Staff picks: Best desserts in Knoxville

In the past, The Bark has discussed Knoxville’s best restaurants; this week, however, we talk about Knoxville’s best desserts. We apologize but can’t be held responsible for any cravings or mouth-waterings that occur while reading.

Ham ‘n Goodys tea cakes without the icing are the bomb. I love them even though they are kinda pricey. I want one now. [Taylor A. Johnson]

Going to The Melting Pot for my birthday every year is hands down the best family tradition because they have amazing fondue. The best fondue from The Melting Pot is the flaming turtle because they set things on fire in front of you and it tastes so, so, so good. [Katie Matthews]

Buttermilk Sky’s Southern Buttermilk Pie is like eating a little piece of heaven. Plus you get your own individual pie. Need I say more? [Mackenzie Lee]

Litton’s is pretty well-known for their burgers, but more people need to talk about their red velvet cake. It’s the size of your face and the whole thing is just scrumptious. [Danielle Fannon]

Besides having the best Italian food ever, Altruda’s has some pretty amazing cannoli. I make it a point to try cannoli anywhere they’re served, and theirs is the best. Hands down. [Maggie Kimber]

The most decadent dessert in Knoxville is the banana fudge milkshake from Cook-Out. It’s sweet and healthy because it has fruit in it, and the shake always manages to melt in my mouth. Yum. [Kelsey Kinzer]

You may not say “dessert place” when you think of Tomato Head, but their chocolate peppermint cookies are super addictive. Since they tend to change around the daily dessert menu frequently, it is always really exciting when they are available. [Tori Lafon]

I do not like cake, but I am OBSESSED with icing. Especially cream cheese icing. It’s the best. So when it comes to the best place to receive that treat, Gigi’s Cupcakes is the place to go. The red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing is on point. [Zoey Line]

I love ice cream and if I’m going to go anywhere for ice cream, it’s Bruster’s. They have so many different options and personally, I love the mint chocolate chip ice cream and cake batter ice cream. [Michael Lepard]

One day in Americans at War, Coach Blevins walked in with some delicious kettle corn. Little did I know that it was his own company that made it. I was questioning it at first, but then I just shut up and realized that it was amazing. [Tyler Hotz]

It may not exactly be in Knoxville, but Dollywood funnel cakes are much better than any dessert in K-Town. Even though they are 720 calories (not including powdered sugar), those calories are a small price to pay for the best dessert known to mankind. [Wyeth Wilson]