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Your Weekend Sweet Fix: Designer Doughnuts, High-Low Ice Cream Options, and Confections of All Shapes and Sizes

Your Weekend Sweet Fix: Designer Doughnuts, High-Low Ice Cream Options, and Confections of All Shapes and Sizes
Evie Carpenter
Whether it's a creamy, melting ice cream cone or a dense slice of chocolate cake, sometimes you just gotta have sweet. Indulge your cravings this weekend with haute doughnuts and a disturbingly pink breakfast beverage. Cool off with a cone, either local or childhood classic. Go on a pastry crawl from Old Town Scottsdale up Indian School Road, and finally get your hands on the Le Dinersaur pastries that you've been drooling over on Instagram all week. The way we see it, calories don't count on the weekend anyways.

click to enlarge STEPHANIE BRAY
Stephanie Bray
Hurts Donut Company Is Open 24/7, Offers 70 Types of Doughnuts

If you weren't looking for Hurts Donut Company, you might miss it. The doughnut shop is located between a Waffle House and Jack in the Box in a tan building that once was Max Market & Liquor.

But once you make the trip, you won’t forget where it is.

The 24-hour bakery offers 70 types of handmade doughnuts daily. They are topped with ingredients ranging from bacon to Nutella. There’s even a s’mores-inspired doughnut, complete with a toasted marshmallow.

Meet Olivia Girard, the creator of Le Dinersaur. - EVIE CARPENTER
Meet Olivia Girard, the creator of Le Dinersaur.
Evie Carpenter
Meet the Baker Behind Phoenix's Most Instagrammable Pastries

Though Olivia Girard of Le Dinersaur has been in the restaurant industry in some way or another since she was a teenager, the 28-year-old has only been teaching herself how to bake seriously over the last few years. The results of her efforts, from simple chocolate pop-overs to petit chocolate cakes garnished with crushed pistachios and filled with fig goat cheese, are some of the most photogenic and crave-worthy in the city.


Ah, the ice cream of our youth. - LAURIE NOTARO
Ah, the ice cream of our youth.
Laurie Notaro
Dairy Queen Expanding in Metro Phoenix

As summer approaches, it's becoming clear that the ice cream selection in metro Phoenix is not so hot.

Thank goodness for Dairy Queen.

The soft-serve giant is poised to open three to five new franchises here in the upcoming year, with a couple new branches already open.

It should come as no surprise that our desert city is one of the biggest growth markets for the company.

Pies, brownies, cakes, ice cream and, if that's not enough to get your blood flowing, coffee. - MELISSA CAMPANA
Pies, brownies, cakes, ice cream and, if that's not enough to get your blood flowing, coffee.
Melissa Campana
New Scottsdale Sweet Shop Sells Wonka-Worthy House-Made Ice Cream

Sweet Provisions occupies the space that formerly housed a TCBY. It’s not hard to imagine the sugar-coated opportunity that Chef Christopher Collins and the team at Common Ground Culinary saw when the space opened up. They jumped on the location (along with some of the equipment?) and created some incredible icy treats using fresh, local ingredients and a great font scheme.

Sergio and Country Velador of Super Chunk will soon be offering more of a good thing. - COURTESY OF COUNTRY VELADOR
Sergio and Country Velador of Super Chunk will soon be offering more of a good thing.
Courtesy of Country Velador
Super Chunk Sweets & Treats to Expand

What’s the best way to make a great dessert even better? Have more of it.

So it’s delicious news that Super Chunk Sweets & Treats in Old Town Scottsdale is about to expand.

Fans love Super Chunk for hard-to-find items like cannelles and crazy-complicated candies, as well as classics like brownies and pie.

The shop has won national attention for its Valley-inspired mesquite chocolate chip cookie, and other playful treats on offer include the "John & Yoko," a honey cake soaked in tres leches.

Think pink. - STEPHANIE BRAY
Think pink.
Stephanie Bray
Which Beloved Secret Starbucks Drink Is Now on the Permanent Menu?

Fans of Starbucks’ secret menu can celebrate. On April 10, the company announced its famed Pink Drink would become a permanent menu item.The Pink Drink is similar to Starbucks’ Strawberry Acai Refresher. Instead of water, it's made with coconut milk and topped with a scoop of strawberries.

The new Lilac Bakery on Indian School Road serves from-scratch treats that are preservative-free. - LILAC BAKERY
The new Lilac Bakery on Indian School Road serves from-scratch treats that are preservative-free.
Lilac Bakery

Lilac Bakery Brings Affordable, Fresh Baked Goods to Central Phoenix

Lilac Bakery is one of the newest bakeries to open on Indian School Road in recent memory. The shop officially opened its doors on February 10 and is run by baker Lauren Paulsen, whose mission is to make preservative-free baked goods from scratch.

From what we've tasted, the quality of both the ingredients and the expertise of her technique comes through in every pastry housed under the gleaming glass case of this stellar bakery.

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