Hit the road and follow your taste buds on Butler County’s newest way to explore the area - the Butler County Sweet Tooth Trail, a self-guided tour of local bakeries, ice cream shops, and candy stores. Feel like a kid again, or bring them along, as you savor the flavors of Butler County’s finest chocolate, baked goods, ice cream, shaved ice and even nostalgic candies.
How it works:
Create your own itinerary on this tasty trail and fill up your passport with a specially designed symbol from each participating location. Move on to the next sweet spot at your leisure. Once your passport is complete, bring it to Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau to claim a commemorative prize and be entered into the grand prize drawing for a sweet-themed gift basket!
*Note: The Snowman is open seasonally, from April-September. You may still turn in your passport when their business is temporarily closed; however all other participating locations must be visited.
Where do you go?
Passports can be picked up at participating Sweet Tooth Trail locations, the Tourism Bureau or any of the Bureau's 35 brochure racks throughout the county.
Claim your prize upon completion at:
Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau
310 E. Grandview Ave.
Zelienople, PA 16063
Share your delightful journey with us by using #SweetExploring. If selected, your photos could get featured on our website, social media platforms or in our marketing materials.
Let your taste buds lead the way as you discover a wide variety of tasty treats on the Butler County Sweet Tooth Trail. Each location is unique and offers delicious options for everyone to enjoy. Sometimes picking out the perfect pick-me-up can be a bit overwhelming. If you don’t know what to order, trust the experts and try a “fan favorite”.
Sweet Tooth Trail Children’s Activities
Enjoy this hands-on, printable activity packet for elementary-aged children. While your family completes the Butler County Sweet Tooth Trail, your kids will be busy recording their favorite sweet treats and special memories along the trail in a written and visual journal activity. They can also discover sweet science experiments, solve sweet math problems, and design their very own sweet treats! Perfect for summer fun, we know you will find something that will intrigue your family!
If you and your child would like to share fun memories completing the Sweet Tooth Trail Children’s Activities, tag us on social media using the hashtag #SweetExploringKids
From the second you walk into Mainstreet Bake Shop, you’ll know you’re in for a scrumptious treat. This one-of-a-kind bakery features delicious handmade scones, pastries, pies, cupcakes, donuts, cinnamon rolls and of course their signature wedding cakes.
Fan Favorites: Salted Caramel Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Sugar Cookie
Cranberry Township’s newest bakery is “nothing bundt” spectacular! They feature 10 different bundt cake flavors in various sizes such as bite-sized Bundtinis, miniature Bundtlets, and 8" and 10" cakes. Each cake, whether big or small, is crowned with their signature cream cheese frosting; making each bite irresistible.
Fan Favorites: Bundtinis (sold by the dozen) and Bundlets (personal-sized cakes). Top flavors include Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet, White Chocolate, Raspberry and Lemon
Come enjoy the sights and smells at this quaint little Bake Shop in Evans City. They have unique hand pies available in assorted fruits and creams, and also feature a large variety of delicious baked goods made on site daily.
Fan Favorites: Hand Pies and Pecan & Cinnamon Rolls
The Two Fraus Bakery specializes in a variety of breads and “not your average cookies”. This all natural, from scratch bakery, never uses boxed or pre-mixes and keeps their ingredients as local as possible. Enjoy all types of scrumptious treats, and be sure to stop in on “Pretzel Saturdays” for a wide variety of homemade pretzels; but get there early because they sell out fast!
Fan Favorites: Cinnamon rolls and “Pretzel Saturdays”
This award-winning bakery provides fresh sweets daily. You’ll find gelato, chocolates, cupcakes, cakes, breakfast treats, and other specialty desserts. They also offer custom cakes and wedding cakes. A few of their awards include placing in the top 3 for Pittsburgh's Best Cupcake and Pittsburgh's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie.
Fan Favorites: Cupcakes
You’ll literally feel like a kid in a candy store at Baldingers. As you walk in, you’ll see brightly colored sweets lining the shelves and on table displays. Enjoy browsing their large assortment of nostalgic goodies and even penny candy that only costs one cent. If you’re not looking for sweets, check out all the different cookie cutters and gift baskets available for purchase.
Fan Favorites: Triple-dipped Milk Chocolate Malt Balls and the Gummy Bears Table
Mars Candy Land is an adorable candy store located in downtown Mars. They carry nostalgic and novelty candies and specialize in Candy Bouquets for any occasion. A visit here will bring you back to your childhood and keep you coming back for more.
Fan Favorites: Freshly made cotton candy and Candy Bouquets
Since 1938, Peter’s Chocolate Shoppe has been passing down the family recipe and chocolate-making techniques from generation to generation. Their handmade candies and chocolates are produced only from the finest ingredients, and your favorite fillings, creams, caramels and nougats are all made inhouse. They specialize in chocolate covered strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and grapes (advance orders).
Fan Favorites: Chocolate Meltaways, Homemade Salted Caramels and Turtles
Speckled Hen is a gourmet chocolate company located in Saxonburg and specializes in making the most unique chocolate items imaginable! They dip fresh strawberries and berry clusters daily, have a full line of handmade chocolates including seasonally inspired cream and butter truffles, and feature 22 different flavors of homemade fudge.
Fan Favorites: Fresh Raspberry/Blackberry tower, Peanut Butter Fudge, Caramel Dipped Chocolate Covered Apple
This inviting chocolate and candy store features gourmet chocolates with a dose of nostalgic charm. You’ll find a variety of sweet treats, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, hard candies, chocolate covered-bacon, decorated lollipops, and the ever popular old-time candies. They also offer Asher's sugar-free chocolates and Birnn Truffles.
Fan Favorites: Chocolate Dipped Pretzels and Chocolate Pecan/Caramel Turtles
Choose from a variety of scrumptious donuts and pair them with a hot cup of coffee. You can also find freshly made pastries and bagels. Donut Connection in Butler is a nonprofit organization, and the money earned is reinvested in the community which enables them to serve more people and agencies in need.
Fan Favorites: Strawberry Shortcake Donut, Peanut Butter Angel Donut and the Boston Cream Donut
Enjoy fresh made customized donuts; just the way you like them. This hip donut shop in Cranberry Township makes their donuts from scratch everyday, and provides custom flavors and toppings you can’t find anywhere else. Be sure to complete your order with a cup of their organic Cuban blend coffee, latte or Nitro coffee!
Fan Favorites: Maple Bacon, Cinnamon Roll and Salted Caramel Macchiato
Create your own donut masterpiece! Customers can customize their entire donut order from start to finish. First you’ll choose a type of cake donut (vanilla, chocolate or blueberry), then the filling (bavarian cream or raspberry jelly), followed by the icing flavor and toppings! The possibilities are endless at this donut shop.
Fan Favorites: Customize your donut to what you want
Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
Known for their soft serve ice cream and signature blizzards, Dairy Queen in Cranberry has always been a crowd pleaser. Choose from a large selection of frozen treats like Dilly Bars, Ice Cream Sundaes, dipped cones and even scrumptious items from DQ Bakes; the ultimate contrast of hot and cold.
Fan Favorites: DQ Ice Cream Cakes, Oreo Blizzard
This locally owned creamery and dessert shop specializes in homemade ice cream made with natural ingredients. You’ll find a variety of mouthwatering ice cream flavors, as well as seasonal, non-dairy and sugar free options. Be sure to visit their new, charming cafe on Main Street in the heart of Zelienople.
Fan Favorites: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chunk, Salted Caramel
Watch your ice cream made right before your eyes with a frozen dessert technique popular in Thailand. A cream base is chosen, spread onto an ice pan, then mixed with fresh fruit or other delicious ingredients like cookies, pretzels, Nutella and more. Pick from specials or choose a variety of options to create your perfect creation.
Fan Favorites: “Create Your Own Ice Cream”
Open year round, The Meadows of Cranberry Township serves freshly made frozen custard, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, and a variety of other delicious dessert treats. You’ll always find something new at The Meadows, as they feature new flavors daily for their frozen custard and frozen yogurt. Customers can also choose from a selection of pre-dipped quarts to take home.
Fan Favorites: Turtle Sundae and Mocha Shake. Top custard flavors include Chocolate Peanut Butter, Butter Pecan, Dirty Turtle, Peanut Butter Oreo Swirl, and Peanut Butter Meltaway
The Snowman is a one-of-a-kind, 13-foot tall roadside attraction in Portersville near Moraine State Park. The menu selection offers a variety of refreshing, frozen treats and 30 flavors of shaved ice (6 sugar free). Open April-September.
Fan Favorites: The Yeti Sundae (shaved ice combined with Hershey’s® Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream and whipped cream), Yeti Milkshake, Shaved Ice
Just as Sweet
Looking for more ways to satisfy your sweet tooth? Here’s a few other options where you can find a variety of tasty treats:
*Note: These businesses are not official stops along the Butler County Sweet Tooth Trail.
Grand Prize: More details coming soon.
A special thank you to our sponsor, Karski & Spokane Orthodontics, board-certified orthodontists providing fun, experienced care for all ages. Their orthodontists, Dr. David Spokane and Dr. Melissa Karski, offer a range of treatment options for both children and adults, including traditional metal braces, Invisalign®, and early interceptive orthodontics. Contact their office for more information and to book an appointment.
*No purchase necessary. Please check days/hours of operation, and note shops may close once sold out. Limit one passport per visitor. Must be present to have your passport stamped at each location.
*Note: Our Sweet Tooth Trail started with 16 locations, and has expanded to 18. If you have existing cards for the Sweet Tooth Trail, they can still be turned in to claim your prize. You can also attach the updated cards to your current ones. Either option is acceptable.