What is something you can celebrate all year long? Why the joyous time after a meal – dessert of course!
From apple pie to zeppole and everything in between, dessert is often a much-anticipated treat, sometimes more than the main meal itself. And with October being both National Cookie Month and National Dessert Month – with a few other days dedicated to chocolate and more thrown in – it’s your duty to celebrate these special occasions.
Torrance, a laidback city located in the South Bay of Los Angeles, is known as a place where “sun and sand” meet “suds and stouts,” but it’s also home to some of the finest restaurants and exceptional purveyors of desserts, sure to please chocolate and non-chocolate lovers alike. During your next visit to Torrance, stay at one of the variety of available lodging options, enjoy the food and drinks, and get ready to indulge on fantastic meal-enders. Following are just a few of the amazing dessert spots you’ll find in Torrance.
Celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2022, the award-winning Torrance Bakery is truly a city favorite with their variety of scrumptious cakes, pastries and cupcakes, as well as their combination of a churro and a donut. If you’re in town for a special occasion, what better way to honor someone than with a custom-designed cake? Or just drop by for a delicious gourmet cupcake, a petit four or a slice of pie. Sweets never tasted so sweet.
What’s better than a churro? How about a churro boat filled with Oreos and marshmallows? Yum. Even better is the fact that Churro Buzz Coffee Bar, also located in the Del Amo Fashion Center, offers an assortment of delicious craft coffee and other drinks to dunk your churro in.
Using liquid nitrogen to prepare handcrafted ice cream before your eyes, the “creamologists” at Creamistry can whip up a delicious treat like a “croffle,” a glazed croissant-waffle with fresh cream and your choice of toppings. Located a few minutes from the pristine Torrance Beach, Creamistry also has a selection of vegan, dairy-free and organic menu items, so dig in!
The brother-and-sister duo of James Tatsuya and Elaine Yukari set a goal to bring people together with the simple goodness of dessert. Kansha Creamery, named for the Japanese word for gratitude, makes their treats with ingredients from local, organic farmers when possible, and a percentage of each sale goes to various charities. Although they only carry about five flavors a day, the list of delicious flavors is lengthy, meaning a return trip is necessary to try something new.
You’ve probably seen their sweet rolls and hamburger buns in the grocery store, but for a real treat, stop by King’s Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant in Torrance. In addition to seasonal treats like pumpkin pie and pumpkin mocha donuts, King’s Hawaiian has an amazing assortment of pies, cakes, pastries, donuts and muffins sure to have you taking an assortment to go.
The largest Japanese supermarket in the U.S., Mitsuwa Marketplace, located in Torrance’s Del Amo Fashion Center, offers just about everything Japanese, including authentic desserts. Highlights include mouth-watering mochi donuts in a variety of flavors from Mochill and Modo, as well as matcha mochi and other treats from confectioner J.sweets.
The menu at 85 Degrees – located in Del Amo Fashion Center as well as on Carson St, near State Route 213 – makes it difficult to choose what to order because everything looks SO good. If mango crème brulee or coconut custard sponge rolls sound mouth-watering, just imagine the dozens of other delicacies available. You might need to make more than one stop here while you’re in town.
If you’re looking for local flavor, check out the Torrance Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There are vendors of all kinds like the Bakers’ Kneaded – a bakery offering organic whole grain breads and pastries made with California grown and sourced ingredients.
Torrance is known for its pristine beaches, 200-plus acres of glorious natural spaces and its close proximity to hustling-and-bustling Los Angeles. The city is also home to more than 400 eateries and thirteen craft breweries, perfect complements to the sweetness you’ll find at its many shops and restaurants.