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Satisfy your sweet tooth in Downtown Tempe

I think it’s fair to say that most people enjoy having a snack every once in a while. I’ll admit, I love snacking, and am always looking for something to nosh on. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so more often than not; I’m heading straight for the cookies or candy rather than pretzels or potato chips. If you’re looking to get sweets in Downtown Tempe, here are a couple of places I recommend.

Candy Addict
If you love candy, Candy Addict is your paradise. They have over 1,500 varieties of candy including nostalgic brands. When you get there, take your time and walk around because there’s a lot to take in. The employees are always really friendly and are more than happy to help you out with any questions. Candy Addict is also the only Arizona retailer that sells Cocopotamus, which are fudge-filled truffles.
414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 – located on the east side of Mill Avenue, between Fourth St. and Fifth St.
(480) 921-1155

Paletas Betty
Paletas are fruit and cream pops that come in a wide variety of flavors and textures. They’re a traditional dessert from Mexico. Unlike something you buy at the store, their popsicles are made from scratch with fresh, natural ingredients. Only seasonal fruit is used and everything is prepared in house. It’s a great treat on a hot Arizona day.
425 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 – located on the northeast corner of Mill Ave. and Fifth St.
(480) 779-8080

Slickables Ice Cream Sandwich
Slickables Ice Cream Sandwich is located next door to La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar on Mill Ave. They make a variety of fresh cookies and then allow you to make your own custom ice cream sandwich. You can choose from cookie flavors such as chocolate chip, double chocolate, red velvet, snicker-doodle or peanut butter, just to name a few. You then choose a what flavor of ice cream you want, with about 10 different flavors to choose from. Not in the mood for cookies or ice cream? Not a problem. They also have brownies and milkshakes!
699 S. Mill Ave.,Tempe, AZ 85281 – located on Mill Ave. and Seventh St.
(480) 409-4591

Rita’s Italian Ice
I’m a big fan of Rita’s Italian Ice. They have a wide variety of frozen treats including Italian ice, “cream ice”, gelati, frozen custard, sundaes and milkshakes. They also have sugar free Italian ice. The gelati is their most popular menu item. It’s a layering of Italian ice and frozen custard. It’s delicious.
740 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 – located on the west side of Mill Ave., just south of Seventh St.
(480) 966-0787

Fractured Prune Doughnuts
Downtown Tempe’s newest hot spot, Fractured Prune Doughnuts is a great place for sweet tooth lovers. They make fresh cake doughnuts. You choose which one you want from their menu or you create your own. They have 19 different glazes and 13 different toppings to choose from. According to the website, there are 155,648 different doughnut combinations.
521 S. College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 – located on College Ave. just north of Sixth St.
(480) 556-1090

For more info about restaurants in Tempe, visit the dining page on our website or call (480) 894-8158.

Written Patrick