After a full day of lounging by the waters of Miami Beach, strolling around the Art Deco District, or pedaling along scenic bike paths, there’s nothing better than indulging in your favorite treat to get a complete taste of summer. Luckily, Miami Beach is rife with sweet treat choices. We’ve narrowed it down to the five that definitely deserve your attention.
Paletas are summer on a stick: artisanal ice pops made with fresh fruit for intense flavor and not too much sugar. Morelia offers 16 different versions of the frozen treat, bigger than normal and in flavors including mango, Belgian chocolate, and banana filled with Nutella at $5.60 each. But the real draw is the boundless combinations you can get by adding dippings and toppings for a customized creation. Think dark chocolate, cookie butter, sprinkles, and coconut flakes ($1 each).
The laid-back days of summer call for play dates with friends and ice cream. The King Kong Sundae at Sugar Factory is pure decadence. It’s as colorful as it is flavorful, and can feed up to 12 people. It features a feast of 24 scoops of ice cream, drizzled with dark chocolate, caramel, and strawberry sauces and taken to the next level with layers of caramelized banana, marshmallows, and chocolate chip cookie chunks. But the fun doesn’t stop there – the thoughtfully constructed dessert is piled up with glazed donuts, a red velvet cupcake, gummy bears, Reese’s Pieces, and Oreo cookie crumbles. A crown of rainbow and chocolate sprinkles comes next, along with heavenly bites of Graham cracker crumbles, waffle cones, unicorn pops, and candy necklaces. The finishing touch on this epic, shareable treat is whipped cream, gummy cherries, and sparklers ($99).
The carrot cake at Carrot Express is meant to be savored in three steps. First, you taste the tangy, rich homemade cream cheese frosting that ripples out to the sides of the cake. Then the soft texture of the richly textured cake in the middle, which is prepared with freshly grated carrots. To finish off this sensory experience, the savory and sweet elements are enhanced by the nutty crunch of crushed pralines that emerges at the end. A slice costs $7.95.
Swing by Antonio Bachour’s temple of sweets at the Time Out Market to brighten up your day with vibrant colored dainties. The renowned pastry chef keeps the perennially cute French treat relevant with traditional and unique flavors such as pistachio, lemon raspberry, mango passionfruit, milk chocolate, and other signature creations for $3 a pop.
Ice cream in a cone is the ideal dessert to beat the heat when you want to keep moving. The Frieze has been whipping up some of the best options in South Beach for the past three decades, including a wide array of all-natural, non-dairy sorbet in Florida-centric flavors such as guava and soursop. The list of creamy and delicious, super-premium ice creams comes in inventive flavors called things like “Crazy Nutty” and “Real Liquors.” A single scoop costs $6.29.