Decadent Chocolate Desserts You Must Try in Denver

By Ruth Tobias  |  April 14, 2014
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It’s finally spring in Colorado, which means many pastry chefs are replacing their heartier cakes and pudding with fresh fruit and ices. So what’s a sucker for gooey chocolate to do? Keep calm and read on. Here are 8 Decadent Chocolate Desserts you can try right now - forks and spoons not necessarily required.

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    Flourless Chocolate Cake at Vesta Dipping Grill

    Why We Love It: At this LoDo longtimer, chef Brandon Foster takes a textbook slab of flourless chocolate cake - dense and utterly luscious - then dips it in ganache and serves it with seasonally changing accompaniments. Currently, crème fraîche ice cream and raspberry brittle supplement the three side sauces - hot fudge, crème anglaise and a fresh, not cloying, strawberry-Cointreau purée - to induce nostalgia in anyone with a soft spot for a summertime scoop of Neapolitan. 
    Price: $8

    1822 Blake St.; 303-296-1970

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    Mud Pie at Guard and Grace

    Why We Love It: Pastry chef Ryan Walker and his crew experimented with several recipes before settling on this one. Smart choice. It’s a study in light and dark, refreshing and rich, creamy and crumbly contrasts, from the centerpiece cylinder of espresso ice cream atop Oreo crust to the pool of salted-caramel and fudge sauces beneath, all accented by an espresso crumb-sprinkled dollop of whipped cream speared with a chocolate tuile. (P.S. It's worth noting that Guard and Grace sibling Sugarmill is home to one of the most sensational chocolate desserts in all of Denver. In case you've somehow missed all the hype, get a load of the Noahsphere here.)
    Price: $8

    1801 California St.; 303-293-8500

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    Melted Cookies at Spuntino

    Why We Love It: Most of pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom's celebrated creations are marked by a breezy Mediterranean elegance - think olive-oil torta with fennel brittle and fig preserves. But her baked-to-order cookies taste like home sweet home, with their molten Valrhona-chocolate interiors highlighted by a finishing dash of sea salt. 
    Price: $3

    2639 W. 32nd Ave.; 303-433-0949

  • Grasshopper Shake at Crave Real Burgers

    Why We Love It: We’d like to meet the cocktail snob who can snub crème de menthe blended with vanilla ice cream, Oreos and chocolate syrup - mainly because we’d get to finish her milkshake. Pair it with the Flaming Tiki burger; the cool hint of mint not only tempers the heat of fried jalapeños and habanero mayo but also plays well with pineapple.
    Price: $7

    3982 Limelight Ave., Castle Rock, 303-814-2829; 7465 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, 719-264-7919; 9344 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch, 720-344-3006

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    Peanut Butter Crunch Bar at EDGE Restaurant & Bar

    Why We Love It: One forkful of Ryan Schmitt’s incredibly velvety yet crisp-edged mousse cake had us flashing back to those old ads for Reese’s peanut-butter cups. It's such a simple pleasure, wrapped in the kind of shiny package you’d expect from the Four Seasons’ pastry kitchen. 
    Price: $9

    1111 14th St.; 303-389-3343

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    Scout Cookie at City O’ City

    Why We Love It: We’re not saying you should make a regular meal of the goodies this all-day hipster hangout on Capitol Hill keeps on display, courtesy of its next-door sibling, Watercourse Bakery. But every now and then, a super-chewy, grainy-textured, chocolate-dipped hunk of sweet potatoes, walnuts and coconut passes for a perfectly nutritious breakfast in our book. 
    Price: $5

    206 E. 13th Ave.; 303-831-6443

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    S’mores Waffle at Bruxie 

    Why We Love It: Dean Simon, the cofounder of this Southern California-based waffle-sandwich franchise, now open on South Colorado Boulevard, is a Massachusetts native - which means he knows a thing or two about Fluff, the marshmallow spread invented in Somerville a century ago. His fondness for the stuff inspired this gooey-toasty, salty-sweet twist on everyone’s favorite campfire snack, dripping with Belgian chocolate beneath a dusting of graham-cracker crumbs and powdered sugar. 
    Price: $5.95

    1000 S. Colorado Blvd.; 303-963-9045

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    Vegan Chocolate Truffle at Root Down

    Why We Love It: "We’re very vegetable-focused, even when it comes to desserts,” observes Samm Sherman, pastry chef of this LoHi magnet for mod-minded gastronomes - and the proof is in the pudding (so to speak).Take this beauty, which draws on traditional chocolate cake and carrot cake but comes off as a true original. Chia seed-sprinkled coconut sorbet sits on smooth-as-glass, intense chocolate truffle cake, fortified with coconut milk (rather than cream) and a combination of dried-carrot chips, carrot-honey coulis and crushed, candied walnuts spiced with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. The golden raisins are marinated in port wine, a classic complement to chocolate. The result is an intricate zinger.
    Price: $8

    1600 W. 33rd Ave.; 303-993-4200