The Fort Wayne area features no shortage of trails to explore. But as you explore all that nature has to offer in the area, don't forget about a trail of another type: the dessert trail.

Fort Wayne Dessert Trail

Cookie Cottage

During one of my early years in Fort Wayne, I remember paging through a coupon book that came in the mail. There was a coupon for a cookie place called Cookie Cottage. As a lover of all things sweet, I decided to check this place out. And boy, were the cookies there good! They were big and soft and warm and ... my mouth is watering, just from the memories!

Iced Sugar Cookie with Sprinkles from Cookie Cottage

It turns out that Cookie Cottage started in Fort Wayne the same year I moved here: 1989. The Cottage is run by two sisters, and you may have noticed these "best cookies in town" at events you've attended. Stop in for a fresh-baked cookie or two this summer (there are over a dozen flavors to choose from).

Cookie Cottage
620 W Washington Center Road

Closed Sunday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday

DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Next, let's head to the Downtown DeBrand Fine Chocolates location. This Fort Wayne tradition is a perfect place for many types of desserts. You can choose individual chocolates or truffles, handmade peanut butter cups, or delectable candy bars that will beat anything you can buy at the drugstore.

Or, you can choose my favorite option: a wonderful chocolate dessert creation. Check out a current dessert menu to drool over your options. I usually opt for a DeBrand Sundae. These are huge, and provide plenty of good stuff for two to share. DeBrand Sundaes are the go-to treats I choose for the final day of school or other momentous occasions. They're also perfect for a date night or a girls' night out.

Two ice cream cones at DeBrand Fine Chocolate
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There are several local DeBrand Fine Chocolates locations, so choose the one that's most convenient to your own version of the dessert trail.

DeBrand Fine Chocolates
10105 Auburn Park
878 Harrison St.
5608 Coldwater
4110 W Jefferson

Vary by location

For Goodness Cakes

With a delectable cupcake from For Goodness Cakes, this bakery makes over 80 flavors, with 12 featured each month.

You'll find all your favorites, along with some unique flavors such as Puppy Chow, Green Velvet, or Champagne. One of my favorites is shown in the photo below -- Chocolate Peanut Butter. Cupcakes are hugely popular lately, and it's easy to see why: they offer a portion-controlled chance to indulge in a delicious sweet treat without overdoing it. Besides, they're cute!

There are six flavors offered Tuesday through Friday, and all 12 featured flavors are available on Saturdays. You can check their Facebook page to see the current flavors.

For Goodness Cakes cupcake

For Goodness Cakes
6017 N. Clinton (in Washington Square shopping center across from Bishop Dwenger High School)

10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday - Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday

Hetty Arts Pastry

Hetty Arts creates some of the most delicious, unique donut offerings around! Hetty Arts Pastry also uses the best seasonal ingredients available, and offers unique flavorful donuts like her Lemon Meringue Pie donut and her Matcha Green Tea Cake! Browse the sugary goodness at the Hetty Arts Pastry location inside the Parkview Regional Medical Center Café. Or, catch the Hetty Arts Pastry food truck downtown on Saturdays at the farmers market from 9am-1pm.

Hetty Arts Pastry donuts lined up ready for the day
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Hetty Arts Pastry

Parkview Regional Medical Center Café
11109 Parkview Plaza Dr. Entrance 1

Hetty Arts Pastry Truck - Follow along on Facebook to find out where the food truck is headed next!

Just Cream - Ice Cream Boutique

For an extreme treat, take a bite of Just Cream - Ice Cream Boutique's "Extreme Shake of the Week!" Or, you could just enjoy the many ice cream flavors offered at this boutique!

Hand holding ice cream cone at Just Cream Ice Cream Boutique in Fort Wayne

Just Cream - Ice Cream Boutique
338 E Dupont Road

2:00 pm - 9:00 pm Monday-Thursday
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Saturday
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sunday

Pembroke Bakery & Cafe

Specializing in plant-based goodies like artisan breads, cakes, cupcakes, and gluten-free items, at Pembroke Bakery & Cafe you can have your cake and eat it too! 

Pembroke Bakery & Cafe
300 E. Main St.

Closed Mondays
11:00 am - 8:00 pm Tuesday-Wednesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm Thursday-Friday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday

Red Mango

Or if you want to build your own frozen yogurt bowl, the next stop is a great place to customize a sweet treat or grab a healthier juice option! At Red Mango you can choose from building your own frozen yogurt bowl or ordering off of the menu from items like fruit smoothies, fro-yo mashups, parfaits, sorbettos, fresh juices, or even smoothie bowls!

Red Mango - Fort Wayne, IN

Red Mango
4110 W. Jefferson Blvd.

10:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday - Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sunday

Rise'n Roll Doughnuts

For the next stop on our trail, let's head out to the southwest side of town for our stop next at Rise'n Roll bakery.

The doughnuts are truly addictive. My favorite time to visit is in the morning when the day's creations are fresh and warm. You can't go wrong with any variety of doughnut, but I particularly like chocolate peanut butter. Well, and the apple fritter. Okay, and the cinnamon caramel as well. You get the idea: anything here is delicious.

You may also want to buy a box of doughnuts holes to take home so that the goodness can continue for a while longer.

A box of donuts at Rise'n Roll Bakery in Fort Wayne
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Rise'n Roll
5129 Illinois Road

Closed Sundays
6:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday

Sassie Cakes

Located in downtown Fort Wayne, Sassie Cakes offers beautifully decorated cupcakes, cookies, and even cookie dough cups!

Indiana Shaped Cookie at Sassie Cakes in Fort Wayne

Sassie Cakes
1014 Broadway

Closed Sundays and Mondays
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Saturday

Sweet Monster Ice Cream

The rolled ice cream trend is making its way to Fort Wayne, Indiana as well. To take a bite of this sweet treat, enjoy Sweet Monster Ice Cream's rolled ice cream creations!

A cup of Sweet Monster Thai Rolled Ice Cream in Fort Wayne
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Sweet Monster Ice Cream
6421 Lima Road

Sweets on Main

A throwback to the good old days! Discover this new ice cream shop on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne, featuring big sundaes, hand-scooped ice cream, and floats. Be sure to try one of the delicious brownie sundaes!

Birthday cake flavored ice cream in a waffle cone at Sweets on Main in downtown Fort Wayne

Sweets on Main
123 West Main Street

Change seasonally. Check Facebook for current hours.

Sweets So Geek

Looking for the perfectly themed sweet treat, Sweets So Geek will be your favorite stop on the Fort Wayne Dessert Trail! Sweets So Geek features items like Han Rolos and R2D2 cookies, which include flavorful combinations featuring pop culture icons.

Tray of Star Wars cookies at Sweets So Geek in Fort Wayne
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Sweets So Geek
6722 E. State Blvd.

Closed Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday-Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday

Zesto Ice Cream

A little ice cream sounds refreshing after those doughnuts, so let's travel to another Fort Wayne tradition: Zesto Ice Cream & Yogurt. There are several locations, so choose one that's convenient to the dessert trail you're taking. Zesto is our family's go-to spot for last day of school treats, celebrations after musical events, and other things of the sort. We like a variety of things there -- dipped cones, shakes, and my personal favorite: the hot fudge sundae with peanut butter cups. What is your favorite Zesto treat?

Zesto Fort Wayne

Zesto Ice Cream & Yogurt
2225 Broadway

Hours (Open Spring to Fall)
11:00 am - 10:00 pm Monday-Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Sunday

Tell us your favorite desserts on your tour of some of Fort Wayne's favorite sweet treats!

*This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.