The kids may be part of the generation born with smartphones in hand, but that doesn’t mean that Mom and Dad don’t care about their likes on Instagram! What better way to up your social media game (and beat the end-of-summer heat) than with a fantastically fun dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth? We’ve rounded up the most photo-friendly sweet snacks around North Texas. Just snap that pic quick before your treat melts.
Selfie Shake from DoHolics
Treat your self(ie) at this new dessert destination in the mega-hip Deep Ellum. Since its July 2018 opening, DoHolics has gained plenty of buzz thanks to Instagrammable desserts like cookie shot “glasses” (emblazoned with unicorn sugar cookies) and edible cookie dough, in flavors ranging from traditional chocolate chip to more adventurous fare like matcha—plus a long list of toppings. But the real fan favorite here is the Selfie Shake. Send a photo to the DoHolics printer (via an app that can be accessed in-store) and in just five minutes the team of desert dream-makers will print your pic into an edible image. If you find that the line is too long, walk next door to the equally sweet, Chills 360.
2646 Elm St., Suite B, Dallas
Cloud Cone at Hypnotic Emporium
You’ll be on cloud nine once you tuck into Hypnotic Emporium’s famed treat. Sure, a scoop of ice cream served in a waffle cone is certainly delicious enough on its own. But the spun-just-for-you cotton candy that is then wrapped around this frosty treat puts the average scoop of Bluebell to shame. Choose from 20 rotating ice cream flavors and an ample list of toppings like sprinkles, gummies, taffy and more. The shop’s inventory of hard-to-find classic candies will satisfy Mom’s nostalgic sweet tooth. Just can’t choose? Hypnotic Emporium also offers mix and match sweets to purchase in bulk.
9005 Garland Road, Dallas, 214/354-3414
109 S. Main St., Mansfield
Sushi Donuts from Earnest Donuts
If it’s a simple glazed goodie you want, donut (har, har) come in to Earnest Donuts. This unassuming Lewisville shop is reinventing the breakfast staple with its menu of inventive, gourmet flavors, from the sweet (like crème brulee and Ferrero rocher) to the savory (maple bacon and matcha, to name a few). Here, any deep-fried dream can come true. Earnest Donuts is known for whipping up custom confections, so you’ll be taken care of whether you want to spell out your name in glazed treats or have their donut wizards craft sugary sweets modeled after everything from Peppa Pig to Spiderman. Custom orders require 48 hours notice. But the beyond-adorable treats, like the shop’s sushi donuts (available in boxes of 4, 6 and 10) make the wait well worthwhile. No raw fish is featured here (phew!) but we love the little details like the Pocky “chopsticks” and candied versions of ginger and wasabi.
4740 State Hwy. 121, Suite 700, Lewisville, 214/469-1177
Galaxy Cheesecake from Sweet Daze
This Richardson sweet eatery is a favorite among locals. Trendy confections include black ice cream, donuts modeled after unicorns and mermaids and even fried dough with flecks of edible gold! But the swirling and sweet Galaxy Cheesecake is simply out of this world. Order a slice of the shop’s three-color New York cheesecake, and wash it down with a glass of house-made lemonade (with flavors like lavender, guava and, uh, charcoal).
581 W. Campell Road, Suite 127, Richardson; 972/707-7295
Chocolate Piñata at Uncle Julio’s
While locals know that you can’t drive a mile without reaching at least one Tex Mex restaurant, this chain has curried favor with families thanks to their colorful decor, above-average kids menus and legendary dessert, the Chocolate Piñata. Available for in-restaurant dining only, the dish is probably the only dessert out there that will require your family to smash away at it with a hammer. Served suspended on a metal hook, the homemade chocolate shell is stuffed with fresh berries, pineapple and homemade churros. The proverbial cherry on top: it’s served with whipped cream and a trio of delicious sauces.
Taiyaki Ice Cream at Cocohodo
DFW dessert fans have access to so many sweet Asian imports, from Thai rolled ice cream to Korean “bingsu” shaved ice. But it’s the Japanese street food phenom known as “taiyaki” that has folks flocking to Carrollton. Taiyaki refers to a Japanese fish-shaped cake; and before your kids worry that they’ll be digging into Dory, the pastry cone is actually made of waffle batter and is (thankfully) without any fish. Select a flavor of soft serve ice cream (green tea, vanilla or chocolate) and a filling to line the cone (options include Nutella and red bean paste), then top off your treat with mochi, berries, chocolate chips, a sweet drizzle and a chocolate-dipped Pocky stick. While you wait for your order (each cone takes 5-10 minutes to make), snack on a handful of the shop’s freshly baked walnut pastry bites.
2625 Old Denton Road, Carrollton; 972/242-2424