New Mexico March 05, 2017
You’ve Never Tasted Anything Like These 9 Unique Desserts In New Mexico
If, like Oscar Wilde, you can resist anything except temptation, prepare to lose all semblance of willpower! We’ve gathered a buffet of New Mexico’s most delectable and unusual desserts with which to tempt you. So break out your loosest clothing, because you’re going to need it after tucking into these 9 unique desserts.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. El Milagro New Mexican Restaurant (Santa Fe)
The only thing better than a sopaipilla is one topped with ice cream. The sopaipilla sundae at El Milagro is a decadent contrast in textures, from crisp to creamy. This ample dessert is great to share. The restaurant is located at 3482 Zafarano Drive in Santa Fe.
2. Pie-O-Neer Café (Pie Town)
When you go to Pie Town, you anticipate indulging in a smorgasbord of life changing desserts. If you’re a fan of green chile, head to Pie-O-Neer Café, for a slice of green chile pinon apple pie. This combination might sound odd to those from out-of-state, but New Mexicans know that the heat from the chile provides a perfect counter to the sweetness of the apple. Although this combination stands out, any pie here is a winner. The café is located on US Highway 60 in Pie Town.
3. The Pie Source (Pie Town)
Our state question is "red or green?" If you answer "red," then head over to The Pie Source, where the apple pie features pinon nuts, and red chile. Pair this Southwest apple pie, which has a perfectly crumbly crust, with vanilla ice cream for a flavor combination you’ll never forget. If your typical response to this question is "Christmas," you know what you have to do! The old cabin housing this restaurant can be found at 8 Windmill Road in Pie Town.
4. Pasion Latin Fusion (Albuquerque)
Bread pudding is always delicious. However, the version at this restaurant is the love child of a slice of regular bread pudding and a brownie, drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with ice cream. Despite those ingredients, the Azteca bread pudding isn’t overly sweet and its generous size makes it ideal for sharing. This eatery is located at 722 Lomas Boulevard NW in Albuquerque.
5. Sparky’s (Hatch)
Have you ever had a green chile mango milkshake? While some people might think this combo sounds unappealing, the reality is a fabulous contrast of cool and spicy elements. The base is soft serve vanilla ice cream, which is mixed with mango syrup and guajillo chile, a red chile that has a mild to medium kick. Sparky’s can be found at 115 Franklin Street in Hatch.
6. Golden Crown Panaderia (Albuquerque)
This bakery excels at crafting fruit empanadas - the lemon one is both unique and addictive. While you’re here, you can also pick up some less typical flavors of biscochitos like blue corn or cappuccino ones. This beloved bakery is located at 1103 Mountain Road NW, in Albuquerque.
7. Elisa’s House of Pies and Restaurant (Deming)
Elisa’s offers virtually every type of pie you can think of but, if you can only sample one, make it the millionaire. The restaurant is known for this pineapple and coconut pie on a Graham cracker crust. You’ll find Elisa’s at 208 1/2 S Silver Avenue in Deming.
8. Caliche’s Frozen Custard (Las Cruces and Alamogordo)
Caliche’s is famous for their green chile sundae. The chile comes in the form of a marmalade. The whole concoction tastes best with pecans. There are two locations in Las Cruces (at 590 S Valley Drive and 131 N Roadrunner Parkway) and one in Alamogordo (2251 N. White Sands Boulevard).
9. El Meze (Taos)
The use of cardamon sets the mini doughnuts served at El Meze apart. These little orbs of heaven are doused in a caramel chocolate sauce. The lavender crème brulee here will also tempt you to lick your plate. This restaurant is located at 1017 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos.
What’s the weirdest dessert you’ve ever eaten? And can you think of any other New Mexico restaurants that serve up divine desserts that no one should resist?
To indulge your sweet tooth further, check out our past articles on
New Mexico’s chocolate trail and our best candy stores.