Marion County: A Dessert Destination

2 boys and a girl eating a very large banana split made with strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream

There’s nothing sweeter than a trip to Marion County! Although our area is known for our beloved pepperoni rolls and hot dogs, we’ve also got a long lineup of unique (and delicious) dessert spots to cure your sugar cravings! 

Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? There are few things more symbolic of summer than a cone of ice cream. Spend a few days taste-testing this frozen treat from some of our favorite dessert joints. 

Poky Dot

A uniquely Fairmont establishment, The Poky Dot is a must-visit when traveling through Marion County! The restaurant’s interior is just as eccentric as the menu. When you arrive at The Poky Dot, take in the bright red British telephone booth and colorful polka dot guardrails. Once inside the restaurant, marvel at the hand-painted walls, quirky furniture, and colorful dishware. But the fun doesn’t stop there! From the famous banana split, which features nine pounds of ice cream, to massive handspun milkshakes topped with donuts, candies, and sprinkles, the presentation is just as bold as the restaurant. If frozen treats aren’t for you, try a slice of one of The Poky Dot’s cheesecakes. Choose from the restaurant’s extensive list of homemade flavors, including birthday cake, blueberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and chocolate chip. Listed as one of the “101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia,” The Poky Dot is a Marion County classic. 

very large chocolate and valilla soft-serve ice cream cone

Dairy Creme Corner

No summer night is complete without a massive soft-serve cone from Dairy Creme Corner in Fairmont. Boasting the “biggest cones in town,” this shop is a regional favorite! In addition to their skyscraper cones, DCC (as the locals call it) is also famous for its avalanches — ice cream mixed with your choice of toppings. Popular flavor combinations include cinnamon toast crunch, peanut butter and jelly, hot fudge brownie, and peppermint patty. If you are in the mood to try something a little bit lighter, DCC offers Sno-Biz, which is a favorite brand of shaved ice. 

More Sweet Spots — Dairy Kone, Our Back Porch Ice Cream, Johnny’s Ice Cream, Pufferbelly’s Ice Cream Station, DJ’s Diner

To truly celebrate National Ice Cream Month in Marion County, it is necessary to sample a wide variety of desserts! Stop by Dairy Kone in Monongah, one of the county’s oldest operating ice cream shops, for scoop after scoop of your favorite ice cream flavors. Dairy Kone has a long list of sundaes, milkshakes, specialty desserts, and blitz flavors from which to choose. Enjoy summertime treats on Mannington’s largest porch! Our Back Porch Ice Cream offers your typical ice cream dishes like cones and shakes to adventurous options like brownie volcanoes and dirty worm sundaes. Formerly known as Little Dippers Ice Cream Parlor, Johnny’s Ice Cream Shop in Fairview serves 24 flavors of ice cream, available in both hand-dipped and soft-serve varieties. All that ice cream pairs excellently with their freshly baked sweets! From the Toot-Toot Peanut Parfait (vanilla ice cream layered with peanut butter topping, chocolate sauce, peanuts, and whip cream) to the namesake Pufferbelly (a sundae topped with banana, strawberry, pineapple, chocolate, whipped cream, and cheery), Pufferbelly’s Ice Cream Station serves specialty sundaes that will suit everyone’s taste buds. Immerse yourself in the full 1950’s diner experience at DJ’s Diner — complete with a thick homemade milkshake or sundae. The diner also serves traditional desserts like cakes, cream pies, brownies, cobblers, and cheesecakes. 

girl holding a tray of milkshakes in a diner


Our sweet treats don’t end with ice cream! Stop by one of our local bakeries for a freshly baked confection. 

Bakers Nook

Recently awarded “Queen’s Choice” in the West Virginia Three Rivers Festival’s Professional Pepperoni Roll Back Off, Bakers Nook is known for baked goods of all kinds. Enjoy cakes, cupcakes, pies, iced sugar cookies, and other pastries that are made fresh daily for every occasion. For a unique treat, try the bakery’s “Cookies” — a cross between a cake and a cookie. Seasonal flavors like strawberry and cream, banana pudding cheesecake, and salted caramel mocha, as well as custom-ordered cakes, are available to order. 

Fairview Diner & Bakery

Find the ultimate dessert destination at the Fairview Diner & Bakery in Fairview. The bakery’s selection of treats is immense and rotates by season. Recent items include creamsicle cupcakes, mini turtle cheesecakes, classic blueberry muffins, and summer-inspired sugar cookies. Cure your sweet tooth early in the morning with a sugary breakfast at the Fairview Diner & Bakery! Choose between peanut butter banana bread french toast or a homemade pop tart. 

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