Lavish Your Sweet Tooth with Four Divine Dessert Shops in Asheville

If you are affectionately referred to as, "having a sweet tooth," then Asheville, North Carolina is an ideal place for you and your "sweetheart" to visit.  

The Chocolate Fetish, at 36 Haywood Street in Asheville, combines premium chocolate with ingredients such as fruit, nuts, and caramel. Owned since 2001 by Sue and Bill Foley. Sue with her extensive culinary training and Bill with his marketing expertise make a great team.  Elizabeth Foley, a Master Chocolatier who trained at French Pastry School in Chicago, creates many of their award-winning treats. The Chocolate Fetish also seems to have something of a "shoe fetish," concocting chocolate cowboy boots and chocolate high heel shoes. 

Hop Ice Cream, owned by Ashley and Greg Garrison, has been open since 1978. Visitors can enjoy homemade ice cream, coffee drinks and treats as well as specialty desserts such as ice cream cake and brownie delight.  They provide gluten and vegan- friendly options.  Huffington Post named it one of the twelve best ice cream shops in America. They have three Asheville locations:

  • The Hop Ice Cream Cafe at 640 Merrimon Avenue
  • The Hop West at 221 Haywood Road
  • The Hop Ice Creamery at 167 Haywood Road 

The French Broad Chocolate Lounge, at 10 S. Pack Square in Downtown Asheville, makes hand-crafted artisanal chocolate truffles, salted caramels, and many more decadent delights.  Do you want wine with your chocolate?  Guests of a certain age can sip Pinot Noir paired with their out-of-this-world delicious chocolate cake.  Opened by Jael and Dan Rattigan in 2008, the FBCL is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am to 11 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to midnight.

Ultimate Ice Cream, at 1070 Tunnel Road in Asheville, is known for creative flavors and for sourcing food from local producers, farmers, breweries, and beekeepers.  Their menu changes every day and is based on what is available and the season.  Seasonal flavors include Peppermint Stick, Eggnog, Butternut Squash with Candied Nuts, and Sweet Cream with Pumpkin Butter Swirl.  Regular flavors include Fresh Strawberry, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel, and Susie's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  Owners Kevin and Lucia Barnes say they use the less busy time in the winter to be creative and develop more unique flavors.  

Well, pardon the pun, but that's the scoop on Asheville sweets!

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