29 Sep Sweet talk
Got a sweet tooth? You’re in luck – with World Food Day on the 16th and Halloween trick or treating to end the month – October gives you every reason to indulge and enjoy a sweet treat or two.
We have plenty across our patch to satisfy those sweet cravings, whether you fancy an old-fashioned gobstopper, a slice of homemade cake, warm cookie dough or cool ice cream.
Read on and prepare to feel hungry!
Hilbornes Traditional Sweets
This fab sweet shop in Fareham shopping centre stocks everything from traditional sweets and chocolate to American candy and snacks. If you’re looking to stock up early for Halloween, Hilbornes offers sweet tubs, hampers and jars perfect for handing out to trick or treaters. They also make great presents for all occasions, and the team are always happy to receive special requests.
The Mansion at Coldeast
Afternoon tea is the ultimate sweet treat, with fresh scones, jam and cream and delicious pastries to tempt you. The Mansion at Coldeast offers afternoon teas for grown-ups and children, either inside the beautiful building or in a stylish pod in the grounds for a group of friends.
As well as finger sandwiches, you’ll be served fresh buttermilk scones alongside beautiful Mansion-made cakes that include passion fruit choux, Italian meringue spiced carrot cake, strawberry layer cake lime, dark chocolate and coffee tart, and mint macaroons.
The children’s version includes scones with jam and cream, white chocolate and caramel cookie, a chocolate brownie, and a strawberry or chocolate milkshake.
The Sweet Bag
This Portchester sweet shop offers a selection of sweet cones, boxes, pic and mix, movie night boxes and seasonal treats, with free delivery to the Portchester area. You can also find sweet-filled letters, which are great for gifting.
Or for big occasions, opt for a ‘sweet picnic’, where The Sweet Bag will provide a table, set and decorated as you please, and topped with sweets. A sweet cart is also available to hire for events, so it’s one to keep in mind for any birthdays or celebrations.
This Fareham-based dessert and ice cream parlour serves up anything from artisan gelato and shakes to waffles, crepes and gooey cookie dough. It’s great for a day out with the kids or for a catchup with loved ones over dessert. You can also order for delivery to your home, making it great for date nights too!
The Oaty Goat
The newest addition to Locks Heath Shopping village, The Oaty Goat is an artisan coffee and gelato shop offering bubble waffles, pancake stacks and ice cream!
For four-legged customers who may be looking for a treat of their own, order them a puppacino – made of a mix of whipped cream and crunchy doggy biscuits – and paw-fect for your furry friend!
Why not make life that little bit sweeter with more than 15 flavours of hot chocolate bombs and sticks! Pick from chocolate, biscoff, hazelnut and many more, with vegan and free-from options are also available.
Mihell also offers custom and personalised chocolate bars, including smashable chocolate pumpkins for Halloween, filled with sweets and chocolates! Find them at Portchester market and online.
Start the day on a sugary high with a pile of the fluffiest pancakes from this friendly, family-run café. Choose from toppings like banana and Nutella with strawberries, streaky bacon and maple syrup or Biscoff and mini marshmallows! A great way to start the day with a treat, or pop along in the day to enjoy one of their milkshakes.
On a hot day – or a cold one, we aren’t fussy! – why not stop at this shoreline café and select your favourite flavour of award-winning soft-serve ice cream? Your only problem will be trying to fit too many scoops in one cone.
There’s also a great selection of traybakes, brownies and pies for those who are after a quick stop-in with a coffee with a cake.