It’s no secret that we’re big on desserts in Texas. However, we usually play it safe with our southern classics like pecan pie, peach cobbler, etc. And there’s nothing wrong with that – those desserts are delicious, after all. But sometimes it’s nice to step outside the box and experience the many interesting culinary creations that exist in the world (or in Texas, for our purposes). These nine unique desserts in Texas will delight ALL of your senses (especially taste).
1. The Volcano at Rainforest Cafe (Galveston)
This dessert is basically a huge molten lava cake in the shape of a volcano with more chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream on top. The coolest part, though, is how it's presented. Whenever someone orders one, the servers stick sparklers in it and bring it to the table yelling "VOLCANOOOO!" The entire restaurant might stare at you, but the deliciousness makes it totally worth it.
2. Meringue pie at Koffee Kup Restaurant (Hico)
If you ever want a pie that's more meringue than filling, Koffee Kup is your place. Most of the time, the meringue is the "topping," so to speak, not the main part of the pie. That isn't the case here - but that doesn't mean the taste is compromised at all. Koffee Kup serves up some of the richest, most down home southern dessert that will ever past your lips.
3. Bananarchy (Austin)
Who knew how versatile bananas could be? That's all this place serves, hence the name. You can get yours dipped in chocolate, vegan chocolate, vanilla, or peanut butter and then rolled in your choice of topping (Oreos, graham crackers, candy, crushed nuts, etc.). It may be a nutty idea, but it's sure to satisfy your inner primate.
4. Chocolate Bag Cake at Truluck's (Southlake)
An edible chocolate bag full of more goodies? Sign me up! Yep, you can even eat the bag - but you may not want to after you've stuffed your mouth with the delicious chocolate cake, fruit, whipped cream, and decadent sauce that it's filled with.
5. The Chocolate Bar (Houston)
Whatever your favorite treats are, there's a good chance The Chocolate Bar has them - covered in chocolate. Don't think just chocolate covered strawberries and truffles; this sweet shop goes above and beyond the average chocolatier. Everything from chocolate covered moon pies to Twinkies, fudgy potato chips to peanut butter cups as big as your head, fully constructed s'mores dipped in rich chocolate...I think it's safe to say this place is every little kid's dream.
6. Red Velvet pie at Emporium Pies (Dallas)
We're big on pie here in Texas. Pecan, coconut cream, lemon meringue...we do it all. But red velvet pie? This adorable little cottage in Dallas has somehow figured out how to transform one of America's all-time favorite cakes into a rich, delicious pie. I don't know how they do it, but it's a slice of pure magic.
7. The NOLA Stacker at Cow Tipping Creamery (Austin)
The name of this food truck jibes perfectly with what Texas is all about, however, you'll find that their sundaes are a little off the beaten path. This one features bananas foster soft serve and is topped with bananas foster bread pudding, salted rum caramel, and honey dusted pecans. Uh, can you say YUM? If you aren't crazy about bananas, they have other awesome flavor combos like s'mores and cake batter. They even have a Dr Pepper chocolate sauce...yeah, I think someone would have to hide that far away from me.
8. An ice cream sandwich at Sweet Sammies (Dallas)
Okay, you're probably wondering what's so unique about an ice cream cookie sandwich. Well, my friends, usually you come across boring classic combos like chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream or sugar cookies with strawberry ice cream, etc. At Sweet Sammies, they serve up delicious, complex flavor mixtures that will send your taste buds straight to heaven. This one is a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, an oatmeal toffee cookie (yes - you can get two different cookies!) with bunny tracks ice cream in between (that's vanilla ice cream with fudge swirls and peanut butter cups, by the way).
9. Macarons at Petite Sweets (Houston)
Everyone knows that nothing is better than dessert - except for mini desserts, that is! It's a proven fact that the smaller and cuter something is, the more appealing it is (and, in this case, the more of it you can eat). Petite Sweets will melt your heart AND your taste buds with their miniature macarons, cake balls, cupcakes, and other tiny treats. I think I'll take the bottom left one. Just look at all that cream filling...
Have you ever tried one of these desserts? What other interesting treats in Texas should’ve made the list?