South Shore’s sweet treats: Grabbing dessert in Tahoe

Autumn Whitney
The Baked Bear, a made-to-order ice cream sandwich shop, is located in Heavenly Village.
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May is halfway over, which means summer is nearly here. For those who aren’t quite ready to give up that winter bod, or are looking for a way to cool down on a hot day, this is your one-stop shop for all things dessert on Tahoe’s South Shore.

Ice cream, donuts, crepes and more — your sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied.

The Baked Bear

The San Diego-based ice cream sandwich company recently opened a Tahoe shop in March. Private-label ice cream is custom-created for the business, which offers personalized dessert sandwiches made in-house.

Whether you want a simple flavor like vanilla or a complex concoction like Bear Batter (cake batter ice cream with fudge and brownies) placed between cookies, brownies or donuts prepared fresh daily, the choice is yours to make. Roll the sandwich in toppings ranging from Oreos to sprinkles and more, and then choose whether or not you want it hot-pressed.

Not a fan of a larger-than-life ice cream sandwich? The eatery also serves scoops of ice cream, single cookies, brownies, root beer floats and more.

The Baked Bear is found in Heavenly Village, at 4118 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 5.

Creative Crepes

Located just down from The Baked Bear, at 4118 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 7, Creative Crepes offers 25 creations that include both sweet and savory options, like the Strawberry Shortcake and Monte Cristo.

The shop, which opened at the end of February this year, originated in Florida before relocating to South Lake Tahoe.

Glazed and Confuzed Tahoe Donut

Glazed and Confuzed — yes, the company’s name originates from the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused” — is South Shore’s new home delivery donut business.

The hand-crafted, high-quality pastries come in extravagant flavors such as The Blue Dream — cream cheese icing with crushed graham cracker and blueberry pie filling — and the Samoa — chocolate icing topped with toasted and shredded coconut, pecans and a caramel drizzle, among others. The company also recently added a new item to its menu: The Brewed Awakening, a donut bread pudding that is coffee-“infuzed.”

Each donut is prepared fresh each morning, but orders must be placed by midnight the previous day. The service is free for people situated anywhere from Meyers to Stateline (unfortunately, the business cannot deliver to addresses in Nevada at this time).

Learn more and place an order at

Aloha Ice Cream

One of the true ice cream shops in Lake Tahoe, Aloha has over 20 flavors that you can enjoy in a homemade waffle cone. If you opt out of the cone, consider a sundae with a cookie or brownie.

Aloha Ice Cream additionally creates ice cream cakes and sells them as a whole or by the slice. Dairy-free and sugar-free options are available, as are pies.

Visit the shop at 3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Rainbow Sprinkles Donuts & Frozen Yogurt

Rainbow Sprinkles offers the best of both worlds: pastries and frozen yogurt. The business opened at the start of the year and offers a donut menu that is always changing. From typical donuts like glazed and old-fashioned, to those covered with candy and bacon, the shop prepares its food with fresh ingredients.

There are eight flavors of frozen yogurt and over 30 toppings to choose from, as well as hot fudge and sauces including chocolate, mango, raspberry and caramel.

Rainbow Sprinkles is located on Emerald Bay Road at the Y, and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sugar Pine Bakery

Get your dessert fix in the morning at Sugar Pine Bakery, known for its iconic cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon smear and cream cheese icing is added to flaky croissant dough — you’ll say you’re going to share, but end up eating the whole thing yourself in less than five minutes.

Sugar Pine offers a mix of brownies — cheesecake and cappuccino among the flavors — as well as tarts, cookies, macaroons, pies, cakes and various breakfast pastries such as muffins, croissants and donuts.

Visit for more details.

Art of Gelato

Nestled in Ski Run Marina, this is a perfect place for those who don’t want to over-indulge but are still on the hunt for sugar. Art of Gelato’s variety of flavors come in the form of both gelato and sorbet, and cupcakes are also available.

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