Sweet Shops & Desserts near Smithfield, NC

By Cyndie Todd on January 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm EST


Sweet Shopping

In downtown Benson you’ll find Jenny’s Sweet Creations, a bakery featuring custom cakes and cupcakes for all occasions, single-serving baked treats and fresh homemade candy. Shelves filled with specialty gifts – including unique cookie jars – make Jenny’s a fun stop even if you aren’t craving sweets.

The Family That Bakes Together

Nancy Jo Stone has been running Nancy Jo’s Homemade Bakery in downtown Clayton with her son Chris and daughter Cecilia for more than 20 years. Originally a deli and bakery, the family’s homemade cakes and desserts were so popular that they narrowed their focus to just the bakeshop. Birthday, wedding and specialty cakes — including their original 12-layer chocolate cake – can be conveniently ordered through their website for pickup or shipment.  

Cheesecake Coffeehouse

Sit down for a slice and a cup of coffee at Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes, operating in a beautifully renovated historic Queen Anne-style house in downtown Clayton. Other baked goods include homemade cupcakes and granola bars. Sherry’s also sells whole cheesecakes to take home and for restaurants in nearby Raleigh.

Aloha, Good Eats!

Hula Girl Ice Cream and Grill in Selma serves 56 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream, along with hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. Sit on the patio with the kids and watch the Amtrak trains pass by. Hula Girl also sells old-fashioned candies by the pound and soft drinks in glass bottles.

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