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Most Decadent Dessert Ever?
Published on August 7, 2011 by Sara Foss

I am a sucker for decadent desserts, but I tend to find them disappointing.

They are usually too big, and thus make you feel sick; when it comes to dessert, sometimes smaller is better. Decadent desserts often sound enticing, but somehow miss the mark; many restaurants, in an effort to be innovative and hip, create amazing-sounding desserts that don't quite work as well as they should. For instance, a few weeks ago I ordered a chocolate-coconut cupcake with a lime sauce, and it was good, but not great. Too big, and not enough of the lime sauce (which was so good I could have eaten it by the spoonful). And the cupcake was a little too thick and doughy.

Anyway, the other night I visited Toll Gate Ice Cream in Delmar, N.Y., a delightfully old-fashioned restaurant and ice cream parlor. For dinner I got a grilled cheese hamburger - basically, a grilled cheese sandwich, but with a hamburger in the middle. And it was delicious - exactly what I wanted. For dessert, I decided to splurge. (Not that I hadn't splurged at dinner.)

The last time I visited the Tollgate, about a year ago, I regretted not ordering the most decadent sounding item on the menu, and I decided that I simply couldn't make the same mistake a second time. The item I coveted: a warmed doughnut, with ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a cherry. It sounded excessive. And I've been eating a lot of ice cream lately - probably too much. But I felt like I had to have it. I selected mint chocolate chip ice cream, and waited eagerly for my decadent dish. Would it be as good as I wanted it to be?

For once, a decadent dessert lived up to - even surpassed - my expectations. My doughnut sundae was absolutely amazing. The warmed doughnut blended perfectly with the mint chocolate chip ice cream (who knew this was such a winning combination?) and the chocolate sauce and whipped cream just added to the fun. It was also the right size - I didn't feel sick after eating it, but the restaurant didn't skimp on the crucial ingredients, either.

In any case, that doughnut sundae is the best decadent dessert I've had in a while. And, yes, I will definately have it again.

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