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Vacations always serve as an escape from the daily grind – including diets! Celebrate the month of LOVE with traditions full of chocolate and indulgence. We put together a few of our favorite sweet spots in our little piece of heaven along the shore. Satiate that sweet tooth at one – or all! – of these delicious spots during your next visit to Holden Beach!

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Doughnuts at The Filling Station.

Holden Beach Sweet Spots

Beaches -N- Cream

The long lines streaming out the door during the summer season are clear indications of the popularity of the homemade ice cream - in hundreds of rotating flavors - served up at Beaches -N- Cream located on the Holden Beach Causeway. Ice cream is also available to take home by the pint, quart, half-gallon, gallon, or even three-gallon! Ice cream pies, party packages, catering, and an ice cream truck are also available. Beaches -N- Cream’s season usually runs March through Thanksgiving.

Fantasy Isle Ice Cream & Mini Golf

Open since 1986, Fantasy Isle serves ice cream and homemade waffle cones — all alongside a mini golf course! This long-time favorite hangout on the Holden Beach Causeway is open daily between March and November. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glance of Putter, the squirrel who’s been featured in the news and is treated to two mini ice cream cones per day.

Haley’s Oceanside Ice Cream

Haley’s serves Hershey’s ice cream with the perfect ocean view from above the Salt Peddler on Ocean Boulevard West. Find classic cones, sundaes, shakes, smoothies, and more.

Sunset Slush – Holden Beach

Enjoy over 30 flavors of classic Italian Ice at Sunset Slush located under the bridge behind the Hobbs Realty office. If you haven’t tried Italian Ice yet, you’ll find that it’s much smoother and more flavorful than typical slushies. It’s a favorite stop during the Sunday Summer Concerts Series at the pavillion Memorial Day - Labor Day. Low in calories, dairy-free, and gluten-free, Sunset Slush is a great option for the whole family, especially when you purchase the re-fill koozie cups.

Sweet Gecko Candy Bar & Creamery

A sugar rush is in store after a trip to Sweet Gecko on the Holden Beach Causeway! The candy bar serves everything from Jelly Belly candy and Hershey’s ice cream to old-fashioned sodas and coffee. Sweet Gecko has a little something for everyone, from toys for the tots to henna tattoos.

The Scoop

The Scoop is open year round 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM near the Holden Beach Bridge on the Causeway. In addition to generous scoops of ice cream, homemade bagels and pastries are also on the menu. And if you don’t want to miss a minute of relaxing in the comfort of your vacation home, simply order your sweets to go from The Scoop!

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Shallotte Sweet Spots

Sugar Confections Bakery

Family-owned Sugar Confections Bakery is located in Shallotte, a neighboring town of Holden Beach. The New York / New Jersey-inspired bakery serves every pastry and baked good you can imagine, in addition to cannolis, eclairs, coffee, and more! Sugar Confections is open year-round, except the first week of July and between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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