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Enjoy the sweeter side of life in the Chicago Southland, whether your weakness is ice cream sundaes, chocolate covered nuts or gooey pastries. Some of the best sweets in the Chicago area can be found here.

Andy’s Frozen Custard, Burbank and Oak Lawn
Few can resist the allure of the giant spinning cone outside of Andy’s Frozen Custard. And while it may be that quirky bit of décor that gets you in the door, it’s the frozen treats, like concretes, malts, sundaes and more that will make you want to never leave. Seasonal treats like the pumpkin pie concrete and the “Words Can’t Describe it” apple pie sundae will make you melt like a cone in July! EatAndys.com

Angelica’s Bakery, Hazel Crest
Carrying traditional bakery items like cakes, pies, cupcakes and cookies, Angelica’s also has several unique items that you won’t find at other places. Puddings, cobblers and Angel jars make this place stand out. Among the flavors are “Caramel Cake Angel in a Jar,” “Key Lime Cake Angel in a Jar” and “ Coconut Angel in a Jar.” Angelicas-Bakery.com

Calumet Bakery, Lansing
This traditional bakery also has locations in Indiana and Chicago and dates back to 1935. From cheesecake to nut rolls to pies to their popular smiley face cookies, you can surely cure your sugar fix here. CalumetBakery.com

Cunis Candies & Ice Cream, South Holland
Established in 1933, this ice cream and candy shop is still in the same family and continues making homemade chocolates that are hand-dipped and house made ice cream flavors, like the seasonal favorite of peach. They’re also known for their chocolate covered strawberries and freshly made taffy apples in the fall. CunisCandies.weebly.com

Fleckenstein’s Bakery, Mokena
If it has sugar in it, chances are they make it at Fleckenstein’s. Specialty cakes for all occasions, including weddings, can be ordered and you can buy single dessert, bread, breakfast and cookie items - although you’ll likely want to order their muffins, doughnuts, kolaches and bagels by the dozen. Fleckensteins.com

Gayety’s Chocolates and Ice Cream, Lansing
Originally located in South Chicago next to the Gayety Movie Theatre, this legendary brand is nearing a century in business. Still family-owned and where quality comes first, your taste buds will thank you when you stop in for their signature Muddle Sundae topped with homemade whipped cream. Gayetys.com

The Plush Horse, Palos Park
Allow yourself lots of time to peruse the massive menu of ice cream, sorbet and gelato flavors in this quaint, throwback ice cream parlor where portions are big and many napkins are required. Hand-rolled waffle cones come in fun flavors like red velvet and dreamsicle. ThePlushHorse.com

Small Cakes Cupcakery and Creamery, Orland Park
Combining the best of the cake world with the most delicious of creamy ice cream flavors, Small Cakes Cupcakery and Creamery opened last year as the first south suburban store of the franchise that has grown to over 250 locations worldwide. Fifteen cupcake flavors are available on the regular menu along with a unique Flavor of the Day, some of which have been churro, peach cobbler, pecan pie and caramel popcorn. SmallCakesCupcakery.com

Zarlengo’s Italian Ice, Chicago Heights
Since 1983, Zarlengo’s has been serving up frozen treats, like their signature Zar Bar, now available in 10 flavors. The first Italian flavor they produced was lemon and the menu has now grown to over 50 flavors. Their products can be found at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. ZarlengosItalianIce.com

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