Take Care Of Your Sweet Tooth In Portage County

There is no time like the present to gather your family and friends and head out on a confectionery road trip.  

Get ready to pack the car with delicious cakes, cookies, cupcakes, ice cream, pies, stone oven-baked breads, chocolate covered popcorn, and sugary specialty coffee drinks.  This self-guided tour of Portage County’s sweet spots will bring happiness to any sweet tooth.  

Things to know before you go:

  • Before heading out, call ahead or check the businesses website for current hours. (Some bakeries are not open on Monday.)
  • Pack a cooler. A great way to store your goodies.
  • Take cash. If you stop at the Haymakers Farmers' Market (Saturday stop).  Some vendors only accept cash

Just A Few Of Our Favorite Portage County Sweet Stops

Brimfield Bread Oven – 3956 state Route 43, Kent OH 44240
Organic grains and local ingredients.Brimfield Bread Oven is a European-style bakery in Brimfield Township, Ohio. Everything is made from scratch with simple ingredients, hand-shaped and baked in a wood-fired oven.

A few of our favorite selections:chocolate croissant, sea salt focaccia, baguettes, cranberry walnut sourdough, seasonal pies and tarts, and the homey maple granola. Check their website brimfieldbreadoven.com for baking schedule.

Rocco's Cupcake Cafe - 295 S. Water St., Kent, OH 44240
If you love made-from-scratch cupcakes that are baked fresh every morning, Rocco's is your place.Check their website for current cupcake and cake pops selections.

The Mockingbird Bakery - 154 Cherry St., Kent, OH 44240
Your sweet tooth will thank you. Macaroons, cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and more. Head to their Facebook page for tasty treat updates. Gluten-free and vegan options are usually available.

Sunshine Cupcakes Etc. - 221 S. Prospect St., Ravenna, OH 44266
Happiness can be found in a cupcake at Sunshine Cupcakes Etc. in Ravenna. The flavors change daily. The Birthday Cake, Neapolitan and Caramel Pecan cupcakes are a few of our favorites. 

Popped! - 138 E. Main St., Kent, OH 44240
Popped! is Portage County's go to place for all things popcorn. Not only do they make delicious varieties of popcorn, but they also have specialty popcorn topped with chocolate and mixed with other sweet treats. May we suggest the Black Squirrel Crunch? They also sell a variety of chocolates. Perfect for gift giving.

Coffee Shops

Downtown Kent would not be a college town without the best local coffee stops. Seasonal drinks are always on the menu. 

Bent Tree Coffee Roaster - 313 N. Water St., Kent, OH 44240

Scribbles Coffee Co. - 115 N. Water St., Kent, OH 44240

Tree City Coffee & Pastry - 135 E. Erie St., Kent, OH 44240

"Have To Try" Local Desserts

Don’t leave the county without trying one of these fan favorite desserts. 

Mike's Place - 1700 S Water St #4447, Kent, OH 44240
Fan favorite: Mama Houk's Original Peanut Butter Pie
Mike’s Place is also a great place to stop and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

Susie K's Cafe & Tea Room - 145 E, Main St., Ravenna, OH 44266
Fan favorite: Banana Cream Cheesecake
The Cafe & Tea Room serves lunch Wednesday through Saturday. Call ahead for reservations. 

Mantua Station Drug Co. - 10870 state Route 44, Mantua, OH 44255
Is there anything better than a made-to-order, old-fashioned milkshake from a soda fountain? We don't think so. This charming actual drug store with its adorable caboose is the perfect stop to do a little shopping and sit down and enjoy one of the many creations offered at the soda parlor.

Farmers Market

Haymakers Farmers' Market - 

Every Saturday morning, except holidays, the Haymakers Farmers' Market host local vendors from around the area. You will find jams, sweet treats, fresh fruit and more. Bring a basket or a shopping bag to carry all your goodies back to the car.

Open year-round in downtown Kent on Franklin Avenue from April through November. Winter Season is indoors at Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Hobbs Hall (free church & public parking), 217 N. Mantua St, Kent, OH from December to March.
Two of our favorite local vendors are: 

Goodell Family Farm -

You have not had real maple syrup until you have maple syrup harvested in Ohio. Your pancakes and French toast will thank you.

Kline Honey Bee Farm -

Delicious Portage County honey. Try their “hot” honey on your pizza. Takes it up a notch. 

CLICK HERE to view more Portage County Sweet Tooth Trail stops.

We hope you find Portage County's "sweet side" a fun way to explore our county and “Shop Small”. Don't worry about the calories. We have three state parks that you can explore and walk off any intake of calories over your limit. 

Visit centralportagevcb.org if you are coming in from out of town and need a place to stay, or if you would like to order one of our free visitor guides.