Local dessert shop must-tries

There are plenty of local dessert businesses that have incredible and underrated desserts.
If you dont know where to go for a fun treat, there are many small businesses nearby that have amazing desserts!
If you don’t know where to go for a fun treat, there are many small businesses nearby that have amazing desserts!

LOS ALAMITOS, CA — Everyone craves a delicious treat once in a while – a cold scoop of ice cream or a piece of cake can make any day better! Many dessert-based small businesses provide a variety of sweet treats to accommodate each customer’s preference and taste buds. But the question still lingers: which cafe should I visit first? Multiple locations in the surrounding community serve delightful desserts worthy of a positive review. 

À La Waffle — Los Alamitos, CA

À La Waffle is a dessert shop serving gourmet Belgian waffles in Los Alamitos, CA. The store is open from 6 pm. to 11 pm. and is closed on Thursdays. Each dessert waffle has a different flavor varying from Cookie Butter to S’mores. Not only do they have choices like waffles, but they also have other desserts like cannolis and drink choices such as boba, toasted hot chocolate, tea, and affogato.

From finding the perfect location to crafting a menu that resonated with our customers. every decision was made with careful consideration and a deep understanding of what our community desired.

— Sara Ho, owner of À La Waffle

The owner of À La Waffle, Sara Ho, opened her business at 25 and has dreamed of making desserts and doing something for her community. She then went through the process of opening À La Waffle in her hometown. 

“My goal is to offer people a unique and memorable experience when it comes to desserts,” she said. “I want them to savor something that is genuinely handcrafted, free from preprocessed ingredients and artificial flavorings…I aim to evoke a sense of nostalgia and delight akin to the fond memories of homemade treats”

À La Waffle’s adorable interior also makes this dessert shop a great new place to visit! The decor is very positive and has amazing vibes shown off to each customer. At À La Waffle, you will not be disappointed!

Butter + Cream — Los Alamitos, CA

Butter + Cream is a local dessert shop that sells personalized cakes and other baked goods. The shop was originally known as Great Dane Bakery but was later re-branded once it was bought from a new owner. This shop sells plenty of yummy treats and amazing cakes for special events!

“I started working for Great Dane Baking Company (the Los Alamitos location) when I was in high school,” said Nataly Stein, owner of Butter + Cream. “After college, I was helping them sell wedding cakes, and eventually managing the 2 stores. In 2013 I bought the bakeries and have spent the last 11 years making them my own!”

Butter + Cream is a well-known shop that has been established for over a decade. Butter + Cream has amazing desserts and customer service for all customers who choose to buy from them! Butter + Cream has new treats every week to every other week. The new and fun treats they serve always taste incredible.

“My goal when people try our baked goods is that they are immediately wowed with the freshness and flavors,” said Stein. “I want it to be memorable so that any time you think you want a treat, Butter + Cream is your first choice!”

The Donuttery — Huntington Beach, CA

The Donuttery is a gourmet donut shop that also serves coffee and tea. According to their website, the company was founded in 1970 in Huntington Beach and has stayed there ever since. The Donuttery is open every day of the week, 24 hours a day, making it available to visit at any time! 

“It’s such a good atmosphere and the staff are so nice,” said Maile Gonshack, a customer at The Donuttery. “I always feel so welcome there. The food is wonderful and the donuts are so tasty!”

Every donut has a unique variety of different flavors to choose from. From sweet to savory, The Donuttery is the perfect place for donut lovers! The Donuttery serves delicious gourmet donuts and drinks, and is a great place to visit for a late-night treat!

The Moo Gelato — Huntington Beach, CA

The Moo Gelato is a gelato shop in Huntington Beach that serves fresh gelato daily. As well as having great-tasting gelato, the business has many unique designs and other desserts like milkshakes, cupcakes, various drinks, and waffles to go with the gelato. The Moo Gelato’s Instagram has many photos of their different deserts with more than 30 thousand followers.

“I’m fascinated by the magic milkshakes!” said Victoria Knell, a Moo Gelato enthusiast.

The Moo Gelato has an amazing collection of great desserts with their signature taste, and would be a great addition to your list of local dessert locations to try!

Trying new foods and desserts is always a fun thing to do! With the variety of options, there are always opportunities to find a new place you can enjoy! Be sure to visit these sweet locations!

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    ElenaMar 29, 2024 at 9:11 am

    This made me SO hungry. Another amazingly written article.

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    Katie ArnoultMar 28, 2024 at 12:06 pm

    I love, LOVE this article! This is your best story yet, Reese! I’m definitely going to visit some of these locations during Spring Break!