There’s nothing quite like the taste of a memory.

It’s true that the senses of taste and smell trigger the parts of the brain that harbors memory, which is why those delectable experiences can transport a person to another time and place. Some of our favorite spots for creating those memories when you visit Brainerd are candy and ice cream shops. Here’s a list to get you started:

Christmas Point – Nestled inside a three-story 26,000 square-foot log cabin gift store is the most amazing fudge and confection counter in the area. From traditional to unique, you’ll be sure to find a flavor to excite your taste buds. There is also a wonderful Espresso Bar & Café if you’d like to indulge even more.

14803 Edgewood Dr., Baxter, MN 56425

Fancy Pants Chocolates – Located on Laurel Street, which is considered the main street of Downtown Brainerd, is this quaint confectionery. Using milk chocolate imported from Belgium and dark chocolate imported from Colombia, the selection is made fresh and changes daily. There is also a candy counter full of licorice and other sweet treats plus an ice cream counter with good old fashioned hand scooped deliciousness.

704 Laurel St., Brainerd, MN 56401

Cherry Berry – Fro-yo can surely be found at Cherry Berry. This build-your-own bard starts with you picking your flavors of frozen yogurt and then adding toppings. There’s a variety of toppings to choose from fresh fruit to candy and sauces. It’s pay-by-the-ounce and it’s worth a stop when in Brainerd.

15091 Edgewood Dr N, Suite 110, Baxter, MN 56425

Cold Stone Creamery – If mix-ins and made-to-order is more your style, check out Cold Stone Creamery where the options are endless. Made on a cold granite slab while you watch, this is as much a food experience as any other.

15175 Edgewood Dr. N, Suit3 120, Baxter MN 56425

Dairy Queen – Most childhoods include a regular stop at the Dairy Queen. With two locations in Brainerd/Baxter, you’ll find the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill inside the Westgate Mall where there’s a full menu of food items plus the ice cream treats you know and love. The location on Washington Street near the Mississippi River has the walk-up window and drive-through for your convenience and is a more traditional Dairy Queen with primarily ice cream treats.

15091 Edgewood Dr N #110, Baxter, MN 56401

15091 Edgewood Dr N #110, Baxter, MN 56401