If Americans know how to do anything, it’s going over the top with everything from music festivals to fireworks to dessert. And while there are countless cities across the country home to some ingenious dessert creations, we’ve picked four destinations where you won’t be disappointed with the dessert scene. Take a look at some of the best cities for delicious desserts and just a few of the incredible sweets they offer.
1. New York
Dessert enthusiasts hit the motherload when they visit New York. It’s a city known for its unparalleled inventiveness with daring dessert creations that exceed anyone’s wildest expectations. At Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, you can enjoy a new twist on the classic cookies-and-milk combo. At this bakery, they serve you a helping of milk in a shot glass made entirely of a chocolate cookie.
After easing your way into a dessert-eating marathon, step it up a notch at Holey Cream a bit further uptown where you can chow down on doughnut ice cream sandwiches. They’ll stuff a generous helping of any ice cream you like between one of their assorted donut flavors. You may have to lie down after gorging on this dessert, but it’s 100 percent worth it. Finally, if you think you know what a decadent milkshake looks like, you have no idea until you try one at Black Tap. It’s renowned for its outlandishly large and extravagant milkshakes topped with a buffet of chocolate treats like M&Ms, peanut butter cups, and chocolate chip cookie crumbs. You’ll need to snap a picture of your milkshake for Instagram before indulging in this impending sugar coma.
2. Los Angeles
Although Los Angeles might not have quite the same quantity of dessert spots as New York considering this West Coast city is a bit more health-conscious than its East Coast counterpart, it’s still one of the best cities for delicious desserts. If you’re in the downtown area, hunt down the Ridges Churro Bar food truck, where you can treat yourself to mouthwatering churros made with ice cream and topped off with a variety of flavors, including s’mores, strawberry shortcake, and Nutella.
Los Angeles’s version of Holey Cream is Donut Friend, a quaint little shop that truly is a doughnut lover’s best friend. No black coffees and day-old doughnuts here. Donut Friend creates photogenic and equally delicious doughnuts with flavors like coconut bacon, strawberry jam, and even sriracha for the adventurous foodie.
And for those hot summer days when you’re craving a good old-fashioned ice cream sandwich, stop off at Afters Ice Cream Sandwiches, where you’ll find a whole assortment of ice cream sandwiches that really do look too pretty to eat. Each ice cream sandwich is made with an outer “bun” that has the same texture as a doughnut. For ice cream, you can choose among the many flavors, including Jasmine milk tea, fruity pebbles, and butter cookie.
3. Las Vegas
After heavy gambling, you’ll want to re-energize yourself with a hefty dose of sugar. If you are dining at Giada, you absolutely must order the tiramisu cheesecake. It’s an elegant, beautifully plated dessert layered with vanilla mascarpone cheese, salted caramel cheesecake, and chocolate espresso cheesecake. And to top it off, it’s covered in chocolate-dipped espresso beans and chocolate shavings.
Keeping with the cake theme, head to Jardin for a cake, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The restaurant is famous for its Flower Pot Cake called the “fleur.” It looks exactly like a flower pot and is topped with edible flowers. Once you open up the pot, you’ll find a decadent arrangement of chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, and raspberry jam.
Finally, you can’t leave Las Vegas without wolfing down a churro fried ice cream pop at Chica. Inside the cinnamon-coated churro, pops are delicious caramel and vanilla bean ice cream. It’s the perfect combination to cool off in that dry Las Vegas heat.
In Texas, you go big or go home. Cowboy hats, houses, food portions, dessert. It’s all big. Including the cinnamon rolls. And by “big,” we’re talking 3 pounds. At Lulu’s in San Antonio, you can order a 3-pound cinnamon roll to split with friends or attempt to eat all by yourself.
If you’re in Austin, head to Bananarchy for a delicious frozen banana covered in chocolate or vanilla and rolled in toppings like chocolate drizzle, peanut butter, pecans, toffee, and cinnamon. In San Antonio, stop off at Cold Cookie Company where you can enjoy homemade ice cream with fresh, warm homemade cookies stuffed inside.
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