Food & Dining

Just Desserts

Got a hankering for sugar? We’ve rounded up NoCo’s top ice cream, donut,
cake and pie purveyors.

Fort Collins Donut Company

New to the Old Town scene, the Fort Collins Donut Company (a.k.a. FoCo DoCo) believes in the magic of hot, made-to-order donuts paired with perfectly brewed coffee. They run seasonal specials and use organic, zero-trans-fat sunflower oil harvested from Colorado flowers for healthier frying. Try the FoCo cream donut—a chocolate-drizzled take on Boston cream—or the savory-sweet salted-honey variety. 234 N. College Ave., 970-689-8978, focodoco.com

Walrus Ice Cream

Tried and true since 1987, Walrus packs ’em in year-round with 29 rotating ice cream flavors made from all-natural ingredients without eggs or gluten. Playful orders are encouraged—go triple scoop, roll it in sprinkles, throw on some candy bar chunks or pile it on a hand-dipped white-chocolate cone. This winter, stop in for a Wally: your choice of ice cream served in a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. We suggest the Jack Daniels chocolate chip. 125 W. Mountain Ave., 970-482-5919, walrusicecream.com

Little Bird Bakeshop

When nothing but a plate of fresh-baked love will do, turn to pastry chef Amy Wyatt. She has been selling her incredible goodies since childhood, when she’d travel door to door offering warm loaves of honey-wheat bread. Pop into Little Bird to drool over the from-scratch daily dessert case offerings. Tea cakes, chocolate croissants, macaroons, bread pudding, fruit pies—it’s all there. Ask about the seasonal pie lineup. And if lemon-buttermilk is on the list, nab it before it vanishes. 11 Old Town Square, 970-568-8906, thelittlebirdbakeshop.com

Daddy Cakes

Rudy and Angi Burns’ specialty cake designs are insanely artistic. Borderline too pretty to eat. They’ve been featured in A Colorado Mountain Wedding and Bon Appétit and take center stage at any party in the form of guitar birthday cakes, tiered Twinkle Twinkle Little Star gender-reveal cakes and U.S. Army retirement edible uniform cakes. Not in the market for an entire cake? Stop into the bakery for a generous slice, some handmade truffles or a variety of scones and tartlets. 514 S. College Ave., 970-223-0172, daddycakesfc.com

The Sweet Petite

This home-spun Loveland bakehouse doesn’t have a storefront, but they’ll deliver traditional desserts and seasonal favorites straight to your kitchen. Cakes run the creative gamut from lemon-lavender to raspberry-chocolate mousse and pies hit on all occasions and cravings, including an impressive caramel apple with spiced apple filling baked in a crispy pie crust. Ask about the shop’s Christmas dessert platter of mini meringues, mini mousse cakes and chocolate-covered strawberries. 122 W. 29th St., Loveland, 970-829-1018, thesweetpetiteco.com

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