Top 5 Dessert Places in Burlington

What makes a great dessert, Burlington sugar fiends? To some, cheesecake is always on the shortlist. To others, it's all about something savoury or topped with layer upon layer of chocolate. Then there's pie, ice cream ... or better yet, gelato. Some treats, such as waffles or crepes, have to be enjoyed on the spot before sogginess sets in while certain delights (Belgian chocolates, anyone?) have a longer shelf life and can be picked up and enjoyed at home (or make the perfect last-minute hostess gift for that dinner party!). Here are our top 5 places to find dessert in Burlington.

5. Caffe Demetre

Anything named after a cow has to be delicious because the bar is set far too high. After much deliberation and consultation with the owner, who humoured my talking in circles about "not really being into crepes," I went with the Moo La La. It’s a Belgian waffle topped with a sliced banana, Nutella, chocolate ice cream and crunchy praline croquant. The owner really went out of his way to accommodate -- he noticed I was cold and moved me to a warmer location, close to an outlet to plug in my devices. Attentiveness always scores points! But back to the waffle. It was huge and even though I'd just had lunch, I devoured that heap of hazelnut-chocolaty goodness in no time. The extensive menu at Demetre covers just about every sweet craving humanly possible. Go big or go home!

Sugar rating: Over the top.

Seating: Yes.

Cost: Around $40 for two dishes.

4. Walker's Chocolates

This long-time Burlington shop has the most incredible dark chocolate almond bark I’ve ever tasted. Then there are the Mint Meltaways, their signature minty-filled chocolate treat, available in milk or dark, that's perfect as an after-dinner treat. I dare you to eat just one. This candy shop opened in 1983 and has everything you could ever imagine: chocolate-covered popcorn, jubes, licorice, and even Irish Oreos. In addition to the flagship store on Fairview, there are three more locations: one in Oakville and two in Hamilton ... sweet!

Sugar rating: Depends on what you order.

Seating: No.

Cost: Around $16 for a handful of items.

3. MollyCake

Delicious treats are in store for anyone who wanders into MollyCake, where everything is made from scratch. I sampled their top three sellers ... The Cookie (with white, milk, and dark chocolate and pieces of Skor), a peanut butter banana cupcake, and macarons (I chose pistachio and lemon). The Cookie was ridiculously amazing. The shop, which has been on Brant St. for about three years (they've relocated from the city’s north end) offers great service and wonderfully tasty treats. There was even a vegan offering: a peanut butter cup with dark chocolate that's "better than Reese's," I was told. Were they right? You'll have to go down there yourself to find out.

Sugar rating: Medium. It's sweet enough but not over the top. The Cookie isn't as sweet as expected.

Seating: Yes (limited).

Cost: Around $16 for a handful of items.

2. Kelly's Bake Shoppe

Topped with generous dollops of icing, the best-selling Mile High Brownie and Dulce de Leche cupcake taste too sinful to be made with natural ingredients. The brownie is stacked with flavour: chocolate buttercream, vanilla buttercream, chocolate ganache, and organic caramel. I think a trip to the dentist is likely in order after this visit. My favourite item, hands down, was the Skinny Cookie (with chocolate). It's flourless, made with bananas, rolled oats, and sunflower seed butter. It’s one of many options you’ll find on any given day. Using natural, real whole-food ingredients, Kelly's offers gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free goodies. Naturally, the lineup at this Brant St. hotspot wraps around the corner on weekends.

Sugar rating: Super sweet.

Seating: Yes (limited).

Cost: Around $15 for three items.

1. Chaps

The carrot cake at Chaps is beyond words. I mean .... it doesn't even make sense. A country bar serves the best dessert in Burlington? And it’s big enough to share with at least three others? Curveball! Carrots aside, this cake has walnuts, pineapple, toasted coconut, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cream cheese icing. It was so delicious I had to put down the fork and text a photo to one of my old roommates, Monique, captioned 'This carrot cake is ALMOST as good as yours'. You see, Monique baked this epic cake for my 22nd birthday. (She typically spends about $70 on ingredients then creates the best treat you'll ever taste). Digging into this slice at Chaps made me pause to wax nostalgic about the good old university days when we ate cereal for dinner and thought bar memorabilia made for charming home decor but would ball out for someone’s birthday. Speaking of decor, don't judge Chaps by the atmosphere. Rank them only after tasting this incredible carrot cake!

Sugar rating: Sweet.

Seating: Yes.

Cost: Around $4 for a massive slice.

What’s your favourite dessert spot in Burlington?


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