Dining

Sugar Rush

July 2010

With summer activities in full swing, there's nothing like rewarding ourselves after a grueling hike or a long ride. And for us, that means ordering a righteous dessert. Here, five of our go-to treats.

Banana Fluffernutter Cake
Twelve Restaurant's menu changes monthly, but when the banana fluffernutter cake makes an appearance, don't pass it up. East Coasters already know Marshmallow Fluff's miraculous ability to plump up an ordinary peanut butter sandwich. Here, chef-owner Jeff Osaka introduces Denver to the spreadable confection by sandwiching a light banana cake with a liberal smear of house-made fluff before finishing it with a dense and oh-so-good peanut butter mousse. 2233 Larimer St., 303-293-0287, www.twelverestaurant.com

Cream Puffs
Nario and Sachiko Young of Rocky Treats Bakery & Creperie have made it their business to elevate the cream puff's status. One bite of these delicate puffs and rich custard, and you'll understand why, in other cities, the profiterole is the new cupcake. The Youngs offer seven fillings—from chocolate to green tea—but we prefer the vanilla bean custard and the summery strawberry. 9245 S. Broadway, Unit 300, Highlands Ranch, 303-683-3178, www.rockytreats.com

Pizza Dolce
Ever since Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria opened two years ago, we've been fans of the Nutella pie. But a recent trip to Naples inspired owner Mark Dym to also place the pizza dolce on his menu. The dessert arrives with Marco's trademark crust smeared with sweetened ricotta, a drizzle of honey, and toasted almonds. 2129 Larimer St., 303-296-7000, www.marcoscoalfiredpizza.com

S'mores Pot de Crème
Rioja's pastry chef, Eric Dale, knows that no one can resist s'mores, so he smartly riffs on that classic combo by combining heavenly dark chocolate custard with house-made graham crackers and gooey, brûleéd, house-made marshmallow. You'll scrape the cup's bottom clean and find new reverence for the campfire treat. 1431 Larimer St., 303-820-2282, www.riojadenver.com

P.B. D Bar
For those who believe that chocolate was invented to pair with peanuts, this dessert's for you. D Bar Desserts owners Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey's P.B. D Bar is an otherworldly experience of Little Debbie Nutty Bars, chocolate, caramel, orange confit, and peanuts. The textures—crispy, creamy, and crunchy—are all there, plus you'll detect an unexpected hint of zesty orange. 1475 E. 17th Ave., 303-861-4710, www.dbardesserts.com