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Rachel & Blake Ham toast to marriage with their Loblolly cones during their June 16 wedding at Hillbrook Farms.

One of the best parts of any wedding is the dessert. While traditional wedding cakes are gorgeous in their own right, we love seeing brides switch things up when it comes to sweet treats. To jumpstart your research, we’ve come up with a slew of trendy desserts that would make delectable additions to your wedding day spread.

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Meringue Drops

Meringues aren’t a typical wedding dessert, but that’s exactly why we love them. The light and fluffy dessert is made from whipped egg whites and sugar and the result is pure bliss. PattiCakes Bakery in Conway makes delicious meringues that are sure to be crowd-pleasers at any wedding reception.

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Gourmet Pie Tarts

These aren’t your average Pop-Tarts. These flaky creations, from Southern Cake Co. in Sherwood, are filled with fruit jams or other sweet fillings and topped with icing in custom colors and designs. More like a Toaster Strudel than the Pop-Tarts you grew up with. We think these would make a perfect getting-ready treat for your bridal squad on the wedding day, a cute bridal brunch favor, or a surprising dessert option for your reception. Personalize these with custom colors and designs.

Southern Cake Co.

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Custom Ice Cream Flavors

Ice cream is always a good idea. And it gets even better with the ability to create your own custom wedding flavor. Loblolly Creamery in Little Rock lets couples create their own ice cream flavor and they offer catering services for weddings and events. The sky’s the limit when it comes to wedding desserts with Loblolly — they also offer a macaron bar, pie bar, sundae bar and a hot cocoa bar. For northwest Arkansas brides, Pure Joy Ice Cream in Siloam Springs is another great ice cream shop offering custom flavors. Pure Joy even gives couples a dozen pints of their custom flavor to share with friends, or keep for themselves. (No judgement.)

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Not Your Average S’mores

We’re all about these Arkansas-made s’mores from Markham & Fitz Chocolate in Bentonville. The chocolate shop, located in the new 8th Street Market, is known for their beautiful bonbons, truffles, cakes, craft chocolate bars and more. But it’s their s’mores that we fell in love with. The perfectly toasted marshmallow on homemade graham crackers with Markham & Fitz’s chocolate looks too good for words. Markham & Fitz’s Director of Chocolate Experience Sarah Poulton says they haven’t had anyone ask to do s’mores for a wedding, but she says they’d be up for the challenge.

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Mini Bundt Cakes

There’s just something about bundt cakes — mini ones, especially. Nothing Bundt Cakes, in Rogers and Little Rock, offers an assortment of bundt cake creations including miniature Bundtlets and bite-sized Bundtinis. Flavors include lemon, red velvet, pecan praline, white chocolate raspberry and the classic chocolate and vanilla.

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Personalized Popcorn

Colorful, custom popcorn is yet another way to add a personal touch to your wedding day. Whether you want something savory during the cocktail hour or a sweeter flavor for the reception, Hill City Popcorn in Fayetteville has it all. With a variety of flavors and colors, it’s easy to pick popcorn that matches your wedding colors and personality.

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Traveling Dessert Trucks

In the mood for something a little more… mobile? Le Pops Gourmet Iced Lollies, a popsicle shop in Little Rock, takes their show on the road with an adorable food truck or freezer available for weddings and events. Le Pops also lets you create your own custom popsicle flavors. If ice cream sandwiches are more your style, look no further than Chunky Dunk: A Milk & Cookies Shack. Based out of Fayetteville, Chunky Dunk lets guests build their own sandwich by choosing their cookie “buns” and ice cream flavor to go in between.

Chunky Dunk: A Milk & Cookies Shack

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Croquembouche.

This traditional French dessert is a tower of cream puffs stuffed with cream and held together with caramel. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s a light and fluffy addition to any dessert spread. PattiCakes Bakery in Conway can whip up one of these beauties for your big day.

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Vegan & Gluten-Free

Worried about your guests with food allergies or diet restrictions? Dempsey Bakery in Little Rock specializes in gluten-free everything, from traditional wedding cakes to iced shortbread cookies. And Michael Qandah, owner of Happy Bear Cooking in Little Rock, creates gorgeous vegan cakes that are so good your guests won’t even miss the eggs and dairy.

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Dempsey Bakery


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