If you’re anything like me, you’ve seen those minion memes that our dear family members post on Facebook saying, “Exercise? I thought you said extra fries,” and the infamous, “My boss told me to have a good day, so I went home.” One that I have taken to heart as a Truman student is, “Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.” I’m constantly stressed during the year, and the best way to manage stress is to listen to those Facebook posts and go out to get some desserts. With that being said, I present to you the top 5 best desserts I’ve had in Kirksville.
5 – Dairy Queen: DQ is an oldie but a goodie. They are always consistent with their flavors, and each month you get surprised with a new blizzard. You can mix and match to your liking and make the best tasting blizzard you can think of. My favorite part about DQ isn’t the blizzards though, it’s the ice cream cakes. Ever since I was a kid, I would get them for my birthday, and each year I would look forward to the layered goodness that makes ice cream cakes top tier.
4 – Sonic: Sonic has one of the most surprisingly diverse dessert menus in Kirksville. They have slushes in just about any flavor along with sundaes, cones, shakes and blasts, which consist of tons of toppings thrown into some ice cream. A direct quote from their website says, “Your ice cream can never be too extra. Add mix-ins or real fruit to your 100% real ice cream!” I think that goes to show just how many options there are to satisfy any dessert craving you may have.
3 – HyVee bakery: I’m a sucker for a good cinnamon roll, and the best one I’ve had in Kirksville so far is from HyVee’s bakery. This establishment provides you with a variety of pastries, and if you get up early one day, they will more than likely still be warm. Taking a fresh pastry and bringing it outside to enjoy on a cool morning is my favorite way to start the day.
2 – To Die For bakery: If you’re taking a walk in downtown Kirksville and have a hankering for a home cooked pastry, be sure to stop by To Die For Bakery. This bakery has just about anything you could want. There are muffins, cookies, scones, breads, cakes and pies. On top of the wide selection, they rotate certain menu items so you always have an opportunity to try something new – and they can also do custom orders.
1 – Bellacino’s: I’m in my third year at Truman, and I have yet to find a better dessert than this. I thought they would be some mediocre Eggo-type cinnamon sticks, but I was sorely mistaken. Bellacino’s makes their cinnamon pizza with a delicious, perfectly-baked dough with a thin layer of butter, cinnamon sugar and icing. You can pay extra and have more icing added — I’d recommend splurging on the 75 cents. It’s shaped like a regular pizza, and in all honesty, there have been days where I’ve eaten more cinnamon sticks than my actual dinner.