Ice Cream & Sweets

Want to end the day on a sweet note or need that midday sugar rush? No matter which city you are exploring in the Peoria area, you are never far from a local bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Have you ever been driving by East Peoria and wondered about the giant rooster statue on the side of the road? That giant rooster belongs to family-owned and operated, Carl’s Bakery & Restaurant. The classic glazed donut is a must-try with the apple fritters as a close second. Or give Spudnut Donuts in Pekin a try! Unlike regular donuts, Spudnut acquired its name for using potato flour in their donut mixture instead of regular flour. The cinnamon sugar twist donuts will have your taste buds dancing all day long. 

Inspired by a big city ice cream shop, Sucré Sweets and Socials in Morton will entice you with their nostalgic flair and sweet treats. You will fall in love with the high ceilings, airy open concept and the signature pink and green accents that make for perfect backdrops for your Instagram post. Are you tired of the same old boring cookies and pastries you can find at every bakery across the country? Then you must stop by Triple Dipple’s Treats & Delicacies in Chillicothe where they specialize in all thing’s cheesecake! Each one is made entirely from scratch and if you like sweet potatoes, then you have to try the Sweet Tater Cheesecake, it will be your new favorite kind of cheesecake.

Established in 1861, Trefzger’s is Central Illinois’ oldest bakery and is located in the heart of Peoria Heights. Now on its fourth location in a restored building that is about as old as the bakery itself, Trefzger’s has become a household name in the central Illinois area. Whether it’s the amazing thumbprint cookies or the fresh sticky buns, this is a can’t miss location. Try something new at El Gordo Mexican Bakery where you can try the entire wall full of Mexican sweetbreads, donuts, rolls, muffins and pastries you can’t just have one. Baked fresh daily in their open-air kitchen, El Gordo only uses the freshest ingredients so when you take a bite you can taste the tradition!