Just Desserts: Chicago’s Sweet Deals
Chocolate, ice cream, cake and more. Chicago’s dessert scene can whip up something for everyone. Check out these sweet deals the next time you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Ice cream for tacos
Why choose between dessert and tacos when you can have both? Parkour Pizza Bar’s Dessert Dealer has two locations, one in Wicker Park and one in River North. Try the Caramelo Anthony, a white chocolate waffle shell filled with caramel gelato, chocolate covered pretzels, whipped cream and more, or the Florida Georgia Lime, a graham cracker shell with key lime gelato, lime curd, sea salt and other sweet goodies. You can even build your own Tacolato using banana fudge, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, marshmallow fluff, cherries, walnuts and other toppings. www.thedessertdealer.com
From the boot
Grab a Bombolini from Bombobar. These Italian holeless donuts are infused with a variety of flavors in a bottle including salted caramel, raspberry, vanilla bean custard, s’mores and Nutella. Bombobar has two locations, one in the West Loop and one in Old Town, to bring you more sweet goodness. www.bombobar.com
What’s your flavor?
Pick. Dip. Sprinkle. is the motto at Gordo’s, the homemade ice cream bar. Start with your ice cream flavor. Selections include the classics, Oreo, butter pecan, dulce de leche, mango and cantaloupe or non-dairy paletas in avocado banana, hibiscus tea, and orange chili spice.
Next pick your dip. Choose from milk, dark or white chocolate or caramel. Top it off with Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, chocolate chips, peanuts or pistachios. With locations in Edgewater and Printer’s Row open seven days out of the week, you’ll have time to try them all. www.Gordosicecream.com
Fun and games
Who needs a carnival when you can head to 26th Street Sugar Shack? On the menu, you’ll find their signature funnel cake sundae, the classic deep fried snack topped with ice cream, whipped cream, cherries AND nuts. If funnel cake isn’t your thing, try a cookie-filled blizzard, or a classic sundae with more than 30 toppings to choose from. www.sugarshackon26th.com
More s’mores please
Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, but Big G’s Pizza in Wrigleyville serves up a sweet twist with s’mores pizza. Graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate come together to complete the campfire classic. Also on the menu you’ll find s’mores ravioli, graham cracker filled with marshmallow and chocolate, topped off with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a dusting of powdered sugar. www.big-gspizza.com
Worth a thousand words
Looking for an Instagram-worthy experience? Jojo’s Milk Bar has no shortage of opportunities to take a sweet picture of their decked out signature shakes. The Cherry Poppins brings a cross of chocolate and cherry with cherry, chocolate pop rocks, dark chocolate meringue and a cherry chocolate cookie to go along with it. The Girl Scout brings back a trip down memory lane with thin mint cookie, graham crackers, marshmallows, gummy bears and milk chocolate. Add a bit of booze to for a spiked experience. If ice cream isn’t your thing, grab a coffee or tea and add cherry, snickerdoodle or blueberry milk cubes. Baked hot chocolate, homemade milk and cookies and milk bars in a variety of flavors are also on the menu. www.jojomilksbar.com