Great Desserts in Colorado Springs
Are you the type of person to look at the dessert menu first at every restaurant you visit? Do you get an extra dessert to go when you’re full because you know you’ll be lamenting over lost opportunities later on when you’re hungry again? Is there always a little pint of ice cream in your freezer, fresh-baked cookies on your counter and a Twix bar in your glove compartment? Then this list was compiled just for you. Bon appétit!
As fellow dessert aficionados ourselves, we’ve carefully researched and sampled desserts all over the city of Colorado Springs. It was grueling, but we’ve come up with a few locations we think you’ll love, with several different options depending on the hankerings of your sweet tooth. Gather your spoons and loosen your belts. It’s time for dessert.
Marigold Cafe and Bakery
Marigold Cafe and Bakery is a popular restaurant on the west side of Colorado Springs, just north of Garden of the Gods on Centennial. While they are well-known for their tasty, savory meals, there’s a reason “bakery” is in the name. They have a darn delicious one. Marigold’s baked goods range from hefty cheesecakes in a variety of flavors, to delicate fruit pastries and tarts. You can order a selection of desserts to go or go in for dinner (and still get it to go because you’re full). Highlights on their menu include the German chocolate mousse cake slice, a rich and creamy chocolate mousse encased in two thin slices of chocolate cake and topped with thick coconut frosting. Their Frasier cake slice feels lighter, but it still packs a lot of flavor and creamy goodness between delicate slices of vanilla sponge filled with fresh, sliced strawberries.
Maybe you’re more of an ice cream person, but, you know, a really extra ice cream person. That’s where Frozen Gold makes a chilling play for your ice-cold heart. Located in Downtown Colorado Springs’ rapidly developing south end, Frozen Gold gives you the feeling you’re in an old 1990s hip hop video, but with towering cones of ultra-decked-out soft serve. It’s neon and pink with thumping music and a line out the door every night. The cones are enormous. They have to have a little catching tray installed around the rim of the cone to prevent it from dripping down your hand as you frantically attempt to tackle the mound of ice cream before it melts.
Frozen Gold cones come in multiple flavors, including options for vegans. Options for vegans means options for the dairy-free set, which means you lactose-free folks won’t be denied access to all the unique treats that are available. Some even come with a core of caramel or fudge. Fan favorites include the Silly Rabbit, a vanilla cone rolled in rainbow breakfast cereal, Gone Campin’ with chocolate soft serve, chocolate graham cracker crumbs, toasted marshmallow fluff and crunchy nuts, and the fabulously vegan Pina Colada, with vegan coconut soft serve coated in toasted coconut and packed with a loaded brown sugar pineapple core.
Colorado City Creamery
Now, we know the debate between soft serve and hand-scooped ice cream can be a contentious topic for some. It’s the Marvel versus DC debate of the dessert world and we are not here to pick a side. Therefore, our next dip into decadent desserts encompasses the scoopable version of the frosty confectionary. Venture west toward the mountains to the historic town of Old Colorado City, where you’ll find traditional ice cream scooped up daily for hoards of locals and visitors. Colorado City Creamery has been creating handmade ice cream since they first opened their location near Bancroft Park in 1979. You’ll even find their ice cream served at multiple restaurants around town — it’s just that good.
One of the coolest features at Colorado City Creamery is the sundae bar. You can craft a mighty fine sundae using waffle cone pieces, hot fudge, sweet cherries, pineapple puree, sprinkles, cookies, marshmallow and more. The creamery also makes a mean banana split, complete with classic fixings on a perfectly ripe banana. Colorado City Creamery has a huge selection of flavors, with seasonal options like pumpkin or egg nog rotating in and out of the case. If you’re a cheesecake fan, definitely get a scoop of one of their coveted blueberry, raspberry or strawberry cheesecake ice creams.
3.14 Pi Bar
Dessert can’t all be cake, ice cream and cheesecake. Have you forgotten about pie? Yes, pie! Flakey crust, tasty fillings, maybe a dollop of whipped cream (or ice cream) — pie is magnificent. Colorado Springs is fortunate to be home to a dessert location dedicated to pies both sweet and savory: 3.14 Pi Bar. With a name that is also a math joke, you know you’re in for a good time when you pay this exceptionally popular restaurant a visit. The magical location can be found just north of Garden of the Gods and just east of the Flying W Ranch on Centennial Boulevard.
It’s really hard to pick a favorite pie at Pi Bar. One cool fact about their locale is that you can buy miniature versions of their big pies that you can buy singly or in four-packs. They call them Cutie Pies and if that’s not adorable, what is? Despite the “mini” moniker, these little pies can probably be shared. They’re just that big. Pie flavors include classic creams like coconut, peanut butter and Italian silk and fruit pies like Rhuberry (strawberries and rhubarb) and Blueberry Fields, which has a layer of custard cream on the bottom. Pi Bar also sells pie by the whole pie and by the slice.
This last might be our favorite, we are partial to this particular cryptid, but their cookies by any other name would still taste as sweet, allow us to introduce Sasquatch Cookies. What, you think we’d forget about a timeless handheld dessert served in convenient disc form? Cookies are a universal treat and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who didn’t have at least one favorite flavor. Of course, if you pop in to Sasquatch Cookies, we’re pretty sure that number is going to jump to at least four or five. Sasquatch (the bakery, not the cryptid) can be found in two locations in Colorado Springs. The first location is located just north of downtown in a little shopping center off of Templeton Gap Road on Jefferson Street. The second can be found at Red Leg Brewery on Garden of the Gods Road (just two miles north of the park).
They have a selection of nine signature flavors that are always available: chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, monster, double chocolate, birthday confetti and peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, white chocolate macadamia and a “gluten-free friendly” chocolate chip. You can usually score them warm, which means melty chocolate and the perfect softness are yours for the eating. Their seasonal options can be quite decadent, like the s’mores cookie packed with actual Hershey squares and sweet marshmallows. Sometimes they even have ice cream cookie sandwiches, but those are seasonal, so call ahead to be sure.
Now that you have all of the dessert knowledge you need, the only thing left to do is pick a favorite. We recommend you host a dessert potluck and have everyone bring a treat to share. You’ll get to sample a little bit of everything without having to figure out how to eat an entire pie by yourself before it goes bad. Enjoy your sugar stasis!