Attention connoisseurs of all things decedent and sweet, the results are in for The Virginia-Pilot’s annual Best of Hampton Roads readers poll, and Virginia Beach’s best bakeries and ice cream/frozen yogurt shops have been declared!

Keep your eyes peeled for the identifying mark – The Virginia-Pilot logo with the large 2009 – that will confirm that you’ve come to the right place for sweet treats.

The readers’ selections for the Best Bakeries in Virginia Beach are:

Gold Winner: The Sugar Plum Bakery – located at 1353 Laskin Road – earned the top spot this year not only for its dedication to producing delicious cakes, pies, and cookies but also for its generous commitment to training developmentally disabled young adults in the merits of a career in the culinary arts.

Silver Winner: Our Silver Award Winner, Farm Fresh, is a full service grocery store and pharmacy with several locations locally. Their commitment to offering customer’s healthy food shopping options as well as fresh baked doughnuts, pies and custom cakes earned them Silver Medal recognition.

Bronze Winner: The folks at The Bliss Bakery, located at 1496 Lynnhaven Parkway, arrive as the sun comes up on weekdays to make delicious glazed doughnuts and cinnamon buns to accompany your morning coffee or tea. This community-minded Bronze Medal winner is not to be missed!

When it comes to the Best Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt treats, the following readers’ choice medal winners are the very best that Virginia Beach has to offer:

Gold Winner: When a Gold Medal winner takes the prize with a low-fat sundry you know it must be something special! The Skinny Dip at 3388 Princess Anne Road offers a variety of flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt that customers can accessorize with fruit to hot fudge, and anything in between. Help yourself at The Skinny Dip.

Silver Winner: This years’ Silver Medal scoop server is easy to spot by the crowd of customers lined up under the red awning. Choose from over 30 flavor options at Bruster’s Ice Cream (5317 Indian River Road), where the long list of malts, shakes, sherbets and sundaes will satisfy even the pickiest of patrons.

Bronze Winner: Finally, the fine flavors of Italian ice and frozen custard served up at Rita’s several Virginia Beach locations is what earned them this years’ Bronze Medal. Since most of the Rita’s in the area are seasonal, don’t wait and risk missing out on fruity ice or gelato-style treats.

See the full list of Hampton Roads’ Best Dessert Shops at the Virginian-Pilot.