The only thing better than a good old-fashioned home cooked meal would have to be the homemade dessert that comes after the meal. Luckily these sweet treats are available year round here in the Mansfield and Richland County area and the options are endless.
Dinner and Dessert:
The best way to end a great meal is an even better dessert. Top off your lunch at Blossom’s Café, located at Ohio’s largest blueberry plantation The Blueberry Patch, with one of their signature blueberry pies and other fresh pastries. For something special, have freshly baked baklava from Athens Greek Restaurant or even their creamy galaktobouriko, which combines custard and baklava for a yummy treat, after enjoying other Greek favorites like a gyro or some keftedes. Malabar Farm Restaurant also offers a daily dessert special such as their special tiramisu and gourmet custard that you’ll just have to try after one of their savory entrees.
Drink It In:
Too full for a big dessert? There’s always an after dinner treat with some of these enjoyable drinks—and the best part is you don’t even have to wait until the meal is over. Put dessert first on the menu and head to Relax, It’s Just Coffee to combine coffee and dessert with a tasty white chocolate latte or one of their signature Reese’s Frappe’s. Coney Island Inn and Olivesburg General Store both offer desserts you can drink in the form of old-fashioned hand-dipped milkshakes you’re guaranteed to love, not to mention the loaded ice cream sundaes offered at each location. For the grown-ups looking to add a little kick to their shakes, or even a family member who loves the classics, Oak Park Tavern offers ice cream drinks like the Brandy Alexander or a Grasshopper—perfect ways to celebrate Throwback Thursday.
Sweet Treats to Share:
Trying to find the perfect gift for any special occasion? Make holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day—even graduation parties—even more special by bringing some sweets for everyone. If you’re looking for the perfect Ohio gift that’s great for loved ones out of state (and a new favorite for visitors), here are some local food items just waiting to be included. The Squirrel’s Den offers the answer with their homemade buckeyes (a bite sized peanut-butter and chocolate treat) that everyone will appreciate. You can also pick out some of their chocolate made right there onsite at the store or candied popcorn to share around. Malabar Farm State Park makes creative homemade fudge that’s so good you’ll have to buy some for yourself, too. Apple Hill Orchard’s very own apple donuts are the perfect breakfast treat to share for people who love something different. Eatmor Bundt offers cakes perfect for those who want something classic with a twist like the blueberry crumble and cinnabundt flavors. Bring them to your next group event and you can customize with wrapping and a message.
Whether it’s giving the gift of sweets or finding the best snack for your after dinner needs, the Mansfield area offers some of the finest options for fresh made treats. From hand-dipped to freshly baked, you’re able to get all of the goodies you love without having to turn on your oven. For more ideas, visit www.MansfieldTourism.com under the “Eat” and “Do” sections of the website.
Written by CVB Intern Katie Pfahler