Sweet Dreams are made of these…
Begin your suite of sweet stops on the south coast at the legendary Surf Market, which carries locally made Pazzo Marco Creamery gelato (and their cheeses). The gelato is simply out of this world made with free range cage-free organic eggs and local fruits. The market is also a great place to find all things Mendocino and to stock up for your stay in the county.
On your way up the coast, stop for a coffee and legendary dessert at Trinks Cafe in Gualala.
Next stop is Franny's Cup & Saucer, a petite storefront on Main Street in Point Arena. Owner Franny Burkey creates delicious pastries, cakes, confections and chocolates.
Mmm mmm Mendocino!
Among the other delights of the village of Mendocino are stops to satisfy that sweet tooth craving. Frankie's Pizza & Ice Cream is always a hit for delicious cones of ice cream, made locally in Fort Bragg. The most unusual flavor on the menu is Candy Cap Mushroom, which evokes the taste of maple syrup.
The next port of call is Papa Bear's Chocolate Haus where you can watch confections being made and sample their famous white chocolate raspberry bark. Head to the other side of town to Mendocino Chocolate Company and take a bag of homemade English toffee or truffles to go.
Cows … in Fort Bragg?
Not quite cows but Cowlick's Ice Cream where making a choice is almost impossible! Should it be the Cookie Dough with dough made especially by the Mendocino Cookie Company? Or perhaps a classic chocolate cone filled with amazing chocolate and cocoa powders from Guittard, a San Francisco based family business for over 145 years. Whatever your choice, you won't regret a thing!
Explore the Interior
That's the interior of Mendocino County of course. Willits is our first stop for Kemmy's Pies, golden crusted creations filled to the brim with local fruits and berries. Fortunately the gals at Kemmy's have distribution far and wide, so watch for their delectable dishes at all places where fine food is sold.
There's a little something for everyone at JD Redhouse on Main Street. You can pick up some Western wear, tack for your horse, and some sweets for your sweetie. This is a great store to browse and soak up some local flavors!
Just south in Ukiah, treat yourself to a naturally flavored homemade paleta from La Buena Michoacana. With 48 flavors available, these Mexican popsicles can be divided into cream flavors, made with dairy, or water-based, made with fruit. They even have the cinnamon flavored bar that started the paleta craze 70 years ago! The shop also serves homemade ice cream and traditional Mexican drinks like horchata.
In Anderson Valley on a hot summer day, there's no better place to stop than at Paysanne, a tiny storefront in downtown Boonville. Open daily, refresh yourself with organic ice cream, freshly baked treats and natural candies and confection.
Famed for its exotic burgers, but also renowned for its pies (and the large moose head in the restaurant), the Bluebird Cafe in Hopland is the last stop on our current tour.
We hope you enjoy the sweet side of the county as much as we do. Tell us about your tasty encounters on our Facebook page #ThisIsMendocino