It's no secret that I'm dessert-obsessed. My friends all know it and think it is funny. They say things to me like, "I love going out to eat with you because you always order dessert and then let me have some." When I lived in France, my friends knew that I was likely to have a stash of Toblerone bars on hand. Other friends tag me in pictures of their dessert on Facebook telling me that I have to try what they had. This year I became friends with a cool lady who worked at my school who also had a sweet-tooth. When we would go out to eat, many times we would look at the dessert menu first or ask the waitress about desserts, and then determine our entrees afterwards. As you can see, I take desserts seriously, so I thought it might be fun to come up with a dessert-related must-do list.
* Go to Sprinkles on Rodeo Drive after-hours and order a cupcake from the cupcake ATM. A cupcake (that's hopefully fresh) available at any time of the day? I'm sold. Also, I love this quirky concept. I have a friend in L.A. that swears they are delicious, too.
* Try sweets at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I'm thinking of Honeydukes because as a Harry Potter fan who loves sugary stuff, this is up my alley. I was always curious about what Chocolate Frogs or exploding bon bons might taste like, not to mention Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour beans. Of course, I can't forget the sweet drinks and have to say that a tall glass of Butterbeer is also a must-do for me!
* Test out fried concoctions at some local fairs. Like most people, I've had funnel cake, elephant ears, and churros, but I'm talking about the less traditional types of desserts like deep-fried Oreos and fried mini-Mars bars. What are some other tasty ones to try?
* Visit Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shop in Florida to indulge in some Key Lime Pie. Key Lime Pie has always been pretty delicious each time I've had it, but apparently the Food Network considers the key lime pie in this shop to be the best there is. I'm all about trying regional specialties and hope to make it to Key West some day, so this seemed like a natural pick for this list.
* Go to Spice Market Buffet's cupcake bar in Las Vegas. When my dessert-loving pal Autumn told me about this, I made note right away! According to this blog post, there are 26 different kinds of cupcakes to choose from including Boston Cream, strawberry shortcake, and cannoli. (I tried to call to verify that there were still 26 different kinds, but the chef didn't pick up the phone when I was transferred over to him.)
* Take a truffle making class at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier. This Charleston shop has exquisite hand-painted truffles for sale that look like a work of art! Sometimes the owner hosts special events which include classes on how to make truffles, French macarons, or pastries. Leaving with the dessert you made and with a skill sounds like a win, does it not?
* Go wedding-cake tasting. No, there are no wedding bells in my future, but if there are one day, I plan to take full advantage of this! Is it bad that I want to do this so much that I'm tempted to pose as a couple with my gay bff and sample cakes with him? Ha ha...Just kidding.
* Re-visit B.A. Sweetie Candy Company in Cleveland. It is the largest candy store in America and I was amazed at the selection. They have imported candy from other countries and there were tons of chocolate bars and candies that I hadn't seen in years. I went there a few years ago and meant to leave with just one or two items but left with a whole bag of stuff.
* Take a dessert tour. Columbus Food Adventures in Ohio has an all-dessert tour. My friend and I paid and took the taco truck tour, but once we saw there was a dessert tour, we figured out the stops on the tour and went by ourselves. I discovered my favorite place for macarons that way. I'm sure that if Columbus, Ohio has an all-dessert tour that other cities probably do as well.
* Sample desserts galore at Disney World. Epcot Theme Park has so many options because of the international element. While searching for the best kinds of dessert to try, I came across this blog post titled 16 Insanely Delicious Disney World Desserts You Never Knew You Needed. You will probably be drooling by the time you're finished reading the post.
* Have a cronut at Dominique Ansel's bakery in New York City where they were first created. I still haven't had a single cronut, but maybe I can snag one on my upcoming NYC trip.
* Enjoy a personalized cake. You know all the cakes you see that are designed with the personality of the person who is to receive the cake in mind? I've seen leopard print cakes, Eiffel Tower themed cakes, ones with high-heels on them, or cakes with Hello Kitty plastered all over the top. Well, maybe one day someone will get me a custom order cake--hint, hint to family members who may now be reading this post. :)
* Buy some dessert-only cookbooks. Then I can whip up some of my favorite desserts at home when I'm having a craving!
* Subscribe to a dessert subscription box such as Orange Glad. The box consists of five items from many different regions and sells for $15 plus the cost of shipping. Some of the items that have been featured in past boxes include: caramel sea salt and raspberry truffles, Russian tea cakes, and almond toffee, to name a few. Take a look at other past boxes and you might just be as tempted as I am to sign up for a subscription!
If my suggestions aren't extravagant enough for you, take a peek at this $1,000 sundae available from Serendipity 3 in Las Vegas that you must book 48 hours in advance. I would never pay that much but am still intrigued by the sundae's ingredients which include edible gold leaves, Grand Passion Caviar, and Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream!
|Seriously one of my fave pastimes--trying new dessert places!|
What's your favorite dessert? What was one of your ultimate dessert experiences?