Living in Atlanta, it’s easy to fall in love with local foods. The restaurants and products that come out of our city offer one of the widest arrays of cuisine options in the country. In addition to classic Southern foods, we cannot overlook beloved, locally-sourced desserts. In my opinion, there are several dessert categories; doughnuts, cupcakes, popsicles, chocolate chip cookies, and ice cream. When I get a craving I will often go out of my way to find the best. This month I set out to find, photograph and eat my favorite of these sweets. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Atlanta Cupcake Factory
Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake
Rich, fluffy chocolate cake with a slightly dark chocolate flavored icing and candy ornament. The shop’s display case carries a variety of flavors and combinations. $2.75. 624 N Highland Ave. NE, 30306, or (678)358-9195.

King of Pops
Raspberry Lime
The tartness of lime plus sweetness of raspberry create a bright, fresh, springy pop. Other flavors include the Chocolate Sea Salt and a wide variety of seasonal flavors. $2.50. Corner of Elizabeth St. & Bernina Ave., 30307, or (678)732-9321.

Sublime Doughnuts
ATown Cream
Custard filling in a delicious yeasty doughnut with chocolate glaze. I also recommend trying their fan favorite Fresh Strawberry N Cream doughnut. I got a dozen, just to be safe. $1.60. 535 10th St. NW, 30318, or (404)897-1801.

Rooster14 Cookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie
These rich doughy chocolate chip cookies come in a distinct scoop style shape and are a fan favorite of many local Atlantans. Check the website for distribution & ordering. $3. Candler Park Market 1642 McLendon Ave. NE, 30307, or (404)373-9787.

Jeni’s Ice Cream
Double Scoop with fresh Waffle Cone
An avid chocolate ice cream fan, I opted for a double scoop with Askinosie Dark Milk Chocolate and The Milkiest Chocolate in the World on a fresh waffle cone. $6. Krog Street Market 99 Krog St. NE, 30312, or (470)891-8105.

Isadora Pennington

Isadora Pennington is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta. She is the editor of Sketchbook by Rough Draft, a weekly Arts newsletter.