Crazy-Awesome New Desserts

How about some sugar to get us through Wednesday, hmm?

Grub Street recently put out an article describing "101 of America's Most Crazy-Awesome New Desserts," in which they described...well... 101 (duh) desserts from various regions of the country that are in some way spectacular, innovative, or generally adored.  Here are some of my favorites:

Chocolate hazelnut budino with olive oil croutons from Fig in Charleston, SC.  L made a butterscotch budino for Christmas this year which was absolutely insane.  I can only imagine the combination of chocolate, hazlenut, and the crunch of the croutons.

Foie gras cheesecake from Haven Gastropub.  Sounds quite intense, but who wouldn't want to give that a try?

With my love for orange vegetables, I couldn't get over these sweet potato donut holes from Roof in Salt Lake City.  I bet they are just barely sweet, crunchy on the outside, and smooth and cakey inside.  Oh. My.

Can you believe there is a restaurant devoted entirely to pudding!? Considering my best friend and I became pudding fiends during college, I almost immediately got in my car to drive to Puddin' in New York.  This is on my life list!

Banana bread french toast.  Why didn't I think of this first?

Wong restaurant in NYC specializes in the duck ice cream shown above.  What even is duck ice cream? I have no idea, but my curiosity is definitely making this a must-try.

This grapefruit givre from Boulud Sud is a frozen hollowed grapefruit filled with grapefruit sorbet and jam, and topped with toasted tulle and sesame seed halvah (think cotton candy).  Creative and light.  Sounds like the perfect ending to a summer dinner party.

This torta della nonna, or Grandma's cake or tart, is the perfect way to pretend you have an Italian grandmother (or to channel her if you already have one).  The toasted pine nuts, creamy custard, and buttery pastry dough comes together for a rich but comforting dessert that would be killer with coffee.

I couldn't leave out the feel good shakes from the Bowery Diner.  Standard diner milkshakes that are kicked up a notch in flavor with add-ins like Chartreuse or bourbon (Hence the "feel good" :)

Check out the rest of the lineup here.

Which crazy-new desserts look best to you? Did you have any surprisingly awesome desserts for Valentine's Day?


  1. im am all about those sweet potato donut holes...and L is going to have to explain to me what a Budino is...I like this post...and now im craving dessert at work..thanks S! love ms

  2. Lovely post :) I had some rosemary goat cheese ice cream at Craftbar in NYC that was fabulous. Also, I'd guess the duck ice cream was made with duck fat... mmm.

  3. Wow! That grapefruit sorbet looks marvelous!