilk Huckleberry and Sasquatch as well as an ever-changing seasonal flavors menu, this quaint ice cream shop makes choosing as much of a treat as enjoying their well-crafted desserts. They also offer vegan options and classics like “Just Plain Chocolate.” Their friendly staff who greet you when you walk through the door add to the delight! Visit them at 216 N. First Ave.

PANHANDLE CONE AND COFFEE OFFERS A HEFTY SERVING IN A WAFFLE CONE. PHOTO BY CAMERON BARNES.

MickDuff’s Brewpub  Renowned for their expertly crafted beer, this brewpub has a cool treat you may have overlooked. They craft their own root beer, which they use to create an old-fashioned root beer float that will take you and your taste buds on a nostalgic walk down memory lane. The root beer has a robust flavor and produces the perfect amount of fizz. The float is served with creamy vanilla ice cream and is a must try on a hot day. Visit the Brewpub at 419 N. Second Ave. Open daily. 

A MICKDUFF’S CRAFT BEER OFTEN OVERLOOKED IS ROOT BEER. YOU CAN EVEN ORDER IT WITH ICE
CREAM! PHOTO BY CAMERON BARNES.

Baxters on Cedar    As the perfect completion to their upscale pub cuisine, Baxters has their own pastry chef to offer you dessert options that both cool you down and allow you to experience a refreshing twist to some of your favorite classic desserts. Their key lime pie is rich and creamy, concocting the ideal balance of citrus, sweet, and tangy. Served on the perfect crunchy and not-too-sweet graham cracker crust, this indulgence is beautifully presented and topped with a candied lime zest. They also offer varying seasonal dessert options you must not miss. Baxters is located at 109 Cedar St. 

THE KEY LIME PIE AT BAXTER’S IS A TASTE SENSATION: CITRUSY, SWEET, TANGY, AND CRUNCHY. PHOTO BY CAMERON BARNES.

Di Luna’s  Always serving up comforting breakfasts and delectable lunches, this hot spot offers a dessert they have been showcasing for forty years. Their Sandpoint renowned carrot cake is a moist, double-layer masterpiece featuring the quintessential cream cheese frosting. Enjoy this classic after your meal or just pop in on a hot summer day and indulge in dessert before dinner. You’ll find Di Luna’s just down the road from Baxters, at 207 Cedar St.

AMY BORUP OFFERS DI LUNA’S DOUBLE-LAYERED CARROT CAKE, WHICH ALWAYS BRINGS SMILES. PHOTO BY KAREN FORSYTHE.

BONUS! Miller’s Country Store, located at 1326 Baldy Mountain Rd. in Sandpoint, offers just about every type of sweet your tummy is craving. From soft serve ice cream to homemade pastries to frozen cinnamon rolls you can pop in the oven and cook “fresh,” they’re worth a stop! 

SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM IS JUST ONE OF MANY TREATS AT MILLER’S COUNTRY STORE. COURTESY PHOTO.

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