Do you have a sweet tooth that just can’t be satisfied? Journey through the heart of Indiana to sample some of the most exquisite chocolates, ice cream and cakes the state has to offer.
Make Ivanhoe’s Drive-In the start of your indulgent expedition in Upland near Marion . This local treasure has been serving up the best ice cream in the county since 1965. With 100 flavors of shakes and 100 types of sundaes, taste buds will never be bored. Order a different flavor than your friends and share! Cherry chip crunch, cinnamon blast and chocolate peanut butter pretzel are just a few of their distinct shake creations. If you return often enough to try all 100 flavors, you will earn a place on their wall. In the summer, treat yourself to their fresh strawberry shortcake-yum!
For a more refined delicacy, drive west to J. Edwards Fine Chocolates, Cakes & Gifts in Kokomo . Walk in for some of their scrumptious chocolate-covered strawberries, caramel-dipped pretzels or a slice of their carrot cake. Order ahead to take home a custom decorated cake for a party or gathering. The proprietor, James Glaub, has designed everything from 3-D butterflies and turtles to pirate ships and Playstations. No matter the design, the cake will still taste out-of-this-world.
The Center of It All
Smack dab in the middle of the state, a feast of heavenly treats awaits you in Hamilton County . At the Cicero Coffee Company, you’ll find Uncle Henry’s Candies , a line of treats that has been perfected in the 30 years since it began. Most famous for hand-dipped pecan turtles and logs, Uncle Henry’s also supplies the coffee shop with chocolate and pecan bark, peanut clusters and sugar-free turtles.
Also in Carmel, try Gelato Da Vinci , which offers award-winning gelato made the authentic Italian way. The divine flavors will have you saying “delizioso!” in no time.