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Getting a sugar rush in Eagle County

Daily staff writers
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Eagle County CO, Colorado
HL Larkspur Donuts DT 12-30-08
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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” We at the Vail Daily are bucking trends.

Yes, we could run a typical News Year’s Day story in this space: 10 ways to be healthier in 2009, or highlighting resolutions local residents are making today and how they can successfully keep them.

But that’s boring.



How about resolving to treat yourself every once in awhile? We’re not advocating chowing down dessert seven nights a week. Rather, we took to the streets to look for sumptuous snacks so that when you do decide to splurge, you know just where to get the goods.

Here are the top 10, in no particular order.



” Caramie Schnell

Larkspur, Vail

The doughnuts have taken on a life of their own. Sold exclusively in the winter at Larkspur, they’re sometimes filled, sometimes sugared, sometimes chocolate, sometimes holes ” and always fresh, fresh, fresh. Though it’s a shame to pass up the cheese plate, the doughnuts reign supreme, especially with the ride-along chocolate malt.



Swiss Chalet, Vail

The Swiss Chalet serves up two decadent varieties of fondue au chocolate. Try the robust hazelnut chocolate or the ultra-creamy Valrhona mixture of milk and dark chocolate. Both are served with sponge cake and an assortment of fresh fruit, including strawberries, bananas and apple. It’s a dipping delight.

Splendido at the Chateau, Beaver Creek

Some people have problems baking at altitude, but not the crew at Splendido. There’s always a souffle on the menu, though it alternates between chocolate and lemon. Bright and light, the lemon souffle is studded with blueberries or huckleberries just ready to burst.

Spago, Beaver Creek

As a kid, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck had a singular favorite breakfast: kaiserschmarren. Traditionally a pancake, at Spago it’s been transformed into a light souffle, dusted with powdered sugar and served with a fresh strawberry sauce.

Grouse Mountain Grill, Beaver Creek

The bread pudding at Grouse has been on the menu for more than a decade, but it’s seen many incarnations. The newest is hands down the best. Custardy and rich, the bread pudding is studded with apple chunks. The piece de resistance is the bourbon caramel sauce. Delightful.

Sweet Basil, Vail

The ooey-gooey dense cake that tops off many a meal at Sweet Basil has become a local legend. The cake draws its sweetness from sugar and dates, which make the crumb silky and downright over-the-top. Topped with whipped cream, it’s served warm.

Vin 48, Avon

The almond pound cake that serves as the base of this dessert is flaky and crisp. Topped with a pear poached in rosemary syrup, mascarpone cream and blue cheese, the result is a sweet and herbal experience enriched by the fruit’s soft texture.

Montauk Seafood Grill, Lionshead

The seafood grill is best known for a rather chocolaty version of mud pie, but our vote goes to this fruity beauty. Uber-rich dulce de leche ice cream is topped with roasted macadamia nuts, whipped cream and ” ooh la la ” caramelized fresh bananas.

Kelly Liken, Vail

The dessert menu at Kelly Liken is ever changing, but the sticky buns will always have a place of honor. Cinnamon sticky buns are stacked , topped with toasted pecans and warm caramel sauce, and served with vanilla bean ice cream. It’s ooey gooey goodness galore.

La Bottega, Vail

La Bottega’s tiramisu is homemade. The espresso-soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone dish is extra creamy, but not overwhelmingly rich. There’s a light coffee flavor permeating the dense, cakey dish. The rich dark chocolate shavings that are sprinkled on top offer a decadent counterpoint to the dessert.


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