If you are what you eat, then I’m really sweet! I’m a dessert junkie; one of those people who would prefer to have dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This led me to write about some of the best dessert spots at home in Trinidad where I indulge my sweet tooth.
Dreamy Creamy Ice cream
Located in south Trinidad, Dreamy Creamy has a very wide variety of flavours made using a range of local ingredients. I haven’t tried them all, yet, but my choices so far are Butter Toffee, Guinness, Barfi (the ice cream version of a traditional Indian sweet) and Brownie Towne. The more exotic flavours are made with local fruits like coconut, passion fruit, soursop and guava. Dreamy Creamy also has a quirky side to it with its décor surrounded by cows with some pretty cute ceramic cows sitting on the counters smiling while you order your dreamy creaminess.
These guys aren’t locally made, but who doesn’t love them? There are 9 cafes on the island (located at entertainment hot spots around the country). This makes it oh so easy to get my ice cream fix. On the days when a scoop or two will do, my favourite flavours include Caramel Biscuit Cream, Belgian Chocolate and Dulce De Leche. I can’t stress enough how hard it is to choose from all the flavours. On the days when I go big, there’s the chocolate fondue pot. I’m always sure to walk with at least one friend as it is a sizeable assortment of mini ice cream scoops, fresh fruit, cookies, brownies and of course warm chocolate fondue.
BUZO Osteria Italiana
A chic Italian restaurant located in the central liming district of Port of Spain. It serves really great food and an assortment of wines. However we’re not here to talk about the pastas and pizzas;we’re here to talk about desserts! Specifically their decadent Soufflé caldo al cioccolato which is a flourless chocolate soufflé, vanilla bean gelato and raspberry reduction. The combination, simply put, is on point. It’s an absolute must for every chocolate lover.
When chocolate calls, I always answer. A Trini gem, situated in Woodbrook, Trinidad, is handmade by chocolatier Isabel from the finest locally grown cocoa beans. A lesser known fact about the cocoa, Trinidad and Tobago produces some of the finest and award-winning beans in the world. At Cocobel you will find very yummy chocolate bark and some pretty exotic bon bons with flavour combinations using sorrel, guava, pepper, honey, mango and rum that I am certain you won’t uncover anywhere else in the world. Cocobel also hosts a bake sale event called Fresh Baked Friday, which occurs every other Friday. The decadent chocolate cakes, brownies, blondies, eclairs, tarts and urchins just to name a few, go really fast, so be sure to get there early. There’s one more perk of this place, if you are inclined to poking around the kitchen, you can pick up a bag of Cocobel’s signature cocoa powder. I use it to make delicious brownies. Sometimes I even add it to my boring plain oatmeal that contains no sweetener! Trust me when I say that it makes the world of difference.
I can’t talk about desserts in Trinidad without mentioning my friend Sasha’s custom cakes. She operates out of her home and on an order basis. She makes great tasting cakes and will experiment with different flavour combos based on your request. My personal favourite was an orange and chocolate flavoured cake she did for one of my birthdays. She’s usually the go to person for cake orders by my friends and family and we’ve never been disappointed. As a side note, a friend of mine, let’s call her Beaker (yes, like the Muppet) likes to have Sasha’s cakes handy. Beaker also loves to pair the cake with a scoop of Dreamy Creamy ice cream, the combination doesn’t just go to your stomach, it goes to your heart.
So there you have it, a few of my favourite spots for sweet treatz. I could go on, but I’ll share that in another post. I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave your comments below.
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