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Sweet Treats

Treat yourself to something sweet! These small businesses in Mt. Vernon offer delicious desserts such as ice cream, pies, cakes, snow cones, frappes, and more.

Mary’s Sno Cones
Veteran’s Park
800 S. 27th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

The sno cone stand at Veterans Park is a long time favorite among Mt. Vernon locals and even those from outside the area. Let Mary whip you up a classic Blue Eagle, Tiger’s Blood, or Ice Cream sno cone. Open daily in the summer.

Farmhouse Bakery & Café
1812 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 816-4001

As soon as you walk in the door, you will be delighted with the smells of fresh breads, pastries, and sweets. Watch workers bake giant homemade cinnamon rolls and donuts from scratch through the kitchen window. Indulge in creamy pies, cobbler, bread, cookies, muffins, turnovers, cheesecake, and more. They also serve homemade hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is one bakery experience you won’t forget!
The Grille
424 S. 44th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 246-1700

You can always find sweet treats at the front counter of The Grille such as homemade pies, cakes, and cheesecakes of all varieties. Oreo cheesecake, red velvet cake, coconut cream pie, and strawberry short cake are just a taste of their delicious offerings.
Bagels & Brews Mini
2003 Broadway St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 521-7201

Bagels & Brews is a local coffee shop serving bagels and pastries. Pastries are often made from scratch and vary daily between scones, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, brownies, and turnovers. Enjoy a sweet bagel such as the Fruit Bagel or a toasted blueberry bagel with homemade strawberry cream cheese. If sweet drinks are your preference, they offer several decadent frappes including the Butterbeer Frappe and Mocha Frappe. Other delicious drinks include smoothies, frozen lemonade, and a variety of espresso specialty drinks.
Twist and Shake
675 S. IL HWY 37
Bonnie, IL 62816
(618) 242-2468

About 8 miles south of Mt. Vernon, but still in Jefferson County, the Twist and Shake serves sno cones and ice cream of all shapes and flavors. Now located inside of the Bonnie Cafe, enjoy a Reese’s avalanche, classic banana split, butterscotch shake, hot fudge sundae, orange sherbet, or other cold desserts. The Twist and Shake is open seasonally.

Yellin’ Helen’s
323 Main St.
Dix, IL 62830

Just north of Mt. Vernon, located in Dix, is an adorable ice cream stand called Yellin’ Helen’s. Open year round, they offer drive thru and walk-up service. Ice cream flavors rotate weekly and include lemon, coffee, strawberry butter, maple, banana, cherry, peppermint, pumpkin, huckleberry, peach, and blackberry. They also offer dole whip for those who are dairy free. If you are hungry for more than ice cream, order a pulled pork or chicken salad sandwich.


La Magueyera Mexican Store
4106 Broadway St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 315-6017

Besides authentic Mexican groceries and ingredients, La Magueyera also offers a variety of sweet Mexican breads and pastries. Other desserts include rebanada 3 leches, flan, chocoflan, and caramel filled turnovers.

Support small businesses while satisfying that sweet tooth.