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5 Tennessee Famous Sweet Treats (With Recipe!)

When you think of Tennessee, what comes to mind? The Smoky Mountains? Elvis Presley? Tennessee Whiskey? While all of those are iconic aspects of Tennessee, one thing that often gets overlooked is the state’s delicious sweet treats! In this blog post, we will explore some of Tennessee’s most famous sweets; where to buy or how to make them. Keep reading.

5. OLIVE & SINCLAIR

chocolate bar

Tennessee’s only traditional bean-to bar chocolate maker, Olive & Sinclair, has recreated this classic southern candy experience with their stone ground bars that’s ready to impress every chocolate lover.. The flavors are truly unique and perfect for any occasion or flavor preference you may have! Also, interesting fact: it’s gluten free and diary free!

Where to buy:

shopmadeintn.com/

http://www.oliveandsinclair.com/

SEE ALSO: Moving to Tennessee? 10 Lowest Cost of Living Cities in the Volunteer State

4. BANANA CREAM PIE

banana cream pie slice

Banana cream pie is the ultimate way to end your meal on a sweet note. The rich, heavenly flavor will have you coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds). The layers of banana and vanilla pudding will make you want to go back to Tennessee for sure.

ingredients banana pie

Recipe from dinnerthedessert.com

Hands-On: 15 mins

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Directions:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the pie crust for 30 minutes then remove to cool
  • Add the milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is bubbly.
  • Keep stirring and cook for another 5-6 minutes before removing from the heat.
  • Using a ¼ cup of the milk mixture which you’ve cooled in the fridge for two minutes, add the egg yolks to it and whisk to combine before adding it back into the rest of the milk mixture.
  • Set the saucepan back on the stove on medium heat again and whisk for an additional 3-4 minutes until it’s totally smooth and thickened to a pudding consistency.
  • Remove from the heat and add in the butter and vanilla whisking well.
  • Add the banana slices to the bottom of the pie shell, cover with the pudding and press saran wrap onto the pie gently to avoid a skin from forming on top.
  • Cool the pie completely in the fridge (3-4 hours) before topping with whipped cream and additional banana slices. To make the whipped cream add the powdered sugar to the heavy cream and beat until it forms medium peaks, about 1-2 minutes with a hand mixer.

3.  TENNESSEE JAM BUNDT

jam bundt cake on a plate

The delicious, sweet taste of a Thanksgiving Jam Bundt cake is best enjoyed from that special family recipe box. It’s been passed down through generations and you’ll feel like one too when eating this amazing treat! If you’re planning to make this, be sure to allot time but it’s worth it!

Ingredients jam bundt cake
Ingredients jam bundt cake frosting

Hands-On: 30 mins

Total: 4 hrs 30 mins

Yield: Makes 12 servings

Recipe from myrecipes.com

Directions:

  • Prepare Cake: Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 30 minutes). Reduce oven temperature to 325°.
  • Beat granulated sugar and 1 cup butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
  • Stir together flour and next 5 ingredients. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Add jam and vanilla, and beat just until blended. Stir in toasted pecans. Grease (with shortening) and flour a 10-inch (12-cup) Bundt pan. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).
  • Prepare Frosting: Bring brown sugar and next 2 ingredients to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly; boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Gently stir 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture begins to cool and thicken. Immediately pour frosting over cooled cake.

2. REALITY BITES CUPCAKE

smores cupcake

The Reality Bites tastes like a campfire scene, with toasted marshmallow meringue and chocolate ganache.

Where to buy: Ivey Cake

Ivey Cake is the dessert choice for your upcoming special events in Tennessee. The cupcakes, made by Ivey herself sold at her shop and through their website have been known to be a favorite among Carrie Underwood’s— she even had them catered in her wedding! Besides, this famous bakery was also featured in American Idol having a cupcake tower for Katy Perry. How lovely!

SEE ALSO: Experience the 7 Most Unique Restaurants in Tennessee

  1. MOON PIE

Made from two graham crackers with marshmallow filling and chocolate coating, Moon Pies originated in Chattanooga Bakery in Chattanooga, TN.

In the state of Tennessee, people have long held a special place in their hearts for Moon Pie. This sweet treat has been around since the early 1900s and is a popular snack in the southern U.S. It’s classic! There’s even an annual RC-Moon Pie Festival held in Bell Buckle, TN every year.

Where to buy: Moon Pie General Store

Well, if you’re a rockstar in the kitchen, why don’t you make your own Moon Pie?

Hands-On: 1 hr

Total: 12 mins

Yield: Makes 12 servings

Recipe from cookingbride.com

Instructions:

  • In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, syrup, and vanilla until mixture is fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, graham cracker crumbs, kosher salt, baking powder, baking soda, and ground cinnamon.
  • With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. In a slow, steady stream, add the milk. Continue to mix until the dough comes together and leave the side of the bowl.
  • Turn dough out onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Flatten with the palm of your hand. Wrap the edges of the plastic wrap around the dough. Refrigerate for up to1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Turn chilled dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. You may need to let the dough sit a room temperature for 5-10 minutes to make it easier to work with. Roll the dough until it is ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies using a 3-inch round cookie cutter. Place cookies on a prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies 10-12 minutes. They will still be soft when you remove them from the oven. Allow cookies to cool 10-15 minutes until you can carefully transfer them to a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool completely before beginning the next step.
  • Once your cookies have cooled, spoon approximately ¼ cup of marshmallow crème into the center of 12 cookies. Top marshmallow with a second cookie, then gently press down until the marshmallow just touches the edge. Place sandwiches on a cookie sheet and chill for at least 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl set over a small pan of boiling water. Once the chocolate has melted, remove pan from the heat and allow the chocolate to cool until it is still warm to the touch, but not longer hot. Slowly whisk in the oil.
  • Using two forks, gently place once sandwich cookie into the warm chocolate. Turn until thoroughly coated. Then remove cookies to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Let cookies stand until chocolate shell has completely hardened.

So, which delicious dessert would you like to dream about today?

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Experience the 7 Most Unique Restaurants in Tennessee

Tennessee is a unique state with unique restaurants to offer. If you’re looking for a different restaurant experience, then this list of 7 out-of-the-ordinary restaurants will help!

1.The Catbird Seat – Nashville

The Catbird Seat is the perfect spot to enjoy an intimate night out though, pretty expensive but it’s worth it for special occasions. It’s both welcoming and exclusive, so you can feel like a celebrity while dining with your friends or date! Guests are seated at a U-shaped counter that surrounds a central open kitchen. Guests will keep intrigued and entertained with an inventive seven-course tasting. Chefs cook and interact directly with diners in just 22 seats. Yes, that’s why it’s also one of the hardest reservations to score in the country.

Location: 1711 Division St Nashville, TN 37203

Price range: $135 to $350

2.Stock & Barrel – Knoxville

S&B is a local favorite for delicious, fresh ingredients and gourmet burgers. This family-owned eatery has been known to make Tennessee proud with its high-quality food in the state’s capital city! Well, S&B is a very popular spot for those of all ages. The warm lighting and wooden floors set the stage for a great meal, while your delicious burgers complete it.

Location: 35 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

Price Range: $8 to $16

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3.The Beauty Shop – Memphis

The Cooper-Young district of midtown Memphis is home to this hip and trendy restaurant. This place does it all: as it conjures up images of a ‘50s-style beauty shop, formerly Priscilla Presley’s curl-and-dye spot. The original hair dryers add to the ambiance and the glass-bricked booths give fun and funky seating for groups of 4-6. Their meals are superb! Expect American cuisine but with a twist. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Owner, Karen Blockman Carrier has been a personal chef to such Hollywood big shots as Tom Cruise and Susan Sarandon.

4.Aretha Frankenstein’s –  Chattanooga

With its unique blend of breakfast items, this spot has all-day fun. They are known for their huge pancakes and large portions! Try their tasty waffles topped with ice cream or whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat! They also offer beer and espresso drinks to keep things interesting—perfect if you’re looking to unwind after a busy day. Breakfast is served every day until midnight so afternoons and evenings are the best time to avoid waiting for a table. 

Location: 518 Tremont St Chattanooga, TN 37405

Price range: $8.95 to $15

SEE ALSO: Fun, Spooky Halloween Activities in Tennessee

5.The Barn – Walland

The photo speaks for itself – you just can’t beat that ambiance! The Barn is a destination for lovers of fine food and drink. Its elegant yet rustic atmosphere will leave you feeling like royalty. It is a must-visit for anyone who loves great ambiance, wine, and exemplary service. The exquisite dishes are made with ingredients from their own farm, while the menu has something that will please every palate imaginable! 

Location: 1471 W Millers Cove Rd, Townsend, TN 37882

Price range: (Price range not available online. Please call  865-273-8513 for dinner reservations)

6.Pfunky Griddle – Nashville

Tired of your usual breakfast? You should definitely try the Griddle Experience. This means that you get to be the Cook for the most part.  Located in the Berry Hill area, this is a make-your-own breakfast spot with some serious character. Great with kids and adults alike, carve out a Saturday to make your way to Nashville – this one’s really worth it. Come in early, if you can – lines have been known to stretch pretty long, for a spot that offers experience and solid eats.

Location: 2800 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204

Price range: Starts at $1.99 to $6.99

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7.Soccer Taco at Market Square – Knoxville

Fans watch games from around the world on multiple TVs in this restaurant and order their favorite Mexican food, like tacos or burritos. Expect high energy when there’s a popular game happening and it’s the best experience for the sporty ones like you! It’s also great that they have a solid broadcasting sound system, live music on weekends, and a pet-friendly patio! Private events are also available. 

Location: 9 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

Price range: (Price range not available online. Please call (865) 544-4471)

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TENNESSEE: HOME OF WATERMELONS (too!)

Tennessee isn’t just about whiskey and country music. It is actually a Home of Watermelons, too! Well, of course, the freshest fruits in general.

August 3 is Watermelon’s day and in case you’re wondering where to get your daily supply of Watermelons? Don’t you worry! Anywhere in Tennessee, you’ll find one. May it be in the East, Middle, or West Tennessee, you’ll never run out of it.

Here are some of the few:

EAST

Anderson County:
Mountain Meadows Farm

Bledsoe County:
Phillip Wooden & Sons Farm Market
Jackson Farm

Campbell County:
A Place of the Heart Farm

Grainger County:
G&L Farms
Busler’s Farm

Washington County:
A Different Chick Farm and Orchard
Pleasant Valley Farms

MIDDLE

Cumberland County:
DaBell Family Farms LLC

Davidson County:
Buffalo Valley Farm
Howell’s Farm

Franklin County:
Liberty Farms
Jackson Produce

WEST

Lauderdale County:
Tims Family Farm

Weakly County:
Bell Family Farms LLC

Obion County:
Big Pond Farm

Henry County:
Future Visions Farms
Kenneddy Farms Produce

Shelby County:
Windermere Farms & Apiaries

THAT’S NOT ALL!


Go to this LINK to see the complete list of all fresh farm finds around Tennessee.

Being near to a farm, grocery shop, or any place that would support your heathy lifestyle is a must! Let me help you with that.

Reach me at Cell 971-400-6420 or Jennifer.Davis@exprealty.com

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Greasy Spoon

In small towns across Tennessee there are little Mom & Pop restaurants that are in gas stations, old buildings and BBQ sheds. Don’t let the outside fool you. Often these affectionately known “greasy spoons” have the best local food around. Here are a few of our favorites

Tesha’s Cafe in Cross Plains, Tn

Tesha’s is located on Highway 25 East in Cross Plains, Tn They are only open Monday thru Friday 11-2. They offer cafeteria style traditional meat and 3. Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes and the very best Mac & Cheese. Save room for dessert

Douglas BP in Springfield, Tn

Some folks say that this is best pulled pork in the state of Tennessee. Traditional meat and 3 served cafeteria style in a GAS STATION .  If you need proof just check out the lines out the door during the lunch rush. .