Walk Through the City Market!
Savannah, Georgia, the colonial port city home to Food Network star, Paula Deen, historic cemeteries and parks filled with beautifully carved statues, and plenty of ghosts, including those of Confederate soldiers, to spook even non-believers, is also a great place to enjoy a sugar rush.
Yes, the South loves its sweet tea, but downtown Savannah also offers plenty of other sweet concoctions, from gourmet honey to cupcakes to the beloved praline. And many of these sweet spots have only opened in the past five to 10 years.
Walk through the city’s colorful Savannah City Market and watch taffy being pulled, caramel being drizzled, praline being stirred, and peanut brittle being chopped. Head down to the river front and Savannah Candy Kitchen has free warm praline samples ready for every visitor who walks through to peruse this eye-popping candy shop, where caramel apples are the size of giant grapefruits.
A few doors down from the Savannah Candy Kitchen is the Savannah Bee Company, which opened its doors in 2002, and also offers free samples, like its tasty Tupelo and wonderful White Honeys. These were paired with free cheese chunks and sliced apples. Beekeeping is big business in the American South. Savannah Bee Company sold varieties in TSA-friendly three-ounce jars, and makes a great souvenir.
Further along the river front is River Street Sweets, which boasts some of the best pralines around. River Street Sweets also sell its own version of beloved Bear Claws, a chocolate, caramel pecan patty allegedly made from a top-secret recipe.
Being buzzed on sugar makes you crave, well, even more sugar. Sweet Carolina Cupcakes, also in downtown Savannah, serves up a fresh-baked classics and local favorites, like Whoopie, Darling Clementine or Sweet Georgia Brown. Opened in Savannah in fall 2012, Sweet Carolina Cupcakes also makes gluten-free vegan cupcakes and with other cupcakes based on the owner’s grandmother’s recipes.
Savannah’s antebellum charm is reason enough to visit this unique Southern city, but its talents for spinning sugar sweetens its appeal. For more information about Savannah’s food, culture and sights, visit http://savannahvisit.com/.