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Sweet Sensations

Pure chocolate decadence
Pure chocolate decadence
Camilla Carboni

The holiday season is creeping up upon us and it’s only natural that your sweet tooth kicks in. Unfortunately, there’s no Hokulani Bake Shop in Denver, but there certainly are numerous other options to satisfy your cravings.

There’s really nothing better than a city with endless dining options, no matter what time of day you happen to feel indulgent. The Metro Area certainly has its fair share of offerings, but sometimes venturing out and into the Greater Denver Area, can lead to the most rewarding surprises.

Up and into the mountains on the way to evergreen, Genesee’s Chart House that overlooks the colorful city of Denver, boasts the “Hot Chocolate Lava Cake” as their signature dessert. You have to order it early as it bakes for a good 30 minutes, but the liquid Godiva center will have you at first bite.

At BJ’s Brewhouse, the eclectic restaurant/bar out in Broomfield, you can expect a vibrant brick structure covered in contemporary wall art, contrasted by couture chandeliers and beer, and completed with ever-so-sweet-hot-out-the-oven cookies, making for a very worthwhile pit stop up to 11pm at night.

The good old American milk and cookies tradition will never be the same again. From red velvet, to raspberry white chocolate, triple chocolate and even a gluten free option, the moist and flavorful cookie and ice cream combination offers an ever so satisfying form of this otherwise simple dessert.

And on the East side of town, Banzai Sushi on Leetsdale Avenue has a dessert box that comprises of warm banana tempura, cool mochi, fresh berries and melted chocolate. Now there’s a good reason to go for sushi.

My next stop on the dessert train this festive season – D Bar in Uptown Denver – it won this year’s 5280 Reader’s Choice for Top Dessert. I’m going to have to put it to the test myself!


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