5 Places to Grab Dessert in Dubuque, IA

I love dessert.  So it’s no surprise that I’ve been hunting down Dubuque’s best dessert spot!  Being a fairly big town, of course Dubuque is full of all the national chain restaurants.  There’s Cold Stone Creamery, Culvers Frozen Custard, Red Robin and Buffalo Wild Wings that all serve dessert, but this list will highlight the small businesses that deserve some recognition!  Did you know that for every $100 spent at a small business, $68 will stay in the community, whereas $100 spent in a chain restaurant only $43 will go back to the community?! (Source: L May Eatery)

Betty Jane Candies

3049 Asbury Rd.
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 582-4668


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Betty Jane Candies Ice Cream

Gremlin-Nilla & English Almond Toffee Ice Cream

Betty Jane Candies was established in Dubuque in 1938, as well as selling homemade candies and chocolate, in the summer season they make ice cream too!  FYI, it’s AMAZING and I believe, the best value for money out of all the places listed in this post!  I had a 2 scoop waffle cone and was impressed by the size of the scoop…proper scoop size!

I visited because I wanted to try the Gremlin ice cream.  Gremlins are one of their signature chocolates, pecans that are topped with caramel and chocolate.  These are smashed up and mixed into both vanilla and chocolate ice cream!

L May Eatery

1072 Main Street.
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 556-0505


(closed Tues & Wed)

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L May Eatery Dubuque Iowa

Betty Jane Candies Dessert Du Jour

L May Eatery is an example of how independent, small businesses will partner with other businesses in the local community to source their food.  They recently created a dessert with Betty Jane Candies!  The Betty Jane Candies Dessert Du Jour is a chocolate mousse in a dark chocolate cup, topped with chocolate and caramel sauce, crumbled up Betty Jane treats and served with slices of orange, cream and mint leaves!  Very rich, but very tasty!

Shot Tower Inn

390 Locust Street.
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 556-1061


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Shot Tower Inn Dubuque

Deep Fried Ice Cream

The Shot Tower Inn has been in Dubuque since 1967 and was named after the Historical Shot Tower that still stands near the Mississippi River in Downtown Dubuque.  The Shot Tower Inn building stands out slightly from the rest of the buildings in Dubuque as it looks like a wooden log cabin!

I wanted to try the deep fried ice cream because something in me was confused at how ice cream could be put into a boiling hot deep fryer, surely it would melt?! But nope, it was still a solid (rather large) ball of cold ice cream!  The ice cream is rolled in oats and this is the part that obviously sees the inside of the fryer for literally seconds!  It’s served with a fried tortilla, cream and topped with a cherry!

Inspire Cafe

955 Washington Street.
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 583-8338


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Afternoon Tea Scones at Inspire Cafe

English Afternoon Tea (Lemon & Ginger Scone and Currant Scone)

My first Afternoon Tea was hosted by Inspire Cafe but I have since been back for another one!  Inspire Cafe is a coffee shop and bakery located in the historic Millwork District in Dubuque!  Their Afternoon Tea features scones with cream and jam and several bite sized desserts as well as finger sandwiches.  The bakery sell regular individual cake servings but Afternoon Teas traditionally have the smaller portions.

Candle Ready Cakes

197 Main Street.
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 845-0794


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Where To Eat Dessert In Dubuque Iowa


Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcake

Candle Ready Cakes are a catering company as well as having a physical store location on Main Street!  Their cupcake menu is huge and can be taken out or eaten in store (the tables have dry erase markers if you feel like doodling!).  I tried a Hot Fudge Sundae that was topped with icing, sprinkles and a cherry and filled with fudge sauce!  Several of their cupcakes have various fillings as well as toppings.  They also sell full sized cakes, cake pops and macarons (feature image at the top of post)!

On the Radar

1st and Main

I have visited 1st and Main for a main meal (which was lovely!) but have yet to sample their dessert section!  Their Maple Bacon Cheesecake sounds very interesting…


Located in the Hotel Julien Dubuque.  Caroline’s was the ‘eat’ winner at this year’s Travel Dubuque Tourism Awards!  I’d like to try the Passion Colada Cheesecake (passionfruit and coconut!).

Do you have any favourite dessert spots? Let me know in the comments below!  Any excuse for a pig out!

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