We all know in a perfect world dessert would be first course - indulge in guilty pleasures from nitrogen and lavender infused ice cream, delectable doughnuts and brownie pans, plus find out where the locals go to relish in a tempting treat.
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Charlie's Dessert House, Launceston
This is how you do dessert - owner Brooke has assembled a vibrant space with dishes to match at Charlie's. Slightly refined with a touch of flair, the little kitchen pumps out cakes, cookies, macarons, cupcakes, vegan cheesecakes and more using a host of local suppliers: Ashgrove Dairy, Ritual Coffee, Storm & India Tea, Feelin' Fruity produce and Van Diemens frozen delights. The service is effortless and the dessert dishes are a delight.
- Go old school with a Banoffee Pie - or if you're feeling particularly indulgent, order a Brownie Pan and try to stop at one.
Open 10am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays at 74 Charles St, Launceston.
Nitro Ella, Launceston
Only opened in January this year, Nitro Ella has already become a popular hit. Situated smack bang in the centre of Launceston, the hole-in-the-wall offers nitrogen ice cream, fruit smoothies with jasmine tea, Vietnamese iced coffees and signature pearl teas. The ice creams are made by the front windows with billowing frozen smoke constantly on show, and the team proudly uses only Ashgrove Dairy, cementing their commitment to the local community.
- We adored the Tasmanian Bush Honey
Open 9am to 6pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 8pm Fridays and 11am-4pm Saturdays at 218 York St, Launceston.
Bridestowe Lavender Estate
The largest privately owned Lavender farm in the world blooms into a sea of purple at the turn of each year when the fields blossom, though the crowds that pack in year round are coming for one thing – the lavender ice cream. Just sweet enough and with a fragrant hit, it is completely worth the trip regardless of the view or weather.
- Take one guess!
Open 10am-4pm every day at 296 Gillespies Rd, Nabowla.
Cocobean Chocolate, Launceston
Cocobean has lived in Launceston for some time, undergoing a complete rebrand and now thriving from beginnings with two staff in a small café. Using ingredients from local suppliers is paramount for the team, with milk and cream coming from Ashgrove; whisky from Lark Distillery; beer from Boags; coffee from Ritual; freeze dried raspberries from Forager Foods; and free-range eggs from Olsen’s Farm. Cocobean is now an institution and rightfully so - combining Swiss traditions and a distinctly local point of view to produce lovely chocolate products.
- The bark range is beautiful,
- Their hot chocolate mixes are superb,
- But our all-time fave is the white chocolate, cranberry and pistachio bars. Yum!!
Open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 9:30am-2pm Saturdays at 82 George St, Launceston.
Hazelbrae Hazelnuts, Hagley
Tasmania's first commercial hazelnut business has grown in more ways than one. Since 2005, over 5000 trees have been planted, with near 50 tonnes of hazelnuts to be produced by next year. Raw, roasted and chocolate covered hazelnuts are on offer, with the flavour difference between these and what you will find imported in most stores kind of astounding. The once private grounds are now host to the homestead, gardens and a nice café - plus their website has great recipes.
- Keep it simple - the roasted hazelnuts are delicious.
Open 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday at 127 Hagley Station Ln, Hagley.
Della Valle Gelato, Invermay
Husband and wife team Deb and Dale have setup their gelato van to bring their product to the people. Having a course under her belt from the Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy, means the pairs creations come from a distinctly traditional place - though the results are anything but. Utilising as many Tasmanian ingredients as they can get their hands on, gelato is made from not just cream, milk, honey, vegetables, yoghurt and fruits - but also roasted coffee, cheese, wine, Anvers chocolate, and even herbs. The flavour combinations are a match for their personalities - big, bold and bright.
- We couldn't get enough of Della Valle's ginger and kumquat gelato
Della Valle is currently on a few weeks break but follow them on social - they'll be back soon, 8.30am to 12.30pm each Saturday at the Harvest Market Launceston.
Van Diemens Land Creamery, Elizabeth Town
Located in the Meander Valley, Van Diemens Land prides itself on producing artisan ice cream, using as little additives and preservatives as possible. Their range now numbers above 50 flavours, using local produce such as Leatherwood Honey, local peanut butter, local olive oil, pepperberries and even home grown lemons for their sorbet. Their more native flavours are award winners for good reason - this is a brand that deserves to be renowned around the country.
- Peach and Lemon Myrtle
- Pepperberry Leatherwood Honey
Open 10am to 5pm every day at 10 Christmas Hills Road, Elizabeth Town.
Named after an island off the coast of Cornwall in the UK, where owners Alison and Tristan once worked, Bryher is a meeting of British, French and Tassie influences. A strong sense of family history is ingrained in the menu, with many of the cakes coming from Alison's grandmother, and the pair are continually astonished at the quantity and quality of local produce - leading to them designing a rotating menu of seasonal dishes to reflect what is available at the time. The list of local producers they support and champion is on their website and we love how long it is. Also - bonus points for the offer of customers bringing in their excess produce in exchange for coffee or cake!
- The dark chocolate, Hazelbrae hazelnut and Hellyers Road single malt whisky doughnuts are dangerous in the best way
Open 7am to 4pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, plus 8am to 3pm on weekends at 91 George St, Launceston.
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