It's easy to taste a lot of bad (albeit bad but cute) chocolate confections around Easter. Here's one answer to the bad basket: the Florida-based confectionary Norman Love, who has a line of ganache filled chocolate eggs which actually taste as good as they look.
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This is the story of a food you probably can't buy—and why you should know about it anyway. (Hint: It's some of the finest ice cream I've tasted on American soil.)
Served in a thick homemade graham cracker crust, topped with fresh whipped cream and a cherry, this Key Lime Pie ($5) is a perfect excuse to spend an afternoon on the river.
Have you ever discovered a place that has amazing sweets—and feel equally happy and sad that you don't live closer? That sums up my feelings about the citrus soft serve at Nokomis Groves: on one hand, I'm bummed that I can't eat it every day, but I'm also relieved, because if I lived within striking distance, I'd have no choice.
Cupcakes with Mountain Dew frosting and a crushed Doritos crust. I sat for a moment, a bit awestruck by its monstrous size, its gall for even existing, its luster, its sheer... greenness. Is this something humans were ever meant to consume?
The name alone brought back fond memories of the joyful sounds and sights of the Good Humor truck. And the dessert would deliver on my joyful expectations. The soufflé itself is simple and satisfying. Topped with whipped cream and orange segments, it's cool and refreshing after an intensely flavorful meal. The rest of the dish, though, rebels against the norm, elevating the dessert from a childhood retreat to adult eclecticism.
Dessert and a show. That's what's on tap at a dessert destination with the quirky name of Three F(x) Ice Cream & Waffles in Jacksonville, Florida. The three "F"s are "fresh" for coffee, "fruits" for ice cream, and "fun treats" for waffles. The best part of the show? The taiyaki, a pancake-like sandwich in the shape of a fish.
As much as I love a complicated, multi-component, modernist dessert, it's really tough to beat a fresh, old-school doughnut, and that's what you'll find at Abbe's Donuts.
At this "Southern Public House", the head-turning cakes come on pedestals. My pick? A classic Devil's food cake sweetened up with dark chocolate icing and dulce de leche. A sprinkling of sel gris shifts the chocolate to overdrive.
Instead of in a bowl, this bread pudding came freestanding in muffin-like form. The milk chocolate and cherries mingled well with each other, without either dominating. Alone, the bread pudding was a little on the dry side, but this is where the wet components came into play.