We certainly count ourselves lucky to live amongst Beaufort’s sweeping marsh views, historic architecture, and vibrant downtown. When you visit our beautiful town, there is no shortage of things to see and places to eat. If you have a craving for something sweet during your Lowcountry retreat, we’ve got that covered too! From frozen yogurt to gourmet cookies, Beaufort, SC has something for every sweet tooth.
Read on for five of our favorite scoop shops and sweet treats made locally.
Yo-yos Ice Cream
We love spending time in the park and then heading to YoYo’s for a cold treat to enjoy on the swings. With two locations in downtown, YoYo’s offers frozen yogurt with tons of amazing sweet toppings. They have a great selection of flavors and toppings– all delicious!
Taste Test: Butterfinger in a Waffle cone, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Banana Cream Pie
Find it: YoYo’s • 722 Bay Street • Downtown Beaufort • 843-548-0300
Southern Sweets Ice Cream and Sandwiches
Duck into Old Bay Marketplace, browse the quaint shops and bookstore before stopping at Southern Sweets Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop. You will feel a bit like you’ve stepped back in time when you enter to see the old-time soda counter. Their family-owned ice cream parlor has something for everyone, including sundaes, shakes, sodas, malts, floats, and splits. They also offer a tasty lunch menu.
Taste Test: Mint Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtles
Find Them: 917 Bay St F • Beaufort, SC 29902 • (843) 941-7890
A Beaufort institution for over 30 years, you’ll find homemade chocolates, candies, seasonal treats and lots more at The Chocolate Tree. The staff is friendly and accommodating, offering up a large selection of quality chocolate (and other delectables) from which to choose.
This iconic Beaufort shop is a must-see location while in Beaufort. Stop in and they will tell you that Tom Hanks selected the chocolate here for his “life is like a box of chocolates” scene in Forrest Gump. Rumor has it that he still stops by whenever he is in the area.
Taste Test: Sanddollars, chocolate covered pretzels
Find Them: 507 Carteret Street • Downtown Beaufort • 843-524-7980
This bakery specializes in custom American buttercream cakes, cupcakes, sugar cookies and treats! We love that they offer classic flavors as well as fun combinations like Maple Bacon, Hot Fudge Sundae, and Monster Cookie. If you’re celebrating a special occasion while you’re in town the staff is quick to accommodate your needs! They have a variety of in-store goodies as well as a great portfolio of custom order options.
Their in-house partner, Tout Sweet Macaron, offers a great selection of macaron flavors, including many specials that change monthly. They also host Tea Time at Tout Sweet. Book your tea service and let them create a tea menu to fit your needs and party size! Typical menus contain light appetizers, tea sandwiches or meat and cheeses, and of course macarons.
Taste Test: S’mores Cupcake, Andes Mint Cupcake, and Blueberry Earl Grey Macarons
Find Them: 1420 Ribaut Rd Unit D • Port Royal, SC 29935
This classic candy shop offers over 700 varieties of your old time favorites as well as new delights! Dive head first into their selection of over 40 Salt Water Taffy flavors, 80+ different bulk candy selections, 78 Jelly Belly Flavors and over 20 M&M colors and flavors. Create your own custom mix of Jelly Belly’s or M&M’s for your next party!
In addition to the best candy selection in the Lowcountry, they also carry a variety of other treats and gifts. The Beaufort Candy Shoppe has toys, stuffed animals, Gourmet Popcorn from Popcornopolis and a large selection of the local favorite, Palmetto Pops. The Beaufort Candy Shoppe has gift bags available, making it an easy one stop shop to pick up the perfect gift!
Taste Test: Salt Water Taffy or find your childhood favorite
Find Them: • 103 West Street Ext • Downtown Beaufort • 843-379-7677
If you’re looking for a Lowcountry getaway or staycation, come enjoy Beaufort from the Cuthbert House Inn. Centrally located in downtown, visitors and locals alike enjoy a stay at this historical Bed and Breakfast.
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