There is such a thing as a Mystery Spot in the coastal town of Santa Cruz. This place is not just famous for its surfing and its boardwalk. It is also famous for some of the sweet shops visitors love as much as the locals do. Going to Santa Cruz, I made it a point to visit some of them. Here is a short list of sweet shops where you can get the treats you so desire.
Marianne’s Ice Cream – 1020 Ocean Street. This was my first stop upon arriving in Santa Cruz. This is quite a walk from the main drag but it is quite worth it. They have about 30 flavors available in this shop. Try the Bittersweet Chocolate which is like eating a densely baked brownie and the Vanilla Bean – very creamy.
Marini’s Candy – they have four locations in Santa Cruz – at the wharf, downtown at Pacific Avenue, at Ingalls Street and at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The location on the wharf is the bigger of the two which includes an ice cream section and a front window with shop employees showing people how chocolate-covered apples are made. The shop is popular for their taffy but you also have offerings such chocolate-covered marshmallow and bacon. Yes! They have chocolate-covered bacon. When visiting either one of these location, try the ice cream flavor called Fault Line. It is perfect for chocoholics.
Pacific Cookie Company – 1203 Pacific Avenue. Cookies, cookies and more cookies. This is the only sweet treat that I was able take home with me. The rest will melt on the way. It seems they make all their cookies onsite and covers them with chocolate. They also serve ice cream from Marianne’s. When visiting this shop, try the peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie.
Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frosting – 1411 Pacific Avenue. Care for some cupcakes? Maybe some brownies? This is the place for you. They offer a various cupcakes topped with, what else, farmhouse frosting. You can kiss your diets goodbye from here. When I visited this shop, I had the Raspberry Velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.
Penny’s Ice Creamery – There are two main locations where you can get as many scoops of Penny Ice cream you want. Once is at 41st Street and the other is from their main branch at Cedar Street. But when I went to the Cedar Street location, the line was out the door. One TV chef said if the line to a place like this is long, that means the food must be very good that people will wait this long to be served. They are famous for torching the top of the ice cream like creme brulee.
Mission Hill Creamery – 1101 Pacific Avenue. You cannot miss this ice cream shop in Pacific Avenue. Though their portions may seem small to some, the flavor in these scoops abundant. You will also see photos of the owner with celebrity chefs like Jacques Pepin and Tyler Florence hanging on its wall. Try the flavor Cookie Monster – their version of cookies and cream.Google+