Who needs the beach when you can have brownies?
I love everything about seaside towns. Long walks at dawn with a creamy latte, combing the shore for beach glass. Sunny, salty afternoons with sand and surf and ice cream dripping off the cone. Balmy evenings spent curled up with a good book as the sun goes down, followed by delicious dinners with friends. This has been my routine all around the world, from growing up on the Nova Scotia coast, to studying in Ireland, to vacationing in Hawaii. And that pattern works splendidly in Daytona Beach too!
And there's no better compliment to an afternoon, a weekend, or an entire season by the seashore than delicious, indulgent, CHOCOLATE! Here's where you go to satisfy your sweet tooth in Daytona Beach.
The Seaside Staple
I love vintage inspired candy shops, especially in seaside towns where the traditions of taffy making and homemade sweets can date back for decades. Zeno's, a post-war sweet shop, has one of my personal favourites, 'seafoam' (it's kind of like a hardened foam sponge toffee), as well as tons of classic fudge. Chocolate lovers will enjoy the traditional flavors, like rocky road, as well as combos like chocolate turtle pecan fudge.
Coffee is always a good idea and adding chocolate into the mix is even better. Sweet Marlay's is doing the most creative coffees in town, many of which are chocolate infused. Two concoctions not to be missed are the Almond n' Joy Latte, with Ghiradelli chocolate, coconut, and almond, and the Tickle Me Pink Latte with white chocolate and raspberry. If chocolate isn't your thing (um, what??!?) the Beach Day Latte is delicious with sea salt and caramel.
Sweet & Cheap
Bethune's Grill is famous for just about everything BUT chocolate. This is THE place to go for chicken wings, fried pork chops, french fries, and potato salad. But their desserts ring in at just $2.50-$3.00, including phenomenal banana pudding and chocolate turtle cheesecake. You can't go wrong for the price.
The Completely Over The Top Experience
The Chart House is the perfect spot for foodies to enjoy one heck of a meal. Lobster and shrimp spring rolls, chevre and wild mushroom bruschetta, macadamia crusted mahi mahi, prime rib..... the list goes on and on. They do incredible seafood and everything is so colorful and flavorful. Yes, it's a splurge but it promises to be a meal you'll never forget.
And their signature dessert is out of this world! It's a molten hot chocolate lava cake made with Godiva liqueur and vanilla ice cream and crumbled Heath Bar and it is absolutely, shamefully, fantastically awesome.
The Utterly Unexpected
I have to confess, the last place I expected to find great chocolate desserts was at a place called Vince Carter's. (Okay, time for the second confession: I had to ask Ryan who Vince Carter was. Fail!) All I know for sure is that Vince Carter really knows his chocolate. The menu has the best selection of desserts in Daytona Beach! There's classic comfort food like warm, oversized chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream, as well as over the top chocolate experiences like homemade German chocolate cake and a white and dark chocolate Neapolitan mousse. But the best thing of all is the white chocolate bread pudding.
I LOVE bread pudding. I absolutely love it and I always order it no matter where I am. You're not likely to find bread pudding anywhere else in Daytona Beach so even if you're full from your dinner I highly recommend taking some home!
The Chocolate To End All Chocolate
Angell & Phelps is a Daytona Beach institution, in business since 1925. But their incredible chocolates, truffles, brittles, and fudges are anything but old fashioned. They sell chocolate covered popcorn, pretzels, and potato chips (trust me, this is awesome!) And they make things kids will love like chocolate alligators, dolphins, flip flops, turtles, sharks, palm trees, and sand dollars.
But nothing is so awesome as their chocolate covered bacon - complete with a white chocolate 'fried egg'! Keep an open mind and give it a try - chocolate covered bacon is fantastic! For extra points: chop it up and stir it into pancake batter! See, I told you I was no chocolate amateur!
Indulge your sweet tooth at the seaside!
Daytona can be a whirlwind destination and there are so many amazing ways to spend the time. But, like all travel destinations, it's important to take the time to slow down and enjoy yourself - and as far as I'm concerned there's no better way to do that than with chocolate! It's the little moments that make travel experiences so memorable and I hope your next trip, be it to Daytona or elsewhere, is as sweet as can be.
Where's the most unusual place you've found fantastic chocolate?
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