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6 must-try sweet treats at Lake Tahoe

Dylan Silver  |

Lake Tahoe is undergoing what some are calling a renaissance. For dessert lovers in particular, this is a very good thing. Several new sweet shops have opened with unique treats. From doughnuts to ice-cream sandwiches, here are a few items that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Glazed and Confused Donuts

South Lake Tahoe’s newest doughnut-delivery service has taken the classic pastry to another level. On top of standard iced doughnuts, the company’s unique flavors range from cookies and cream to raspberry cheesecake. Rather than a traditional retail service, Glazed and Confused bakes and decorates its creations in a commercial kitchen and delivers them to a customer’s door. Delivery is made the day following the order. Delivery only; visit to order.

Rainbow Sprinkles

It’s no wonder frozen yogurt has made a commanding comeback. The perfect self-serve food, fro-yo pairs well with a litany of toppings. And Rainbow Sprinkles has a lot of them. From rainbow sprinkles to more complicated toppings like gummy sharks and fresh blackberries, there’s essentially an endless combination of flavors and décor. The bright new South Lake Tahoe shop also offers fresh-baked doughnuts and other sweets.

Where: 1036 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe

Creative Crepes

Though not entirely devoted to dessert, Creative Crepes still serves a tasty last course. Perfect for those who can’t handle the intense sugar highs of some of the area’s other outlets, Creative Crepes has fresh options like strawberry shortcake and berry swirl. There’s also simple combinations like BSC-butter, sugar, cinnamon- or more complex like the blue lagoon, Nutella, blueberries, Irish crème and brown sugar.

Where: 4118 Lake Tahoe Boulevard Suite 7, South Lake Tahoe

The Baked Bear

The Baked Bear will change your dessert life. Not your average ice cream scoop, the Reno-based chain shapes their entire business on ice cream sandwiches. Choose from brownie, doughnut or cookie combinations -- 12 types -- surrounding your choice of 14 flavors of ice cream, like mint chip, strawberry, cheesecake, cookie dough and salted caramel. Sandwiches are hot pressed, giving the outer a perfect warmth and melting the ice cream into gooey deliciousness. The resulting sweet mess is best eaten with a spoon.

Where: 4118 Lake Tahoe Boulevard Suite 5, South Lake Tahoe

Sweet Tahoe Time

Ice cream just makes sense on a summer afternoon at Lake Tahoe. It can fix a long wait in traffic or a rosy sun burn. Serving Oregon-made Cascade Glacier ice cream, Sweet Tahoe Time has a bevy of flavors and classic cones. The North Shore favorite also has a variety of frozen yogurts and toppings, if that’s your cup of tea.

Where: 8636 N. Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach

Summit Swirl

Truckee is not out of the reach of the sweet pandemic sweeping the Tahoe area. Summit Swirl is the newest addition. The Deerfield Drive shop puts a new spin on frozen yogurt. The self-serve style is complimented with healthy toppings like organic hemp granola and fresh mango, strawberries and blueberries. If you’re really feeling wild, try a little squirt of fresh olive oil, for an extra-Greek spin.

Where: 11325 Deerfield Drive, Truckee