It’s the season of sweets in Alabama this December, but these treats are best enjoyed all year long! When you’re in need of satisfying your sweet tooth, make your way into one of these delicious Alabama establishments.
SpringHouse in Alexander City is a restaurant that serves up sophisticated cuisine while celebrating local and homegrown products. Highlights of the menu include whole Gulf red snapper, a garden-fresh Southern vegetable plate with chowchow and buttermilk biscuits, and their signature s’mores with made-from-scratch marshmallows.
Founded in 1939 by William Savage, Savage’s bakery moved to its current location in downtown Homewood in the 1950s. Purchased by Van Scott in 1978, the bakery continues to produce deli items and made-from-scratch, hand-cut and molded sweet treats.
DeSoto Caverns is known for attractions such as a Native American burial ground, Civil War mines, water rides, mazes, and, of course, the namesake caves. But while families enjoy the attractions, they also note that the log cabin gift shop may serve some of the best homemade fudge in the state.
In operation since 1938, Durbin Farms opened its market along Interstate 65 in the early 1960s. Later, they added a yogurt shop and started making homemade ice cream. Owned today by Steve Wilson, the market is still known for its ice cream made with high-quality cream and fresh Durbin Farms fruit.
Peach Park is located in the heart of Alabama’s peach country. Famous for its ice cream and pies, the spot has grown over the years to include not only a selection of fresh peaches, preserves and other produce, but also a barbecue bar, ice cream stand and gift shop.
Using her father’s secret recipe for pralines, Mary Morgan founded Morgan Price Candy as a mail-order business in 1987. She soon opened her own store, selling handcrafted chocolates and other sweets. Owned today by Nancy Curl, Morgan Price Candy still offers English toffee, pralines, gift baskets and other treats at its store in Decatur as well as by mail.
An old-fashioned sandwich shop in operation since 1918, Trowbridge’s is the oldest business still operating in its original location in Florence. Still owned by the Trowbridge family, the eatery seats 50 and prides itself in getting people in and out in half an hour. The menu features classic soda fountain fare such as hot dogs, chicken salad sandwiches and, of course, ice cream.
Inside a building constructed in 1833, The Palace Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop is a labor of love for successful businessman Harvey Robbins and his wife, Joyce Ann. After finding success in the flooring business, Robbins set out to revitalize his hometown of Tuscumbia. Robbins is responsible for many new ventures in the town, but
one of his biggest successes has been the Harvey milkshake, a thick, chocolate shake served in a stainless steel cup. The Palace sells more than 30,000 milkshakes a year, in addition to malts, chicken salad sandwiches and other menu items.
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