Best places for dessert in Fort Wayne, Indiana

When you think of a foodie destination, the Midwestern city of Fort Wayne may not come to mind!  However, our family had a blast eating our way through the city! Here are our tips for 3 of the best places for dessert in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Yummi Bunni

The name didn’t give me a clue as to why we should visit Yummi Bunni.  However, we’re not talking about a little rabbit (although it is in their logo), we’re talking about a BUN- a glazed one, nonetheless.  Inside of that sweet bun is your ice cream of choice AND a topping.  Think of something like the seasonal “Ooey Gooey” which is  s’mores ice cream with toasted marshmallow cream, topped with fudge and graham cracker chunks and then a peanut butter drizzle! That’s a big serving of happiness if you ask me.  😉

 

I believe the top option was named after me!

The Yummi Bunni is located in a convenient downtown location, which was only a short walk from our hotel- The Hilton Fort Wayne at Grand Wayne Convention.

This Fort Wayne dessert shop is so popular, it was recently featured on the Today Show on a segment showcasing ice cream trends.  The Yummi Bunni is one trend you’ll want to take part in, trust me!

Sweets So Geek

This little gem is located in an unassuming strip mall, but I promise you that Sweets So Geek will deliver some BIG tastes.

We went to Sweets so Geek hoping for Star Wars cutouts, but they didn’t have any that day.  However, Olen picked out Ghostbusters gummies, i.e. Slimer.  We also had lightsaber chocolate-covered pretzels and delicious cupcakes.  I chose a gluten-free cupcake and my husband and I both agreed that the cupcakes may have been the best we’d ever had!

If your kids love superheroes or sci-fi, they are sure to love the shop that’s themed towards their favorite characters.  My kids favorite part (after the treats)- the toilet paper roll in the restroom was a toy lightsaber.  #momtooknotes

DeBrand Fine Chocolates

DeBrand already has a well-established name as one of the best desserts in Fort Wayne and for good reason!  You can tour the DeBrand Fine Chocolates factory on the north side or visit one of their other three locations.  We chose to stop by the downtown shop, looking for a cool treat after a fun morning spent kayaking.

Their downtown location has a swanky vibe to it, with velvet coverings and soft lighting.  We marched in in our sweaty athletic gear, so you don’t have to dress up!  While DeBrand Fine Chocolate’s signature is their chocolate, we tried their gelato and were not disappointed.  I got the citrus flavor and it was a refreshing treat!  If you’re visiting on a cold day, they offer espressos and hot chocolate.

Fort Wayne has so many great dessert places, you’ll definitely want to make room in your diet!  Or, be like us, and have ice cream and cupcakes for lunch.

Have you been to Fort Wayne, Indiana?  What’s your favorite local treat?

More to do in Fort Wayne:  48 Hours in Family-Friendly Fort Wayne

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48 hours of family-friendly fun in Fort Wayne

The definitive guide to Fort Wayne, Indiana with kids

New York, Chicago, Nashville- these cities come to mind when thinking of a long weekend with which to take the kids along.  Fort Wayne?  Well, it wasn’t on my radar and most likely hasn’t made its way to yours.  However, for the Midwest traveler, it’s definitely worth the trip!  Not only is Fort Wayne close-to-home, but it’s very clean and manageable for young ones.  Here’s how to spend 48 hours in family-friendly Fort Wayne:

Evening #1

Arrive and check in to your centrally located hotel, The Hilton at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.  The rooms aren’t the most spacious, but you won’t be in the room much (trust me).

If the Minor League baseball team, The TinCaps, are in town, walk just a block to their beautiful stadium.  If not, head to dinner at the Hoppy Gnome.  The Hoppy Gnome is popular for their outdoor patio, unique taco combinations, and craft beer selection.  My husband and I both chose the taco platters- his favorite was the Steak & Rajitas, mine was the Three Little Pigs.

48 hours in Fort Wayne - The Hoppy Gnome

Day Two- 

It’s going to be a jam-packed day in Fort Wayne, so you’ll want to start early.

The must-do breakfast stop is Cindy’s Diner.  “Serving the world, 15 at a time,” nab a spot at bar if you can!  My husband enjoyed the “garbage” breakfast which is an egg hash filled with everything!  The kids were delighted with plate-sized pancakes at a price of $1.60 a pancake- mom and dad were happy, too!

48 Hours in Fort Wayne - Cindy's Diner

With bellies full, head to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.  In 2015, this Fort Wayne gem was voted 7th best zoo in the US and the 20th best zoo in the WORLD by TripAdvisor.  It’s easy to see why the zoo is so popular with families.  It is clean, organized, and offers FREE parking.  From petting a stingray to feeding a giraffe, there are many optional experiences to make this zoo an interactive animal encounter.

Note- the Fort Wayne’s Children Zoo is seasonal.  Check the website for opening, but it’s generally late April-mid October.

48 hours in Fort Wayne- Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

In case of rain or visiting when the zoo is closed?  Check out Science Central .  My kids didn’t even realize how much they were learning- they were having too much fun!  For young ones, my littles loved the Kids’ Central, an area for children under 7.  There is also a 2-story slide that our 7 year old was JUST tall enough to go down!  Another hit was this massive water table where kids (and moms) can learn, and test how dams work.

48 Hours in Fort Wayne- Science Central

If I were you, I’d snack through lunch (you’ll be very full from Cindy’s Diner!) and then head to Yummi Bunni for a glorious treat- it may be worth the trip to Fort Wayne just to have a glazed bun, filled with ice cream, and topped with a topping of your choice.  Stomachs and pocketbooks rejoice- it’s only $5!  Pictured here is C with hers (and we cut it into thirds).  This mom says it is perfectly acceptable to eat Yummi Bunni before dinner.

48 hours in Fort Wayne- Yummi Bunni

Feel free to go back to the hotel for a rest (you may be in a sugar coma) or walk off your ice cream by enjoying the public art located throughout Fort Wayne.

After a rest, family-friendly 816 Pint & Slice offers pizza by the slice, calzones, & salads.  There isn’t a ton of seating, but the quick service makes up for it!  The kids were happy they offered cheese-only and we were happy with the prices.  Again, Fort Wayne is a Midwestern city with Midwestern prices, no big-city price gauging!

Head to bed early tonight for tomorrow’s outdoor adventure.

Day three

Wake up and gear up- today’s plan is all about enjoying Fort Wayne’s family-friendly parks and waterways.

Did you know that Fort Wayne sits at the confluence of three rivers: the St. Marys, the St. Joseph and the Maumee?  This makes it the perfect place to pick up a paddle and enjoy a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard!  Our family enjoyed a 2 hour float on the St Marys River.  Fort Wayne Outfitters makes it easy to reserve what will work best for your family, we chose to use a canoe and single kayak.

Fort Wayne Outfitters also has bicycle rentals.  If you have an aversion to the water, consider utilizing the Rivergreenway trail that follows the rivers for 25 miles from Fort Wayne to New Haven, Indiana.

48 hours in Fort Wayne- paddling- Fort Wayne Outfitters

After your paddle or bike ride, visit Headwaters Park and enjoy some of the sculptures and the view of downtown.  This is also where you’ll access the Historic Old Fort.  The current fort is just a reconstruction of the 1815 fort, but it does serve to show you the strategic location of Fort Wayne, one that was fought over by the Native Americans, French and then American forces.  Happening mostly on weekends, check the Old Fort’s calendar for upcoming reenactments.

48 Hours in Fort Wayne- Historic Old Fort

After all this exercise, you deserve a delicious meal.  The Deck is an easy walk from the Old Fort and you won’t even have to move your car.  In the backyard of the famous “Gas House” restaurant, The Deck is a riverfront dining patio and bar.  We found their meals to be well-priced with generous portions.  Kids meals are only $5 and include 2 sides AND a drink- our 3 and 5 year old could have split a meal.  My husband and I both had a burger and we agreed it was one of the best we’ve had!

You’ll leave Fort Wayne with special family memories of good food and great fun!  But even more, you’ll be ready to plan another trip back.

Have you been to Fort Wayne?  How would you spend 48 hours there?  

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