Sweet Treats: 5 Shops to Get Your Fix

There's no shortage of sweets in Charlotte. From artisanal chocolates to fresh-made goodies wafting from local bakeries, there's something to satisfy every sweet tooth.

Bar Cocoa

This dessert bar, which is often gussied up with sugar-inspired decorations for holidays, is located in the posh lobby of the Ritz-Carlton hotel uptown. Delight in a set of colorful French-style macarons or try a slice of pie in house. Some highlights include pastries, confections, gelato and cupcakes.

The Naked Tart

Diane Hughes makes her tarts with in-season, local ingredients, with flavors from blueberry, strawberry and peach, to fig, raspberry and lemon, plus a few other flacors as they become avaialble. Find them at Ecolicious, Reid's, Beverly's, Modpaleo, Nourish, Queen City Pantry, Healthy Home Market, and online.

Bar Chocolate

With a small sweets stand in the 7th Street Public Market, Bar Chocolate fuses are and confections. These chocolatiers create handmade goodness using  high-quality chocolate and local ingredients. Don't miss the bee pollen praline, a dark chocolate-covered bite with complexity and crunch. In it, you'll find Tanzanian dark chocolate with a layered combination of Mecklenburg County bee pollen, roasted hazelnuts, hard caramel and dehydrated crepe bits.

Davidson Chocolate Company

Specializing in small-batch and hand-dipped truffles, confections, such a turtles, toffee and nuts, and ultra-rich desserts from brownies to fudge, this local chocolate shop with locations just north of Charlotte in Davidson and in Dilworth, offers gift sets and even solid-chocoate monogrammed boxes, perfect for housing sweet surprises.

Sweet Lorraine's Bakery

Cannoli and eclairs are, well, just the icing on the cake at this boutique bakery in the heart of historic Dilworth. Named after chef/owner Christine Guerriero's mother, Lorraine's offers a wide variety of tarts, from poached pear and almond to fresh seasonal fruit and pecan, plus breakfast breads, cupcakes and flourless chocolate cakes.