Delicious Decadence

Where to indulge in desserts laced with dark chocolate.


Chocolate has my heart, but dark chocolate has both my heart and soul.  Good for your heart (in small doses) and with just as much bitter as sweet, dark chocolate is not just delicious; it’s also trending in food circles. Here are six great places to take a bite and indulge in the dark side.

Black-out Torte, Elsa’s on the Park
Elsa’s is known for its martinis and burgers, but it should also be known for this cake. Dense, moist chocolate cake comes with equally dark chocolate mousse, and some whipped cream to lighten things up. Also delectable is the gooey butter cake with fudge.

Chocolate Trifle, Harbor House
Call it chocolate with a view. Layers of chocolate cake and dark chocolate pastry cream, plus whipped cream and raspberry, make this the bomb.

Dark Chocolate Chiffon Pie, Story Hill BKC
A citrus shortbread cookie crust gets topped with some serious chocolate cream, orange-kahlua flavors and, oh, mounds of whipped cream. It’s over the top, but in the best way possible.


» Chocolate Raspberry Dome, Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe
Picking just one dark chocolate dessert at Le Reve is nearly impossible — there aren’t any bad choices here, and no matter what patisserie confection you choose, you’ll be over the moon and in love with it. The dome starts with a pistachio cake, then raspberry and dark chocolate mousse and raspberry gelee swirl together and get topped with a glaze of dark chocolate.


Dark Chocolate Apples, Amy’s Gourmet Apples (formerly Amy’s Candy Kitchen)
The basic dark chocolate over caramel over a ginormous Granny Smith apple is pretty darn tasty. But you can also add in Oreo cookies or Butterfinger candies or peppermint or colored jimmies — or, well, just about anything yummy that goes with chocolate and apples. But probably the best is just plain, dark Belgian chocolate with a sprinkling of sea salt.


Chocolate Peppermint Trifle, Third Coast Provisions »
Third Coast might be known for its seafood, but, let’s be honest, you’re coming here for the dessert. The trifle layers a dark chocolate brownie, with milk chocolate pudding, peppermint cheesecake and chocolate sandwich cookies. It sounds crazy, and it is — crazy delicious.