Looking for something sweet to eat, a few places immediately come to mind.  Places where even the most critical sweet tooth will be satisfied! When you want something soft and creamy, light and airy or deep rich and chocolatey you have several options when looking for something sweet to eat in Tampa!

Sprinkles Cupcakes and Ice Cream

Did you know that this cheery pink bakery known for its rotating menu of cupcakes, ice cream, and cookies with an after-hours 24/7 Cupcake ATM machine was the world's 1st cupcake bakery? In Hyde Park Village at 717 South Dakota Avenue, we recently had the pleasure of meeting the management team behind Sprinkles in Tampa Bay, Maura Weber, and Lauren Schaefer. Owned by Candace and Charles Nelson, Sprinkles has been in business for eleven years. On track to open five new stores each year, we can't thank them enough for choosing Tampa and bringing the brilliant Cupcake ATM to the Bay area this fall. I only wish my grandmother was here to experience this with me!  She would have loved it.  Take your friends, take your families, and have some fun checking out Sprinkles unique, custom flavor profiles like Banana Dark Chocolate, Chai Latte, Cuban coffee, Green tea (8/28), Lemon Coconut and Limited Edition cupcakes like Drew Barrymore's Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake.

At Sprinkles it's NOT just about the cupcakes, cookies and ice cream, it's about the experience too,  "Ice cream on a hot day, Cupcakes on a rainy day." as Maura put it. Laura adding, "The passion for making people happy is in the DNA of the brand."
The Details:

  • Skip the line with curbside pick-up when you call ahead or order online
  • Loyalty Programs = FREE treats
  • Ship Sprinkles ice cream and cookie dough nationwide
  • Gluten and Sugar-Free varieties are available
  • They offer Vegan Cupcakes
  • Sprinkles is Community Focused; watch for charitable events
  • They offer Doggie cupcakes!
717 S Dakota Ave, Tampa FL Phone (813) 304-1848

Schakolad Chocolate Factory

Schakolad Chocolate Factory (pronounced shaq-oh-LAD) is one of the truly custom retail chocolate boutiques in Tampa Bay and a great place to satisfy your choco-cravings.  Made fresh on the premises, Schakolad uses three-generation European recipes in the making of their creative sweet treats! When was the last time you received chocolates where you could also eat the box?  A wondrous place, plan on spending time at this little piece of chocolate heaven in South Tampa.  There are an infinite number of candies to peruse, and choices to make.  Wait!  Have one of your own?  Don't hesitate to ask owner Kelly Oliver if they can make your dream come true!  They do custom orders!  I asked them to reproduce my business card once and my clients raved!  Over the 15 years they have been in business, my clients and family received unique one-of-a-kind gifts thanks to this gifted chocolatier. Kelly is covering Tampa, "in a layer of chocolate love" one satisfied customer at a time. Trust me, once you venture in, like a siren, Schakolad keeps calling you back!  From the sights to the sounds, to the amazing smell, Schakolad is an experience!  A favorite place to treat my kids after school it's one of the ways I created memories. Be sure to stop in on September 15th for Schakolad Day and look for them to support Dress for Success and Breast Cancer events this fall. Looking for something fun to do with the girls? Call Kelly to ask about her wine and chocolate tastings, they are Schakolads of fun!

408 S. Howard Ave., Tampa FL Phone 813-259-1099

Datz Dough

Meet Dough: a quirky and whimsical bistro and bakery from the people at Datz. This is the place for delicious morning pastries, an eclectic lunch, after school snack (cookies and local milk,or Gelato), or special treat following a decadent dinner next door. From Madeline's to Macaroons, to Mary Janes (yes, they have Bulk candy now), when you are looking for something sweet this South Tampa staple on Mac Dill near Bay-to-Bay Blvd. is the place to meet. Home of the Donut ice cream cone, (seriously, this is a MUST TRY) Datz Dough is the place to indulge and relax.  I once spent a day at Datz Dough chatting with a friend, we arrived at 10:30 am and left at 5 pm, it's that comfy! We started with coffee and a sweet, moved on to the bistro menu of duck fat fries, delicious soups, and sandwiches, then ended our day with a boozy shake.  Stop in to see what their inventive culinary team has been up to!

2602 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa FL Phone 813-902-1979


Enjoy frozen yogurt the way you want it at Yogurtology, Their self-serve set up lets you customize the flavors and toppings on your frozen yogurt. It's interactive, you burn maybe 4-5 calories choosing your sweet treat at Yogurtology, but it was never about the calories anyway, was it! Grab a bowl, then scan the wall where churning yogurt is available with a pull. Each month a new flavor is featured, in August it is Key Lime Pie. Once you've selected from a rotating number of flavors move over to the ' Add-Ins' table where 60 or more toppings are offered daily. Here you discover everything you can think of, and several things you would NEVER think of to put on top of frozen yogurt.  Once you finish your yogurt masterpiece head to the cashier where your smooth and creamy dream is weighed.  It's here you want to ask the cashier about their loyalty program, we promise, you will get hooked and want to go back, it's a good deal!

1202 S. Church Ave., Tampa FL Phone 813-251-2717

Mini Doughnut Factory

THE place in South Tampa for gourmet mini doughnuts, coffee, espresso, lattes, smoothies, and, ........a doughnut shake! Yes, at the Mini Doughnut factory you can order doughnuts blended into milkshakes! Need we say anything else? Seriously, do not be surprised to find a line at this new spot to stop when looking for something sweet to eat in Tampa.  Since opening the furor over their delicious donuts and their crazy good menu has grown as word spreads about the menu at the Mini Doughnut Factory!

2109 S Dale Mabry Hwy , Tampa Fl Phone (813) 254-5374

Where do you go when you are looking for something sweet to eat in Tampa?  Reply in comments below and let us know!