Renowned ice cream shop Salt & Straw recently launched its 6th Annual Chocolatier Series. The team pairs with famous chocolate makes to bring new and exciting flavors to your bowl. Scoops, pints and flights will be available in scoop shops starting February 2, and gift packs of the flavors will be available for nationwide shipping through www.saltandstraw.com.
Often forgotten in our dining hotspot of a city is the sweet last course: dessert. Restaurants have become more confident in their creations and this is apparent in the creativity of ice cream shops, frozen yogurt bars, bakeries, etc.
The often-mentioned Voodoo Donuts has been a staple on the Portland food scene for quite some time. With donuts sprinkled with fruit loops and a new line of Rogue Voodoo brews, Voodoo has been featured in countless articles and has even gained national attention for the creativity behind so many of their treats.
Papa Haydn’s couldn’t be more of a contrast in comparison to Voodoo. This classic restaurant has been serving up delicious cakes, pies, cobblers and ambiance for decades on both the east and west side of town. Their desserts are also available for pick up.
The new fad hitting the dessert scene is frozen yogurt lounges. With seasonal flavors as well as the classics (vanilla, chocolate) and a large assortment of toppings, these casual shops are here to stay – just drive by any one location on a warm day and you are sure to witness long lines and tons of activity. Customers pay by weight and you can create any type of concoction you desire: gummy bears, hot fudge, fresh fruit, etc. Nectar is one of my favorites, located on SE Bybee in Sellwood.
Salt and Straw’s three Portland locations have to be the most popular ice cream scoop shops in Portland. Their eclectic mix of flavors and homemade waffle cones are a huge hit.
Ruby Jewel Scoop Shop has expanded to two Portland locations. They serve fresh, homemade ice cream and offer an amazing ice cream sandwich option – complete with homemade cookies (there are gluten free options available).
Located on East Burnside, Pix Patisserie is reminiscent of the French way of baking – let the decadence be known! The “Royale” is described as “Chocolate mousse blankets a crisp hazelnut praline filling and dacquoise base. Grab your paper Burger King tiara and indulge yourself!”
Tucked under a large building on the bustling NW 23rd, Moonstruck Chocolate is easy to miss… But once you step inside you will be immediately transported. The displays of homemade truffles are exquisite and make a great local (delicious) gift idea. While you are there, order a Brown Cow milkshake or during colder times a Milk Mayan Mocha.
Cupcake Jones bakes up 13 flavors of regular, gluten free or vegan cupcakes daily, each with a homemade garnish perched on top. Order up by the dozen or buy a single treat from their Northwest Portland bakery.