Sod breakfast – dessert is the most important meal of the day. And there are so many joyous occasions to celebrate the humble pud this month. After being such a healthy little peanut throughout Jan, loosen those shackles and partake in Wriggle’s celebration of all things sugary. 

Every Tuesday for the month of February we’ll be releasing a feast of fat desserts for you to sink your hungry little gnashers into. These aren’t just any old desserts though, expect ice cream sandwiches, sweet rainbow vegan bao, dessert and wine flights and dessert cocktails all from Brighton’s best Indies. You, dear Wriggler, are in for a real treat. 

Brighton's original veggie restaurant regularly smash out some of the most delectable puds in town. The menu changes regularly but some recent showstoppers include this spiced poached pear with chocolate cointreau mousse and a flax and chia seed snap, maple and muscavado parfait with a caramelised pistachio crumb and cardamom and clementine sorbet or their house favourite: molten chocolate pudding.

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When it comes to the desserts at 64 Degrees there's one that simply MUST be mentioned. The Rum Bear Jelly is renowned throughout the city. We know what you’re thinking – It’s just a posh jelly baby. Indeed. BUT WITH BOOZE IN IT!!! And a tangy dusting of sherbet. Relive those infant school sugar rushes as you charge home through the Lanes.

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Part of the famous award-winning Gingerman Group, The Ginger Dog in Kemptown is perhaps the cosiest and most casual of its counterparts, yet still serves up dishes as delectable as the rest. Like this ginger cake with yoghurt sorbet and brandy soaked apricot. Or for a more grown-up afters, give their salted caramel martini a try.

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Six is an airy brasserie, fairylit snug and a cold-pressed juice/cocktail/coffee bar. Plating is extremely photogenic. They’re all about the organic seasonality. On that note, the dessert menu changes, seasonally, but some recent knockouts include a lemon-raspberry and basil eaton mess, and a belgian chocolate fondant with artisan pistachio gelato. They also cater extremely well for the vegan crowd.

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Discreetly upmarket steakhouse specialising in 35-day dry-aged steaks in a refined yet unfussy setting. They also do banging puds. Get this, their signature sweet is the 'Chocolate Bar', a thick slab of melt-in-your-mouth choccie topped with Frangelico and hazelnuts. The dessert wine menu is well worth a look in, the Calafornian muscat hits all the right notes.

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Afternoon tea by the seaside once involved trying not to sully the fancy hotel linen in front of the judgmental bellhops. No more. Mini sandwiches, quiches, scones and a glass of fizz? Check. Metrodeco is the place to don your finest vintage threads and comsume copious amounts of homemade cake. Consider the ‘Gentleman’s afternoon tea’ with real ale or a choice drop of whiskey, it's a real crowd pleaser.

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There’s ice cream. Then there’s gelato. But in Brighton there’s Boho Gelato. Anyone who’s visited Italy will already be aware of how impressive their gelato parlours are; Boho Gelato brings that taste of Italy to Brighton and adds its own spin by offering some interesting and innovative flavours, including Olive Oil (a classic in Italy and well worth a try), Carrot cake and Strawberry, Basil and Black Pepper sorbet - all with natural ingredients.

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Creators of the UK’s first rainbow cake, Cloud 9, also make super scrummy ice cream. They use natural ingredients and everything is made from scratch in their South Lanes parlour. The classic Mint Choc Chip is a real Wriggle fave, but there are always 16 options to choose from with seasonal ingredients at the forefront. Grab your scoops to go in a waffle, cone or tub, but we normally wolf them down in 2 seconds flat so it doesn’t really matter tbh.

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Macrons anyone? Everyone may sell macrons now but in Brighton, it’s Julien Plumart that really does them justice. 2 stores, one handily on the road that leads down from the station and the other in the centre of the city, have a wide selection in every colour and flavour, chocolate, pistachio, orange, strawberry, the list goes on and on. If you develop an unhealthy affection for them, don’t worry, you can order them online and have them delivered to your home. And if macrons is not your thing, then there is a blueberry eclair with your name on it.

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For next level donuts and coffee, here’s the place you donut want to miss. Next to The Level you'll find Glazed, a unique cafe that make the best donuts daily from fresh in ever changing flavours. Expect to taste the likes of Chocolate & Coconut, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Lemon & Poppyseed and Sea Salted Caramel - what better way to enjoy them than with a perfect coffee made by top baristas? And here’s the best bit; all the donuts are vegan and ingredients are sourced locally where possible.

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The newest addition to Brighton’s ice cream scene is the super trendy Brass Monkey. Prohibition influenced, totally organic and vegan friendly. This parlour sure has a lot going for it. Already getting rave reviews for its service with a smile, and interesting flavours like Masala Chai Latte, Lavender & Honey and Cardamom. For the lactose intolerant there’s delicious sorbets like Lime & Cucumber. This is so much more than your grab and go 99er, you’ll want to stay a while and marvel at the crystal pineapple light fixtures and the literal brass monkeys adorning the walls.

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Fabrizio is Italian through and through with two generations of gelato creators in his family. His grandfather had a 'black cow' where he obtained the fresh milk he used to make his gelato. Michelle is a true Brightonian who loves all things Italian. Put them together and you get a fantastic Italian gelateria, pasticceria and wine bar in the heart of Brighton.

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Jojo’s is a family run artisan gelato shop on Brighton’s Western Road. They only use the best ingredients sourced from the land of Spaghetti itself, and there’s no skimping on the portion sizes either. These sundaes are the ultimate indulgence and uber Instagrammable. From the gelato you can expect flavours such as Red Bubblegum, Cardamom, Bounty & Snickers. There are also some wacky sorbet concoctions such as Red Bull, Pear & Chocolate and Pomegranate. This is one of the best places in town to stop off for some late night pud.

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At the vanguard of modern Indian cuisine in Brighton, Indian Summer has a well-deserved reputation as one of the city’s best-loved restaurants, and one of the UK’s most acclaimed Indian restaurants. But what you probably didn't know, is that they also have an exceptional dessert offering.

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A premium ice cream parlour serving the most luxurious and indulgent, artisan iced treats in the heart of the North Laine. Their gelato is made daily with fresh milk and cream from a Sussex based dairy. These ice cream loads have to be seen to be believed, they’ve created unique blends such as Kinder Egg, Lychee & Rose, Black Pearl (black vanilla) and Lemon Drizzle Cake. This place is a leader in game of the cones.

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Black Mocha - on the North Laine’s eastern fringe - might just be King Bean. The Espresso, from Monmouth of London, is genuinely outstanding (thick, fruity and complex) and the cake curation is equally gilt-edged – those hoping to be seduced by divine vegan and gluten free fancies will not be disappointed (think salted peanut choccy slices; whets your whistle, doesn’t it). Raw craft chocolate is sold by the vibrant boxful to the left of the coffee counter.

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Taking the title for the UK’s first plant based pizzeria, is Brighton’s very own Purezza! The pizzas are absolutely legit, but one of the standout menu offerings is their sweet Oreo Pizza. Think moreish sourdough base coated in a creamy hazelnut chocolate spread and topped with crumbled oreos. Their cashew cream Tiramisu is also calling out to you. Who knew vegan Italian puds could be so creative?!

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Pioneering vegetarian cuisine since 1993 with a focus on the indulgence - rather than abstinence - of vegetarianism. Which leads nicely onto the subject matter of this particular article, exceptional puds of course. There are first-rate dishes like this to look forward to: Deep rich 70% cacao mousse made with hazelnut cream on toasty praline and chocolate shortbread served with clementine sorbet. Finished with tiny pink pepper berry aqua faba meringues, chocolate crack shards and dusty Satongo twigs. Phwoar.

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What do you get if you mix an informed wine list, seasonal cocktails, industrial chic styling and classic French grub? No. Not that. You get Plateau. This small, elegant restaurant's dessert menu changes regularly based on what’s in season. Expect the likes of baked ricotta cheesecake and pears, honey and orange panna cotta and Rum Baba.

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Down on London Road you'll find The Paradiso Social, a relaxed neighbourhood diner where you can indulge in a huge range of ever-changing seasonal plates, cocktails and a carefully curated wine list. Desserts are stand-out with killer options to choose from like this vegan cherrymisu or broken miso tart. Perfect date night foodspiration.

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One of Brighton’s classiest establishments, Bohemia is a hidden gem. Tucked away in the South Lanes, this is the perfect setting for that romantic first date. We'd advise you to first order one of their insanely good cocktails and then order this beauty below. This is none other than their show-stopping smoking tiramisu. Yep, all the usual mascarpone and sponge fingers but served in a magical, unique way. Totes grammable.

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This place is Mexican owned, with Carlito himself at the helm and boy does he make a mean churro. Sugary, cinnamony, doughy goodness served with a rich, hot chocolate dipping sauce. Their chilli and cinnamon brownie served with orange and mezcal gelato is another stellar choice. Or for a more grown up dessert, opt for a mezcal tasting flight. Salud!

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Published -1st February 2020