Last Friday night, I had dinner on Post Road with a few friends and once we were finished, we decided that we needed something sweet. So we strolled down the street and took a turn on Reef Road to find a little establishment, located directly next to Fairfield’s acclaimed Firehouse Deli, named Saugatuck Sweets.
From the outside, the towering fire engine red house is almost identical to The Firehouse Deli aside from the white picket fence and the navy blue awnings. Upon entry, there isn’t a salad bar on your right like in Firehouse. Rather, there is an array of colors: splashes of red, blue, green and yellow candies, both sour and sweet, fill dispensers mounted on the vibrant red inner walls. To the left, three teens work behind a counter loaded with ice creams, sorbets, milkshakes, sugar and waffle cones. Furthermore, after you order, feel free to take your dessert upstairs to their large sitting area decorated with glowing signs that read “Ice cream.”
This small, but brimming sweets shop is filled with goodies and offers: soft serve ice cream, 16 flavors of homemade hard serve ice cream, milkshakes, yogurt, egg creams, floats, over 100 different candies, cappuccino and coffee options.
“There is a great selection of treats,” raved Mike Caldwell ‘18. “Honestly, it’s where I’ll be going for dessert after every night out to eat on Post. The ice cream is spectacular! You have to try the Rocky Road, I don’t think I will order anything else; it is so good.”
So we ordered the three most renowned flavors of ice cream: Salted Caramel, Rocky Road and Espresso Nugget, sworn to be customer favorites by the employees. Salted Caramel is vanilla ice cream with loads of rich caramel. Rocky Road is tangy black raspberry ice cream with chocolate chunks in it and lastly, Espresso Nugget is coffee flavored ice cream filled with chocolate clusters. All three of these flavors will satisfy your sweet tooth, although Espresso Nugget had to be my favorite.
Saugatuck Sweets’ original establishment is located on Riverside Avenue in Westport, Conn. with Fairfield’s location on Reef Road being Al DiGuido’s now second shop. This candy store brings diversity to the Fairfield dining community.
Considering the wide variety of candies, ice creams, sorbets, shakes and late night beverages, we have decided to give Saugatuck Sweets 4.5 out of a 5 star rating. Truly, this is not your ordinary sweets shop. Support Saugatuck Sweets and look out for upcoming events that they are hosting throughout the summer.