Dessert in Charlotte, NC
OK, OK, we know: Hot chocolate is usually reserved for sub-zero temperatures and snuggling up with your beau. But you can still snuggle up – with a couple of spoons, that is – over a cup of Blackfinn’s insanely decadent version of the popular drink. But before you pick it up and start sipping, dig into the cup instead and indulge in a generous portion of chocolate and peanut butter soufflé served warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and caramel drizzle. Trust us, you won’t be missing the marshmallows.
Adult beverages are always cause for a good time, but your neighbors would rather you not get rowdy in the middle of the afternoon. Sneak some spirits and skip the hangover with Sunflour Bakery’s cleverly creative cocktail cupcakes. These masters of mixology have muddled all your favorite frosty beverages into fantastic flavors that only taste like you’re getting blitzed. Try them in margarita, pina colada, Guinness, Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico, Grand Marnier, mimosa, or rum and coke – and don’t forget to tip your bartender, er… baker.
If you’ve lived in Charlotte for more than a millisecond, you’ve no doubt heard of the 24-hour hangout that is Amelie’s French Bakery. Packed with every kind of traditional French pastry and kitschy accoutrement you can imagine, the place has people pouring out the doors all hours of the day and night for a reason. But beyond a doubt, the best dessert in their case of curiosities is their signature salted caramel brownie. A definite departure from Duncan Hines, this brownie is more like a cookie in texture, topped with loose, silky caramel above a mysterious layer of salty goodness. Many will imitate. None will duplicate.
If life is like a box of chocolates, then Davidson Chocolate Company has the edge on eternity. This bustling boutique makes their own ganache, toffee, fudge and caramel in small batches, then hand rolls and hand dips each piece to palpable perfection. Cure your next craving with a custom-made peppermint patty, truffle or coconut cream. Or if you’re a true chocolate fiend, try to tackle the Tortoise – Davidson’s extra-large spin on the traditional turtle, packed with pecans and smooth, creamy caramel. Pick up something for your someone special, or splurge all on yourself. Sometimes it's OK to give in.
You pretty much can’t go wrong with anything wrapped in dough. But when that dough is a crepe and it’s wrapped around bananas foster, Nutella or Grand Marnier butter sauce and vanilla ice cream, it’s OK to wonder where the line is between wrong and right. At Crepe Cellar in Noda, their fanciful yet familiar French-inspired cuisine is no doubt capitalized by these exquisite desserts, each served amid the comfortable atmosphere of a candlelit corner pub. Pull up a chair and transport yourself to the streets of Paris with a taste that is undoubtedly tres bon.