Dessert Destinations

when in New Orleans, go Roman.

when in New Orleans, go Roman.

If you’re anything like me, traveling is almost all about finding new foods.  My favorite thing to do is to eat what the locals eat.  I even tried Kangaroo Pie in Australia.  If you were wondering, yep, it tasted like chicken.  When in Rome…

Still, there’s almost nothing better than dessert, and I’ve found a few treats that are worth traveling for.  So pack your bags full of loose clothing and elastic waistbands to indulge in four to-die-for desserts in the good ole US of A.

Voodoo Doughnut

Eugene, OR

You won’t even remember what a cronut is once you see the doughnuts at Voodoo Doughnut.  This is a doughnut shop with a sense of humor.  The Eugene, OR staple chose the name Voodoo after “flying in voodoo oil from the south.”  Their signature Maple Bacon Bar is only the tip of the iceberg.  Other unique flavors include: The Loop (raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Fruit Loops), Old Dirty Bastard (raised yeast doughnut with chocolate frosting, Oreos, and peanut butter), and Mexican Hot Chocolate (chocolate cake doughnut dusted in cinnamon sugar and cayenne pepper).  Warning, you might need to preform some voodoo to take away the calories.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

St. Louis, MO

No matter what time of year it is, it’s always custard time in St. Louis.  Ted Drewes’ concrete custards are famous.  You choose your flavor to mix in and you have a culinary custard creation.  It won’t matter if there’s snow on the ground or the sun is in the sky.  The thick, creamy concoction is a must try.

Roman Candy

New Orleans, LA

Roman Candy is to New Orleans what salt water taffy is to Atlantic City.  This taffy-like treat comes in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla and is sold wrapped in wax paper.  It’s still sold out of a an old time cart in the Uptown area of New Orleans (locations vary daily) and at the Audobon Zoo.  These days there’s no horse pulling the cart but you’ll love pulling Roman Candy.

The Buckeye Chocolate Company

Burton, OH

The Buckeye Chocolate Company is famous for their chocolate peanut-butter balls, otherwise known as Buckeyes.  They come in milk and dark chocolate and will make you forget that other chocolate peanut butter dessert.  As a bonus, they offer factory tours- can you say Willy Wonka?


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