Best Dessert Spots in South Orange County

Best Dessert Spots in South Orange County

Calling those with a sweet tooth! Some of the best dessert spots in Orange County are located in local towns like San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point! Whether they’re spots you’ve heard of or not, all five of these great dessert destinations should be on your list of things to do over the next few months! After reading about them though, you might want to try all of them right now!

Southswell Hand Dipped Ice Cream

The first stop on your dessert tour of South Orange County should be Southswell Hand-Dipped Ice Cream in San Clemente! This unique dessert shop has only been open for a few months, but is already gaining a lot of popularity because its special approach to serving ice cream. Customers have the option between a variety of ice cream bars on a stick or a variety of ice cream floats. The ice cream bars, however are not your basic vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate… A fan favorite at the shop is called The Parent Trap which is vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, topped with Oreo cookies and peanut butter.

The Hive and Co.

Easy to miss, the Hive and Co is a small, boutique dessert stop in Dana Point! The bright yellow building is covered in green ivy, and the organic dessert choices are all amazing! The menu offers gluten free and dairy free options for customers to choose from. The main items on the menu are a variety of flavors of popsicles and ice cream sandwiches! Our personal favorites are the peanut butter cookie sandwich and the cookies and cream popsicle!

Sugar Blossom Bake Shop

The Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente is a great place to use for events or weddings! This bake shop offers signature treats that are perfect for large groups of people. They offer nine types of decadent cupcakes, customizable cakes, nine types of tasty cookies, well-known signature cinnamon rolls and gluten free brownie bites for those at your event with an allergy! This bake shop is used and loved by residents all over Orange County!


Home to the most popular Italian Ice across the country, Rita’s is a great spot to get a light treat after a big dinner. Rita’s offers a wide range of great Italian ice flavors as well as cream ice, gelati, misto shakes, frozen custard, blendinis, sugar-free Italian ice and even milkshakes! Rita’s is refreshing and tasty- certainly a stop on the dessert tour!

Lolli & Pops

Perfect for a classy birthday gift or thank you gift, Lolli & Pops is a great destination for an upscale dessert experience. Customers can choose from a wide assortment of different gift boxes, packages and treats. Any of their products pair great with a nice bottle of wine to bring to dinner parties or as host gifts! Our personal favorite from Lolli & Pops are the cookie butter truffles!

South Orange County is filled with more great hidden gems and fun food places! To learn more about the area, and the different cities in South Orange County get in touchwith one of our agents today!