Trend Alert: Popcorn Desserts Take San Diego

By Darlene Horn | May 13, 2014 By Darlene Horn  |  May 13, 2014
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It’s not unusual to find popcorn on the appetizer section of menus around town. We’ve tasted our way though a version loaded with bacon at La Mesa’s Rivieria Supper Club, enjoyed Currant American Brasserie’s “popcorn of the moment” and noshed on a unique savory version that complements the cocktails at Sycamore Den. But lately, we’ve noticed it - ahem - popping up on dessert menus to elevate sweet treats with a unique, crunchy twist. Here are three awesome popcorn-laced desserts to try out. If we missed one that you know of, let us know in the comments. 

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    Popcorn Panna Cotta at Davanti Enoteca

    Chicago popcorn is steeped in cream and milk until the salty-sweet flavors are ingrained in the cooked custard and cooled in a short mason jar. More caramel and cheese kernels are scattered on top and around the jar, playing against the silky smoothness of the Italian pudding.

    1655 India St.; 619-237-9606
    12955 El Camino Real; 858-519-5060

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    Salted Caramel Ganache Bar With Brown Butter Popcorn Ice Cream at Bertrand at Mister A’s

    The housemade ice cream at this well-known restaurant may only be the sideshow to this decadent slice of ganache. But it's crucial to the dish. The unique salty-sweet ice cream with a rich buttered popcorn flavor cools off the chocolate-heavy plate and almost makes it refreshing.

    2550 5th Ave #406; 619-239-1377

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    Caramel Popcorn at Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar

    Popcorn is played straight at this seafood mecca in Little Italy. Kernels are popped inhouse and drenched with caramel. Then cacao nibs and a bit of salt are mixed into the batch. It's a dessert finger food you'll keep coming back for. 

    1654 India St.; 619-269-3033

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Sycamore Den

Cocktail Bar Normal Heights
Atmo.24 Decor25 Service21 CostI
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Bertrand at Mister A's

American Bankers Hill
Food26 Decor27 Service26 Cost$68
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Davanti Enoteca

Italian Carmel Valley
Food25 Decor25 Service24 Cost$33
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Davanti Enoteca

Italian Little Italy
Food25 Decor25 Service24 Cost$33
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Fish And Chips Little Italy
Food21 Decor26 Service22 Cost$43

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