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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.

                      2. Another one: the donut at Strip-T's. The first time I had it, it was stuffed with minted pea cream, and that's exactly what it tasted like: a donut stuffed with minty mashed peas.

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                        1. re: Boston_Otter

                          I haven't had the Foie donut at JM Curley, but it sounds weirdly delicious.

                          1. re: Boston_Otter

                            whew, so glad to hear that. I always resisted getting it , for that reason.

                          2. The tobacco ice cream at TW Food. Glad I tasted it. Never eating it again.

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                            1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                              Scotch and cigars - definitely the weirdest - and my wife loved the tobacco bitter twinge.

                              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                Wow, I had that dessert when I reviewed the place for Dig Boston almost seven years ago. Had entirely forgotten about it.


                              2. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                I went to TW Food a few weeks ago and had the foie gras creme brulee which was listed under starters. It could have been a dessert; rich, buttery and dessert sweet.

                              3. Lobster ice cream, but it was a waste of both.

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                                1. re: croutonweb

                                  And its cousin, clam chowder ice cream at Christina's. Fortunately just intended as a novelty/joke summer flavor, but every bit as awful as it sounds. I just had a taste since I couldn't believe it was real. Can't imagine anyone ordering, much less eating, a whole scoop!

                                  1. re: Stride

                                    A few years back, JP Licks made a pad thai ice cream. I asked the guy if anyone ordered it, and he said, tons of people asked for a sample, but no one had actually ordered it. I tried it. Tasted like cold milky pad thai. Pretty horrific.

                                    1. re: kimfair1

                                      I think Christina's (or was it Tosci's?) Guinness ice cream was the closest I've come to getting an oddball novelty flavor at an ice cream parlor, and it was pretty good. Not too weird in retrospect, but at the time, I wasn't a regular Guinness drinker, so it seemed odder.


                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                        Richardsons in Middleton has Guinness flavored ice cream for St Patricks Day.

                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                          I tasted the Guinness at Tosci's and was surprised that it wasn't bad. (And I'm not much of a beer drinker.) Odd, but decent. But I still wouldn't order it over burnt caramel or chocolate hazelnut!

                                  2. I love them both Indian pudding, and the "soup" you get after a Chinese banquet either tapioca or red bean.

                                    1. The hemp flavored, dairy-free ice-cream at JP Licks. Tried a sample and it tasted like grass, but not in a good way.