I've enjoyed many delicious salty-sweet desserts, but only a select few blow my mind and make me start inventing words. The Chocolate Caramel Potato Chip cupcake, or "CCPC" ($5), at The Sugar Cube food cart in Portland, Oregon, did just that.
Owner Kir Jensen's inspiration for the CCPC stemmed from her love of salty-sweet combinations. She reflected back on times when she started dipping french fries in a vanilla milkshake. Today, potatoes continue their heavenly partnership with a sugary treat.
The CCPC starts with an incredibly moist chocolate buttermilk cupcake, the top dipped in a bittersweet chocolate ganache. I've eaten many cupcakes in my life, and I rarely see a treat with such a perfect balance of light texture and sinfully decadent flavor. Since Kir uses bittersweet chocolate, there is no over-the-top sugar onslaught, and I can appreciate the cupcake that much more. Kir adds a towering crown of Ruffles potato chips and finishes this masterpiece with a generous drizzle of her homemade salted caramel. The crispy potato chips contrast wonderfully against the fluffy cupcake, and the salted caramel brings everything together while adding a second sweet dimension.
Yet even though there are multiple layers here, no one item upstages another. This cupcake is so good, I'm convinced the word "potatochococaramelgasm" should be used to describe the happiness one experiences after just one bite of the CCPC.
For a dollar more ($6 total), you can even get this CCPC à la mode, topped with either "super vanilla" or a "roasted banana" ice cream. It might be wise to bring a bunch of money and tell your friend to drive—you'll want to engulf several CCPCs and some ice cream, then happily drift into a sugar coma.