When you have fresh food so close at hand, it makes sense that hungry folks in Idaho might get a little creative with their food. Store-bought is…acceptable, but nothing beats homemade, and Idahoans always like to put a little love in every bite. Here are 10 mouthwatering Idaho desserts you’ll want to try at least once.
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Essentially a sundae combined with a trifle, smothered in every delicious sweet thing known to man and served in behemoth dishes the size of your head, "Gooeys" are a must-try for anyone who ventures to Dockside at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. Big enough for multiple people (but why share?), there's a good reason why many stop by just to grab one.
2. Rolled Ice Cream
The best way to enjoy this summertime favorite isn't in a plain ol' cone... it's in cute, portable wrap-like rolls, topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Raving Rolls' latest offering at Bread of Life in Meridian is making waves... and you should definitely try it!
3. Butter Cake
This absolutely divine southern-style dessert gets an Idahoan twist when prepared right and served a la mode, drizzled with berry sauce. Your world will never be the same. This particular version is found at The Fork in Boise.
4. Ice Cream Potatoes
This Idaho classic features chocolate and ice cream in all the right ways, beautifully arranged into our favorite state vegetable. There are a number of places to grab one, but Westside Drive-In in Boise is renowned for these handmade treats.
5. Huckleberry Shakes
No summer vacay is complete without sipping down a delicious, fresh huckleberry milkshake. We love our huckleberries here, and a huge number of Idahoans scour the state searching for the best huckleberry desserts -- milkshakes included. By consensus, the Victor Emporium is a local and travel favorite, but Scotty's in Idaho Falls is another great stop for this Idaho treat.
What's an aebleskiver? Wikipedia calls it a "pancake puff," but that simply doesn't encompass the delicious, fluffy perfection of this Danish pastry. Spherical, poppable, and served in a variety of flavors with plenty of delicious sweet toppings for every taste, you'll love these sweet treats. They can be found at Aebleskivers in Coeur d'Alene.
7. Fried Ice Cream
Clearly, Idahoans love ice cream, but there are a number of ways to fry it up crispy and gooey, just the way it should be -- some more traditional, and others more on the creative side. Barbacoa in Boise serves a delicious fried ice cream tree that is eye candy as much as it is scrumptious, but Sonora in Twin Falls is well-known for their own version of this fair favorite.
8. Idaho Spud Bar
Idaho's original candy, crafted right here in Idaho, is a retro chocolate, fudgy candy that is authentic as it is delicious. If you haven't tried one, what are you waiting for?
9. Cherry PIe
While not an Idaho "original," we sure do make it good! Here, we typically use tart pie cherries, but traditional sweet cherries (or a mix of both) are still common. There's a reason why we celebrate this magnificent gem at the Emmett Cherry Festival! Everyone has their favorite, but Trudy's Kitchen in Idaho City has gained quite a reputation for their mouthwatering pies.
10. Arroz con Leche
Idaho is known for its spectacular and rich Basque heritage, which includes the immersion of traditional Basque foods into everyday cooking. Arroz con Leche -- a local favorite rice pudding, sprinkled with cinnamon -- is one dessert that everyone should try at least once! Prepared different ways depending on the family, this sweet meal finale can be cooked with red wine and served with fruit, or made simply. Leku Ona and Bar Gernika in Boise both take this traditional dish to a new level.