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Mar 9, 2014 08:41 PM

Boston's weirdest desserts?

This evening I was eating an "ABC" dessert at Penang, and I had gotten to the mid-point of that experience, when it resembles fake vomit from a 60's gag-shop (a candy-pink slurry dotted with corn, red beans, bobbing Christmas-colored cubes), and it occurred to me that "Boston's weirdest desserts" would make a fun Chowhound thread. So: what are some weird desserts y'all have had around here?

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      1. re: croutonweb

        Evidently, you've never had a good Coffee Jello. My Father was a chef and he did a very good version (sweet with home made whipped cream). Ran out every night. It does sound weird, but I really like it.

        1. re: CocoDan

          Actually, coffee jello does sound good.

          1. re: libertywharf

            I had a piece of coffee cream pie at the Agawam Diner recently that was outstanding.
            My first time having a coffee cream pie too.

            1. re: Infomaniac

              That sounds wonderful! I've never had coffee cream pie either - sounds like it might be an original invention.

              The last time Jenny Ondioline and I stopped at the Agawam we were very pleasantly surprised. The pies had gone a bit downhill in the past few years, still decent but not as sublime as they used to be, but they've recovered their former excellent quality.

              1. re: Allstonian

                I had the exact same experience last summer at Agawam with lemon meringue pie. I'd written them off some years ago for pie; I may have given them another chance because you mentioned it here, Allstonian.


          2. re: CocoDan

            weird doesn't have to mean bad, right?

            1. re: CocoDan

              I know, I love coffee jello! But mainly as a vehicle for real homemade whipped cream. Naked coffee jello, probably not. Also, its cranky New England weirdness is part of the appeal.

              1. re: CocoDan

                Nominating something as "weird" does not automatically mean it's not good.

            2. The weirdest desert I've had was at the old Gargoyles On Elm. I forget the name of it, but it was something like "A Summer Carnival". What arrived was a plate with several pieces of cut-up candy bars, a whisp of house-made cotton candy, and a little smear of caramel. The waiter opened a container and poured out a handful of nitrogen-frozen popcorn kernels, which steamed and thawed instantly, sticking to the caramel. He sort of looked at it and said "Yeah, I know, the chef is crazy," and walked away.

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              1. re: Boston_Otter

                "Ants on a Log" also at Gargoyles- celery ice cream with peanut butter crunchies and some sort of raisin fruit leather. Oh, and that pop-rocks concotion at Gargoyles. Can't remember all the flavors but there was some sort of strawberry freeze-dried thing, plus of course the pop rocks.

                1. re: Parsnipity

                  some people have poohpoohed this dish but i just loved the truffle ice cream that John George made at Gargoyle's. he used real black truffle. I don't think I have encountered a sweet mushroom dessert since this,but it really worked for me!

              2. No longer in season, but the corn ice cream at Ribelle was good but genuinely weird to my palate: crème fraîche sourness pitted against sweet corn kernels, bits of apple and crumbly roasted (and maybe dehydrated) pine nuts.


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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  I had olive oil gelato at 5 Corners Kitchen and that was kinda weird to me.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    God, that just reminded me of the sweet corn fritters and buttermilk ice cream at Sage back in the day. The restaurant's been gone for years, but I still have fond memories of that dessert.

                  2. "Smoked" Chocolate Bread Pudding w/Jacobsen Salt Ice Cream at Alden & Harlow - delicious!

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                      1. re: Taralli

                        I just had A&H's over the weekend, I agree with MC Slim JB re: too smoky. Also, not enough sweet! It was like eating smoky, soft bread, with ice cream that was also not sweet.

                        1. re: Kip McSkipster

                          Ours was just sweet enough in combo w/the ice cream & didn't have a problem w/smokiness - just our taste maybe, not necessarily the gen'l pop's liking.

                          1. re: Taralli

                            I was a big fan of the bread pudding, and a few others on the board were as well. But yes- not surprising it's divisive. My one critique is that there's not enough ice cream... I think with some more the people put off by the level of smoke could more easily find a way to mute that flavor and find a good balance

                            1. re: valcfield

                              yes, that was exactly what we felt. "Two scoops, plse!"
                              I have always been a sucker for everything smoked , so now I have to look into how ithe chocolate is done.