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Delicious Treats on The Peppermint Trail

Food & Drink

Every year, from the day after Thanksgiving to the beginning of the new year, Downtown Knoxville becomes the epicenter for all things sweet and pepperminty! Restaurants, cafes, and dessert shops go all out with their take on the delicious holiday treat. Not a peppermint fan? Okay, Mr. Grinch! There's also plenty of other holiday flavors like eggnog, gingerbread, cranberry, and more! Here's a dozen holiday treats to get you started on the Peppermint Trail!


Awaken Coffee's Holiday Coffees

Awaken Coffee is the king of seasonal coffees – and a must-stop destination with more holiday flavored drinks than you can try! We love the White Peppermint Wonderland Latte and Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, but you also have to try the Gingerbread LatteEggnog Latte, and The Grinch – a twist on the matcha green tea latte. Not only will these warm drinks make your taste buds tingle, but the holiday decorations and the Christmas Tree will warm your heart!

Cafe 4's Candy Cane Cake

After strolling through Market Square's Peppermint Grove, or winding down a long day of shopping, you might be in the mood for a sweet! Pop by Cafe 4 on Market Square to satisfy your cravings with a slice of their White Chocolate Candy Cane Cake. Peppermint and white chocolate red-and-white cake layers are held together by a delicious buttercream and topped with crushed candy canes! Enjoy on their heated patio – table side to the Peppermint Grove – as you watch everyone pass by.

The French Market's Peppermint Crêpe

The French Market Crêperie is taking peppermint to a new level. Their Peppermint Sweet Cream Crêpe is filled with a sweet, homemade cream cheese mixture and topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes. Pair it with their Peppermint Hot Cocoa, Hot Maple Buttered Rum, or an Eggnog Latte for a really special treat this holiday season. Trust us, you have to try this!

Lonesome Dove's Peppermint Cheesecake

This season, be on the lookout for a special Peppermint Trail dessert that will pop up on Lonesome Dove's menu! This amazing (and amazingly beautiful) Peppermint Cheesecake is sure to bring the holiday spirit with every bite of a graham cracker crust, peppermint cheesecake, and crushed candy canes. YUM!

Coffee & Chocolate's Peppermint Truffles

Just around the corner from Market Square, the little coffee shop Coffee & Chocolate has perfected a trifecta of peppermint sweets for the holidays! Just like their name suggests, you have to order the winning combo of handcrafted chocolate peppermint truffles with a peppermint hot chocolate or peppermint mocha. Enjoy your treat on their outdoor table as you people-watch the shoppers headed from the Square to Gay Street.

Petro's Peppermint Dusted Rich Hot Chocolate

Visit Petro's on Market Square for Peppermint Dusted Rich Hot Chocolate. Aren’t the holidays better with something oh-so-hot chocolatey? An iconic Petro with chili, chips, and toppings will warm you up this holiday season, and it is served best with a yummy, pepperminty treat!

Kilwin's Peppermint Stick Fudge

Kilwins is dripping in sweet, sweet peppermint with fan-favorite peppermint stick fudge, a delectably sweet and slightly crunchy treat! They also have peppermint ice creambark, squares, and candy canes, and other yummy goodies like apple pie caramel apples, chocolate-covered pretzels, marshmallows, strawberries, fudge, hot chocolate and Santa and Mrs. Claus-decorated candies.

The Tomato Head's Peppermint Crackle Cookies

What's a holiday season without crackle cookies? Grab one (or a dozen) homemade, "snow-dusted" Peppermint Crackle Cookies from the Tomato Head. The warm flavors of chocolate and peppermint will satisfy your holiday sweet tooth – and make all your holiday guests feel welcome!

Status Dough's Peppermint Chocolate Doughnut

Celebrate the season with Status Dough! Order up a Peppermint Chocolate Cake Doughnut or a Chocolate Glazed Old Fashioned paired with a Peppermint Mocha, and you're in for an afternoon treat that will get you through that holiday shopping hump! And go home with a dozen of your favorite buttermilk old fashioned, glazed, or flavorful cream-filled doughnuts for your guests at home. 

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