I managed to convince some friends to join me in a second round of desserts at Chikalicious Dessert Club. I say second round because we had already consumed three fine dessert plates at Soba-ya (review coming soon). It wasn’t that difficult to get them on board. Two of the friends are ice cream buffs and are obsessed with making batches of artisanal ice cream with all kinds of cool flavorings and formualtions–so they were easy to convince. The third friend isn’t so into desserts (?) but we bullied him into it by putting him in a half-nelson and giving him two options: come with us for more dessert or listen to the drum circle in Astor Pl. for an hour.
I have been to Dessert Club more times that I care to admit and am a card-carrying fanboy. Tonight I wanted to introduce the ice cream couple to Chikalicious’ vanilla bean soft serve. I am by no means an expert on ice cream (come to think of it I’m not really an expert on anything) but I do know that the soft serve and in particular, the vanilla bean soft serve from Dessert Club is universally well-regarded in the blogoshere. For soft serve it’s got an impressively strong vanilla flavor and is thicker and richer than say a Mister Softee. Needless to say, everybody loved it, even my (deranged) non-dessert-loving friend.
As luck would have it, while on line, one of the ice cream making people seem to be advocating for another dessert! (That would be our 5th in case you lost track.) He was taken in, some would say snookered, by the sign on the counter that says “Today’s special “Adult” chocolate pudding $5.95″. Anyway–thats’s what we got and everyone agreed it was superb. It was very dark and chocolaty tasting and not sweet at all. More like a dark chocolate mousse but even smoother like a, well like a pudding, actually. At the bottom of the foil tray, below the scoop of pudding was a layer of “crunch” either made from crushed Oreos or stolen from the insides of a dozen Carvel ice cream cakes.
Highly recommended: “Adult” dark chocolate pudding $5.95, vanilla bean soft serve (large) $4.95.
Dessert Club Chikalicious is located on 204 East 10th Street (at 2nd Ave). Their website is here.