March 20 marked the first day of spring. While it may still be cold and snowy here in Jackson, come late March, the sun usually (hopefully!) starts shining more, and we are all ready and eager to start sitting outside again. What better way to celebrate the start of spring than with a sweet treat alfresco. Grab these delicious desserts to go, and enjoy outdoors.
Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream
Nothing hits the spot quite like classic Haagen-Dazs, now serving delectable non-dairy flavors. Rather than using a milk substitute, like almond or soy, Haagen-Dazs begins with a core ingredient, like actual peanut butter or coconut cream. The result is serious flavor that doesn’t feel like a compromise. Try the rich and indulgent chocolate salted fudge truffle flavor in a rainbow sprinkle-dipped waffle cone – because even Haagen-Dazs’s rainbow sprinkles are all natural.
Liberty Burger Milkshakes
We love the milkshakes from Liberty Burger, which use frozen vanilla custard for a signature creamy texture. The orange Julius, an adult version of the childhood classic, includes citrus-infused vodka and orange juice spun into creamy vanilla custard. For a non-alcoholic version, order the Nutella graham, which mixes custard with scoops of Nutella and graham cracker crumbles.
CocoLove Macaron Gelato
CocoLove, under the helm of master chocolatier and pastry chef Oscar Ortega, is home to Jackson’s most exquisite desserts, and their excellent gelato is not to be missed. This spring, try a macaroon gelato sandwich. Light and crisp maracron cookies hold together a creamy scoop of gelato in two delectable flavors: hazelnut praline gelato with chocolate macaroon, and coconut yuzu gelato with pistachio macaroon.
Yippy I-O Candy Co. Fudge
For those of you who think it’s still too early for ice cream, head to Yippy I-O Candy Co., the perfect old-fashioned candy shop. With barrels piled sky high with taffy and caramels, and over 500 types of candy, Yippy I-O has something for everyone (I like to get one bag for chocolate, and one for gummies). Don’t miss the homemade fudge, which comes in twenty flavors, like rocky road, salted caramel, mint chocolate, and of course, huckleberry.