Dining

Best Bites: Cream Puffs

September 2009

Rocky Treats Patisserie, 9245 S. Broadway, Unit 300 (in the Town Center Safeway Shopping Center), Highlands Ranch, 303-683-3178, www.rockytreats.com. Generally speaking, the cream puff is one of those sweet novelties that only shows up at special occasions like weddings or baby showers. But Nario and Sachiko Young, owners of the five-month-old Rocky Treats Patisserie in Highlands Ranch, have a simple mission: to make cream puffs a tasty, accessible staple—much like donuts or ice cream. For their part, the Youngs bake up an impressive profiterole. The fist-size puff is airy and delicate, and filled with one of seven flavors (from vanilla bean to green tea) of decadent, velvety custard. Vanilla is the most popular, but the caramel and strawberry are just as worthy. The Youngs' buy-four-get-one-free special encourages tasting—and very nearly ensures addiction.